Monthly Archives: December 2013

Govt penalises Mayo schools with book rental schemes

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The Government has confirmed to Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary that it intends to penalise the schools that made sacrifices to introduce their own school book rental schemes by not providing them with any funding for the schemes. In reply to a Parliamentary Question from Deputy Calleary, the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said his Department’s school book rental scheme will not be available to those schools that have established their own schemes. It means that these schools, that fundraised heavily and took money from other areas of their school budget to provide such a scheme, are losing out on significant State funding. Deputy Calleary explained, “This is disgraceful discrimination against […]

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Speech of Dara Calleary TD, FF Dáil Motion on Eirgrid Grid 25 proposals

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I wish to thank my party colleague Michael Moynihan for putting his motion and for allowing the house the opportunity to discuss an issue that is causing serious concern and division across the country. It is regrettable that the government, in spite of the Minister not ruling out a potential independent enquiry, will divide the house this evening even though many members of the government parties support the requests for the various Grid 25 projects to be placed underground. The Minister’s has acknowledged that the motion has raised “important issues”, but his rationale for opposing it is that the consultation process is still underway and has been extended. The difficulty […]

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Pfizer job cuts another blow to healthcare manufacturing sector

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The Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has raised concerns that the government is sleepwalking through an emerging crisis in the healthcare manufacturing sector after three major employers announced job cuts in less than a week. “The loss of 150 jobs at Pfizer in Newbridge comes as another blow to the healthcare manufacturing sector in Ireland.  Pfizer is a major employer in one of the most high value sectors in this country. This is an extremely difficult day for the staff in Newbridge and their families, particularly in the lead up to Christmas,” said Deputy Calleary. “Pfizer is the third company in the healthcare manufacturing sector to announce large […]

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Baxter job cuts a major blow to Mayo economy

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has said the news that one of Co Mayo’s largest employers is cutting its workforce in Castlebar comes as a major blow to the local economy. Deputy Calleary said, “My first thoughts are with the staff at Baxter in Castlebar and their families. This news is particularly upsetting in the lead up to Christmas. “The staff must be must be given every support possible as decisions are made about voluntary redundancies.  Baxter has been an excellent employer in Co Mayo for decades.  Many of the staff will have worked there for years.  Everything must be done to ensure that they are offered redundancy […]

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