Monthly Archives: January 2014

Calleary dismisses Pylon review as ‘political stunt’

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has dismissed the new ‘review’ of EirGrid’s pylon plans in Mayo and Roscommon as “nothing more than a political stunt”. Deputy Calleary said the study, announced by the Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte yesterday, is not fully independent, does not include a health expert and does not go far enough. “All this does is push the issue down the road a few months for political gain. This is more about getting the Government parties through the local elections than listening to the serious concerns of people across Mayo and Roscommon,” said Deputy Calleary. “Over the past number of months, anger has been mounting about plans to […]

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FF to hold public meeting on CAP in Mayo

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív will be in Midfield near Swinford this week to hold a public meeting on changes to the Common Agriculture Policy. The meeting will take place in Julian’s of Midfield at 8.30pm this Friday, 31 January. Deputy Ó Cuív will be joined by local TD Dara Calleary, Sligo Senator Marc Mac Sharry and local election candidate Michael Smith who will chair the meeting. At the meeting, Deputy Ó Cuív will outline the Fianna Fáil proposals on CAP reform. The Agriculture Spokesperson explained, “We want to listen to the questions and concerns of farmers in Mayo, Sligo and across the North West about the […]

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Mayo schools left high & dry as Govt refuses to open up school book scheme

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has slammed the Government for refusing to open up the school book rental initiative to all schools in Co Mayo. The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn confirmed to Fianna Fáil in the Dáil this week that he will continue to exclude 76% of schools from the new school book rental initiative. It means the none of the new funding whatsoever will be available to schools in Co Mayo that have any type of book rental scheme, regardless of how under resourced it is. “The Minister is punishing schools in Co Mayo that took the initiative to establish a book rental scheme at great expense to parents, […]

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Less than three weeks for Mayo clubs to register for Sports Capital Grants

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary is reminding the clubs and organisations across Co Mayo that there are less than three weeks left to register to be in for the Sports Capital Programme this year. Applications can still be made until February 28th but the deadline for registration is Friday, February 7th at 5pm. Deputy Calleary said, “Any clubs that are applying for grants from the €40m Sports Capital Programme this year must be registered online to make their applications. Applications can be lodged until 5pm on February 28th but there is cut-off for registration. All clubs must register at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie by 5pm on Friday February 7th. “I am urging as many […]

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Calleary urges Govt to seek EU Solidarity Funding for flood damage in Mayo

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Fianna Fáil Mayo TD Dara Calleary has called on the Government to apply for regional funding to help communities pay for some of the devastation caused as a result of the recent freak weather conditions. Deputy Calleary said communities throughout Mayo that were affected by the high winds and floods face considerable repair costs. “I attended a community meeting organised by the IFA this week, where the extent of the damage caused was outlined. There are a number of measures that can be taken to ease some of the burden on those affected. “I am calling for the suspension of all Department of Agriculture inspections within the areas that were […]

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Dáil to debate FF motion demanding transparency on Irish Water

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary is calling on Government TDs in Mayo to back a Fianna Fáil motion demanding transparency in the operations of Irish Water. The Dáil will debate a Fianna Fáil motion this week calling on the Government to lift its Freedom of Information ban on Irish Water. Deputy Calleary said it will give Mayo’s Fine Gael TDs the opportunity to ensure that Phil Hogan’s Super Quango is finally held accountable for the tens of millions of tax-payers money it receives and the billions in assets it has been given ownership of. “The news that Irish Water has wasted €50 million of taxpayers’ money on consultant fees is, we […]

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FF calls for Rabbitte Statement on Health Effects of Pylons

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Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has reiterated the Party’s Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Michael Moynihan TD’s call on Minister Pat Rabbitte to immediately publish any evidence he may have about the possible health effects of high voltage cables in overhead pylons. Deputy Moynihan was speaking after weekend reports revealed that the Minister for Health, James Reilly, wrote a letter to cabinet colleagues raising concern about the possible adverse health effects of these pylons. Deputy Moynihan said “If the Minister for Health saw it fit to write a letter to cabinet colleagues outlining his concern about the safety of high voltage cables, then it raises some very […]

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Govt abandons Mayo communities that have lost garda stations

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The Justice Minister has admitted that he has no idea what steps have been taken to address the security concerns of Mayo communities following the loss of their local garda station. In reply to a Parliamentary Questions from Fianna Fáil, Minister Shatter said he doesn’t have any information about new community alert schemes or new garda clinics that may have been opened in Co Mayo or any part of the country following his widespread closure of community garda stations. Mayo Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has said this demonstrates Minister Shatter’s total lack of commitment to those communities in Co Mayo that lost their local garda station last year. “It […]

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Targeted attack on elderly must stop

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has called on the Government to stop its targeted attack on older people and people with disabilities. The Fianna Fáil TD has condemned new changes to housing grants for people with disabilities. “Make no mistake about it – what we are seeing here is another series of underhand cuts to older people and people with disabilities. Whatever way the Government tries to spin it, this means that less people in Co Mayo will be eligible for support to allow them to stay living at home,” said Deputy Calleary. “These schemes provide vital support to help older people adapt their homes to their physical circumstances. The latest […]

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Govt engaged in arrogant and misleading campaign on Pylons – FF

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Dara Calleary has accused the Government of engaging in an arrogant and highly misleading campaign on Pylons. “The comments from the Taoiseach and the Minister Pat Rabbitte over the past 24 hours show just out of touch this Government has become.  It clearly demonstrates that the Government has absolutely no intention of taking on board the genuine concerns of communities and intends to just press ahead with the large scale construction of overhead lines regardless of any objections,” said Deputy Calleary. “The Taoiseach’s outrageous linking of emigration to this debate nothing more than scaremongering.  We have seen the Taoiseach employ this kind of […]

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