Monthly Archives: February 2014

Jobs Action Plan all about spin, not delivery

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Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Jobs Dara Calleary has expressed concern that the latest Jobs Action Plan is more about spin than delivery. Deputy Calleary has raised concerns that Government policy is leading to a two-tier recovery in this country, with unemployment in the Midlands, South East, West and border region all significantly higher than in Dublin. Alarmingly, the unemployment rate in the South East is almost 4% higher than the national rate. “Once again this Jobs Action Plan is long on rhetoric and short on detail. Unfortunately our experience to date is that this process has been more about self-praise than real job creation. It’s a clever PR campaign, with […]

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HSE refuses to provide extra ambulance for Mayo – Calleary

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has expressed his shock and disappointment at the HSE’s failure to recognise the severe ambulance shortage in Co Mayo. Deputy Calleary questioned HSE management at length at the Oireachtas Health Committee this week about the major gaps in resources for emergency services in Co Mayo. He outlined a number of cases where patients in need of emergency medical care were waiting far too long for an ambulance to reach them. Speaking afterwards, Deputy Calleary said it’s clear that the HSE has no understanding of the impact in Co Mayo of a new policy to reduce direct ambulance cover in the county. “The new policy to send […]

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Threat to post offices another attack on rural Ireland – Calleary

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has raised alarm about the threat to the future of more than 550 community post offices. It comes amid warnings that more than half of the country’s post office could face closure over the next three years if the Department of Social Protection moves to electronic issuing of social welfare payments. Deputy Calleary said widespread post of closures in Co Mayo would be devastating for the communities affected. “We are talking about the threat to the very existence of our post office network.  This is extremely serious.  The local post office is a focal point for many Mayo communities and its loss would have an enormous […]

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Taoiseach must immediately clarify future of maternity services in North West

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has called on the Taoiseach to immediately clarify reports that maternity services could be removed from Mayo General Hospital, Sligo General Hospital and Roscommon County Hospital. A review of maternity services in the West/North West Hospital Group is reported to call for a rationalisation of maternity services in the region, resulting in the closure of three maternity units.  All maternity services in the region would be provided by just two hospitals – University Hospital Galway and Letterkenny General Hospital. “This news is causing great shock and distress right across the region. The notion that expectant mothers would have to travel from Mayo to Galway for maternity […]

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