Monthly Archives: January 2015

Tribute to my late colleague John Carty

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The last occasion I remember John being present in this House was in June 2013, when we paid tribute to his great friend, confidant and neighbour, P.J. Morley.  It is still hard to believe, nearly a year to the day from his death, that John has left us.  Today we welcome Kathleen, Lisa, Ciara, James, Cathal, John Henry, Eamonn, Caoimhín and Iarla, as well as the extended Carty, Regan and Byrne families.  We also have some of his colleagues, as I see former Deputies John Ellis, Johnny Brady and Eamon Scanlon, as well as many of his friends. John had many traits, including decency, integrity and public service.  He was […]

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Action Plan on Jobs ignores long-term unemployed, competitiveness challenge & offers lip service to regions

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80,000 people unemployed longer than 3 years, the lifetime of Jobs Action Plan series  Fianna Fáil Jobs Spokesperson Dara Calleary has described the government’s latest Action Plan on Jobs as a PR exercise that ignores long-term unemployed, ignores Ireland’s competitiveness challenge and offers lip service to the regions. Deputy Calleary commented: “Once again we are being treated to a spinfest around job creation, a spinfest that frustrates job seekers and that ignores fundamental problems within our country. “The first Jobs Action Plan was published in 2012, the recent CSO figures suggest that there are over 80,000 people who have been on the Live Register since then and are still on […]

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Ballina, Foxford & Swinford will lose out if new road plan proceeds in current form

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THE Emerging Preferred Route Corridor which has been identified for the N5, N26 and N58 will result in a downgrading in status and priority for the N26 and spells bad news for Ballina, Foxford and Swinford. That’s the view of Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary who warns that the proposed route will have a negative impact of the future economic and social development of all three towns. “While I welcome progress on this project and in particular the planned upgrade of the N58 (Foxford-Castlebar road), I am seriously concerned that the preferred route will result in a downgrading of the N26, if not in designation, certainly in status and in […]

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AIB outsourcing announcement bad news for staff and customers

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary has described the announcement today by AIB that it is outsourcing 170 jobs as a major blow for staff and customers. Deputy Calleary stated: “This news comes just 24 hours after the Minister for Finance effectively hung the ‘for sale’ sign outside the door at AIB.  When he told us that the bank’s strategy is working he clearly did not have the concerns of IT staff or customers in mind. As well as job losses and changes to pay and benefits there will be justifiable fears over quality of service to the bank’s customers. “AIB’s intention to outsource its IT […]

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Ballina must be prioritised for IDA Advance Unit – Calleary

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary is calling on the IDA to build an “advance unit” in Ballina in order to increase the town’s potential to attract foreign direct investment.  The agency has supported the construction of similar units in Athlone, Letterkenny and Waterford, but the western region has been left out of all plans to date. Deputy Calleary commented, “Despite the most recent IDA figures pointing to the agency increasing the number of clients and jobs it has brought to the West, Ballina is not seeing a sustained investment drive, and is in danger of being left behind.  Infrastructure in the region needs to be updated and improved […]

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IDA 2014 Performance highlights need to tackle regional imbalances & Cost Challenges – Calleary

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– Only 37% of investments locate outside two main cities – Job losses in IDA companies account for 52% of new jobs created-government must wake up to competitiveness challenge – Competitive tax regime, cost base and infrastructure key to attracting inward investment Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary has welcomed end of year data from IDA Ireland indicating that the number of people employed in the firms it supports has reached an all-time high but warned of the need for competitiveness, vigilance and the need for regional balance. Deputy Calleary commented: “IDA Ireland has consistently excelled at attracting and retaining major international firms in the Irish […]

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Government misses key deadline for reform of Credit Guarantee Scheme – FF

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Dara Calleary has accused the Government of failing to prioritise the needs of small businesses and firms that continue to be starved of credit by a banking sector not fit for purpose in assisting economic recovery. Deputy Calleary was commenting after the Government failed to pass or even publish proposed reforms to the Credit Guarantee Scheme in the last Dáil session.  Deputy Calleary has called on Minister Richard Bruton to ensure it is prioritised in the coming weeks. Deputy Calleary commented: “The Government has been promising for months to reform the Credit Guarantee Scheme, which is particularly relevant to the manufacturing sector, but […]

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