Monthly Archives: February 2015

Calleary demands retention of local bus services

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– Mayo communities under threat of losing vital transport links – Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has said that any attempt to axe public bus routes in communities across the county must be resisted. Deputy Calleary has expressed his outrage at Bus Éireann’s decision to drastically reduce services between Westport and Athlone, which will affect the frequency of services to a number of Mayo towns as well as to Ireland West Airport.  It was revealed this week that the bus operator plans to axe nearly 100 rural bus routes. Deputy Calleary commented, “It is completely unacceptable that any community would be left without access to our towns and cities.  […]

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Calleary welcomes Belmullet Sewerage Plant progress

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has warmly welcomed news that a long mooted Sewerage Treatment Plant for Belmullet has finally been approved. Deputy Calleary received confirmation of the development from Irish Water this week. “I am very pleased that following a long period of lobbying on the issue, a Sewerage Treatment Plant for Belmullet appears to be coming closer to fruition. Irish Water has now completed its review of the Belmullet Sewerage Scheme and will be proceeding with its implementation as a matter of urgency. A detailed project programme is currently being finalised but it is planned to tender the contract later this year with a view to […]

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Ballina overlooked by Government for vital jobs investment yet again

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo has said that the Government is continuing to overlook Ballina for vital investment. Deputy Calleary made the comments after the IDA announced that both Castlebar and Sligo have been selected as locations for ‘advanced units’ aimed at supporting enterprise development. Ballina has not been selected for such a facility. Speaking following the announcement Deputy Calleary commented, “I welcome the announcement that Castlebar and Sligo have been selected by the IDA as locations for the placement of advanced units. However, it is disappointing that Ballina has been overlooked for investment yet again. This latest announcement makes it clear that Ballina is currently a low priority area […]

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Govt inaction on childcare sees crisis escalate

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says the Government’s failure to act on childcare provision and costs has resulted in a major crisis in the sector.  Despite the establishment of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs in 2011, the Government has not brought any tangible proposals on childcare issues forward in the intervening four years. Deputy Calleary commented, “Childcare costs are one of the biggest financial burdens being faced by families in Mayo and across the country.  In some cases, parents are paying out more for childcare than they are for their mortgage, with the average annual cost of childcare for two children estimated at €16,200.  This is […]

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