Monthly Archives: June 2015

Health service crisis worsens as rheumatology appointments cancelled

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 850 people forced to wait up to 6 months to be seen – Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has slammed the Health Minister for allowing the health crisis in the West to spiral out of all control.  Around 850 people have had their rheumatology appointments cancelled at Merlin Park because of staff shortages. Deputy Calleary commented, “This is a ridiculous and unfair situation that should never have been allowed to happen.  Hundreds of people with chronic arthritis are now having to wait months for treatment.  These are people in acute pain and extreme discomfort and the Government and Saolta group is expecting them to suffer through the summer […]

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Govt review must re-instate Town Councils

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– Calleary Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says the Government is being forced into reviewing its flawed decision to abolish Town Councils.  Following a Parliamentary Question from Fianna Fáil, it’s emerged that a Government Review Group has been set up to investigate the impact of the new municipal districts on towns. Deputy Calleary commented, “The Government’s decision to abolish Town Councils last year was extremely short sighted and has resulted in the abolition of Ballina, Westport and Castlebar Town Councils – all of which played important roles in their respective communities.  This move has led to the disenfranchisement of certain special interests, which have now become lost within […]

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Mayo Farmers left high and dry as Minister forces through new beef scheme

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– Red tape and claw-back clause alienating farmers – Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has accused the Agriculture Minister of failing to address the concerns of hundreds of farmers across the country who are experiencing major problems with the new Beef Data and Genomics Programme. Around 1,000 farmers attended a meeting in Claremorris last week where they outlined the failings of the scheme.  They are looking for Minister Simon Coveney to make changes to the scheme, specifically relating to the six year rule, star ratings and the overly bureaucratic nature of the application process. Deputy Calleary commented, “The level of anger being felt by farmers across Mayo was […]

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Govt mounts another attack on Post Office Network – Calleary

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– Latest cynical move designed to drive business away from rural network –  Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has accused the Government of another cynical attack on the Post Office network after it emerged that the Department of Social Protection has sent new letters to social welfare recipients asking them to switch from receiving their payments at their local Post Office to having them paid directly into their bank accounts. Deputy Calleary commented, “I have been contacted by a number of people who have received letters from the Department of Social Protection advising them to have their payments transferred directly into their bank accounts, rather than picking them […]

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