Monthly Archives: April 2018

Advice for Passport Applications – Calleary

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Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary is advising people that there are currently 80,000 Passport Applications lodged with The Passport Service. He offers the following advice. Save Time – Renew Online: It is just over one year since the Department of Foreign Affairs launched the Online Passport Application Service. This service offers the convenience of an online application facility, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for adult Irish citizens at home and overseas. Since it was launched in March last year over 180,000 online renewal applications have been processed and the service’s popularity continues to increase with over 80,000 online applications received since the beginning of this year […]

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Fianna Fáil to bring forward motion in relation to CE Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor Pension Motion

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Fianna Fáil is bringing forward a motion in Dáil Éireann tonight in relation to the implementation of a Pension Scheme for CE Scheme Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors. “Fianna Fáil is acutely cognisant of the deep sense of frustration felt by CE supervisors and assistant supervisors in trying to secure an occupational pension. This we acknowledge is a long running issue but Fine Gael has been Government since 2011 and in that time they have failed to deal with this issue,” said to Deputy Leader Dara Calleary. “Fianna Fái TDs have repeatedly raised this issue with the Government and we are now calling on them to find a resolution and a […]

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Fianna Fáil secures changes to Jobpath

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I welcome the changes to Jobpath announced last week – changes which Fianna Fáil has been actively campaigning for. The changes announced will facilitate access, from 1st June this year, to Community Employment (CE) and Tús schemes for long-term unemployed jobseekers that are engaging in JobPath. “Fianna Fáil recently announced that we were bringing forward a Bill, the Social Welfare (Community Employment) Bill 2018, to give a legal entitlement to a person taking part in the JobPath activation programme to opt out of Jobpath in order to take part in a Community Employment Scheme, a Tús Scheme or a Rural Social Scheme. “We have been inundated with complaints from people who felt that they were being unfairly coerced into Jobpath but would […]

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ACHILL COMMONAGE FARMERS TO RECEIVE THEIR PAYMENTS

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Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has confirmed today that farmers in Achill who had their payments held up or withdrawn, due to a fire on their commonage, will receive their payments. That was confirmed by Fianna Fail Councillor Paul McNamara. On Monday Cllr McNamara made an appeal at the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council attended by Minister of State John Paul Phelan. In one case on Achill there is a 17,000 acres of unfenced commonage held by more than 500 shareholders and with about 200 active farmers and these farmers are told that if there is 20 percent burning of the commonage then all their payments will be withheld. […]

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Farmers need Creed to immediately open low cost loan scheme

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Dara Calleary has backed his Party’s Agriculture and Food Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue’s  call for Minister Creed to immediately open a low cost loan scheme as announced in Budget 2018 to support farmers pay the additional costs of sourcing fodder and concentrates. “To much fanfare, the Minister announced last October that €25m was being allocated to leverage a low cost loan scheme for farmers, fishermen and for longer-term capital financing for food businesses in response to Brexit. “The Government has, for some time, turned a blind eye to the needs of farmers crippled by the increased cost of buying fodder and meal concentrates to feed their cattle. […]

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