Monthly Archives: May 2018

FF Bill will see direct elections to the board of Údarás restored – Calleary

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– One member would be elected from Mayo –   Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says a new Bill published by his party will restore the democratic mandate of Gaeltacht residents by reinstating direct elections to the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta. The Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Bill 2018 was recently approved by the party front bench. Deputy Calleary explained, “This Bill seeks to overturn the undemocratic decision taken by Fine Gael in 2012, when it abolished direct elections to Údarás na Gaeltachta.  This move effectively removed the election of the board from people living in Gaeltacht areas, and gives the Minister of the day […]

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Erris faces GP crisis as another doctor resigns – Calleary

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has accused the Health Minister of ignoring the impending GP crisis in rural areas.  Deputy Calleary has been informed by the HSE that the GP in Glenamoy Health Centre has resigned and no replacement has been found. Deputy Calleary commented, “This is a very serious situation.  This latest resignation will leave only three GPs in the entire Erris area.  This is a huge geographical distance for three GPs to cover and it will increase the pressure not only on the existing GP service, but also on the whole Erris community.  It will also create additional problems for the ED at […]

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Mayo businesses urged to apply for Smart Lighting Grant Scheme

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Dara Calleary T.D. is urging small businesses in Mayo to apply for funding under The Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment’s Smart Lighting Grant Scheme.  “Applications are now open and the increase in funding means the Scheme can be rolled out more widely across the country benefitting even more small businesses this year,” stated Deputy Calleary.  “The purpose of the support Scheme is to help SMEs reduce their energy use and costs. The grant will cover more than one third of the cost of energy efficient lighting upgrades.  There is a further tax incentive under the Accelerated Capital Allowance scheme that is also available and opportunities to negotiate electricity […]

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FF introduce new Bill to improve quad bike safety

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Dara Calleary has introduced a Bill in the Dáil that will improve safety on quad bikes.  There are currently no laws to require manufacturers or owners to have roll cages on their All Terrain Vehicles (quads). Deputy Calleary explained, “Earlier this year the County Coroner in Mayo recommended implementing anti-roll bars on quad bikes, following the tragic death of a farmer.  Sadly, this was not a unique case.  15% of all farm machinery deaths between 2007-2016 were due to quad accidents.  A major factor in these deaths was the loss of control of the vehicle resulting in the driver being crushed or pinned by the bike. […]

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