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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Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has confirmed today that farmers in Achill who had their payments held up or withdrawn, due to a fire on their commonage, will receive their payments.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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Calleary calls for beefed up Garda resources to tackle rural crime

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– Latest burglary highlights new levels of sophistication in criminal gangs – Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Callery says more resources are urgently needed to tackle the urban crime epidemic.  Over the last few months there have been a number of burglaries and break-ins across the county creating a real sense of fear among people living in rural or isolated areas. Deputy Calleary commented, “It has taken the Government four years to wake up to the seriousness of the rural crime wave that has been sweeping through the country and now that it has, Ministers are trying to spin their way out of the problem.  However, the roll out […]

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Mayo Farmers penalised in unjust Finance Bill

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says a number of measures contained in the Finance Bill will have a detrimental impact on farmers in the county.  The Bill must be amended to reflect the changing face of Irish farming, or risk destroying viable businesses. Deputy Calleary commented, “Section 74 of the Finance Bill, which defines an “active farmer” as one who spends more than 50% of their working time on the farm, is unrealistic and unworkable for many farmers, particularly younger ones. If enacted in its current form, it will act as a major deterrent for the new generation of farmers. Many farmers in Mayo have to work outside […]

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3000 Mayo Medical Cards Cuts

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Figures released to Fianna Fáil have revealed the full extent of cuts to medical cards in Mayo with 3,095 cards slashed in the 12 months to the beginning of September. The number of medical cards in Mayo has been cut from 67,218 in September 2013 to 64,123 last September, this includes a reduction in the number of over 70s medical cards by 309 (from 13,151 to 12,842). “These are appalling cuts and have had a major impact on people’s lives.  I have consistently pointed out that the Government was engaged in a deliberate and disgraceful attack on people with medical cards for the last two years.  We now have clear […]

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Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin needs urgent support – Calleary

The cramped and third-world condition of the Outpatient’s Department at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children Crumlin should be a matter of grave concern for the Government according to Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary. Deputy Calleary made his comments having raised the matter with the Minister for Health in the Dáil this week. “The fundraising wing of Our Lady’s Hospital currently has an urgent appeal to help save a facility that goes right through the heart of our country’s largest children’s hospital. For years Crumlin has delivered world-class care in less than ideal conditions, but many of those facilities are struggling with new roles and increased demand. “The Outpatients […]

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Calleary alarmed at cuts to Mayo primary schools

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has expressed his alarm that 11 small schools in the county are to lose a teacher this September.  The decision was confirmed following a parliamentary question to Minister Ruairi Quinn last week.  The number of schools in Mayo having a teacher cut is substantially higher than any other county in the country. Deputy Calleary commented, “This is yet another attack by this Government on small schools, and more specifically small schools in Mayo.  Eleven small schools across the country will see a teacher cut when the next school year begins.  These are schools with no more than four teachers as it is, and […]

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Calleary calls for permanent reinstatement of Summer Works Scheme

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Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has called on local Fine Gael Deputies to make a firm commitment to permanently reinstating the Summer Works Scheme and Minor Works Grant for schools. It comes after the Government finally agreed to reinstate the Summer Works Scheme on a temporary this year. Deputy Calleary has welcomed the long-overdue announcement but has said it’s essential that this is not just an election stunt. “This scheme, along with the Minor Works Grant, was suspended for the last two years. Many schools across Co Mayo that depend on these modest supports to carry out essential maintenance works have been crippled by debt as result,” said Deputy Calleary. “I […]

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