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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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FG must stand up for Mayo post offices – Calleary

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Mayo communities at risk of losing another key community service Mayo communities are at risk of losing yet another vital local service as post offices face the renewed threat of closure, according to Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary. The Fianna Fáil TD has called on Mayo’s four government TDs, including the Taoiseach, to put a stop to the threatened attack on rural post offices in Mayo. “Mayo communities have lost far too many local services in recent years. Our community garda services have been cut, bank branches have closed down, many local businesses have been forced to shut their doors, jobs have been lost, funding for local services has been cut […]

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FF to hold public meeting on CAP in Mayo

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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív will be in Midfield near Swinford this week to hold a public meeting on changes to the Common Agriculture Policy. The meeting will take place in Julian’s of Midfield at 8.30pm this Friday, 31 January. Deputy Ó Cuív will be joined by local TD Dara Calleary, Sligo Senator Marc Mac Sharry and local election candidate Michael Smith who will chair the meeting. At the meeting, Deputy Ó Cuív will outline the Fianna Fáil proposals on CAP reform. The Agriculture Spokesperson explained, “We want to listen to the questions and concerns of farmers in Mayo, Sligo and across the North West about the […]

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FF calls for Rabbitte Statement on Health Effects of Pylons

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Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has reiterated the Party’s Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Michael Moynihan TD’s call on Minister Pat Rabbitte to immediately publish any evidence he may have about the possible health effects of high voltage cables in overhead pylons. Deputy Moynihan was speaking after weekend reports revealed that the Minister for Health, James Reilly, wrote a letter to cabinet colleagues raising concern about the possible adverse health effects of these pylons. Deputy Moynihan said “If the Minister for Health saw it fit to write a letter to cabinet colleagues outlining his concern about the safety of high voltage cables, then it raises some very […]

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Govt abandons Mayo communities that have lost garda stations

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The Justice Minister has admitted that he has no idea what steps have been taken to address the security concerns of Mayo communities following the loss of their local garda station. In reply to a Parliamentary Questions from Fianna Fáil, Minister Shatter said he doesn’t have any information about new community alert schemes or new garda clinics that may have been opened in Co Mayo or any part of the country following his widespread closure of community garda stations. Mayo Fianna Fáil Deputy Dara Calleary has said this demonstrates Minister Shatter’s total lack of commitment to those communities in Co Mayo that lost their local garda station last year. “It […]

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