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Funding opportunity must be maximised to increase tourism across Ballina and North Mayo

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo, and party spokesperson for rural development, Dara Calleary, has urged Mayo County Council to apply to Fáilte Ireland’s new major capital growth funding programme which has put out a call for applications.   The funding scheme, Platforms for Growth, is worth €150m and aimed at developing and improving major visitor attractions. The scheme will run from 2019 to 2022.   Deputy Calleary commented, “It is vital Mayo County Council maximise their application. We can set an example to follow and must lead the way with innovative projects to increase tourism in our constituency.   “Many towns are reliant on tourism. We must enhance attractions in the […]

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Health care services undermined as budgets cut in Belmullet – Calleary Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo, Dara Calleary, has said that budget cuts which will see no agency staff employed at Belmullet District Hospital and Áras Deirbhle completely undermine the services provided and go against the government’s ambitions for health care. A memorandum from May 31st details changes which will see agency staff no longer engaged in services at both health facilities and temporary contracts will not be renewed. Commenting, Deputy Calleary said, “It is absolutely disgraceful that services will be curtailed. As a consequence, bed capacity will be reduced. I understand temporary contracts will not be renewed. All these […]

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Over 58,000 patient safety incidents in Irish hospitals in 2017 – Calleary

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New figures provided to Fianna Fáil reveal that some 58,292 patient safety incidents occurred in Irish hospitals during 2017. There were almost 160 incidents every day last year. Deputy Calleary commented, “The data we have received is alarming and could potentially harm public confidence in our hospital system.  What is also worrying is the fact that there was a significant increase in incidents last year – up from 49,152 in 2016.  That’s a jump of over 9,000. “I recognise that this may not mean there were more such incidents, it could be a situation whereby more cases have simply been reported in 2017. “Despite this, the significant regional variations are […]

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Calleary drives home the “Ireland for All” message at FF Ard Fheis

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo and the party’s spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Employment Dara Calleary told hundreds of delegates at the 77ú Ard Fheis that Fianna Fáil is the only party which will ensure fairness and equality after the General Election. In a passionate and rousing address, Deputy Calleary outlined Fine Gael’s failure to spread the recovery to the regions, its failure to support entrepreneurs and its failure to invest in local infrastructure. “Enterprising communities need to be the heart of the recovery; however Fine Gael and Labour have driven a two-tier geographic divide, with 94% of all jobs created in 2014 in the Greater Dublin Region.  It took […]

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CSP programmes entitled to additional financial support – Calleary

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Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has welcomed confirmation that arrangements whereby individual Community Service Programme Companies will be able to access additional financial resources for the increase in the minimum wage are being put in place by the Department of Social Protection. Deputy Calleary received the news in reply to a Parliamentary Question that he placed to the Minister in the Dáil before Christmas. “I have been in contact with all the CSP Companies in Mayo for the last number of weeks since the increase in minimum wage was announced. This increase in minimum wage, while welcome, would place extraordinary strain on the resources of the individual companies who […]

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GP Rural Practice Allowance must be fully restored – Calleary

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Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has warned that Government cutbacks to the Rural Practice Allowance are resulting in the erosion of GP care in rural Ireland. Deputy Calleary pointed out that if the current trend of GP retirements continues then many rural communities face the prospect of having no GP cover in the years ahead. “Communities in rural Ireland are feeling increasingly isolated as a result of the policies pursued by the Government. The Rural Practice Allowance was originally put in place to support GP care in rural Ireland. However the Government has targeted this scheme for cutbacks since coming to office, and this has resulted in a decline […]

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Knock Airport commitments still up in the air under Fine Gael

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has hit out at Fine Gael for refusing to commit to a long term financial programme for Ireland West Airport Knock.  Despite local Government TDs consistently patting themselves on the back, the fact of the matter is Fine Gael has done nothing to secure the long term security of the airport. Deputy Calleary commented, “Before the last General Election Enda Kenny promised to ‘do whatever he needed for Knock’ if he became Taoiseach, however, five years later that pledge has fallen flat.  The Fine Gael leader has largely taken a back seat when it comes to bolstering the future of Knock Airport, only […]

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Fianna Fáil to support SMEs through creation of State Enterprise Bank

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– New entity will lend directly to small and medium businesses – Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Dara Calleary says the party will continue to put forward innovative policies to encourage and incentive job creation, including the establishment of a State Enterprise Bank to lend to small and medium businesses. Deputy Calleary explained, “Fianna Fáil has a proud history of promoting pro-enterprise policies that will boost business and increase employment.  SMEs are the lifeblood of the economy and without easy access to credit, we risk cutting out the oxygen that sustains and grows our indigenous sector.  We have consistently set out proposals for the establishment of a […]

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Fitzgerald in Denial on Rural Crime – FF

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Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary TD has accused the Justice Minister of being in a state of denial about the extent of rural crime and the impact of Garda station closures, following a media interview published this morning. Deputy Calleary commented, “It is increasingly clear that this government is actually beginning to believe its own spin.  The scale of this disconnection with reality is clear this morning in an Irish Examiner interview with Minister Frances Fitzgerald, where she seeks to play down the issue of rural crime. “Denying the impact of Garda station closures on soaring crime rates and community decline, she reverts to Alan Shatter’s discredited promises of ‘smart policing’. […]

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Urgent support needed for Crossmolina community following flooding

– Calleary Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary is calling on the Government to urgently implement a special package of supports for homeowners and businesses affected by flooding in Crossmolina. Deputy Calleary made the comments following a weekend of severe flooding in the town which has caused extensive damage to homes and businesses. “Crossmolina has suffered another damaging flood with many homes and businesses being hit for the second time in just three weeks. Those affected by the flooding are in desperate need of urgent support from the Government,” said Deputy Calleary. “The Department of Social Protection needs to open up access to the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme for those […]

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