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Community Employment Scheme proposals published by Fianna Fáil

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– Submission highlights value and importance of CE schemes to communities in County Mayo- Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has backed his Party’s publication of proposals to secure Community Employment Schemes into the future. The document has been submitted to the Interdepartmental Group, which is examining the future of these schemes.   Deputy Calleary commented, “Fianna Fáil has always been a strong advocator and supporter of Community Employment Schemes. We recognise the valuable contributions that these schemes make across County Mayo as well as the huge benefits that the participants themselves report.   “The positive impact of participating in a CE scheme cannot be overstated – from the […]

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Calleary calls for CRU Committee appearance as Mayo Renewable Power project stagnates

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-Calleary secures special Dáil debate on the matter-   Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has written to the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change, and Environment to request that the Commission for Regulation Utilities (CRU) come before the Committee to discuss their approach to the project in Killala, County Mayo which has had ongoing delays.   Deputy Calleary had raised the topic at a dedicated debate in the Dáil convened at the request of the Deputy.   “The project as it stands cannot progress with the current rate, which is currently on offer from the CRU. It would completely undermine the project.   “It is imperative this plant […]

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Govt must act as cost of insurance reaches crisis point in communities across Mayo – Calleary

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FF motion seeks action on awards, fraud and data  Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has raised the concerns of businesses across his constituency who are crippled with rising insurance premiums. A Fianna Fáil private members’ motion to be debated in the Dáil today will put the spotlight on the developing crisis facing businesses, sporting clubs and community organisations across County Mayo as a result of the cost of employer and public liability insurance. Deputy Calleary commented, “Businesses in Mayo with a significant public footfall such as play centres, pubs and nightclubs, hotels and leisure centres, are facing an insurance crisis, and there seems to be little practical action […]

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Banning of blue lights on Coast Guard vehicles is backward

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has said the directive issued to Coast Guard members, no longer permitting them to use emergency lights and sirens on vehicles while driving, further demonstrates the need for the Coast Guard to be put on a statutory basis.   Deputy Calleary said “As we are all aware, the Irish Coast Guard is one of Ireland’s most important and respected organisations. In my own constituency of Mayo we all know the vital service the Coast Guard carry out on a daily basis.   “The Irish Coast Guard is one of Ireland’s four principal emergency services yet it is the only blue light service not […]

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Bangor Erris GP services must be protected

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Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has called on the government to protect the General Practitioner services in Bangor Erris, County Mayo following ongoing risks to the service.   Raising the matter in the Dáil, Deputy Calleary said “We have been well served by the GP in Bangor Erris however there is concern in the community as we understand the GP has been offered another role which it is expected he will accept.   “While the clarity that a GP will be in place until March is welcome who will apply for the GMS list and take over the practice afterwards? There are vacancies in rural Ireland for GP’s […]

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Two dietitians secured for Mayo confirms Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has been informed that two dietitians have been confirmed for County Mayo having raised this matter in the Dáil. There have been up to 635 people on waiting lists for dietitian services in the County, with 226 waiting for over one year for an appointment.   Deputy Calleary said “I welcome the news that two new dietitians have been appointed yet there are still questions to answer. When will they start? Where will they cover? How does the Department intend to reduce the significant waiting times in the area?   “There are significant negative health consequences for these patients awaiting appointments. Particularly young people. I ask that […]

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Govt skewed economic policies leaving Mayo in the lurch – Calleary

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– No investment for Mayo in €104 million worth of regional and enterprise announcements –Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has accused the government of having no ambition for indigenous enterprise Co. Mayo.  It comes on foot of two recent government announcement – one for regional enterprise development funds totalling €29 million and another for the Government Disruptive Technology Fund totalling €75 million – in which Mayo applicants were overlooked. Deputy Calleary explained, “I raised this directly in the Dáil with Minister Humphreys. The Minister and her Cabinet colleagues need to sit down and have a very frank discussion about a jobs and enterprise plan for […]

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Credit Unions should be given powers to compete with moneylenders – Calleary

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has called on the government to allow Credit Unions to provide low income loans to low and middle income earners so that they are not forced to turn to moneylenders. He made the call following the decision by the Central Bank to approve a new lender, which offers secured loans at a rate of 49.9%. Deputy Calleary said, “This time of year can put a huge financial burden on families, who in some cases feel as if they have no choice but to turn to moneylenders – many of which charge exorbitant interest rates – of up to 288%.  While […]

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Calleary welcomes Ballina investment

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Ballina Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has welcomed the announcement of a €3.2 million investment in Ballina under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund. “I am very pleased that the Government seems to have finally realised that there is life outside the Pale and more specifically west of the River Shannon. The proposed transformation of Ballina’s 18th century Military Barracks into a digital hub is a very exciting project and one that has potential to deliver much-needed high-end employment opportunities to the region,” said Deputy Calleary. “I wish to congratulate all the stakeholders in this exciting project including Mayo County Council, Moy Valley Resources, NUIG and the international private investor […]

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Calleary welcomes movement on pension anomaly back pay – Around 79,000 pensioners affected by change –

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Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has received confirmation from the Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection that her department will be writing to pensioners shortly to outline how the review of the changes in rate bands for the state pension will work. Last January Minister Regina Doherty acceded to Fianna Fáil demands to reverse a punitive change introduced by the previous Fine Gael and Labour government, which resulted in women, who spent time out of the workplace to care for children or a loved one, being penalised in their pension entitlements. While this government u-turn was welcomed, many pensioners have been left confused by […]

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