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Govt ignores increasing Fair Deal crisis – Troy

New figures released to Fianna Fáil TD for Longford-Westmeath Robert Troy reveal that there are over 2,182 older people languishing on waiting lists for up to four months because of HSE funding delays in the Fair Deal scheme. Read More

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FF wants to shape new childcare and early education policies – Troy

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs Robert Troy is to host a consultation session on early childhood care and education with a view to updating his current policy document “Investing in Tomorrow” to improve the sector for parents and workers. Read More

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Health targets in tatters with 5 fold increase in numbers waiting more than 8 months – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD says Minister Varadkar needs to urgently tackle hospital waiting lists as the scale of the crisis across the country continues to spiral. Read More

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FF seeks Dáil debate on recognition of the State of Palestine

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade Brendan Smith TD has requested time in the Dáil to discuss a motion calling on the Irish Government to recognise the State of Palestine. Read More

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Fianna Fáil condemns cyber bullying campaign against Mairia Cahill

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins has said the party condemns in the strongest possible terms the deliberate online campaign being directed at Mairia Cahill as a result of her going public about her abuse. Read More

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Dáil Speech by Michael P. Kitt on Irish Water (PMB 22 October 2014)

I commend Deputy Cowen on tabling this Private Members' motion. I agree with him that there should be no payment for water in the current circumstances. As every Member of the House has spoken about the confusion that has arisen around this issue, I am sure they, too, will agree with that. The question that arises is who caused the confusion. Prior to the local and European elections we were promised that the average water charges bill in respect of the average two adult household would be €240. This was later increased to €278, which is a 20% increase. This has led to some of the confusion. While an attempt was made to address some of the issues in the recent budget by way of the household benefits and fuel allowances packages, including a €500 tax rebate on water charges which would equate to approximately €100 per household, what is proposed is a very complex system. It is proposed to introduce a combination of charges per litre, an assessed rate in respect of apartments and other dwellings which have no meters, the free allowance, the tax credits and the benefits package, all of which will result in a very complex system. Read More

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Govt Agrees to FF Request for Dáil Debate on Rural Broadband

Govt lip-service to roll-out of rural broadband must change Read More

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Finance Bill must scrap property tax increase – FF

Fianna Fáil Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has said the Government must take the opportunity of the Finance Bill this week to scrap the planned increase in property tax bills in two years’ time. Read More

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What did Minister Kelly Speak to Irish Water CEO About? – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment, Barry Cowen TD, has called on the Minister for Environment to reveal what was discussed at his meeting with Irish Water CEO John Tierney today Read More

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Voluntary Sports clubs may now be liable for rates with Government Valuation Bill – Byrne

Senator Thomas Byrne has said the Government's Valuation Bill, which passed third stage in the Seanad today, will result in voluntary sports clubs being liable for commercial rates if they rent out pitches or club facilities to generate an income. Read More

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