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Logan Air to provide Donegal Air Service - Cope

Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP has welcomed the announcement that Logan Air is to provide the P.S.O (Public Service Obligation) route between Donegal and Dublin. Pat the Cope who has supported Donegal Airport from the start said today "I have stated at all times that Donegal Airport could not continue commercially without PSO funding. The PSO is vitally important due to the isolated location of West Donegal, which is without a national primary road or rail link." Read More

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Septic charge is a further attack on rural dwellers - Moynihan

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Michael Moynihan TD has come out strongly against the Government’s plans to introduction an annual charge on septic tanks, describing it is as a further attack on rural dwellers. Read More

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Power welcomes release of Bahraini prisoners following Irish delegation visit

Senator Averil Power has welcomed the release in Bahrain of Dr. Rula Al Saffar, the head of the Bahrain Nursing Society, and Jalila al Salman, deputy head of the Bahrain Teachers’ Association. Both had been arrested following the crackdown on anti-government protestors in Bahrain last March. Their continued detention has been criticised by the United Nations, the European Union, the Irish Government and human rights organisations. Read More

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Calleary dismayed at HSE bed closures in Mayo

Confirmation that 59 beds are to close in County Mayo public nursing homes and districts hospitals has been met with ‘gross concern’ and ‘dismay’ by local Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary. The bed closures, spread across six facilities in Mayo, including Belmullet and Swinford District Hospitals, The Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar, St. Augustine’s Ballina, The McBride Nursing Home Westport and The Dalton Facility Claremorris, are being blamed on the Government’s moratorium on recruitment of frontline staff. Read More

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Power calls for Junior Cert results to be released on a Friday

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Education and Skills Senator Averil Power has called on the State Examination Commission to release the Junior Certificate results on a Friday rather than a Wednesday, in a bid to tackle binge-drinking and unsafe partying among minors. Senator Power said: "In September of last year, the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) called for a change in day the Junior Cert results were released. The belief is that it would be more difficult for young teenagers to hire party venues and drink in pubs and clubs on a Friday night, when places are busy with older crowds Read More

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Common corporate tax rate would stifle growth - Gallagher

Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP today said that introducing common corporate tax rates in Europe is ‘simply not a runner ' and will not wash politically. Mr Gallagher commented, “The reason the Eurozone is facing real difficulties is not down to the different level of corporation tax charged in various member states, but because of the level of indebtedness of EU Governments. The majority of Eurozone countries are in breach of budget deficit rules laid down for the operation of the Eurozone. Read More

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Vacuum created by European leaders contributes to markets slide and depresses economic confidence

The decision of European leaders to go on holidays after the July 21 Eurozone summit rather than ensuring the summit’s decisions were quickly implemented created an unnecessary vacuum which has contributed to the slide on global stock markets in recent days and has depressed economic confidence, according to Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath. Read More

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Smith welcomes 60th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, Cavan TD Brendan Smith, has welcomed the 60th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann underway in Cavan Town and has extend a warm welcome to all visitors to this spectacular event, the world’s biggest traditional music festival. Read More

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Major delays in Back-to-School Allowance payments unacceptable – Browne

Families in Co Wexford have been hit with delays of up to 8 weeks in Back-to-School Allowance payments, according to Wexford Fianna Fáil TD John Browne. Deputy Browne has said the situation has caused serious distress to many young families, who are struggling to budget the new school year. “I have been contacted by many parents who simply cannot cope with the costs associated with the new school year without the help of the Back-to-School Allowance. Families around the country are facing major delays in receiving the payment, but the situation is particularly bad in Wexford where the waiting times have now reached 8 weeks. “It essentially means that many families across Co Wexford will not receive this vital financial support from the State until well after the school year has begun. In the meantime, they are struggling to pay for new school books, uniforms, stationary and other essential school items. Read More

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Calleary shocked at second incident of dumped medical records

Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary has said he is horrified at revelations that the medical records of a number of patients of St. Joseph’s District Hospital in Ballina, Co Mayo were found dumped in a litter bin in a local housing estate. The Ballina-based Deputy has called on the HSE West to speed up their response to the revelations. The HSE have contacted families in the past few days but have told them they will have to wait three weeks for a full response. Deputy Calleary said: “A three week delay in responding to the affected families is completely unacceptable. This has caused significant distress to these people and the HSE should get answers as soon as possible to alleviate that distress. Read More

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