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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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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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Kitt Expresses Disappointment at News that Cappy PO Will Close in December

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Michael Kitt has expressed his disappointment at the decision by An Post to close the Post Office at Cappatagle in December. Read More

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Dooley Expresses Anger over Govt Broken Promise on Scoil Na Mainistreach

Fianna Fáil TD for Clare, Timmy Dooley has expressed his extreme anger over a broken Government promise regarding PE facilities at Scoil Na Mainistreach in Quin. Read More

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Dooley Shocked at Plans to Close Cratloe Post Office

Fianna Fáil TD for Clare, Timmy Dooley, has expressed his shock at reports that Cratloe Post Office is to close. Read More

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Group water schemes should be included in water charge allowances – Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says the Government should allocate tax reliefs to members of group water schemes in Mayo and across the country. Ministers announced certain allowances for Irish Water customers in the Budget, but there are no measures in the pipeline for households which are part of a group water scheme. Read More

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Minister must detail timeline for Northern talks – Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has called on Minister Flanagan to outline a timeframe for the next phase of cross party negotiations involving the British and Irish Governments. British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers announced a new round of talks to resolve outstanding issues in Northern Ireland last month, but a definitive roadmap for the process has still to be finalised. Read More

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Study on Cork City a Wake-up Call for Policy-Makers - Kelleher

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central, Billy Kelleher TD, says the ‘Cork City Profile 2014’ report is a wake-up for policy makers in Cork City Council and at Government level. Read More

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Kinane calls for BreastCheck extension for women in Galway

Fianna Fáil Councillor Martina Kinane is supporting Senator Mary White’s call in the Seanad for the Health Minister to extend the BreastCheck Screening programme to women over 65. The 2011 Programme for Government contained a commitment to extend the service for women in the 65-69 age bracket this year, but following a series of health cutbacks, that target will not be met. Read More

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