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FF Leader Congratulates Bishop Kieran O’Reilly

The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has congratulated his fellow parishioner Bishop Kieran O’Reilly on his appointment as Bishop of Cashel and Emly by Pope Francis, following the retirement of Archbishop Dermot Clifford. Read More

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Ó Fearghaíl calls for Public Consultation on future use of Newbridge Credit Union building

Fianna Fáil TD for South Kildare Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on Minister Simon Harris to outline plans for the future use of the Newbridge Credit Union building. Read More

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Govt’s termination of essential programme threatens future of Mayo’s islands – Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has accused the Government of threatening the future of Mayo’s island communities through a lack of investment and development. He made the comments ahead of the termination of the Local Government Development Programme, which will be wound up at the end of the year. The programme provides core funding for essential services on non-Gaeltacht islands, including Inisturk and Clare Island. Read More

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Govt ignores East Galway towns in Smarter Travel funding allocation – Kitt

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Michael P. Kitt has expressed disappointment that a number of towns in the constituency have been ignored by the Government in its allocations under the Smarter Travel Initiative. Despite comprehensive applications being submitted by Gort, Loughrea and Athenry, all three towns have been refused funding. Read More

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Delays in Long Term Illness refunds must be urgently addressed - McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue has called on the Health Minister to ensure that the HSE refunds money owed to people with Long Term Illness cards as soon as possible. Thousands of people are due a rebate after they were mistakenly charged for their prescriptions, and despite assurances that the money would be repaid, many people still have not had the rebate returned to them. Read More

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Kitt welcomes Smarter Travel funding for Galway

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Michael P. Kitt has welcomed a funding allocation under the Smarter Travel scheme for initiatives in Galway towns and villages. The money is being put towards improving walking and cycling infrastructure throughout the county. Read More

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Dáil Speech by Michael P. Kitt on Nursing Home Support Scheme (PMB 12 November)

There has been much praise for the fair deal scheme. The scheme is not the problem, but rather the waiting list for applicants. Families have told me that due to budget cuts, people are waiting to get into nursing homes. Processing applications is now taking longer. Previously that was a simple procedure. I understand 2,083 people are on the scheme’s national placement list, with a waiting time for funding approval of 15 weeks from the date of determination. One must ask the reason for that, and why in my constituency the elderly aunt of a constituent was approved on 9 July 2014 and funding was made available on 29 October 2014, a total of 16 weeks later. That is the type of delay people face. It is very disappointing to hear of hundreds of people waiting for funding. It is a serious situation when a person goes into a nursing home and must wait for funds to become available as it leads to financial hardship. The Minister heard about cases where people have had to pay up to €13,000. Payments are no longer backdated, as happened under the nursing home subvention scheme. Read More

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Dáil Speech by Michael P Kitt on the Post Office Network (Topical Issues)

I recently tabled a parliamentary question to the Minister in relation to the business plan for An Post. In his reply, the Minister said that it was Government policy that An Post remain a strong and viable company in a position to provide a high quality postal service and maintain a nationwide customer focused network of post offices. The reply goes on to state that the board of An Post is required to approve a rolling five-year business and financial plan each year in accordance with the code of practice for the governance of State bodies. I am a little disappointed that the current five-year plan which will soon expire has resulted in the downgrading of many post offices and the closure of others. Read More

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Funding Should be Provided for New Library in Portlaoise – Fleming

Sean Fleming TD has called on the Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government Alan Kelly TD to provide funding for the upgrade of works that are required for the new Library at Main Street, Portlaoise. Read More

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Fianna Fáil proposes additional €1.7m for people with disabilities in City Council budget

The Leader of the Fianna Fáil Group on Dublin City Council, Cllr Paul McAuliffe has accused Sinn Féin “of betraying those voters that supported them in May’s local election. The Sinn Fein budget presented to the Council and supported by the Labour Party & the Greens provided a rate cut that will only support big businesses rather than providing €1.7 Million toward the Disabled Persons Grants programme operated by the City,’ said McAuliffe. Read More

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