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Mayo farmers penalised under new Farm Assist applications - Calleary

Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has called on the Minister for Social Protection to clarify whether the criteria for the Farm Assist payment has changed. The latest renewal form does not take outgoings into consideration, focusing solely on assets and income. Read More

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Motor tax money being used to prop up Irish Water while roads remain impassable

Galway East Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has said that motor tax paid by residents in Galway is being used to prop up Irish Water at a time when many roads in the county remain impassable due to snow and ice. Deputy Keaveney says it is unacceptable that motor tax money is being used to fund the super quango instead of going towards treating the road network to keep it open during wintry weather. Read More

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Kerry ambulance delays putting patients’ lives at risk - Senator Daly

Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has said that poor ambulance response times in Kerry are putting patients’ lives at risk. Senator Daly made the comments after figures released by the HSE reveal that ambulances dispatched to life threatening 999 calls in Kerry regularly fail to meet the HIQA response time standards of arriving on scene in less than 19 minutes. Read More

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West Clare needs joined up public transport system - Dooley

Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Timmy Dooley has called on the National Transport Authority (NTA) to implement a joined up timetable for bus and rail services in West Clare. Deputy Dooley says the current timetable arrangements do not make sense as trains depart Ennis ten minutes before buses are scheduled to arrive. Read More

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Dooley calls on Revenue Commissioners to reverse decision to cutback staff in Ennis

Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Timmy Dooley TD has called on the Revenue Commissioners to reverse its decision to terminate the employment of 63 Temporary Clerical Officer (TCO) positions in Ennis. The Fianna Fáil TD says the Revenue Commissioners is looking to relocate the jobs outside of Clare. Read More

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Government must commit to second breast cancer consultant at LGH – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the Minister for Health to provide a guarantee on the future of breast cancer services at Letterkenny General Hospital and to immediately commit to appointing a second breast cancer consultant. Read More

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McGuinness demands retention of Castlecomer bus services

Carlow-Kilkenny TD John McGuinness has said that any attempt to axe public bus routes in Castlecomer and surrounding communities must be resisted. Read More

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Tender process for funding community groups has descended into a farce

For the second time in a week the Government has postponed the announcement of community development funding which is expected to see significant funding cuts and possible job losses in the sector. The legal tendering process, which was originally due to be announced on the 18th of February, was initially deferred until the 25th of February. Now it has been pushed back yet again to the 2nd of March. Read More

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Councillor O’Brien welcomes job announcement in Liffey Valley

Fianna Fáil Councillor for Lucan Ed O’Brien has welcomed today’s announcement of 450 jobs to be created in the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre. The announcement confirms the news that Penney’s will open in the Shopping Centre, as part of an extension to the centre which will include new restaurants as well as increased civic space. Read More

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Browne demands retention of local bus services

Deputy Browne has expressed his outrage at Bus Éireann’s decision to drastically reduce services linking a number of communities to Dublin. It was revealed this week that the bus operator plans to axe nearly 100 rural bus routes. Read More

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