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BOSE closure puts Monaghan jobs crisis front and centre - Smith

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has expressed serious disappointment following the announcement by BOSE Corporation that it’s to close its Carrickmacross manufacturing facility. The factory is set to close in April with the loss of 140 jobs. Read More

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Maternity services at Portiuncula must be maintained and improved – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Colm Keaveney, has called for an investigation into the leaking of a report into maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, which was handed over to members of the media before the families at the centre of the investigation were contacted by management at the hospital. The report examines deficiencies at the hospital’s maternity unit following the deaths of two babies during childbirth, and a further five cases where babies were deprived of oxygen during delivery. Read More

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Govt must not allow further cuts to Donegal Garda Numbers - McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says it’s completely unacceptable for rural and border Garda Stations to have their personnel numbers depleted in order to beef up policing in urban areas. Deputy McConalogue was responding to proposals to move Gardaí from rural stations to urban stations for 8 week periods in an effort to address manpower shortages. Read More

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Moville Community Welfare Clinic must remain open – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the Department of Social Protection to reverse its decision to cancel its weekly community welfare clinic in Moville. If the closure goes ahead, people in the Foyle area will be forced to travel to Carndonagh or Buncrana to meet with a Community Welfare Officer. Read More

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Statement by Deputy Michael P. Kitt during Dáil debate on Hospital Overcrowding

The most important point in the motion is the need to immediately provide beds and increase the number of front line staff to deal with overcrowding in our hospital emergency departments. The point has been made over and over that the Government and the HSE expected that this deplorable overcrowding would happen. We have to ask why there was not adequate preparation for this. Read More

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Four-fold increase in One-Teacher Schools in last 4 years - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív says the number of one-teacher schools has increased four-fold since this Government came into power. Budget changes have seen the number of single teacher schools rise dramatically from 11 in September 2011 to 44 currently. Read More

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Single parent families to suffer as a result of sneaky Budget cuts – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mac Sharry says hundreds of families across the North West are facing cuts of up to €80 euro a week because of changes to the One Parent Family Payment. The age threshold for the entitlement is being reduced again in July, resulting in cuts payments for single parent families. Read More

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Kirk calls for EPA intervention following revelations about toxic dumping into Dundalk water supply

Louth Fianna Fáil TD Seamus Kirk has said he is extremely alarmed by revelations in the ‘Sunday Independent’ that toxic substances are being dumped into the Fane River which feeds the main reservoir for Dundalk. Read More

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O’Callaghan to raise scrapping of DFB fire and accident call-out charges

Today marks the third anniversary of the introduction by Dublin City Council of fire and road accident call-out charges for Dublin householders. Fianna Fail Cllr Jim O'Callaghan says it's a timely opportunity for a review of the charge which he says is too high, confusing and unnecessary. Read More

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Speech by Deputy Michael P. Kitt on Water Supply Contamination

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this issue, and I commend the people of Williamstown for raising it and bringing it to the attention of the national and local media in a very professional way. The matter was summed up very well by a headline in The Irish Times on 5 January: "Galway Community may face two years on boil water notice". The article refers to "a contaminated water supply in Co Galway which could affect about 1,000 people for two years." The powers that be have a considerable responsibility to find a quick solution to the contamination of the water supply in Williamstown, County Galway. The contaminant is cryptosporidium, which was in the Galway city water supply some years ago. Read More

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