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Donegal waiting lists soar as health crisis deepens – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue TD says patients in Donegal are being failed by the lack of Government action in tackling hospital waiting lists in the region. The latest figures from the HSE reveal that 2,441 people were waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment at Letterkenny General Hospital in August. That’s an increase of over 100 on July’s figures, and a jump of almost 1,500 in the past six months. Read More

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FF urges Govt action on Sligo accident blackspot

Fianna Fáil Senator Paschal Mooney is calling on the Transport Minister provide necessary funds to upgrade the Collooney-Castlebaldwin road in Sligo. The National Roads Authority says the route could be upgraded using the Public Private Partnership model if state money can be secured. Read More

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Government may bow to pressure on Inishowen travel pass – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal North East Charlie McConalogue says he will continue to put pressure on the Social Protection Minister to include the Buncrana-Derry bus route in the free travel pass scheme. The service was taken over by McGonagle Coach & Bus Hire following the closure of the Lough Swilly Bus Company; however the Department of Social Protection has withheld the subsidy on the route. Read More

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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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