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Govt must make Cregg House funding a priority – Mac Sharry

Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Sligo-Leitrim Senator Marc Mac Sharry has called on the Government to provide the necessary funding to ensure that Cregg House is brought in line with national standards. It comes following the publication of a report into practices at the Sligo care home, which found that staffing levels were critically low and was “having a direct impact on the quality of life for residents”. Read More

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Ó Fearghaíl pays tribute to Val Doonican

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Arts & Culture Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD has paid tribute to the late Val Doonican who has died at the age of 88. Read More

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Chronic underfunding forces closure of Kilkenny residential care unit - Aylward

Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow - Kilkenny Bobby Aylward has accused Minister Kathleen Lynch of failing to learn the lessons of the past after a residential unit for people with intellectual disabilities was deregistered. HIQA raised a number of concerns about practices at St. Patrick Centre in Kilkenny and secured a court order striking the unit off the national register. Read More

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Minister Coveney admits banks overcharging farmers for agricultural loans - Aylward

Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow - Kilkenny Bobby Aylward TD has called on the Government to take action to end the practice of banks overcharging farmers on agricultural loans. Read More

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Downgraded cancer services at Connolly finally set to resume – Chambers

The HSE has told Dublin West Cllr Jack Chambers that two vacant haematology posts at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown will finally be filled by the end of the summer. Read More

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Statement by Deputy Michael P. Kitt calling for better Credit Union supports

I commend Deputy Michael McGrath on the comprehensive motion which he tabled and addressed yesterday. I agree with him on the need for a clear policy to support the strategic growth and development of credit unions in Ireland. It is certainly the case the main focus of the credit union movement is the community. I have always made the case that credit unions and the group water scheme movement are two organisations which have been a great addition to rural Ireland particularly. One only has to look at how credit unions have helped out, particularly in education because of the expense of third level education and back to school expenses, and other issues such as Christmas bills and loans for house improvements. These are very necessary expenses, particularly for people who are vulnerable. The credit union movement keeps vulnerable people away from loan sharks, which is something about which we should all be concerned. Read More

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Govt credibility seriously damaged as one in five crimes goes unrecorded - Aylward

Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow - Kilkenny Bobby Aylward says the credibility of the Government has been seriously damaged following the revelation that one in five crimes committed in the state are going unrecorded. Read More

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Dooley calls for investigation into ambulance breakdown following patient death

Fianna Fáil TD for Clare Timmy Dooley has called for a thorough investigation following reports that an ambulance travelling with a patient, who subsequently passed away, broke down on the M18 near Shannon while en route to hospital. Read More

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Disadvantaged areas to suffer as Minister cuts key scheme - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West has accused the Government of turning its back on people living in areas of urban deprivation. His comments come on foot of a Parliamentary Reply, which revealed that Minister Kelly is winding down the RAPID area fund. Read More

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25,000 jobs at risk as Govt abandons social enterprise sector - Kirk

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth Seamus Kirk has said up to 25,000 jobs are at risk in the social enterprise sector as a result of the Government’s failure to appoint a Minister with responsibility for Social Enterprise. Read More

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