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Burton abandons thousands of families in need with rent supplement snub – O’Dea

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Social Protection Willie O’Dea has criticised the decision by the Minister for Social Protection not to increase rent supplement to struggling families and individuals, despite the spiralling cost of rent increases in the last year. Read More

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Time for FG to stand up for local community on Pylons – Smith

Cavan-Monaghan Deputy Brendan Smith has hit out at the Government and Eirgrid for failing to consider alternatives to massive pylons along the North South Interconnector. Read More

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FF Dáil motion will demand action to end standard rate mortgage rip-off

Fianna Fáil Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has today published the details of a Private Member Motion to be debated in the Dáil next week which will demand action to end what he is describing as the rip-off of tens of thousands of existing variable mortgage customers. Earlier this week Fianna Fáil published an analysis of the interest rates that are charged to existing customers on tracker rates, standard variable rates (SVRs) and those that are available to new customers. This showed a wide and growing disparity with existing customers on SVRs very much at the bottom of the pile. Read More

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North East communities abandoned by draft pylon plans – Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Byrne has accused the Government and Eirgrid of abandoning the needs of North East communities by refusing to consider alternatives to overhead power lines for the North South Interconnector. The Meath Senator has heavily criticised a draft plan published by Eirgrid today, which offers no alternatives to overhead power lines in the North East. Read More

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Looming election sees Fine Gael finally take action on SME sector – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary TD has accused the Government of trying to win over votes in the SME sector after ignoring small businesses for the past four years. Fine Gael is planning to unveil new measures next week aimed at winning over small and medium businesses ahead of the General Election. Read More

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Government silent as Irish farmers face double whammy of punitive fines - FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív TD says the Government has failed Irish farmers miserably with the onset of two onerous fines. Farmers are being burdened with a fine in the region of €180m for the land parcel identification system (LPIS) as well as the milk superlevy of €75m. Read More

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McAuliffe condemns brazen gun attack in Drumcondra

The Fianna Fáil Leader on Dublin City Council, Cllr Paul McAuliffe, has expressed his shock and outrage at the latest viscous gun attack in Dublin. Read More

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Fresh effort must be made to resolve Dunnes Stores dispute – Calleary

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Dara Calleary TD has called on Dunnes Stores to use the State’s industrial relations machinery to resolve its ongoing row with staff over pay and contracts. Workers at the company have threatened strike action over management’s refusal to engage with them on the issue of zero hours contracts. Read More

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Govt continues to sidestep children’s mental health crisis – Keaveney

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney TD has called on Minister Kathleen Lynch to provide a date for the HSE to cease the practice of admitting children to adult wards. He described the Government’s failure to provide adequate mental health care for children as “utterly appalling” following a report by the Children’s Mental Health Coalition, which revealed increasing waiting lists and times for children requiring mental health appointments and treatment. Read More

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Aylward alarmed at escalating mortgage crisis in Carlow-Kilkenny

Fianna Fáil bye-election candidate Bobby Aylward has expressed alarm about the escalating mortgage crisis in Carlow and Kilkenny, as new figures reveal that the mortgage default rate in Carlow and Kilkenny is significantly higher than the national average. Read More

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