Éamon Ó Cuiv, Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and Community Affairs

Éamon Ó Cuiv

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Galway West


Kirwan House
Flood Street
Galway City

Tel: 091 562846
Fax: 091 562844

Website: www.eamonocuiv.ie

E Mail: eamon.ocuiv@oireachtas.ie


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Personal Details

- Born Dublin, June 1950.

- Married to Áine Ní Choincheannain; three sons, one daughter.

- Educated Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, Dublin: UCD (BSc).

- Former Manager of a Gaeltacht Co-Operative involved in establishing local businesses including agricultural services, timber milling, tourism and cultural and social development.

Local News

Govt fails rural Ireland as attack on communities continues - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has criticised the Government for its negative attitude towards rural Ireland. Deputy Ó Cuív accused Ministers of concentrating recovery efforts on cities and urban areas, while abandoning programmes and withdrawing essential services from rural areas. Read More | Share

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 | Share

Ó Cuív calls for strategic approach to Mayo/Galway road upgrades

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has called on Mayo County Council to devise a strategic road plan for south Mayo to accommodate the high volumes of industrial traffic passing through the region. A number of heavy duty businesses operate out of the area, which is leading to congestion and surfacing problems on the main roads. Read More | Share

Department deadline threatens important Harbour repair funding - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture Éamon Ó Cuív TD says Government constraints put on funding to repair storm damaged piers and harbours could risk the completion of certain projects. €7m was approved for 111 repair projects, but none of the money will be handed over to the relevant local authorities until all of the work has been carried out. The Department of Agriculture and the Marine has also stipulated that the repairs must be completed and the money drawn down by the end of this year. Read More | Share

Raid on Hardship Funding Nails Lie at Heart of Government Claims - FF

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has revealed that funding for a once-off emergency payment from the Department of Social Protection has been halved under this Government. In response to a question from Deputy Ó Cuív, Minister Joan Burton confirmed that €31.3m was allocated to cover the Exceptional Needs Payment in 2014, down from €62.9m in 2011. Read More | Share

Farmer protests on Beef prices must not be ignored – Ó Cuív

Quality mark for grass-based beef products should be introduced Read More | Share

FF to Outline Measures to Tackle Beef Crisis

FF proposes immediate €200 beef genomics scheme and establishment of Independent Beef Regulator to halt unfair dominance of supermarkets and processors and give a fair price to farmers Read More | Share

Hogan Must Put Fair Price for Farmers at Top of His Agenda – Ó Cuív

Exploitation by big supermarkets crippling farmers. FF calls for immediate €200 payment per head under Beef Genomics Scheme Read More | Share

Ó Cuív Congratulates New EU Agriculture Commissioner

Action must be taken to ensure CAP funds are distributed fairly and beef crisis is tackled at EU level Read More | Share

Ó Cuív calls on Minister to meet commonage farmers over SFP issues

Farmers in commonage not being consulted about stocking densities Read More | Share

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Political Record

Current Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and Community Affairs

  • 2011: Appointed Minister for Defence. Appointed Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
  • 2010: Appointed Minister for Social Protection.
  • 2007: Appointed Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
  • 2002: Appointed Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
  • 2001-2002: Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development, with special responsibility for Rural Development.
  • 1997-2001: Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and Islands with special responsibility for the Gaeltacht, Irish language and island development.
  • 1991-97: Member Galway County Council and of a number of subsidiary Committees.
  • 1995-1997: Party Spokesman for Islands, Gaeltacht and Rural Development.
  • 1994-97 Member of the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation.
  • 1992: Elected to Dáil Éireann.
  • 1989-92: Elected Senator on the Cultural and Educational Panel.