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

Islands need specific health policy - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has hit out at the Health Minister for a lack of specific healthcare provision for the islands. In reply to a Parliamentary Question, Minister Varadkar confirmed that no specific policies for the management of GP and nursing services for the islands exists, despite issues with access. Read More | Share

Dáil debate on dairy crisis is long overdue - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food and Community Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív TD has said that the government’s decision to hold a debate on March 5th to discuss the ongoing dairy crisis engulfing Irish farmers is long overdue. However Deputy Ó Cuív has said the debate is coming too late as farmers are facing a super levy fine of up to €100 million on 1st April 2015. Read More | Share

1916 centenary celebrations must remain non-partisan – Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has said that the 1916 centenary celebrations must be non-partisan in nature so that they can be cherished by all sections of Irish society. Deputy Ó Cuív made the comments after chairing the inaugural meeting of the Coiste 1916 Committee. The committee has been established by party leader Micheál Martin TD and is tasked with organising a series of public commemorative events in the lead up to 2016. Read More | Share

Minister continues to sit on elusive education report - Ó Cuív

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív is calling on the Education Minister to explain why she is refusing to publish the Value for Money Review into small schools. The study has been sitting in the Department for almost two years, but Minister Jan O’Sullivan has not committed to a publication date. Read More | Share

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

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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.