Polling day has finally come

Fri, Feb 26, 2016

Today's the day when the people of Mayo get their chance to have their say on the future direction of representation of the county in the Dáil. This is the time when you get to express your democratic right and have a say on who you think is best to represent the county's interests on a local, national, and international level.

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Big battle for the last seat expected over the weekend

Fri, Feb 26, 2016

By the time the votes are all counted on Saturday and the people's verdict read out Mayo will be returning four deputies to the 32nd Dáil, one fewer than five years ago and two fewer than the county returned 24 years ago when the 27th Dáil was elected. From 1997 on Mayo was reduced to a single constituency as the old Mayo West and Mayo East constituencies were merged, and from 2016 on a large swathe of south Mayo has been subsumed into Galway West. With it in the region of 7,000 votes have gone south of the border and with them sitting Mayo TD John O'Mahony who is looking to take a seat in a battle royale that many observers expect to go on long into Sunday and maybe later before the final shake-out in that particular battle is decided.

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Looking for your number one to make an impression

Fri, Feb 26, 2016

While all eyes are on the battle to take the four seats up for grabs, the money seems to be on a one, two, three of Enda Kenny, Michael Ring and Dara Calleary taking the first three seats, but the order of how that finishes up could differ from last time. With those three odds on to make it back to Leinster House, there looks to be a three-way battle between Michelle Mulherin, Rose Conway-Walsh and Lisa Chambers for the last seat. But that's only five candidates and there are 11 others looking to sway your vote to their side. We'll run down through the other 11 and give you a brief overview below.

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Galway West expected to go down to the wire

Fri, Feb 26, 2016

Galway West stands on the brink of electing its first female TD in almost 20 years, but while the omens are good for Independent Left councillor Catherine Connolly, her route to the Dáil is by no means certain, as Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats are also eyeing that same seat.

Galway West has only once elected a female TD, has never elected more than one Left candidate, and has never returned two Independents, but the current volatility of the electorate means the constituency is the most unpredictable it has ever been, with the final two seats very difficult to call only 24 hours before polling stations open.

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Mayo urology service declined by HSE - Cowley

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Dr Jerry Cowley Independent Candidate for Mayo says that he has learned that the HSE were offered a consultant urology biopsy service at Mayo University Hospital Castlebar five years ago but they declined to initiate such a service. Dr Cowley stated that Galway based consultants dealing with Mayo urology patients saw a great need for a urology consultant prostate biopsy service in Mayo but this was not acted on by the HSE despite the recommendation of the specialist urology consultants.

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An end to crime and corruption - Farrington

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

The primary duty of any government is to keep its people safe, yet, at present, many Irish citizens are living in fear as serious violence escalates across the country says Renua candidate for Mayo Michael Farrington. The candidate for next weeks election said that "The front pages of our newspapers are dominated by graphic images of violent and deadly crimes and, more recently, the funerals of some major Irish criminals, who believe that murder is an acceptable way to end a dispute. It is somewhat ironic that these criminals have no respect for the laws of this country and, no respect for the lives of the many innocent people their behaviour puts at risk, and yet they will have no trouble hiding behind our laws, demanding its protection and “their rights”.The attitude of the late Coalition towards criminality has been characterised by inactivity and apathy."

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Taoiseach: €14,000 for Castlebar Social Services

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed €14,000 in funding for Castlebar Meals on Wheels which will allow it put a refrigerated vehicle on the road to provide meals to the elderly in Castlebar and the surrounding area.

"This small grant means a lot to this organisation who work so hard to improve the lives of the elderly in Castlebar and many of the surrounding areas," Mr Kenny said. "They provide an invaluable service and I am glad that they have secured this funding. Only a thriving economy can keep the recovery going and allow us to invest further in valuable services and organisations like Castlebar Social Services [Meals on Wheels]."

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Taoiseach: €14,000 for Castlebar Social Services

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed €14,000 in funding for Castlebar Meals on Wheels which will allow it put a refrigerated vehicle on the road to provide meals to the elderly in Castlebar and the surrounding area.

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Government sacrifices needs of vulnerable — Moran

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Some 46,000 young children have complex needs, often relating to slower development of speech and language faculties. Yet the Irish health service does not make adequate provision for early intervention.

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Surgeon sent home, surgeries cancelled at Mayo General — Chambers

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Surgeons were sent home early and surgeries were cancelled last week at Mayo General Hospital because of overcrowding in the emergency department, according to General Election candidate Lisa Chambers.

Cllr Chambers said that under new protocols, surgical beds were being used to take the overflow of emergency department patients. Speaking this week she said: "Mayo General is obliged, under an order signed by Minister Varadkar, to put certain procedures in place once overcrowding reaches certain levels. Twenty five per cent of inpatient general surgical beds and 60 per cent of day surgical beds are being used to cater for emergency overcrowding."

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Time to end digital divide in Mayo — Calleary

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Mayo, Dara Calleary says it is time to end the digital divide which is undermining Mayo’s potential to develop business and increase local employment opportunities. Commenting following the launch of the Fianna Fáil manifesto on Thursday, he said that now is the time for action in delivering high speed broadband and mobile phone coverage to every home and business in Mayo.

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Mayo ignored for key infrastructure says First Independent Mayo

Fri, Feb 19, 2016

Why did Enda Kenny "our Mayo Taoiseach" not continue the motorway from Gort to Tuam on into Mayo at the very least? It is only a distance of 14km, asked the First Independent group this week.

The group, which is running two candidates in the General Election next Friday, said in a joint statement from both of their candidates, Peter Jordan and George O'Malley: "First Independent Mayo policy is to push for it to be continued to Claremorris and on to Sligo town. Mayo needs real infrastructure if we are to get real jobs. We are also pushing for the Western Rail Corridor; and a Knock Free Zone around the airport. Such a zone will take in Charlestown, Swinford, Kiltimagh, Knock, and Kilkelly and will result in 8,000 jobs."

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