A Sinn Féin government will deliver for farmers and fishermen — Conway-Walsh

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Sinn Fein has launched its new policy document A New Deal for the West which outlines a new vision for the west of Ireland. Chairperson of the Stand up for the West campaign is Mayo General Election candidate Cllr Rose Conway-Walsh who believes this deal will deliver for farmers and fishermen in the west of Ireland who for too long have not been adequately represented.

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Disability Federation of Ireland campaign aims to ‘Disable Inequality’ in Election 2016

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Disable Inequality, a major election campaign for the disability movement, was launched recently. The campaign is calling on the next government to establish a cabinet minister for disability inclusion. It is also calling for an end to the anomaly that means that people with disabilities cannot access many Government job activation schemes and the reinstatement of the €150m which has been taken out of disability health services since 2008. This is a grassroots movement election campaign that will engage the public and candidates across all 43 constituencies.

There are 600,000 people living with a disability in Ireland — that is 13 per cent of the population — a number that is growing as Ireland’s population ages. Two in three people know or care for an immediate family member, a friend, or a neighbour living with a disability. There are 17,710 people with a disability living in Mayo.

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Fianna Fáil unveils A Manifesto for Rural Ireland

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Fianna Fáil has launched "A Manifesto for Rural Ireland” which it says is a comprehensive policy document that provides a credible plan to support the development of rural parish communities and balanced regional development. The document was launched by party spokesperson on agriculture and food Éamon Ó Cuív and spokesperson on community affairs Bobby Aylward, the document sets out key reforms and proposals that Fianna Fáil will implement in government. These measures it says will directly improve service provision, infrastructure, and employment opportunities in rural Ireland.

Deputy Ó Cuív, who is contesting the General Election in the Galway West constituency, which takes in large parts of south Mayo, including Ballinrobe, for the first time, commented: “Fianna Fáil has put forward a credible plan with practical costed solutions to reverse the five years of unfair government attacks on rural Ireland across many areas. Our vision centres on ensuring that rural Ireland is given the same employment and economic opportunities that have been afforded to other areas.”

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New fire station for Crossmolina — Mulherin

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Mayo Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has welcomed confirmation that Crossmolina is to get a new fire station. "I have been pursuing the issue since my election with former minister Hogan and current minister Alan Kelly. Former councillor Eddie Staunton had brought it to my attention and I visited the premises and met with the fire fighters to see for myself," said Deputy Mulherin this week.

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Cowley outlines his reasons for running

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Mulranny doctor Jerry Cowley will run as an independent candidate in the General Election as part of a national campaign by GPs in rural Ireland. Dr Cowley, who has a practice in Mulranny for 35 years, is the second candidate to be put forward by the No Doctor, No Village, campaign. The first candidate was Dr Michael Harty of Kilmihil, Co Clare, who made his announcement earlier in January.

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People Before Profit candidate hits out at Tesco

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Tesco has announced that long serving members of staff are on ‘inflexible contracts’ and are demanding that they take wage cuts. Tom Moran, the People Before Profit General Election candidate, has claimed: “This move reflects the true nature of the Irish recovery — it is being built on a low wage economy. About 1,000 members of Tesco staff are affected and it would mean a cut of €2.35 (16.5 per cent) per hour for workers earning €14.31. Over a whole year, it would lead to a minimum reduction of €6,591 per worker."

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Chambers pledges to fight for public service pay and conditions

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Mayo Lisa Chambers says her party will work to bring the take home pay of gardaí, teachers, and nurses in line with general wage improvements in the economy. Along with these measures, the party will address the inferior conditions of newly recruited public servants who secured jobs after 2011.

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Conway-Walsh condemns treatment of young farmers still waiting for payments

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

It is disgraceful that farmers who have applied for the Young Farmers Scheme, National Reserve, AEOS, and GLAS still remain unpaid coming to the end of January when payments were due in December according to Mayo Sinn Féin General Election candidate Cllr Rose Conway-Walsh.

Cllr Conway-Walsh said: “I am contacted by farmers right across the county who are desperate for these payments to be issued. In particular those in the Young Farmers Scheme who have paid out for leases which now have to be renewed are struggling to meet these payments. They have already paid out over €2,000 to do the Green Cert and many are attending classes two nights a week. They have also bought stock costing thousands of euro."

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Expert group probe into Mayo homes damaged by pyrite and mica progresses

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Mayo Fine Gael TD Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the news that a chairperson is soon to be appointed to the expert group set up to investigate the problems that have been caused to dwelling houses in Mayo and Donegal by pyrite and mica in concrete blocks.

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Chambers keeps up criticism on A&E situation

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Fianna Fáil General Election candidate in Mayo Cllr Lisa Chambers has criticised An Taoiseach's department and the Minster for Health for their inaction as the crisis at Mayo General A&E continues and health services nationwide deteriorate.

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O'Boyle calls for improved structures for treatment of alcoholism

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Independent general election candidate Gerry O'Boyle has said that there needs to be urgent attention paid to the treatment of people suffering from alcohol abuse. Mr O'Boyle claimed: "Alcohol abuse has never been as high in Mayo, as people are coming under more pressure from mortgage arrears and financial stress. If you have an alcoholic you have no place to treat them or deal with them. A&E don't want to know. We have no alcohol addiction clinic or treatment centre."

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Farrington wants action on rural crime

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

"The closure of our rural Garda stations and the subsequent rise in crime has been a thorn in the side of many of our rural communities for quite some time,” said Renua’s Mayo candidate, Michael Farrington. “The neglect of An Garda Siochana over the last three administrations, which included Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and Labour, has been an absolute disgrace and a disaster to many isolated and often vulnerable people in Mayo. One of the most important duties of the state is the protection of its people.

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