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"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.
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.
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.
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.
The official launch of the controversial Corrib Natural Gas took today in Erris earlier this week, with Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Joe McHugh performing the official duties.
Fine Gael's National Director of Elections, Brian Hayes MEP, was in Athlone last week to launch the re-election campaign of Longford-Westmeath TD Gabrielle McFadden.
The Red Cross Humanitarian Aid Fund was heavily criticised in the Dáil last Thursday due to the fact that many businesses affected by recent flooding are being told they are ineligible for assistance under the fund's criteria.
Westmeath County Council is to write to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly to request that Red Cross aid for flood victims be extended to assist those who have put flood defences in place at their own expense.
A local TD has hit out at what he called the slow progress on planning for a new emergency department at University Hospital Galway.
The Island Ferries company, which had been threatening to cease carrying passengers between Rossaveal and Kilronan in the Aran Islands, has agreed to extend its services until spring. The company had claimed it would stop its operation due to a protracted dispute over a levy of .80 cent which it is forced to collect from passengers on behalf of Galway County Council.