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Ministerial visits to UHG must have a tangible outcome for Galway, says Nolan

Visits by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin last week and the forthcoming visit by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar this week must deliver a new Emergency Department (ED) for Galway, Labour deputy Derek Nolan says.

Grealish demands release of funds for Claregalway-Carnmore flood relief

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A decision on releasing the balance of the money for the €7.1 million Clare River flood relief scheme is to be made in the coming weeks by the Minister for Public Expenditure, Brendan Howlin.

Minister's visit to UHG must lead to new emergency department say TDs

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Close to 700 people were left on trolleys at University Hospital Galway in June, a 59 per cent increase on last year, and is a result of the non-intervention of the Health Minister, Leo Varadkar.

Labour succumb to neo-liberalism

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Insider spotted Labour Galway West TD Derek Nolan out knocking doors the other evening. He can only hope Dep Nolan’s appearance on the doorsteps does not impact too negatively on the Yes vote for marriage equality.

Work to start on €7.1-million Claregalway Flood Relief Scheme

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Work is set to begin on the €7.1-million Claregalway Flood Relief Scheme as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, is due to sign off on a review of environmental assessments.

As FG/Labour support falls, is re-election plausible?

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Last Friday saw much fanfare in the USA, and among Irish-based Americans, for the Independence Day celebrations, but in Ireland a dominant theme of political discourse - even close to two months after the local the European elections - is more of Independents’ Day.

New motorway will improve access to Knock Airport

Ireland West Airport Knock welcomed the announcement by the Government of the construction of a new motorway between the towns of Gort and Tuam, which when complete will provide improved access and shorter journey times between Galway and Ireland West Airport Knock.

Bord na Móna and Coillte must change to prioritise local workers — Mulherin

Fine Gael Mayo TD for Mayo Michelle Mulherin has received confirmation from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, that stipulations can be made to ensure that local workers are prioritised during construction phase in public contracts. Deputy Mulherin has called for this stipulation to applied in the case of the construction of the State’s largest wind energy farm at Oweninny. “I have received confirmation from Minister Howlin in response to a parliamentary question I submitted that there is a mechanism available which could be utilised to give priority to local workers in public construction contracts. I believe this can and should be applied in the case of the wind energy farm at Oweninny,” she said. “In response to my initial proposal that local people be prioritised for employment in the construction of the wind farm at Oweninny, Bord na Móna and Coillte stated that they are prohibited from prioritising local staff because of EU procurement rules. However Minister Howlin’s statement confirms that this is not the case. However Minister Howlin has confirmed to me that the European Commission issued guidance in 2010 that in pursuance of certain social objectives the public procurement process can be used to prioritise employment and training opportunities for young unemployed or long-term unemployed, in a contract for services awarded by these state companies. In the case of the wind farm at Oweninny, it is my contention that such a clause should be used and a derogation sought to provide work for locals who are long term unemployed and for training and apprenticeship opportunities for young people.”

Budget must not reward cowboy builders, says Higgins

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Cowboy builders who have left local authorities with unfinished estates and unpaid development fees must not be rewarded by Budget 2014 with construction sector VAT reduction.

No places for disabled school leavers ‘a human rights violation’ says Healy-Eames

An “appalling neglect and a 'human rights violation” is how a leading Galway politician has described the lack of full-time day services for intellectually disabled school leavers.

 

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