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Failure to address child poverty entrenching a two-tier society says TD

FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony is calling on the Government to take urgent action to address child poverty.  She has warned that unless the issue is addressed, child poverty will further entrench the existing two-tier society and blight children’s’ lives into the future. Commenting on the issue Deputy Murphy O’Mahony explained, “The number of children experiencing poverty and social exclusion is appalling and it is

Disturbing report highlights shameful treatment of people with disabilities says TD

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has expressed her dismay following a Prime Time Investigates report into the care of adults with intellectual disabilities. The report highlighted a series of failures in the care of hundreds of patients. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “These revelations are disturbing and once again shine a light on the State’s neglectful treatment of people with disabilities. “I will be raising this issue with

Daly encourages groups in West Cork to apply for Arts and Culture Capital Scheme

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West has encouraged West Cork arts and cultural groups to apply for funding under the Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016, which is now open for applications. “Funding of €9 million has been announced by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, for this year’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme. Arts and cultural centres across Cork can now

HIQA report highlights need for renewed effort on congregated settings – Murphy O’Mahony

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says a new disability report published by HIQA highlights the need for further action to help support people with disabilities to live in a community environment. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “While this report makes it clear that regulation has helped bring about steady improvements in the standard of care provided to people with disabilities, it nonetheless highlights that further work is needed.

Cork tops list of counties for drink driving related fatalities on our roads – Clune says it’s time to consider alcohol interlocks for repeat drunk drivers

Cork accounts for nearly a fifth of all road deaths in the country this year Ireland South MEP and member of the EU Transport committee Deirdre Clune has said she is extremely concerned at figures from An Garda Síochána that show that Cork has one of the worst records in the country when it comes to drink driving related fatalities and that almost a fifth of all road deaths this

Minister Creed convenes meeting of food wise high level implementation committee on Brexit

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, today chaired a special meeting of the Food Wise High Level Implementation Committee to discuss Brexit and its implications for the agri-food sector.  The meeting was attended by the CEOs and senior officials from Enterprise Ireland, Bord Bia,  Teagasc  and Bord Iascaigh Mhara, as well as senior officials from the Departments of Agriculture Food and the Marine, Jobs, Enterprise

IFA meets Minister Creed on farm income crisis issues

IFA President Joe Healy led an IFA delegation in a meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed in Dublin last week, and highlighted priority areas and actions required from the Government to address the income crisis across the main farming sectors.

LCDC selected to become the LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) for West Cork

It has been announced that the West Cork Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) – a Committee of Cork County Council – has been selected by an Independent Selection Committee to become the LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) for West Cork. This means that the West Cork LCDC is the preferred applicant for managing and administering LEADER funding under the upcoming LEADER programme 2016-2020.

Clune calls for the EU Medicines Agency to relocate from London to Cork

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune will lobby for the European Medicines Agency, currently based in London, to be relocated to Cork after Britain last week decided to leave the EU. “The BrExit vote last week means that the European Medicines Agency cannot continue to be located in London. Cork is perfectly placed as a new location for the agency. We have an international airport on our doorstep and a top

Paudie O’Driscoll visits Dublin for 1916 events

Paudie O’Driscoll, secretary of the Baltimore Fianna Fail Cumann recently participated in a series of informative events held in conjunction with the centenary of the 1916 Rising in Dublin. The event which was held over the course of a day and a half was organised by Eamonn O Cuiv TD, a grandson of former Irish Taoiseach and President Eamon de Valera. Paudie, thoroughly enjoyed his historical trip to Dublin as

Ní Riada makes pilot project submission for the creation of a Single Boat Payment Plan

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has made a pilot project submission to the EU Commission for the creation and implementation of a Single Boat Payment Plan for the fishing industry. A member of the European Fisheries Committee, Ms Ní Riada said, “In my pilot project proposal for a Single Boat Payment Plan, I highlighted the disadvantage fishermen face in comparison in terms of fishing opportunities, geography, enforcement and climatic

Supports for older people severely lacking says Collins

AS of 2015, there are more than half a million people over the age of 65 living in Ireland. In the next thirty years this figure will double. It is vital that the current Government prepares for our ageing population. Deputy Michael Collins told West Cork Times that , “it has been Government policy since the 1960s to support older people to stay at home for as long as possible.”

Concern about reported changes to disability payment criteria

FIANNA Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has expressed concern following reports that the eligibility criteria for disability payments could be changed.  This would see teens having to wait an extra two years before being able to claim these essential payments.

Disability to remain a core priority for Fianna Fáil says Murphy O’Mahony

FIANNA Fáil’s newly appointed Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said she will ensure disability issues will be a core priority in the 32nd Dáil. The West Cork TD said, “I am extremely honoured to have been appointed to the Fianna Fáil front bench as the Party’s Spokesperson on Disability. I’ve worked and volunteered extensively in this field and it is an area I am passionate about. I will be

Collins promises to continue to lobby for rural Ireland

WEST Cork TD Michael Collins has welcomed the formation of a new Government, although he says it has taken far too long. Deputy Collins, said there was an onus on each and every member of Dáil Eireann to work towards forming that Government. Together with other rural Independent TDs, he called for the two largest parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to come together and negotiate a Programme for Government.

Leap surfacing works to begin in coming months

Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has confirmed that Cork County Council is progressing design work on the road pavement between Leap and Dromihilly. It is currently anticipated that the Council will be in a position to tender the scheme in the coming months.

Clune rejects Bernie Sanders’ ‘flag of convenience’ claim

FINE Gael Ireland South MEP, Deirdre Clune, has rejected claims made by US Presidential hopeful, Senator Bernie Sanders, that Norwegian Airlines International is merely a flag of convenience. She has compared the opposition to Norwegian Airlines flying between Cork and Shannon airports and the United States, to the negativity and opposition that faced Ryanair when it sought out a licence to fly to the UK in 1986.