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Home Help hours failing to keep up with targets and demand in West Cork

Elderly, and people with disabilities, suffering because of government funding delays   Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to ensure that the HSE in West Cork gets the funding needed to ensure older people, and people with disabilities, have access to home help hours. According to a recent Parliamentary Reply, there is a 1048 hour gap, as of

Trump outscores Hitler on test used to determine psychopathic traits

by Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump outscores Adolf Hitler on a test used to determine psychopathic traits, according to an Oxford University researcher. Psychologist Dr. Kevin Dutton ranked the psychopathic traits of the two U.S. presidential hopefuls and historical figures using a standard psychometric tool – the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI).

Guns, ISIS: Has Donald Trump finally gone too far?

By Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump continued to self-implode this week with two of the most outlandish remarks of his rapidly disintegrating campaign. Speaking about Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s plans to reform gun control in the United States, at a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, Mr. Trump claimed that Mrs. Clinton ” wants to abolish the Second Amendment”  (the Constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear

Young people with disabilities must not be forgotten says TD

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD says today, International Youth Day, serves as a reminder that young people with disabilities must not be forgotten as the economic recovery takes hold. ?Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “Today marks International Youth Day and it is imperative that young people with disabilities are not left behind in the economic recovery. There must be a concerted and sustained effort by Government to

Lack of strategy hampers refurbishment of 433 vacant housing units in Cork says West Cork TD

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says new figures obtained by Fianna Fáil show that the Department of Housing has failed to approve funding to refurbish 433 housing units that are currently vacant throughout Cork. Commenting on the figures, Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “New information obtained by my party through a number of Freedom of Information requests to Local Authorities, show a serious lack of progress in refurbishing vacant social housing units.

Former CIA agent launches anti-Trump campaign for President

By Stephen Johnson Former CIA agent Evan McMullin this week launched an independent campaign for the White House, hoping to attract support from Republican voters who are not comfortable with the party’s nominee, Donald Trump. Mr. McMullin has been a vocal critic of Mr. Trump, labeling him as an “authoritarian” and criticizing the real estate billionaire for refusing to release his tax returns.

Waiting lists for Speech and Language Therapy on the rise says TD

NEW figures obtained by Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony show that the waiting lists for Speech and Language Therapy have risen in 2016. The latest figures made available by the HSE show that 14,047 people were waiting for a first assessment in March, up from 13,545 in June of last year. The numbers waiting for treatment have also increased from 8,326 to 8,974 over the same timeframe.

New poll shows Clinton widening her lead over Trump

by Stephen Johnson Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton currently holds an eight-point lead over her Republican opponent Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Sunday, August 7.    Mrs Clinton now leads Mr. Trump by 50 percent to 42 percent amongst registered voters, double the four-point advantage she enjoyed in mid-July, before the Republican and Democratic national conventions.  

Town Councils can breathe life back into West Cork communities says TD

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says Town Councils should be re-established in towns with a population of over 7,000.  She wants to see measures introduced to revitalise towns across the county. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony explained, “Local Government is the driving force behind towns, cities and communities right across this country.  It is at the heart of job creation, democratic representation, civic participation and local service

Clune reiterates her calls for the European Medicines Agency to be relocated to Cork

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has raised the issue of the European Medicines Agency relocating to Cork with both An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and with the Minister for Health Simon Harris. The European Medicines Agency, EMA, will have to leave its current base in London post Brexit. Speaking as media reports outlined how the Department of Health intends to lobby for the EMA to be relocated to Ireland, the Ireland

Cork farmers losing out as Farm Assist payments continue to fall claims TD

FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West says fewer farmers in Cork are qualifying for the Farm Assist Scheme.  New figures released to Fianna Fáil reveal that the number of farmers receiving funding under the scheme has fallen steadily every year since 2012. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony commented, “Family farmers in Cork have come through a very difficult few years and many have struggled to ensure their farms remain viable.  Despite

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