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
FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says the Housing Minister Simon Coveney must live up to his commitments on social housing projects. Earlier this week it was announced that 50 homes would be built in Clonakility.??
Deputy Collins has recently called on all the elected representatives in West Cork to meet formally to discuss the issues affecting West Cork. He proposed that a formal meeting take place every three months between the Oireachtas members and the elected County Council members in West Cork.
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
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
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.
FOLLOWING a meeting between Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune and the European Low Fares Airline Association in Brussels last night, the MEP has called on the European Commission to immediately exhaust all avenues, including legal arbitration, to put political pressure on the US authorities to grant a license to Norwegian Airlines to fly from Cork and Shannon to Boston.
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
WEST Cork Independent TD Michael Collins has urged the Minister of Department of Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht to fight for investment in the arts. Deputy Collins recently raised the issue of arts funding with the Minister in the Dáil.
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 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.
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.
The next few years will be a defining moment in our history and in the history of Europe. The stakes could not be higher. The need for a determined political response could not be stronger. That is why we must now move to bring some structure and clarity to what will happen.
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
Brexit uncertainty accelerates need for strong government support for farm incomes in Budget 2017 says IFA President Joe Healy
IFA President Joe Healy has said that the market uncertainty arising from the UK vote to leave the EU must be met by a strong commitment from Government to support farm incomes in Budget 2017.
Increasing optimism surrounding Cork/Boston route following visit of the US Vice President of the US to Ireland
HOPES of a speedy resolution to the current impasse in granting a license to Norwegian Airlines to fly transatlantic from Cork Airport have been raised following the visit to Ireland this week by Vice President of the United States Joe Biden.
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
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
FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called on the Agriculture Minister to intervene to speed up the TAMS application process. Since the introduction of the scheme last year, more than 5,000 applications have been lodged but none have been fully approved.
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.”
THE EU has been a driving force for improving workers’ rights when it comes to discrimination in the workplace, family leave rights, working time regulation, protection for atypical workers and health and safety in the workplace.
IFA President Joe Healy has warned that a British exit from the EU would be very damaging for the farming and food sector in Ireland. Speaking at a briefing with representatives from the agri-food industry in Dublin this morning, the IFA President appealed to the Irish community living in the UK to support the position that keeps the EU intact.
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.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability (UNCRPD) must be an immediate priority for the Government.
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
CORK County Mayor, Cllr John Paul O’Shea has come out strongly in response to an objection lodged by the Irish Air Line Pilots Association (IALPA) against the granting of a licence to Norwegian Air International to commence its planned Cork – Boston route.
THE new Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed TD, must ensure swift and measurable action to review procedures, reduce red tape and encourage development of the indigenous Irish shellfish sector, a conference in Athlone heard recently.
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.
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.
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.