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Cork needs extra tourist accommodation says TD

Tourism bodies should run campaign to attract more B&B and Airbnb providers  Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has written to Tourism Ireland, and the Cork Tourism, asking them to roll-out a county wide tourism initiative to attract more people into providing accommodation to tourists visiting the county. “Over the summer, I’ve met countless tourists visiting our county, and also met with owners of pubs, restaurants, and amenities, and

Social protection system must be focused on getting people back to work or into education says TD

Fianna Fáil’s Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said that the entire social protection system needs to re-focus itself on providing opportunities rather than putting barriers in front of people. “To my mind, every scheme that the DSP offers to those who are unemployed must have, as one of its primary outcomes, an objective of moving people into further education, training and ultimately paid employment.”

Jane Goodall says Trump’s antics remind her of male chimpanzees

by Stephen Johnson Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign antics resemble male chimpanzees’ dominance rituals. Goodall, who spent years studying and living among chimpanzees in Africa, says Trump’s  attempts to assert dominance in politics are chimp-like.

Cork Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Teams severely understaffed

Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, has said that A Vision for Change, the counry’s flagship mental health strategy, is at risk of failure if staffing levels do not rise to meet staffing targets in Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Teams. Nationally, just 51% of the staffing levels recommended in A Vision for Change have been delivered. In counties Cork and Kerry, the corresponding figure is just 50.2%,

Latest Poll: Trump and Clinton Locked in Tight Contest

by Stephen Johnson With less than eight weeks to go before Election Day,  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are locked in a tight contest, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds. Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic nominee, has the support of 46 percent of likely voters nationwide, to 44 percent for Mr. Trump, the Republican.

Sinn Féin MP to deliver oration at West Cork commemoration

The “Vol. Diarmuid O’ Neill Commemoration Committee” (a sub-committee of the Clonakilty Sinn Féin Cumann in West Cork), received confirmation this week that Francie Molloy, life-long Republican and current Sinn Féin MP for Mid Ulster, will deliver the main oration at the 20th anniversary commemoration in memory of IRA Vol. Diarmuid O’ Neill at Timoleague Cemetery. The commemoration takes place at 12.45pm on Sunday 25th September. 

Minister Harris to turn the sod on the Bandon Community Hospital

CORK South West, Fine Gael, Dáil Deputy Jim Daly has confirmed the news that Minister Simon Harris will officially turn the sod on the works beginning in Bandon Community Hospital on Monday the 26th September at 4.00 PM. This build was promised for many years, however it was not until 2011, when Deputy Daly arranged for the Friends of Bandon Community Hospital to meet with the then Minister for Health James

Creed announces €12m basic payment refund to 104,000 farmers

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced that the payment of €12.4 million to approximately 98,000 farmers has commenced.  This money was deducted from their 2014 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) payments under the Financial Discipline rule.

Daly Confirms Grant Aid for West Cork Islands

A number of off shore Islands along the coast of West Cork move a step closer to securing permanent helicopter landing sites which will greatly increase connectivity with the mainland and ensure a safer living environment for the Islands’ residents particularly during medical emergencies. Cork Southwest, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly has confirmed that a grant of up to €5,500 has been made available by the Department of Arts, Heritage,

Clune calls on President Juncker to intervene directly with the White House in the ongoing Norwegian airlines issue

Clune also asks the European Commission to set out exactly how long the arbitration process in the Norwegian license case will take and to outline the exact procedure that will be followed to get the NAI license to fly from Cork and Shannon approved.  Ireland South MEP and member of the EU Transport committee Deirdre Clune has called on the President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker to intervene

Schull Committee seek Minister’s assistance to progress harbour development

A meeting recently took place between members of the Schull Community Council, The Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed and management of Cork County Council. The meeting took place at the Department of the Marine Clonakilty and was facilitated by Cork South West TD Jim Daly (FG) who has been assisting the committee over the past while.

Reform needed to ensure carers can access full state pension says Moynihan

Fianna Fáil Cork North West TD Aindrias Moynihan says reform is needed to ensure people who take time out of the workforce to care for children or an elderly relative are not subsequently denied access to a full pension. “The Government should address this issue and ensure that a person who has taken time out of the workforce to care for children or an elderly relative is not unfairly disadvantaged.

Commissioner Hogan Visits Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen

Prior to opening a major EU conference on the future of European Rural Development policy, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, today visited the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, Co Cork. Recalling the essential support that rural development policy provides for supporting rural areas throughout the EU, Commissioner Hogan said “today’s visit to the Ludgate Hub is a perfect illustration of how a group of forward-thinking people

Lessons must be learned from Áras Attracta report

Responding to the publication of the report on Áras Attracta, the Fianna Fáil Disability Spokesperson Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD says that “lessons must be learned and that there must be a fundamental change in approach to people with intellectual disabilities.” “We were all appalled and shocked by the revelations at Aras Attracta. It’s crucial that the HSE ensures a situation like this is never repeated. This report clearly highlights the

Donald Alert!  Polls show Trump narrowing gap with Clinton

by Stephen Johnson Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to cut into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s lead, according to the latest polls, although Mr. Trump trails by larger margins in such key battleground states as Ohio and Pennsylvania. While polling has been volatile in the 2016 presidential race, the RealClearPolitics average now shows Mrs. Clinton leads Mr. Trump by 3.9 percentage points.  

Concern at fall in number of Intellectual Disability Nurses

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD has expressed her concern at the decrease in the number of intellectual disability nurse positions over the past two years. Speaking on figures obtained by Fianna Fail, Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “Information provided my party by the HSE shows that the total number of intellectual disability nurses employed by the HSE at June 2016 was 1,211, a decrease of 49.” “This

47% cut in Workplace Safety Funding a recipe for disaster

Fianna Fáil TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says that Government decision to cut the funding for workplace safety initiatives through the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) by 47% is shocking, short sighted and dangerous. “A recent parliamentary question to the Minister confirms that the estimated spends on Safety Initiatives has been cut from €1.77 million in 2015 to €957,000 in 2016. This 47% cut makes no sense,” said the Cork South

West Cork schools face chaos due to ballot for industrial action

CORK South West Fianna Fáil TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony is calling for the Minister for Education and the ASTI to come together and reach an agreement to avoid the closure of West Cork schools as a result of planned industrial action. “The decision at the weekend by the ASTI to vote in favour of industrial action is deeply worrying. There are thousands of students in West Cork starting off the

Creed announces details of milk supply reduction scheme

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed T.D. today announced details of how Irish dairy farmers can apply for the EU voluntary milk supply management scheme which was recently agreed in Brussels. The scheme has an overall budget of €150m to cover all applicants across the EU and there are no individual allocations for Member States.   The Minister said, “This scheme represents the latest in a

Donald Trump goes to Mexico

by Stephen Johnson Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump visited Mexico City on Wednesday, where he told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto that if elected he would build a border wall to keep illegal migrants out, but Pena Nieto held fast to his position that Mexico would not pay for it. “At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the

Housing Assistance Payment Scheme requires reform – TD

Cork South West Fianna Fáil TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called for reform of the Housing Assistant Payment (HAP) Scheme. The scheme is a form of social housing support for people who have a long-term housing need. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “There has been much discussion in recent days regarding the HAP scheme and who should have access to it. However what has been missed in this debate is the

New measures needed to ensure pension equality for women

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called on the Government to review the current pension system.  People who may have haven time out of the workplace to look after children or to care for a relative are being unfairly penalised as they fail to qualify for a full pension.

Creed announces commencement of fisheries local development strategies

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD met representatives of the seven new Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty today. €12m is available to the FLAGS under Ireland’s Operational Programme for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Each FLAG will now receive technical support to prepare a Local Development Strategy, in consultation with local communities, setting out the FLAG

There Is No Upside For The Agri-Food Sector Post Brexit conference hears

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, spoke at a recent discussion on the impact of Brexit on Irish Agriculture in Macroom. There is nothing positive about Brexit for the agri-food sector according to Agriculture Minister Michael Creed. He was speaking at a Macra na Feirme Brexit forum in Macroom, Co. Cork. The Minister also said there is an over reliance on the United Kingdom market for our

Health service continues to fail people with disabilities says TD

Government must ensure that people with disabilities are protected while in care Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has reacted with severe disappointment to the publication of 11 Health Information and Quality Authority reports which have shown that once again the health service is failing people with disabilities. “Non compliance in the correct administration of medicine, poor or inadequate food and nutrition and accusations of abuse not being

Creed welcomes agreement on €500m EU aid package for farmers

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has welcomed agreement at the EU Commission’s Management Committee today on proposals to give effect to the aid package for farmers agreed at the July Council. The package is designed to support market stabilisation across the EU’s dairy sector. Today’s agreement puts in place the legal framework for the exceptional adjustment aid to milk producers and a package for the

Students losing out on bus places as school transport scheme remains up in the air

Families fear they’ll lose the service as a result of changes to the scheme  Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West, Aindrias Moynihan has called on the Education Minister to urgently clarify the situation regarding the school transport scheme.  A review of the scheme has been ongoing for a number of months, and parents are worried that their children will miss out on places as a result of new changes.

Crookstown watermain replacement works to begin

In response to representations from local Fianna Fáil TD Aindrias Moynihan, Irish Water has confirmed that Crookstown watermain replacement works are to get underway next week. These works will be an ease to Crookstown residents who have endured an unreliable supply with low pressure and repeated breaks.

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