Senator Keith Swanick

  • A Belmullet based Senator has called for emergency funding to be allocated to construct a new sea wall and breakers on the R313 Belmullet-Blacksod Road in the Muing area and back towards the town itself.

    The wall was badly damaged by sea water during Storm Callum yesterday and water flooded that road for a period of time yesterday.

    Fianna Fail Senator and local GP Keith Swanick complemented the staff of Mayo County Council who have been out since early this morning to clean up the road following the storm.

    He says emergency funding is needed to construct a new wall and breakers and has called on Minister Michael Ring to liaise with his ministerial colleagues to ensure that will happen.

    Senator Swanick told Midwest News today that something needs to be done in the area to ensure safety for all. 

    The Senator has confirmed to Midwest News this afternoon that he has spoken to Minister Kevin Boxer Moran about the issue and the Minister has promised to revert to him on it in the next week. 

  • A 'Loneliness Taskforce' is looking for feedback to help older people living alone.  ALONE has collaborated with Mayo Senator Keith Swanick to form the taskforce.

    The taskforce wants to increase awareness about loneliness and social isolation in Ireland and produce a set of recommendations for Government.

    The deadline for submissions and suggestions is this Monday.

    There will be more on this story on the Tommy Marren Show on Monday morning just after 10am. 

  • A campaign to raise awareness of sepsis is being brought to the Seanad today.

    In Ireland, about 3,000 people per year die from the illness, yet many people do not know what sepsis is or how to recognise the symptoms.

    Following the death of Dublin teenager Séan Hughes last year from sepsis, his parents Karen and Joe have been trying to raise awareness of the illness.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick is now calling for a nationwide awareness campaign to highlight the signs, symptoms and dangers of sepsis, and is raising the issue in the Seanad today.

    Senator Swanick, who also runs a GP practice in Erris, says people need to be more aware of this condition....

  • The need to establish a Pain Clinic service at Mayo University Hospital was highlighted in the Seanad this week.

    Currently, thousands of people across Co Mayo who suffer from chronic pain have to travel to hospitals in Galway or Sligo, and Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick is campaigning for a Pain Clinic at the Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.

    Senator Swanick, who's a GP in Erris, raised the matter this week with the Junior Health Minister Jim Daly, and says he has agreed to liaise with the HSE West in relation to the matter.

  • There are calls for a Minister to be appointed to tackle the "epidemic" of loneliness.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick - who was one of the authors of a report on the issue - wants the government to do more to tackle loneliness .

    The report was launched last Summer in association with the ALONE charity, and included 5 main recommendations which will be debated in the Seanad later today.

    It also calls for €3 million to be dedicated towards a public campaign encouraging those feeling lonely to seek support, and for more research in the area.

    Erris-based Dr. Swanick says a national conversation about the issue of loneliness needs to take place: