Dara Calleary

  • The Winter Healthcare Plan, published recently by the HSE, has been described as "a sham plan" by a Mayo Fianna Fail TD.

    The Saolta Hospital group admitted to Midwest News last week that, despite the additional funding provided for the Winter Plan in the western region, no extra beds will open at either Mayo or Galway University Hospitals.

    Meanwhile, updated figures show that 3,247 bed days have been lost at Mayo University Hospital since the start of this year.

    Fianna Fail's deputy leader Dara Calleary says this figure represents people in hospital who do not need to be there, but he claims the required step-down services are not in place to support their discharge from hospital.

  • The Government plans to provide 300 broadband connection points bear the hallmarks of making it up as you go along.

    That’s the view of Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary who has appealed to the government to answer questions surrounding cost, speed and the status of procurement of the connection points.

    During last week’s Points of Question Deputy Calleary sought information on the 300 broadband connection points, their speed, where they will be located, how much they will cost and whether people would be able to work from them.

    Deputy Calleary told Midwest News he wants to know which areas of Mayo will be serviced by the connection points among other details.

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has criticised the Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection as pensioners in County Mayo are left wondering while a pension review is underway to consider their entitlement to an increase in the State Contributory Pension.

    A review in relation to post Budget 2012 band rates is currently underway.

    Dara Calleary says the changes brought in by the previous government were a disaster.

    Deputy Calleary says he fought hard to have the Government rectify these issues and a review was commenced.

  • Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has been appointed Fianna Fáil Director for Local Elections by Party Leader Michéal Martin TD.

    Deputy Calleary will have responsibility for the local election candidates across all constituencies as they contest the local elections for Fianna Fáil on May 24th.

    Deputy Calleary commented, “It is an honour to be appointed our Party’s Director for the Local Elections. As Deputy Leader I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting with our local election candidates across our country over the past number of months as we formulate policy in advance of our upcoming elections.

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has criticised the lack of progress of upgrading the N26 Ballina to Foxford road.

    Dara Calleary says his Government done a section of the road back in 2010 and says it needs to be made a priority in the wake of 2 road crashes on the stretch this week alone.

    Deputy Calleary has raised his concerns with Midwest Radio News.

  • The Communications Minister Denis Naughten says he sincerely regrets expressing a personal opinion on what would happen with the proposed INM takeover of Celtic Media.

    But the Roscommon-based Minister insists he did nothing wrong.

    He's come under criticism for allegedly telling a representative of Independent News and Media, Eoghan O'Neachtain, that the proposed merger with Celtic Media would be referred to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for scrutiny.

    The conversation took place before the Minister made that information public, and it's argued this would have given INM a competitive advantage, in breach of stock market rules.

    But Minister Naughten claims he said that sending it to the BAI was likely, not guaranteed:

    Meanwhile Fianna Fail is not calling for Denis Naughten’s resignation, but wants the Taoiseach to explain why he’s happy with the Minister’s explanation of the matter.

    Last night, Leo Varadker said Minister Naughten had given a clear explanation of what happened, but Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary says the issue is very serious, and the Taoiseach has to explain why he’s happy with Minister Naughten’s explanation.

  • A Mayo TD has raised concerns about the future of the Mayo Power plant in Killala with Minister Richard Bruton in the Dail today.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Leader Dara Calleary sought the urgent debate with the Minister in the Dail following the decision by the energy regulator to issue a Certificate of High Efficiency to the company with a rate of 18% - compared to the 100% issued previously.

    Minister Bruton told Deputy Calleary that he is not in  a position to intervene directly but the regulator is answerable to the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change and Environment.

    Deputy Calleary has now written to the Chair of that Committee, Deputy Hildegarde Naughton to ask that she request the regulator appears before the committee to address these concerns.

    Some €95 million has already been spent on the €255m high-efficiency combined heat and power plant in Killala.

    Work on the plant was halted in 2016 when one of the investors withdrew from the project.

    New investors then came on board to complete the 45 megawatt biomass-fuelled power plant, and they applied for the necessary consents.

    Renewed consents were was given by Mayo County Council, the EPA and ESB Networks, while the energy regulator has taken since last May to respond.

    Deputy Calleary told Midwest News this evening that it is now of the utmost importance that this issue is looked at urgently.

  • The latest figures on IDA site visits reveal a stark divide between rural and urban areas when it comes to Foreign Direct Investment.

    That's according to the Fianna Fail Deputy Leader Dara Calleary, who says the latest figures show only 7 visits to Mayo so far this year, compared to over 200 site visits in Dublin.

    Client companies were brought on 42 site visits to Galway since the start of the year, compared to just 2 visits to Roscommon.

    Mayo TD Dara Calleary says that, despite the Government's claim that quality jobs are being created right across the country, the reality is very different.