deputy Conway Walsh

  • The attempt by the government to include an increase in the salaries of super Junior Ministers in the Bill establishing the new Department of Higher Education on Friday last, showed “a complete disconnect between this government and ordinary people”. That’s the view of Erris based Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh.

    The deputy outlined her frustration and anger in the Dail on Friday last and her outrage secured over a million hits on social media over the weekend.

    She argued that at a time of a pandemic when many people have lost their jobs, when some businesses are still waiting to reopen, and while hundreds of thousands of workers are still receiving the pandemic unemployment payment (PUP), it is simply wrong of the government to propose an increase of 16,288 euro per anum for three Super Junior Ministers.

    In addition she highlighted the work of health care workers, many of whom are barely on the minimum wage, and who have continued to provide a service to the vulnerable and sick throughout this pandemic.

    Deputy Conway Walsh has been telling Midwest News today why she is so outraged at this government proposal.

  • There is a solution to the present housing crisis and the impact of investment companies and vulture funds on the housing market, according to Mayo Sinn Fein deputy Rose Conway Walsh.

    Fianna Fail and Fine Gael in government have devised the tax breaks and packages for the companies that are now buying out all the houses in newly completed housing developments in both Kildare and Dublin, the deputy claims.

    She raised the matter in the Dail yesterday and told the government parties to “own” the housing crisis and the tax policies that give an unfair advantage to property investment companies.

    She says she’s astounded to see the surprise expressed by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael TDs about vulture funds snapping up houses at the expense of workers and families.

    She insists it’s time to abandon, what she terms “the failed” Rebuilding Ireland housing policy and it’s over reliance on the private sector to meet social and affordable housing need. 

    Deputy Conway Walsh  told Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley that she was astounded at Fianna Fail and Fine Gael TDs reactions to the reality of the housing market..