Deputy Eamon O'Cuiv

  • Additional bus services from Galway to An Cheathrú Rua will come on stream from next September as a result of intense negotiations.

    That’s according to Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv.

    Deputy O Cuiv says currently, the last bus leaves Galway at around 6 o’clock in the evening; however there is demand for continuing services up until at least 11pm.

    Bus Eireann say they will introduce half hour frequency services on the An Cheathrú Rua to Galway service at peak commuter lines.

    There will also be three night services at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm.

  • A new Bill which would allow voting on offshore islands to take place the same day as the mainland has taken a step forward.

    That's according to Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O'Cuiv who introduced the Bill to the Dail.

    Minister of State for Local Government & Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan has confirmed that the Bill will be moved by March 29th.

    Deputy O'Cuiv says he sees no reason why the Bill couldn't pass all stages of the Oireachtas in time for the local and European elections in May.

    He believes it's unfair that islanders go to the polls a day or two earlier than voters on the mainland, and says there's no longer any reason for this, given the improved transport services.

  • Galway West deputy Eamon O’Cuiv took to twitter yesterday to express his concern about what he termed “ disturbing reports from Achill of people travelling to the area, failing to observe social distancing and putting local people at risk”.

    The Fianna Fail deputy added “I have heard similar reports from Connemara.

    I would appeal to people-respect local communities and keep your distance-that includes when in shops and outside”.

    Speaking to Midwest News today the deputy said people from urban areas who have flocked to the West of Ireland during the coronavirus pandemic must adhere strictly to social distancing.

    He expressed concern that people coming from highly infected areas like Dublin to holiday homes in the West are not all keeping the necessary distance in public areas.

    Deputy O’Cuiv insists that beaches and parks should remain open provided people practice social distancing.

     

     

  • A design team has been appointed to a project in Clifden that will see a new 50-bed unit replace the Clifden District Hospital and St Anne's Community Nursing Home.

    The new unit will be built at the site of the existing hospital and nursing home, and will provide for a ten-bed dementia specific unit, according to Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O'Cuiv.

    He's welcomed confirmed that a design team has now been appointed for the new unit in Clifden, but says the overspend on the National Children's Hospital must not result in a delay to other projects needed urgently outside of Dublin.

     

     

  • Despite promises, those living on Mayo and Galway islands will again be forced to go to the polling stations ahead of the rest of the country on the 8TH February.

    Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West, Éamon Ó Cuív, says he is bitterly disappointed that due to inordinate delays in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2014, was not passed in time to ensure same day voting on the Islands as on the main land.

    Deputy Ó Cuív insists that his Bill had gone through Second Stage in the Dáil and following discussions with the relevant Minister, it was agreed, due to Dáil procedures, that the Minister would get some small amendments drafted, so that the Bill could proceed speedily to Committee and Report Stage, however, that had not happened when the Dail was dissolved last week.

    He told Midwest News today that it highlights the inefficiency of the Fine Gael government dealing with matters that are agreed in the Oireachtas.

  • Galway West TD Eamon Ó Cuiv claims Fianna Fáil should form a national government because of coronavirus - not a coalition with Fine Gael. 

    Both parties have agreed to hold detailed talks about forming an administration, and they're likely to begin today.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar previously said he wanted to go into opposition, but now says covid-19 changes things.

    But Deputy Ó Cuiv says many Fianna Fáil TDs are opposed to any coalition with Fine Gael - despite the coronavirus.

  • Galway West TD Eamon O'Cuiv has confirmed he will not support the Programme for Government.

    The Fianna Fail deputy believes there are a number of failings in the programme published yesterday, and also has significant concerns about Fianna Fail entering Government with Fine Gael - despite campaigning for change.

    Speaking to Midwest News this evening, Deputy O'Cuiv  said he seriously fears for the future of Fianna Fail, but says that if the deal is supported by the majority of party members, he will accept the decision.

    The full interview with Eamon O'Cuiv can be heard on Evening Edition at 5.30

     

  • Eamon O'Cuiv is the latest name to be linked with the Presidential election, but the Galway West TD has been unavailable for comment this morning.

    It emerged yesterday evening that Galway Fianna Fail Councillor Ollie Crowe has written to all party councillors across the country, rallying support for Deputy O'Cuiv to contest the Presidential election.

    It's reported today that the Galway West TD gave permission for the email to be sent to party councillors on Friday.

    However, the Fianna Fail parliamentary party has voted to support Michael D Higgins for a second term in Áras an Uachtaráin, and not to field a candidate.

    Councillor Crowe believes 95% of FF councillors and grassroots members believe the party should contest the Presidential election.

    He says this should have been a decision for the party's national Executive, rather than the parliamentary party.

    Councillor Crowe confirmed he had Deputy O'Cuiv's permission to lead the campaign, and says he believed there's strong support for Eamon O'Cuiv to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Eamon De Valera, who served as President from 1959 to 1973.

     He's confident Mr O'Cuiv would have the support of at least four local authorities.

    Meanwhile, Senator Joan Freeman and businessman Gavin Duffy will make their first appeals today as they bid for Presidential nominations.

    Waterford City and County Council will be the first to declare this afternoon after holding a special meeting to hear from the two candidates.

    According to the guidelines, potential candidates have to secure the backing of four local authorities in order to get on the ballot paper.

  • A Galway Fianna Fáil councillor has sent a letter to his party colleagues in local authorities across the country seeking their support for Éamon Ó Cuív to run as a candidate in the Presidential Election.

    Galway Councillor Ollie Crowe confirmed that he has written to all Fianna Fáil councillors in the country.

    He believes Fianna Fail should run a candidate in the presidential election., and says Eamon O'Cuiv - grandson of former President Eamon DeValera - is the best elected candidate in the party.

    Councillor Crowe claims 95%  of councillors and grassroots members believe the party should contest the Presidential Election in the autumn.

    Last month, Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators decided to endorse President Michael D Higgins at a parliamentary party meeting in Leinster House.

     

     

  • Nearly half a million euro was spent on Covid-19 information booklets, according to freedom of information files.

    The Department of Health sent copies to every home in the country recently - two million in English and two million in Irish.

    An Post delivered the English version for free, but postage for the Irish edition cost nearly 100,000 euro.

    Galway West TD Eamon Ó Cuiv's has criticised the Department of Health on this matter.

  • A Galway Fianna Fáil TD has criticised the contribution scheme changes brought in to rectify losses incurred by women who had left the work force to raise families or look after older people on a full-time basis.

    Eamon O'Cuiv says his advice clinics are full of individuals who may be entitled to these changes.

    Deputy O'Cuiv says that from applying the criteria published by the Minister for Social Protection to those affected by the 2012 changes, his experience is that the number of beneficiaries from this change will be very small compared to the number of people lost out due to the decision of the then Minister Joan Burton.

  • A Galway TD says the contract that Aer Árann was awarded in January 2017 to operate PSO flights to and from the Aran Islands was totally unsuitable and there is now an opportunity to reinstate the service that was in place prior to that.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv says that up until now any flight that went to the island prior to the present contact, were the same cost to the islanders or the visitors as the PSO flights in the morning and evening.

    Figures show that the numbers carried on the flights are down by 25% compared to what they used to be.

    Aer Árann has notified the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht that it is to terminate its contract to operate Public Service Obligation (PSO) flights to the Aran Islands.

    The company has served six months notice of its intention to end services in a dispute over the way in which the PSO contract is being interpreted.

    The agreement covers around 3,500 flights to and from the three Aran Islands each year.

    It is understood there are disagreements between Aer Árann and the Department about charges imposed for flights not covered by the contract.

    Deputy O’Cuiv told Midwest News that while he is disappointed to hear that Aer Árann is terminating its contract – an opportunity now exists to improve the service.

  • The new system introduced to reverse the 2012 cuts in State pension have not made a significant difference for many of the people affected-that's according to Galway West TD Eamon O'Cuiv.

     

    The Fianna Fail TD claims some people lost over €50 per week due to the cuts in 2012, and says the changes introduced this year have not brought those pensions back to pre-2012 levels.

     

    Following a review of over 90,000 cases, he says only 30,000 have seen their pension increase - and in many cases, the increase is very small.

     

    Deputy O'Cuiv told Midwest News that the new scheme does little to redress the situation for many pension holders

  • A Galway TD is calling on the Government to recommence the decentralisation of jobs to rural Ireland.

    Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O'Cuiv says the previous decentralisation programme managed to relocate 3,500 jobs, but the programme did not continue as was intended.

    The Fianna Fail TD says there's a growing demand to live and work in rural Ireland, yet without broadband services, this is almost impossible.

    Deputy O'Cuiv says many people with the opportunity to work from home are being hindered in doing so, due to the inability of the Government to deliver broadband to all rural areas.

    He's complimented EIR for bringing rural broadband to up to 300,000 houses, but says it has highlighted a new digital divide in rural Ireland.

    Deputy O'Cuiv claims the lack of decentralisation and rural broadband are blocks to job growth in the West of Ireland, and says he's concerned that the Government seem to be having second thoughts on the National Broadband Plan due to the costs involved.

    The Galway West TD has warned that the Government will feel a kick-back from rural Ireland if it reneges on this promise.

     

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    Galway West TD Eamon O'Cuiv has been removed from the Fianna Fail front bench, following his involvement in the unauthorised launch of an election candidate in northern Ireland.

    Deputy O'Cuiv and Senator Mark Daly were involved in an event claiming to be the unveiling of former SF Councilor Sorcha McAnespy as Fianna Fail's first election candidate in the North.

    Fianna Fail insisted it was not an official event, and said the party had not made a decision on running candidates in the North.

    The party later issued disciplinary proceedings against Kerry Senator Mark Daly, who was stripped of his role as deputy leader of the Seanad over his involvement and also lost the title of FF Seanad spokesperson for foreign affairs.

    And this evening, it's been confirmed that Deputy O'Cuiv has been removed from the FF front bench.

     

  • A Galway West TD has strongly criticised changes to the schedule of bus services from Galway to Cong.

    Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv says the changes were made without a full consultation with local people.

    Deputy O’Cuiv says while he welcomes the fact that there will be a small number of additional services, changes to the timetable were brought in without any proper consultation with local people.

    He says the new service will also require passengers to change bus in Headford, which will increase the journey time.

    Deputy O’Cuiv has also suggested a local link bus service which could link Corr na Mona, Clockbrack and Clonbur to the service to Cong every morning and evening.

  • A Galway West TD has welcomed the publication of the report by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government which looked at island voting.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv says he welcomes the report and supports the recommendation that the Electoral Amendment Voting on Islands Bill 2014 should proceed to Committee stage.

    Deputy O’Cuiv says the report marks another positive step in ensuring that islanders have the same rights as people living on the mainland with regard to voting times. He says islanders want to vote in elections and referenda on the same day as the rest of the country, rather than having to vote ahead of time.

    Deputy O’Cuiv says he has noted a number of points raised in the report, which he will be taking into account when framing his amendments to the Bill.

  • Achill native Saoirse McHugh, who unsuccessfully ran for the Green Party in Mayo in last February’s General and Seanad elections, and Fianna Fáil’s Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív have today both said they would not be voting in favour of the government formation document.

    Speaking to the national broadcaster Saoirse McHugh said that having read the finer details of what is being proposed, she thought it was “woolly, management speak” and “quite fudgy”.
    She claims the agreement doesn’t do enough to address the threat of climate change and that proposals on housing fell short of expectations.

     While Galway West FF deputy Éamon Ó Cuív, said it was probable that the programme would be ratified regardless of his opposition, and said he would vote for his party leader Micheál Martin to be Taoiseach, but doubts very much that the government would last.

    He had stated his opposition to the three part coalition to Midwest News last week.
    Speaking to RTÉ today, he said that he seriously fears for his Fianna Fáil party.
    “I reckon the way we’re going there will be two big political parties in the future and one of them will not be Fianna Fáil.”
    The deputy leader of FF is Mayo's deputy Dara Calleary. He, of course, is in favour of the government formation document . He was speaking to Midwest News yesterday when it was completed. He was pivotal in drafting it.