Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice

  • A visit by a Chinese delegation to a meat plant in Co Roscommon, which was cancelled on Monday, will go ahead following negotiations between the meat plant and protesting farmers.

    The visit could see Kepak Athleague being approved for Chinese exports.

    It's reported that Monday's visit to the Athleague plant was cancelled after protesters refused to allow animals into the factory to be slaughtered in preparation for the Chinese inspection.

    Negotiations between senior management at Kepak and protesters took place yesterday, assisted by local Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who told Midwest news that the Chinese delegation have arrived at the plant this morning....

  • Independent Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice is calling on the Health Minister Simon Harris to vacate his ministerial position over the significant cost over-runs in the construction of the National Children's Hospital.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice said he's disappointed that the Government is now progressing with a hospital which is poorly accessible for the majority of the country, and insists a greenfield site was the way forward.

    In relation to the construction of the new hospital, he says it would have been simpler to get a design and build fixed-price contract.

    While calling for Minister Harris to step aside over the cost controversy, Deputy Fitzmaurice also said the protest which took place outside the Minister's family home at the weekend was unacceptable.

  • The Agriculture Minister is being called on to fast track talks on the beef crisis. 

    Minister Michael Creed scheduled talks for Monday, which are aimed at resolving the long-running dispute.

    However, Independent Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice wants them brought forward to this afternoon. 

    He says there appears to be a real will across all sides to find a resolution, and the Minister should strike while the iron is hot.

  • As the farmers protest continues in the capital, a Roscommon TD is calling for the Beef Market Taskforce to be reconvened, as a matter of urgency.

    Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice is calling on the chair of the taskforce Michael Dowling and the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to resolve the issues which are preventing the taskforce from meeting.

    Given the extent to which Irish beef is being promoted globally to attract new markets, Deputy Fitzmaurice says it's imperative that all stakeholders are brought back to the table, and for that to happen, all injunctions against farmers need to be lifted.


  • With a status yellow rainfall warning in place, a Roscommon TD is calling for an extension to the slurry spreading deadline.

    As is stands, tomorrow is the last day farmers will be allowed to spread slurry this year, with the closed period coming to an end in January.

    Independent Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice says Irish farmers have had to put up with consistent rainfall since early August, and he's calling on Ministers Michael Creed and Eoghan Murphy to grant an extension....

  • A Roscommon TD has slammed what he calls "continued efforts by the HSE and Government" to close the Rosalie Unit in Castlerea.

    Despite a number of promises made by the Government in recent years, the HSE is continuing with its campaign to close the unit and move the remaining residents to other facilities, according to Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

    He's aware of one resident who was taken to hospital, and was told he would not be returning to the Rosalie unit.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice says it's unfortunate that the HSE is relying only on clinical reports, and that the residents and their families are not being listened to.

  • Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice is calling for the government to have a 'golden share' in the National Broadband Plan.

    The Roscommon-Galway TD wants a number of safeguards to ensure the project doesn't become another fiasco.

    He wants an oversight committee to be established in the Dáil, made up of mostly rural TDs.

    The state is investing € 3 million in the project, but won't own the broadband network when it's completed.

    Deputy Fitzmaurice wants to ensure taxpayers money isn't wasted.

  • A Roscommon-Galway TD insists it's vital that agricultural marts aren't forced to close because of the coronavirus crisis.

    There have been calls for marts to close, because of the restrictions on mass gatherings.

    The Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society says they can proceed, but are limited to 100 people.

    Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says marts and factories need to stay open to keep the food chain going....