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.

  • 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.