Fianna Fail

  • The time has come to pull the plug on the Fianna Fail confidence and supply agreement with the Government, according to Castlebar Councillor, Al McDonnell.

    Speaking at the launch of the party’s local election candidates in the Castlebar Municipal District at the Ivy Tower Hotel at the weekend,  Fianna Fail cllr Al McDonnell said he perceived a very positive response to Fianna Fail in the lead up to the local and European elections.

    However, he said, there was strong grassroots support from Fianna Fail party members for an end to the current confidence and supply agreement.

    " I think the time has come to pull the plug on Leo and his government” cllr McDonnell told those gathered.

  • Fianna Fáil has announced a major re-shuffle of its front bench.

    Micheál Martin has appointed Ballina based deputy  Dara Calleary as the deputy leader of the party, a position which had been vacant for years.

    Barry Cowen has been moved to Public Expenditure, with Darragh O'Brien taking the Housing brief.

    Stephen Donnelly has been appointed Health Spokesperson while Billy Kelleher moves to the jobs portfolio.

    Castlebar’s Lisa Chambers is the new spokesperson on Brexit, Niall Collins moves to Foreign Affairs, while Jack Chambers will join the front bench as Spokesperson on Defence.

     

  • Fianna Fail claim the lack of Emergency Consultant cover at 9 of the country's EDs is not best patient safety practice.

    The party is calling on the government to ensure adequate staffing levels at Emergency Departments around the country.

    It says the situation has been ongoing for two years and many of the hospitals have seen significant increases in overcrowding.

  • Fianna Fail is accusing the government of "playing politics" over an economic impact report into the Mercosur trade deal.

     

    Under the agreement, 99,000 tonnes of beef will be imported into the EU from South America each year - a move that's been heavily criticised by Irish farmers.

     

    It'll be mid-2020 before an assessment into its economic impacts on Ireland will be complete, according to the Agriculture Minister.

     

    But Fianna Fail's Agriculture spokesperson, Charlie McConalogue, wants it published sooner

  • Fianna Fail says a record high in outpatient waiting list marks a grim month for the overcrowding crisis in the country's hospitals.

    The party's new health spokesperson says 504,111 patients were left waiting for appointments, as hospital waiting lists continue to rise.

    Deputy Stephen Donnelly says that's the highest total ever recorded.

    With one in ten Irish people waiting for an appointment - Deputy Donnelly has accused the Government of a complete lack of urgency in tackling the problem.

  • Tributes have been paid today to the late TD for Mayo East and former Minister, Ballina based,  Sean Calleary who died at the weekend.

    He was a member of Dáil Éireann from 1973 to 1992 and was a native of Killala and was a civil engineer by profession.

    The leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin has today described Sean as a colossus in politics and a huge loss to Mayo and nationally.

    While Ballina councillor Annie Mae Reape said Sean was a gentleman.

    Sean Calleary served as Minister of State at the Department of Public Service, at the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism and at the Department of Foreign Affairs .

    He was also a former councillor on both Mayo county council and Ballina Urban council.

    Mr. Calleary was also well known in sporting circles as a prolific athlete and sports enthusiast.

    Hi father Phelim was a TD for Mayo North from 1952 to 1969, while his son Dara is the current Deputy Leader of Fianna Fáil and a TD for Mayo since 2007.

    He is survived by his wife Doris, daughter Siofra, son's John, Conall and Dara, grandchildren, and wider family.

    The leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin says Sean was a colossus in Irish politics but particularly in Mayo politics and many in the party are greatly saddened by his passing.

    Ballina based Fianna Fail councillor Annie Mae Reape was a former secretary to the late Minister. She described Sean as a gentleman.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny served in the Dail and on Mayo county council with Sean Calleary

    He has described Sean as a fearless defender of Ballina and Mayo. He says as an engineer, Sean brought the quality of strategic thinking to his politics, particularly in respect of the development of the West.

    As a young deputy, Seán Calleary often gave him advice on particular political difficulties that arose.

    He says “as a rugby player, Seán understood what team effort was like and brought that to fruition with his native Ballina. He was also an avid supporter of Mayo senior footballers over the years. Ballina has lost one of its finest sons", Enda Kenny concluded.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring, has expressed his condolences to the family of the late Sean Calleary.
    He says he was very sorry to learn of his passing saying he served the people of Mayo and Ireland very well as a TD and Minister.

  • If you only have sheep in your herd you cannot tax your vehicle commercially which is ridiculous according to a Fianna Fail Local Candidate.

    Eamon Moore from Crossmolina who is seeking to win a seat in the upcoming elections in the Ballina constituency says he has been inundated from sheep farmers over the weekend voicing their frustration with this anomaly.

    Mr. Moore says Mayo is the only county that has brought in this law that a farmer has to have cattle to tax their vehicle commercially.

  • The Government must now more than ever seriously examine the proposals put forward by Fianna Fail to allow Credit Unions to provide loans to those wishing to purchase a home.

    Fianna Fail’s Deputy Leader, Mayo TD Dara Calleary says an internal document from the Department of Housing details how further approvals are not currently being issued for the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan.

    The Housing Minister has confirmed that the scheme will be reopening as soon as possible for the ten local authorities affected, however Deputy Calleary says alternatives must be looked at to prevent this problem from happening again.

  • Fine Gael has opened up a strong lead over Fianna Fail in the latest opinion poll.

    The Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes Survey shows a six point swing to the government party.

    It stands on 34 per cent while, Fianna Fail is on 21 per cent support.

    Sinn Fein split the two parties on 22 per cent support.

    The Sunday Times Politcal Editor, Stephen O' Brien says the Taoiseach has, in the past,  expressed caution about calling a snap election, based on good polling figures.

  • TDs Billy Kelleher and Anne Rabbitte have been added to the Fianna Fáil ticket for the European elections.

    Deputy Kelleher will contest in Ireland South alongside Councillor Malcolm Byrne.

    While Anne Rabbitte will run in the Midlands North West constituency with TD Brendan Smyth.

    The two TDs were added to the tickets after losing in their local selection conventions.

  • A Galway West TD wants the Government to reconsider strengthening the law so appellants to An Bord Pleanala are clearly identifiable.

     

    The Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government Eoghan Murphy rejected Deputy O’Cuiv’s call to change the current laws in relation to the verification of residency for those who lodge An Bord Pleanala appeals.

     

    Deputy O’Cuiv’s issue with the current process of appealing applications to An Bord Pleanala is that there is no way of confirming people’s residency at an address.

     

    The Fianna Fail TD claims that people can use false names or, purport to live at an address that they do not live in, under the current appeal process.

     

    Deputy O’Cuiv told Midwest Radio News that An Bord Pleanala should be given evidence of residency at an address to speed up the planning application process.

  • The gap between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail has narrowed in the latest opinion poll.

    Support for the main opposition party is up 4 points to 25 per cent in the Sunday Times/ Behaviour and Attitudes survey.

    Fine Gael is down two to 32 per cent.

    Sinn Féin also drop two per cent to 20 per cent.

    Labour is up two at 5.

    While Solidarity People Before Profit are up 2 to 3 per cent, with the Green Party up one also on 3 per cent.

    No change for The Independent Alliance on 4 with Independents and Others dropping 2 to 8 per cent voter support.

  • The Government's being challenged to be 'upfront' about any further delays to plans for new schools.

    Fianna Fail's Education Spokesperson says a lack of urgency in getting new school builds off the ground has left communities hanging on for years for new facilities.

    Deputy Thomas Byrne wants to know if building new buildings has been put on hold while the Department sorts out its finances.

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    Fianna Fáil is calling for an independent review of the Government’s broadband procurement process  in the Dail today following Eir’s surprise decision to quit the process last week.

    However, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, insists he will face down the request from the opposition party, adding that such a process would in any case only delay the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan (NBP).

    According to today’s Irish Independent , Fianna Fail believes the departure of the State’s largest telecoms firm, which leaves just one bidder in the race, had compromised the tendering process and has raised serious doubts over whether the plan, as currently designed, could be delivered.

    It has tabled a Dáil Private Members’ motion calling for a review of the process, to be concluded within two months, which would examine several aspects of the tender, including the degree to which it is “inhibiting the participation of suitable bidders”.

    Minister for Communications Denis Naughten, however, said he would face down the request.

  • The latest Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post shows Fine Gael has pulled sharply ahead of Fianna Fail after this month's 'VoteGate'.

    It's likely to tempt the Taoiseach to call an early General election, after his party climbed three points to 32 percent - while Fianna Fail plunged four points to 24.

  • The passage of the Technological Universities Bill will be a key milestone in the delivery of third level education across the country, according to Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Lisa Chambers.

    The Bill passed through the Seanad last week.

    Deputy Chambers says Fianna Fáil has submitted a significant number of amendments to the original Bill.
    The issue of a merger was a serious concern for both the staff and students in GMIT, she told Midwest News, but the legislation now protects ITs from mergers unless there is a simultaneous designation as a Technological University.  

    This means that no existing Institutes of Technology will have to merge as a pre-condition of seeking Technological University status which might not have been granted. This was a key precondition of Fianna Fáil support for this Bill.

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has accused the Agriculture Minister of abandoning beef farmers as they struggle in the face of plummeting prices.

    Dara Calleary says that since July of this year prices are down by 33% and believes that despite this the Government have turned a blind eye to the hardship many farmers are suffering.

    Deputy Calleary feels farmers are finding it incredibly difficult to remain viable and is urging Minister Creed to take action and examine what supports could be made available to the farmers in most need of assistance.

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    A Mayo Fianna Fail TD will launch a new Bill to improve safety on all-terrain vehicles, also known as Quad Bikes.

     

    Dara Calleary says there are currently no legal rules in place requiring manufacturers or farmers to have roll cages on their quads.

     

    There are also no health and safety rules requiring the mandatory use of protective headgear.

     

    Deputy Calleary is bringing forward the Bill following a recent recommendation from the County Coroner in Mayo that anti-roll bars be made compulsory in all quad bikes.

     

    The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Bill 2018 will make it mandatory for quad bikes to have anti-roll bars and for users to wear protective headgear.

  • The timeframe from when home help hours are allocated to a client, and when they're implemented, should be no longer than one month.

    That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Keith Swanick, who raised the issue of home care supports in the Seanad yesterday with Junior Minister Finian McGrath.

    The latest HSE figures show that, while some 53,000 people are benefitting from home help, there are currently 7,300 people on the waiting list for the service.

    Senator Swanick, who's also a GP in Belmullet, also questioned the complaints procedure in place for those who are unhappy with the standard of care being provided, and claimed some clients are being told to "put up or shut up" or they may lose their home help hours.

  • A Mayo Senator has questioned the commitment of Fianna Fáil to saving rural post offices after their own motion on the issue was poorly attended by their own senators.

    Sinn Féin's Rose Conway-Walsh says there was only one speaker from Fianna Fáil on behalf of the motion and only three Fianna Fáil senators turned up to vote.

    She says there is no use in attending mass rallies calling for the protection of rural post offices if those same politicians are not going to use every avenue available in the Oireachtas to achieve this.

    Senator Conway-Walsh was strongly critical of Fianna Fáil's attempts to explain away the 732 post office closures that happened when they were in Government.