Fianna Fail

  • Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil are neck and neck to win the general election according to the latest opinion poll.


    It has Mary Lou McDonald's party on 24 per cent - tied with Fianna Fáil and three ahead of Fine Gael.


    The Red C poll for the Business Post has Sinn Féin up 5 per cent to 24 per cent support. Overall Mary Lou McDonald's party has seen its support jump 13 per cent in Red C polls since November.


    It's neck and neck with Fianna Fáil, which is down 2 points to 24.


    Fine Gael now lies in third place with 21 per cent support, down two points on the last poll.


    This survey of 1,000 voters was taken in the six days up to last Thursday.


    It has the Greens on 7 per cent, Labour on 5 per cent, the Social Democrats with three, Aontu with two and Solidarity People Before Profit with 1% support.


    Independents and others have 13 per cent of the vote.

  • Cancelling major St Patrick's Day Parades across the country would be a proportionate measure to protect the public from the spread of coronavirus.

    That's the view of Fianna Fáil Deputy for Galway West Eamon O'Cuiv, who took to twitter last night to air his concerns.

    The Fianna Fáil TD says it seems strange that the Dublin parade and other majors parades would go ahead in the current covid19 climate.

    The Galway West TD doesn't think it gives the right message as to the actions and sacrifices the public must take to limit transmission.

    Deputy O'Cuiv recalled that St Patrick's Day parade was cancelled in 2001 due to Foot and Mouth disease outbreak and he believes the current situation warrants similar action.

    He concluded saying that given the drastic actions being taken by other nations to limit and delay the spread of Coronavirus, cancelling major parades would, in his view, be proportionate and welcome.

  • 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.


    The Green Party's refusing to engage with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael on the formation of a new coalition government.

    It's instead calling for the establishment of a national government to deal with coronavirus.

    It comes as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil begin detailed negotiations today, which could result in a historic coalition.



  • The Green Party want its leader to share the position of Taoiseach if they form a coalition with Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

    The Irish Times reports the party would want Eamon Ryan to lead such a government for one out of a five year term.

    Fine Gael has said it would want the position of Taoiseach to be rotated in any coalition with Fianna Fail.

    Micheál Martin says he would go into government with Leo Varadkar's party, and hasn't ruled out a rotating Taoiseach.

  • The HSE hired 34 mental health staff this year, despite having a shortfall of over 2,400.


    The Health Service estimates that it would cost 194 million euro per year to increase the number of staff to the recommended level.


    Kildare and parts of Dublin and Wicklow had less than half the staff required to adequately serve the population.


    Fianna Fail Deputy James Brown, who obtained the figures from the HSE, says the Government isn't prioritising mental health.

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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.

  • An Erris-based Fianna Fáil senator has written to all the party’s councillors calling for Micheál Martin to stand down as party leader.

    Senator Keith Swanick told party colleagues that Fianna Fáil needs “fundamental, root and branch change” and can no longer be dictated by a “monocratic agenda”.

    The reports that the letter was sent prior to the publication of the latest opinion poll showing a dramatic surge for Sinn Féin as it opens up a 15-point lead on Fianna Fáil.

    It’s the first intervention from a member of the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party calling for Martin to resign.

    In his letter, he said that the public don’t see Fianna Fáil “in its current guise” as representing the change called for in the election.

  • 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.


    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.

  • The Government plans to provide 300 broadband connection points bear the hallmarks of making it up as you go along.

    That’s the view of Mayo Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary who has appealed to the government to answer questions surrounding cost, speed and the status of procurement of the connection points.

    During last week’s Points of Question Deputy Calleary sought information on the 300 broadband connection points, their speed, where they will be located, how much they will cost and whether people would be able to work from them.

    Deputy Calleary told Midwest News he wants to know which areas of Mayo will be serviced by the connection points among other details.

  • Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary has been appointed Fianna Fáil Director for Local Elections by Party Leader Michéal Martin TD.

    Deputy Calleary will have responsibility for the local election candidates across all constituencies as they contest the local elections for Fianna Fáil on May 24th.

    Deputy Calleary commented, “It is an honour to be appointed our Party’s Director for the Local Elections. As Deputy Leader I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting with our local election candidates across our country over the past number of months as we formulate policy in advance of our upcoming elections.

  • A Mayo Fianna Fail TD has criticised the lack of progress of upgrading the N26 Ballina to Foxford road.

    Dara Calleary says his Government done a section of the road back in 2010 and says it needs to be made a priority in the wake of 2 road crashes on the stretch this week alone.

    Deputy Calleary has raised his concerns with Midwest Radio News.