Fianna Fail

  • A Mayo TD is calling on the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to give a start date for the compensation scheme for those whose homes are affected by pyrite.

    €20 million was set aside in last year's Budget for a Mica and pyrite redress scheme, but it has not yet opened for applications.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers says there was much fanfare when the compensation scheme was announced, but 12 months later, it has not been delivered.

    With just days to go to next Budget, Deputy Chambers told Midwest Radio News that the Minister must announce a start date for this scheme immediately.

  • Minister Michael Ring insists that no government can be looking over it’s shoulder wondering if Fianna Fail will or will not support it, as the most critical discussions on Brexit are taking place between now and the end of this year.

    That’s why he says the Taoiseach wrote an open letter to the media yesterday calling on Fianna Fail to extend the Confidence and Supply Agreement out to 2020.

    But, according to Mayo deputy Lisa Chambers, speaking on Midwest Radio’s lunchtime news today, there is nothing in the Confidence and Supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail that suggests that any discussion on extending the three year agreement up to 2020 should occur, until after the upcoming budget. She stated that the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar knows that quite well, and that just because he now wants to change the goalposts through a letter to the media yesterday, that does not mean it should happen.

    The Confidence and Supply agreement is keeping the present government in office and deputy Chambers says if the Taoiseach wanted to change it, there is a mechanism in place- he should have contacted Micheal Martin directly and he didn’t do that.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Minister Ring said everyone would agree that we need a strong government in place as we negotiate on the international stage for a Brexit deal that is acceptable to this country and it makes perfect sense to begin discussions now with Fianna Fail about extending the agreement that keeps the government in office, as the budget is in three weeks time.

  • The Taoiseach has refused to rule out forming a "grand coalition" with Fianna Fail after the general election.

     

    Leo Varadkar's told the Sunday Times it's not something he wants - but could be the only way to form a government.

     

    It comes as a new poll shows a drop in support for Fine Gael - but a rise in Sinn Fein's popularity.

     

    The Business Post survey of a thousand voters was conducted between the 16th and 22nd of this month.

     

    Political Editor with the paper, Michael Brennan, outlines how the two biggest parties have fared:

  • Only 11 out of 176 approved mental health jobs have been filled in the last year.

    The HSE figures were obtained by Fianna Fáil as part of a parliamentary question.

    Despite approved funding of nearly 16 million euro, new staff have been hired for only 1 in 16 of the available positions since 2018.

  • A Midlands-Northwest MEP insists it is possible for the Irish Government to scrap the Mercosur deal.

    Today, the Dáil will vote on Sinn Féin's motion calling for the trade agreement to be rejected.

    Farmers strongly oppose the deal because of the amount of beef that would be allowed into the EU from South America, with thousands of farmers protesting outside the Dail yesterday to highlight their concerns.

    Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy says it will be possible for Ireland to 'kill' the agreement.

     

    Meanwhile, Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy says his party will support Sinn Féin's motion today.

     

  • Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Roscommon County Council must resolve barriers to upgrade works on the N4 when they meet.

    That’s the view of Fianna Fail TD Eugene Murphy who raised his frustration with the Minister for Transport Shane Ross, alongside Eamonn Scanlon TD and Marc McSharry TD.

    Two junctions on the N4 at Cootehall and Croghan are awaiting approval to move on to upgrading works.

    Minister Shane Ross says that TII has given the go ahead to the projects and that the delay is on the part of Roscommon County Council.

    Deputy Murphy told Midwest Radio News that he wants TII and the Council to resolve any issues stopping the upgrade works when they meet with the Minister.

  • A Roscommon based Fianna Fail TD has slammed the HSE decision to not automatically award medical cards to all cancer patients.

    Eugene Murphy says this is a devastating blow to cancer patients who are already under extreme pressure.

    Deputy Murphy says there was a genuine expectation among cancer patients that they would be awarded medical cards and has branded the HSE decision as totally unacceptable.

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    The Government’s National Development Plan and National Planning Framework are expected to be published next week.

    Ministers are still negotiating with the Finance Minister Paschal Donohue ahead of the publication of the 115 billion euro development plan, which will outline capital development plans over the coming years.

    Mayo Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray is calling on Fianna Fail to use their veto to ensure that rural Ireland gets its fair share of infrastructure under the plan – with funding for Knock Airport, the Western Rail Corridor and rural broadband among other projects.

  • A Sligo Councillor claims there's a 3-tier health system operating in this country.

    People who have health insurance or a medical card are treated differently from those who have neither, according to Fianna Fail Councillor Donal Gilroy.

    Speaking at a recent meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, Councillor Gilroy outlined the experience of a woman who was seeking an MRI at Sligo University Hospital, and was given different waiting times, depending on whether she was a public patient with or without a medical card, or a private patient.

  • The Football Association of Ireland's AGM will resume, today, after it was adjourned in July.

     

    The crisis-ridden football body has current net liabilities of over €55million.

     

    Earlier this month, it requested a financial rescue package of €18million from the Government, which was rejected out of hand.

     

    Sligo-based Fianna Fail spokesman on Sport Marc MacSharry said it may be time for the Government to take over the FAI stake in the Aviva stadium.

  • The firm that runs Irish Water should take control of the National Broadband Plan, according to Fianna Fail.

    According to the Irish Independent, the party wants Ervia to be put in charge of the rollout of high speed broadband across the country.

    It says a semi-state firm would do a better job of handling the multi-million euro project.

    The government's currently waiting for a full audit of the tendering process after the resignation of Denis Naughten as Communications Minister.

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    Many tributes have been paid to former MEP for the west, Tuam based Mark Killilea who died on New Year’s Eve.

    The late Fianna Fail MEP, TD, Senator and Galway county councillor was aged 79.

    Former EU Commisioner and long time colleague of Mark’s Mayo’s Padraig Flynn told Midwest News today that he knew Mark long before he became a politician. He described him as "a perfect gentleman".

     

    Former European Commissioner for Agriculture  Sligo’s Ray McSharry says Mark’s contribution in respect of support of  small farmers was second to none.

    He has described Mark as “a true Irish Man of the old stock” and also extended his sympathies to Mark’s wife Anne and seven children, adding that he will be sorely missed.

    Donegal based Pat the Cope Gallagher, served alongside Mr Killilea as an MEP. He says “Mark had a long and distinguished political career and was a hardworking and committed politician, a great family man and a proud Galway man through and through”.

    Mark was predeceased by his son Mark, while another son Donagh is a member of Galway county council.

    The deputy leader of Fianna Fail, Mayo deputy Dara Calleary told Midwest News that Mark was "a noble man and a family friend".

    His remains will be reposing at his family home at Caherhuge House, Belclare, Tuam this afternoon from 4 o’clock until 8 o’clock. 

    Removal takes place tomorrow morning to Sacred Heart Church, Belclare for Mass at 12 noon. He will be laid to rest in Claretuam Cemetery.

     

     



     

  • Three Fianna Fail conventions took place over the weekend in county Mayo to select candidates to run for the party in the upcoming local elections.

    On Friday night in the Park Hotel in Kiltimagh, there were two contenders for two nominations in the new Swinford Municipal District area. They were sitting councillors John Caulfield and Michael Smyth.

    Both men were selected without avote, John is a councillor on Claremorris Municipal District at present, while Michael is in the Ballina Municipal district at present.

    The new Swinford Municipal District will return 4 councillors in the May local elections.

    In the Twintrees Hotel in Ballina yesterday the selection convention for the new Ballina Municipal District took place.

    There were three contenders for three places, so all three were selected without a vote.

    They are sitting councillors in the Ballina Municipal District at present Annie Mae Reape and Michael Loftus, and they are joined on the party ticket now by Eamon Moore, who failed to win a municipal district seat in 2014.

    6 councillors will be returned to represent the new Ballina Municipal District.

    Last night in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris candidates were selected for Fianna Fail in the new Claremorris Municipal District. Here there were three contenders for two positions and so a vote took place.

    Former Knock based councillor Michael Carty and sitting Claremorris councillor Damian Ryan were selected, with Barnacarroll based Michael Nally failing to find a place on the party ticket last night.

     The Claremorris Municipal District will return 6 councillors.

    The final Fianna Fail selection Convention take place in Belmullet next Sunday, for the new 3 seater Belmullet Municipal District.

    The three sitting Fianna Fail councillors at present on Castlebar Municipal District - Al McDonnell, Blackie Gavin and Martin McLoughlin have been selected to contest  the new 7 seater Castlebar Municipal District and the 4 seater Westport Municipal District has one sitting councillor selected – that’s Brendan Mulroy at present a member of the West Mayo Municipal District.

    Even after selection conventions, Fianna Fail Headquarters makes the final decision on how many candidates will contest each Municipal District area for the party.

  • Government talks will continue between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party this morning.

    The negotiating teams from all three parties will hold discussions, but policies on carbon emissions remain a sticking point.

    Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have also written to the Labour Party, asking it to consider engaging in government-formation talks.

     

  • Fianna Fail last night selected Sean Carey and sitting West Mayo councillor Paul McNamara as their candidates in the new Belmullet electoral area for the upcoming local elections.

    Both men were selected without a vote, as there were two contenders for the two places on the party’s ticket

    The new electoral area of Belmullet will return 3 councillors in the May elections.