Michelle Mulherin

  • Fine Gael's Director of Elections in Mayo has denied reports that dozens of Michelle Mulherin's election posters were illegally removed in parts of East Mayo earlier this week, and says they were taken down on his instruction.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News yesterday that up to 40 posters were removed on Tuesday, many in the Kilkelly area, and were later returned to her office.

    She reported the matter to Gardai.

    However, in a statement to Midwest News this morning, the FG Director of Elections in Mayo Tom Garvey says he instructed that FG posters in East Mayo to be taken down and returned to the relevant candidate for placing in their assigned areas.

    He said significant analysis and workload went into dividing the areas fairly among the three FG candidates in Mayo to maximise the local vote for the party.

    Mr Garvey said it's important that posters highlighting individual candidates are only placed in the "internally agreed division of areas within the Mayo constituency".

    He said the party in Mayo will be strictly enforcing this approach in order the maximise the poll for the three party candidates - Michael Ring, Michelle Mulherin and Alan Dillon.

    Mr Garvey stressed that the posters were lawfully removed, on his instruction.

     

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs has secured additional seats on flights from key Australian cities to assist Irish people to get home in the coming days.

    It is not clear how many seats have been secured by the Department but the Irish Embassy in Australia confirmed the availability of additional seats on Qatar Airways flights from today through to March 31st.

    Senator Michelle Mulherin says she has been contacted by a lot of young people from Mayo over the last number of days who have had difficulty in returning home from Australia.

    Anyone experiencing such difficulty in travelling home should register their details on the Department of Foreign Affairs website and can contact the Irish Embassy in Australia.

    Senator Mulherin says five flights have been arranged from Australia to get people back home.

  • The go ahead has been given for a new fire station for Crossmolina and the project has opened for receipt of tenders for construction on Etenders today.

    The closing date for receipt of tenders is 1st July and all going to plan we should see the long awaited and much needed new fire station go to construction this year on the site at Crossmolina Industrial estate on the Ballina Road owned by the Council.

    This news has been welcomed by former Fine Gael Senator and TD Michelle Mulherin  who campaigned over the years raising the matter in the Dáil and Seanad and in more recent years managed to secure a place for the project on the Government’s Capital Plan. 

    Ms. Mulherin says the current accommodation for the nine retained fire fighters is grossly substandard and the project had been given number one priority for the County by Mayo County Council.

  • Two-and-a-half-thousand tonnes of animal fodder have started to arrive in Ireland for livestock hit by the bad weather.

    Extra supplies have been drafted in from the UK, after farmers sought help to feed their herds.

    Dairygold which has arranged for the shipment will sell it at cost price to co-op members.

    In this region, Aurivo Co-Op says it has access to adequate fodder supplies at present, and farmers who need additional fodder should contact their local co-op store, so Aurivo knows what stocks it will need to source.

    Chief Executive of Aurivo Aaron Forde was among the co-op representatives who spoke with Minister Michael Creed at yesterday’s meeting in relation to the fodder crisis.

    Mayo-based FG Senator Michelle Mulherin says Aurivo are also holding regional meetings with farmers at present to ascertain the demand for additional fodder.

    Senator Mulherin, who’s a member of the Joint Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, has requested that the committee hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss the issues surrounding the fodder crisis.

    She’s also requesting that the Agriculture Minister, the main co-ops and Teagasc be invited to address the meeting…..