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  • "The 5km travel restriction is bordering on the ridiculous" - that's according to Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers.

    She was one of a number of Oireachtas members who called at last night's Fianna Fail parliamentary party meeting for the lifting of the 5km restriction from 5th April .

    There were also calls for non-team sports such as golf and tennis to be allowed re-commence, and for public attendances to be allowed at Masses.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin acknowledged people are "fed up" but said the country's progress remains "fragile".

    The Taoiseach said a comprehensive statement will be made next week on the level of Covid-19 restrictions that will apply for the period ahead.

    Meanwhile, the Higher Education Minister says some Covid restrictions will ease next month but it won't be much.

    Simon Harris has suggested the 5 kilometre rule will change, as he says it's driving people 'absolutely bonkers'.

  • The go-ahead has been given by the Department of Finance for Mayo County Council to purchase the Castlebar Military Barracks, in a move being described as "a hugely significant acquisition by the local authority".

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers says the county council plans to develop the barracks, alongside the old convent, car park and surrounding lands for various uses, as part of a master plan for this area of the town centre.

    €11 million was recently allocated to Castlebar under the Urban Regeneration Fund to deliver the project.

    Senator Chambers told Midwest News this morning that it's an exciting development for the county town, now that the title can finally be transferred to Mayo Co Co....

  • Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers believes a Brexit deal can still be agreed, but only with compromise and concession on both sides.

    The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has told MEPs that negotiations on a post-Brexit deal could continue until Wednesday of this week, but no later.

    He said if there's no deal, then the European Commission would be ready to react immediately with contingency plans.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin says it would be a significant failure if a Brexit deal doesn't get done this week.

    But he agrees it will be very challenging to close the gaps that remain on fisheries and the level playing field.

    Speaking to Midwest News, Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers said she is concerned at the current lack of progress.

  • The latest CSO figures released on goods exports and imports in January 2021 shows the “immediate impact” of Brexit on trade, according to Mayo Senator and FF Spokesperson on Foreign and EU affairs, Lisa Chambers.

     Imports of goods from Great Britain in January 2021 were €497 million, a fall of €906 million compared with January 2020, while exports to Great Britain decreased by 14% to €946 million in January 2021 when compared with January 2020. 

     Senator Chambers says the drop in exports and imports to and from Britain is significant and higher than many expected.

     She says this shows the immediate impact of Brexit on trade with a number of factors contributing to these figures and has been giving more details to Midwest Radio's Michael D. McAndrew..

     

  • Around 1,000 school secretaries and caretakers on low pay with no job security are to have their conditions of employment "regularised" under a preliminary agreement reached at the Workplace Relations Commission yesterday evening. The dispute centres on a two-tier pay system for school secretaries and caretakers. 

    Those employed by Education and Training Boards have the status, terms and conditions of public servants, but those employed directly by boards of management in schools earn less, with no sick pay, holiday pay or increments - and many are forced to sign on for social welfare during school breaks. 

    The agreement reached on regularising the pay and conditions of school secretaries and caretakers has been welcomed by Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers, who says it's only fair that they're paid adequately for their work.

    Senator Chambers says that. although final costings have still to be completed, she's happy the matter is on the way to being resolved.

     

  • Students will have a choice between written exams and predictive grades for this year's Leaving Cert.

    The Cabinet sub-committee on education approved a model yesterday evening that will see all students offered predictive grades for each subject.

    They will also be able to select which written exams they sit, and will take the higher of the two results towards their final points.

    This year's Junior Cert has been cancelled.

     While teachers' unions have expressed some concerns in relation to the plans for this year's Leaving Cert, the Irish Second-Level Students Union has welcomed the options being provided for students - as they had consistently called for choice and clarity.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers has also welcomed the clarification for the class of 2021......

  • Mayo Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers is the new Deputy Leader of the Seanad and Fianna Fáil Group Leader in the Upper House.

    The Seanad met yesterday afternoon in Dublin’s Convention Centre in its first meeting following the Seanad general election.

     Senator Chambers says as the Deputy Leader of the Seanad she looks forward to working with her Party colleagues and others to ensure the highest scrutiny is given to legislation over the next five years as the Programme for Government is implemented.