Senator Michelle Mulherin

  • A Mayo Senator is urging Mayo County Council to apply for grant-aid to proceed with the proposed Salmon Life Centre in Ballina.

    Fáilte Ireland recently announced a new grant scheme for large-scale visitor attractions, with funding of up to €2.5 million available, and expressions of interest must be submitted by 17th July.

    Ballina-based FG Senator Michelle Mulherin is urging Mayo County Council to submit an expression of interest before that date in relation to the Salmon Life Centre, which was first mooted in Ballina about ten years ago.

    She says the plan has been on the back burner for some time, but such a facility would help to expand the area's tourist attractions, and encourage visitors to spend more bed nights in north Mayo.

  • A Mayo Senator is urging parents to have their say in relation to how sex education is taught in schools.

    A public consultation is currently underway on changes to RSE - Relationships and Sexuality Education - in schools, and Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin is urging parents to read the report, which is published on the NCCA website, and have their say on the proposed changes - ahead of the deadline this Friday 25th October.

    The report was compiled by the National Council for Curriculum  and Assessment after engaging with schools, students and parents, and following the public consultation process, the findings will be brought to the Minister for Education.

    Before any changes are made, Senator Mulherin says parents should read the recommendations and make an online submission at www.ncca.ie....

  • A Mayo Senator is urging women artists across the county to apply for a new bursary which offers grants of up to €20,000 per individual or group. 

    On the 100th anniverary of women's right to vote, the Markievicz bursaries, announced recently by the Minister for Culture and Heritage Josepha Madigan, provide the support for female artists to produce new work that reflects the role of women in the period covered by the centenary commemorations and beyond. 

    The scheme will open for submissions in mid-January, and awards will be made to 5 artists or writers - working alone or collaborating with others. 

    Senator Michelle Mulherin is surging women artists and writers in Mayo to apply for the new bursaries. 

  • Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) held a protest at Leinster House on Wednesday in their continuing campaign for their right to join, and be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice.

    Separately, PNA has announced that over 500 PNA ambulance branch members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) will hold two further days of strike on Tuesday 2nd April, and Wednesday 10th April from 7am to 5pm each day.

    The protest and the further strike action in April is a further stage in the campaign by PNA ambulance personnel members that has already involved four days of strike action on January 22nd, February 15th, 28th and March 1st.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin has voiced her support for NSARA in their continuing campaign. She has also spoken to Minister for Health Simon Harris about the issue.

    She says the staff members represented by NASRA have the right to be recognised by the HSE.

  • A Mayo Senator says she wants every effort made to bring Pope Francis to Mayo when he visits Ireland in August.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says she would like to see the Pope’s visit extend beyond Dublin and would love to see him at Knock Shrine, especially as it is nearly 40 years since the historic visit of Pope John Paul II.

    Senator Mulherin says it would be a boost for people in the west to see the Pontiff visit Mayo.

    She told Midwest News that she has called on the relevant authorities to do everything in their power to make the visit happen.

  • The Ballina Digital Hub in the former Military Barrracks is expected to create over 200 jobs in the town centre.

    The Hub is a €7m project with €3.2m already allocated towards the delivery of Phase 1 of the project and Part 8 planning permission has already been granted for the project by the Council.

    Technology, digital media and internet companies are expected to create 210 jobs within three years in the new enterprise cluster that will provide office spaces for 20 companies and house a high-end rum distillery.

    Approval of Urban Regeneration and Development Fund was granted by the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD for the Ballina Innovation Quarter project last December.

    Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says that the approval of the project is brilliant for the North Mayo town.

    She told Midwest News that the project has moved to the detailed design stage and is a priority for Mayo County Council.

  • A Mayo Senator is welcoming plans by the Education Minister Joe McHugh to make history a mandatory subject on the Junior Certificate curriculum.

    At present, English, Irish and Maths are the only mandatory subjects for the Junior Cycle, and Minister McHugh had ordered a review of whether history should also be compulsory.

    The NCCA - National Council for Curriculum & Assessment - has recommended that history should remain optional, but Minister McHugh is going against that advice, and wants history to have a special place in the curriculum by next September.

    He's to meet the NCCA in the coming days to discuss the issue and says history will no longer be optional for Junior Cert students..

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the decision, and says she believes history should be compulsory at Junior Cert level....

  • The extension of free GP care to all carers has been welcomed this evening by Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    New legislation has been passed by the Oireachtas, which means that 14,000 carers nationally will now receive a free GP Visit Card.

    Anyone receiving either full or half-rate Carers Allowance or Carers Benefit will be eligible for free GP visits.

    Senator Mulherin is hoping applications will open by September for those eligible, and says it's an important step in caring for carers...

  • Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is making a case to Minister Donohue for the inclusion of funding for a pyrite remediation scheme in Budget 2019.

    That was confirmed to Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin.

    Senator Mulherin had a meeting with Minister Murphy last Friday, during which she asked him to allocate funding in the forthcoming Budget to establish a Pyrite Remediation Scheme to provide financial assistance for affected homeowners in Mayo.

    She said that she is pleased to confirm that the Minister is very sympathetic to the plight of homeowners and is making a case to Minister Paschal Donohue for it to be included in Budget 2019.

  • A new Group water scheme for Downpatrick Head has been approved today.

    This news has been confirmed by Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin who says this is long awaited news.

    Downpatrick didn’t make the grade pre-Christmas when the capital programme was announced as the way the application was presented it was going to be too costly for households.

    Senator Mulherin has praised Mayo Council for re-jigging the application and says the finding is now in the capital budget for the project.

  • Next Wednesday 30th May is the closing date for applications under the second round of FLAG funding.

    The funding is allocated under the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund Operational Programme, and is co-funded by the EU and the Irish Government.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says this is an opportunity for coastal community projects to develop in Co Mayo.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that this fund provides opportunities for projects that meet certain criteria.

  • The OPW hope to start construction in mid-2019 on the bypass channel of the River Deel in Crossmolina.

    That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who raised the issue at a meeting of the Oireachtas Climate Action Committee this week.

    Senator Mulherin urged the OPW to begin construction on the bypass channel as soon as possible, saying people in Crossmolina are very anxious and frustrated, and live in fear of further flooding.

    Previously, the OPW had indicated that it would commence the works late next year, but Senator Mulherin said this is not acceptable, and has now welcomed the earlier construction date of mid-2019.

  • The HSE has confirmed that a permanent GP has been appointed for the Lahardane area of north Mayo.

    A locum GP is currently providing cover in the area, and following a public campaign by the local community, the permanent position will be filled from 1st February next, while the HSE is to advertise the GP position in the Glenamoy / Bangor area in the coming weeks.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin has confirmed to Midwest News this morning that Dr Enda Loftus has been appointed to the GP position in Lahardane.

    The Lahardane GP Action Group, which was set up over the Summer to campaign for the appointment of a permanent GP, has welcomed the news from the HSE, and thanked all who supported their action.

    The group say they will welcome and support the new appointee into the community.

  • St Mary's Secondary School in Ballina will see the construction of a new 650 pupil school on a greenfield site.

    The new school building project has gone to tender having gone through the planning permission stage.

    As one the Government's Capital Programme projects, construction is expected to take about two years and is due to start in the third quarter of 2020.

    Senator Michelle Mulherin welcomed confirmation from that the project had gone to tender saying “It will boost the local economy as construction jobs become available.”

    The Fine Gael Senator praised the work of the St Mary’s Secondary school and its’ Board of Management for their work in keeping the project going.

    The Mayo Senator says “I look forward to the provision of the new facility which will enhance the excellent work of education that is one of the hallmarks of St Mary's Secondary School.”

  • There's good news for householders in Mayo whose homes have been damaged by pyrite.

    Mayo County Council has appointed an officer to administer the Pyrite and Mica Remediation scheme, which will be published at the end of this month.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin says she's been informed by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy that the scheme will be published at the end of January and Mayo County Council will be in a position to accept applications thereafter.

    Mayo County Council has confirmed that they have appointed an in-house officer to administer the scheme, and soon after it's published, the council will hold a workshop for affected homeowners, so people can understand the scheme and how it will operate.

    Senator Mulherin says she now hopes this long drawn out process can be finalised, and the scheme put in place.

    €40 million was allocated for the scheme in the last Budget.

     

  • The remediation scheme for homeowners in Mayo whose properties have been damaged by pyrite should open for applications within a matter of weeks.

    That's according to Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who says €40 million euro for the scheme was signed-off by the Cabinet yesterday.

    The scheme will be administered by Mayo and Donegal County Councils, and the homeowner's contribution towards remedial works will be 10%.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News this afternoon that regulations are still being finalised, and it's hoped the scheme will open for applications within weeks.

     

     

     

     

  • A €255 million investment in a renewable energy project in Killala that could be a springboard for the economic development of North Mayo is being put at risk because of an inexplicable delay in granting licences by the Energy Regulator (CRU), Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin has warned.

    Senator Mulherin claims that new investors are on board to complete The Mayo Renewable Project, a 45 megawatt high efficiency combined heat and power plant, that has been in limbo since 2016 when technical difficulties saw one of the investors in the project pull out.

    The Senator pressed the Regulation of Utilities Water and Energy (CRU) at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action to prioritise this project.

    She told Midwest news today that there is a new developer for the biomass-fuelled power plant project, located at the former Asahi site in Killala. The new promoters are trying to replicate the exact same project - the same design, the same proposition, she says.

    Also she understands that there has been no regulatory change to the project. There are four consents needed from four separate authorities for works to resume. The new developers  have succeeded in getting consent from Mayo County Council in relation to the planning permission, the EPA and ESB Networks.

    In relation to the CRU, an application was made in June for the consents that are required and Senator Mulherin  has called on CRU to expedite the remaining consents and licenses.

  • If the commitment given by Irish Water to rectify the faults causing poor water pressure for householders in the Crossmolina area, are not delivered on, than Mayo Senator Michelle Mulherin says she will be back on to the utility company.

    She made the statement at last night’s public meeting in Crossmolina organised by residents affected. Up to 40 houses in the Boreen and Knockalegan  areas have been experiencing problems with the water pressure for some time now. There are two houses in particular, where almost no water is available.

    Irish Water is addressing a number of issues along the supply and say they will resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that leaks in the system together with additional demand for water since Christmas are exasperating the problem.

  • Six TDs and senators were found to have made ineligible claims totalling almost €10,000 in 2017 after the audit of 22 Oireachtas members by accountancy firm Mazars.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin was among this group

    According to today’s Irish Independent, last night Senator Mulherin disputed the guidelines for expenses claims made under the Public Representation Allowance (PRA).

    She paid back €2,000.

    The senator told Midwest Radio in a statement this morning that “the vouched expenditure in dispute was on advertisements for clinics in local newspapers”.

    In the statement she added that she totally disagrees with the findings of the auditors." Her PRA expenditure was "100pc vouched" she said and added: "Clearly, I have not gained personally from this."

    She disputes the legal basis for the PRA guidelines and said she had a senior counsel's opinion to back up her position.

    Senator  Mulherin has complained to the Ceann Comhairle "pointing out the need to correct the PRA guidelines".

    She concluded saying she has “repaid in full the sum sought”.

     

     

  • A new round of the Sports Capital Programme has been announced today, with €40 million being made available to sports clubs and communities to develop sports infrastructure across the country.

    Applications can only be made online, and will open on Friday week next 7th September until Friday 19th October.

    The Sports Capital Programme is administered by the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, and a guide to making an application is available on the Department's website.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin is urging clubs and communities across Mayo to apply for suitable projects..