I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Sean Staunton, Chairman of Mayo Fianna Fáil. He was a stalwart of our party for the past forty years and was a very dedicated councillor for his local community in Westport.
It is with deep sadness that I learned this morning of the death of Seán Staunton of Westport, the current Chairman of Mayo Fianna Fáil, a member of Westport Town Council for 37 years (Chairman on 8 occasions), a member of Mayo VEC and a former Editor of the Mayo News.
Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has repeated his call for Minister Varadkar to take urgent action to reduce hospital waiting lists. The latest figures from the HSE reveal that more than 46,000 people waiting more than 8 months for a hospital appointment.
Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brendan Smith TD has welcomed President Obama’s proposals to overhaul the US immigration system which will hopefully legalise the status of the 50,000 undocumented Irish in the US. Fianna Fáil in Government actively lobbied both the US President and US Congress seeking action on the undocumented Irish. Since 2011, Deputy Smith has raised the cause of the undocumented Irish with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade throughout the current Dáil term.
Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children Robert Troy TD has expressed concern after a prosecution against Giraffe Childcare was shot down because the judge ruled that Tusla - the Child and Family Agency - did not have retrospective powers to take such cases.
Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath has welcomed the publication of new Central Bank regulations in relation to the operation of debt management firms.
Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power will address a UN conference on Palestine in New York today. Power was invited to speak at the conference at the United Nations Headquarters on foot of her motion calling for Ireland to recognise the State of Palestine, which was unanimously agreed by the Seanad last month.
Fianna Fáil Environment spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has outlined a series of misleading claims made by the Tánaiste during a Prime Time interview in which she sought to deflect attention from the fiasco of the Government’s handling of water charges.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications Michael Moynihan TD has expressed concern about proposed changes to the Seniors Alert Scheme, which will see a national tendering process for the supply and installation of personal monitored alarms as well as a range of other measures centred on the operation of the scheme.
For over six months the government has been saying that it understands the scale of public anger about Irish Water and water charges. There have been near constant meetings of the cabinet and cabinet sub-committees to find a way off the hook. This issue was central to a budget announced little over a month ago. After large-scale demonstrations throughout the country, there have been emergency meetings and there has been a desperate scramble to rescue Irish Water.