Members of the Permanent Defence Forces and their families have been campaigning for better pay and conditions for the work they undertake in protecting the State. Over the last few weeks I have met several members of the army and navy who have outlined to me the hardship that many families face, as they struggle to meet the costs of providing for themselves. Like all of the public sector, members of the Defence Forces received cuts to their pay during the economic crisis. The Fine Gael led government has made efforts to restore pay cuts (see letter), but it is clear that special consideration needs to be made for the Defence Forces, particularly those at private level.
I took the opportunity at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis to raise this with Paul Kehoe, Minister with Responsibility for Defence, and Gabrielle McFadden, Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Defence. I raised the issue during a motion on security and defence, and afterwards met with Minister Kehoe and Senator McFadden to explain in more detail the issues that have been raised with me by members of the Defence Forces.
Last week I met with the new Minister for Education Joe McHugh, at the Department of Education offices in Tullamore. I requested the meeting to raise a number of issues regarding schools in North Cork. These included the ongoing work to the extension at Coláiste an Chraoibhín (Fermoy), the need for a new PE Hall in St Colman’s College (Fermoy), and the need for an extension to Coláiste Pobail Naomh Mhuire (Buttevant). Continue reading
With Cllr Kay Dawson, John Coughlan IFA, Minister Michael Creed, Pa O’Driscoll and Jim Wolfe Dairygold CEO
Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, spoke about negotiation for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) going in to 2020. He stated that CAP has been “a policy capable of responding to challenges of any given time”. The Irish government have concerns about the budget for CAP in the future. This concern is shared by 19 other EU states, who are working together to protect the current level of funding. Minister Creed also referred to the likelihood of further convergence and the level of capping that may be imposed from 2020. On Brexit Minister Creed said “the deal, no matter how good, will not be as good as the deal that currently exists”. Continue reading
Pa O’Driscoll, Fine Gael candidate for the next general election, has organised a public meeting on the future of agriculture. The meeting will be held next Monday, October 22nd, at 8pm in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown. The meeting will be addressed by Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Dairygold CEO Jim Woulfe; and John Coughlan, IFA Munster Regional Chairman. Continue reading
Pictured with Cllr Kay Dawson
Fine Gael general election candidate Pa O’Driscoll has welcomed the funding provided to Mitchelstown and Charleville under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The funding was announced by Minister Michael Ring, with €164,800 allocated to develop age friendly features in Mitchelstown, and €100,000 allocated for the enhancement of Charleville
Fine Gael in government is using the benefits of the economic recovery to support the growth and development of rural Ireland. Continue reading
21/08/18 Pa O’Driscoll Pic Diane Cusack
Pa O’Driscoll, the Fine Gael general election candidate for Cork East, will be hosting a public meeting on the future of Irish agriculture on Monday, October 22nd in the Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown. Michael Creed, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will be attending to address the meeting on issues such as the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, and Brexit. Continue reading
Fine Gael general election candidate Pa O’Driscoll has welcomed the decision of the government to hold plebiscites on whether to introduce directly elected mayors for Cork City, Limerick City and County, Waterford City and County and Galway City and County. The plebiscites will be held on the same day as the local elections in May 2019.
Local government needs to be strengthened. The last two decades has seen an erosion of the role of local government, with more and more powers being taken from local authorities by central government. There has been plenty of talk about reforming and strengthening local government, but very little has been achieved. Continue reading