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Fitzmaurice calls for ‘rural revival’






A protest in Dublin which was organised by the Beef Plan movement needs to be the beginning of a “rural revival” Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice says.

  The TD said that it’s time to fight back against bureaucrats and “so-called experts”.

Fitzmaurice said: “It is now time for people to come together and present a united front. It was heartening to see the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) and the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA) supporting the Beef Plan protest. We need everyone singing from the one hymnsheet if we are to overcome the many challenges currently facing us, particularly: Brexit; Mercosur; the climate agenda that is being pushed by bureaucrats; and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform”.

  The Independent TD said it was regrettable that no Government representative felt the need to come out to talk to the people of rural Ireland who gathered outside the gates of Leinster House. “It just shows the contempt that this Government has for the farming sector”.

On the Mercosur deal, the Independent TD said: “To think that the EU and the Irish Government would support the area the size of a football field being cut down every minute in the rainforest is unfathomable, while at the same time proposing to increase the carbon tax – which would cripple rural dwellers. Something doesn’t add up in all of this. Is there an agenda to try and drive meat production out of Europe because it is perceived as being carbon intensive?

  “One would have to wonder if this is the agenda being pursued by our own Government and Europe. Do they not realise that almost 100,000 families are involved in beef and suckler farming in Ireland?

  “These farm families support schools, shops, feed merchants, hardware stores, GPs, vets…as well as a variety of other businesses in rural communities”.



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Creggs prepares for Pride of Place judging




The community of Creggs is buzzing this week as the village prepares for adjudication in the Pride of Place Awards.

  Creggs Village was nominated in County Galway in the 0-300 population category. Adjudicators will visit the village on Tuesday next, July 23rd at 2.30 pm, where they will see a presentation on the village and take a walking tour with members of the local committee through the village and on to local sites of interest.

  In recent weeks local groups got together and formed a Pride of Place Committee which has met every Tuesday night and village clean-ups have taken place on Wednesday evenings, with young and old alike rolling up their sleeves and getting to work.

  The nomination has caused a flurry of activity in the area and great enthusiasm for the project is evident. Ja and Conor Ryan of Galway Agri Videos got involved with the local committee in the creation of a 20-minute video on the area and have been regularly spotted around the village with their cameras in recent days. Everyone is very much looking forward to the fruits of their labour, which will be unveiled at the Tuesday afternoon adjudication event.

  Pictures from the locality, along with reports on the voluntary work being done by local committees have been compiled into a booklet for the adjudicators. Organisers have been pleasantly surprised by the volume of community work going on within the area, with over 40 organisations contributing to community life in a variety of ways.

  All of these organisations will be represented with stands at the adjudication event on Tuesday 23rd.

  Everyone is invited along to the adjudication event in Creggs NS on Tuesday, 23rd of July at 2 pm as the village greets the adjudicators of Pride of Place 2019.

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Roscommon Hospital waiting lists slammed


There are 975 people on the outpatient waiting lists for ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) services in Roscommon University Hospital.

  That’s according to Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy, who says he is “massively concerned” at the figures.

  645 of these outpatients are classed as ‘routine’ appointments. Those in this ‘routine’ classification have been waiting as far back as November 2015, the TD says.

  Separately, outpatients categorised as ‘soon’ have been waiting since November 2016.

  Deputy Murphy: “Needing a medical procedure ‘soon’ should not involve a three-year wait”.

  He added: “It is very disappointing that there is no funding for additional clinics. This has to be looked at. The Minister should do all possible to address the waiting times”.



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Guess who’s back? Frank gets nod




Yes, a week – or so – is indeed a long time in politics!

  Earlier this month, the affable former TD Gerry Reynolds surprised us all by withdrawing as a Fine Gael candidate for the next General Election in Sligo/Leitrim. He had been selected at convention this time last year (along with Cllr. Sinead Maguire).

  Fine Gael were suddenly in emergency mode, seeking a replacement candidate. And guess who has emerged? One Frank Feighan!

  Some background: Bruised by the Roscommon A&E controversy, Frank Feighan decided not to contest the 2016 General Election (in Roscommon/Galway). Instead, he turned his sights to Sligo/Leitrim. At that 2018 convention, Feighan withdrew his name, and Gerry Reynolds and Sinead Maguire were selected. Feighan’s request to be added as a third candidate went nowhere.

  Fast-forward a year to Gerry Reynolds’ surprise recent decision to withdraw. Fine Gael moved quickly.

  The line-up of wannabees dispensed with thoughts of beach holidays and made themselves available. The wannabees included former junior minister John Perry, who had a high profile falling out with party chiefs.

  The calls duly came. Fine Gael would hold interviews. They were conducted by

party top brass in Carrick-on-Shannon last Monday.

  On Tuesday, Senator Feighan told the Roscommon People that the interviews had been “robust”.

  On Wednesday came the white smoke. Feighan has been added to the Fine Gael Sligo/Leitrim party ticket. 

  On Wednesday he said: “I am delighted and honoured that Fine Gael has placed its trust in me by adding me to the ticket alongside Cllr. Sinead Maguire, who is an excellent candidate.

  “I believe I have the experience and track record to win a seat for the party and thankfully I have been successful at every election I have contested to date.

  “With a strong support base in North Roscommon and South Leitrim, I believe I am well placed to secure a seat for Fine Gael at the next election”.



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