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Corcoran turns his back on politics… ‘a very dirty game’





Will support Crosby campaign



A Strokestown man who ran for the Dáil in 2014 says “extremely damaging, hurtful and malicious lies” which he claims were spread about him led to his being hospitalised.

  Describing politics as “a very dirty game”, Emmett Corcoran says he has now decided not to contest next year’s local elections.

  Instead, he is publicly supporting former councillor Tom Crosby, who lost his seat in 2014 but who is now planning a political comeback.

  Emmett Corcoran and Tom Crosby issued a joint statement this week.

  In that statement, Mr. Corcoran said: “Since my Dáil bid, I have continued working in the community and building my businesses. I’ve always seen community work as being the catalyst to getting things done in rural areas, but some see it as a place to consolidate power and stifle progress.

  “I have become acutely aware that politics can be a very dirty game”.

  Mr. Corcoran alleged that there have been “extremely damaging, hurtful and malicious lies” spread about him, his businesses and his family by people “who pretend to have the interests of others at heart”. He added that “the lies were so vile” he ended up in hospital because of the resulting stress. Mr. Corcoran did not elaborate on the nature of the alleged campaign against him. 

  “Thankfully with the support of my family and friends I’m working through these health issues and getting myself back on track”.

  He added: “In order to protect my family and my business interests and the livelihoods of those working in my businesses I have taken the decision not to run in the local elections”.

  He has now pledged his support to Tom Crosby, calling on people to elect “a competent, hard-working and successful businessman back onto Roscommon County Council”.

  Tom Crosby wholeheartedly accepted Mr. Corcoran’s endorsement, saying: “Emmett and I have been talking for some time about how we should best approach the elections and while I’m confident we’d have taken two seats if we ran together, I respect his decision not to run and I know well we will work well together to do all we can for this area”.




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Kerrane: ‘Shame on Hopkins’



Kerrane in dramatic attack over Seanad health vote


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Roscommon Claire Kerrane has launched a blistering attack on Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins.

  Ms. Kerrane described Senator Maura Hopkins’ vote against mandatory open disclosure in the Seanad last week as ‘shameful’.

  Ms. Kerrane said: “The recent Cervical Smear scandal has raised many questions and highlighted numerous failings within our health service. Glaringly obvious in this is the current voluntary nature of disclosure between medical professionals and their patients.

  “Sinn Féin has always called for disclosure between doctors and patients to be mandatory. Patients should be entitled to be fully informed when it comes to their health.

  “Last week, Senator Hopkins and her party chose to oppose allowing patients full disclosure from their medical professional. Senator Hopkins chose to vote against introducing a practice of clarity and full information for patients when it comes to their health”. Ms. Kerrane added: “Of course, Fine Gael will cite their own Bill which includes provisions around mandatory disclosure but this is only one part of a vast piece of legislation that will take months to get through. The priority should have been to introduce mandatory open disclosure immediately. It could have been done last week”.  

  She concluded: “Talking about accountability within the HSE is one thing, but when it comes to doing something about it, Senator Hopkins and her party have chosen not to. Shame on her and her party”.

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Brexit: Leyden calls on EU for full support for Ireland



Speaking at a COSAC Meeting in Vienna, aSenator Terry Leyden, Vice-Chairperson of the Joint Committee On European Affairs, wished

Austria every success on its third Presidency of the European Union, which began on July 1st.

  Senator Leyden also expressed concern at the resignation of David Davis, the Chief UK Brexit negotiator, just days after the British Cabinet meeting in Chequers. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson subsequently stepped down.

  Senator Leyden said Davis’s resignation “has undermined the UK’s white paper on Brexit” which he noted was to be published this week.

  He added that the motto of the Austrian EU Presidency is ‘A Europe that Protects’ and that Ireland would require the full support of the EU during the ongoing Brexit negotiations.


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Naughten urges Council to avail of €14m Social Housing Fund



€14 million is being made available to local Councils to improve homes for people with disabilities and older people. 

 “Roscommon and Galway Councils shouldn’t hesitate to access a national fund of €14 million to improve the homes of people with disabilities and those of older people in our communities”, according to Minister Denis Naughten.

  The fund is being made available for improvements such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, and wetrooms in local social housing. The Government will pay 90% of the cost with Councils providing the remaining 10%.

  Confirming the Government’s national allocation of €14 million, Minister Naughten stated: “Living in your own home, in your local community in the company of family, friends and neighbours is the best comfort and security for people with disabilities and older people. This fund will ensure improvements to homes will make them safer, accessible and secure.

  “Grants can also be used for home extensions where there is overcrowding. Roscommon and Galway Councils shouldn’t hesitate to access this fund to ensure our local communities get a fair share so it benefits those in the greatest need. It is important that people see the benefits of this funding as soon as possible”.



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