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UL Hospitals Group asked to investigate claims of patient harassment

UL Hospitals Group asked to investigate claims of patient harassment

| June 24, 2017

ALLEGATIONS of inappropriate behaviour by hospital admission staff forcing patients with private health insurance to sign away their right to public treatment have been raised by Limerick City TD Willie O’Dea. The Fianna Fáil spokesman on Social Protection said he is deeply concerned at reports that employees have attempted to harass, coerce and, in certain circumstances, bully […]

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Recovery has bypassed Limerick’s unemployment blackspots

Recovery has bypassed Limerick’s unemployment blackspots

| June 24, 2017

LATEST unemployment figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) indicate that the economic recovery has bypassed many Limerick communities with the city and county topping the list of unemployment blackspots in Ireland. 79 blackspots were identified by the CSO, with Limerick accounting for 18 of them, including Ballynanty, Kileely, Prospect, Galvone, Rathbane, Singland, Shannon Banks […]

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Council opt for consultants ahead of its own engineers

Council opt for consultants ahead of its own engineers

| May 27, 2017

IT is a poor reflection on the local authority when it has to pay out €2,000 in consultancy fees for a design to repair Ballysteen flood embankment while there are senior engineers in-house who are perfectly capable of doing the job. This was the view expressed by Fianna Fail councillor Kevin Sheahan at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale […]

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Something in the air at Irish Cement

Something in the air at Irish Cement

| May 18, 2017

FOLLOWING reports of the smell of burning rubber by people living in the Dooradoyle/Raheen/Mungret area last weekend, Limerick TD Willie O’Dea has questioned if Irish Cement are burning tyres at their Castlemungret plant in anticipation of being awarded a licence to incinerate waste materials. The Fianna Fail politician has accused the company of having an “appalling” safety […]

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Publish bill to ban zero hour contracts

Publish bill to ban zero hour contracts

| May 14, 2017

THE Government’s commitment to ending zero hours contracts will be measured by how quickly it publishes and enacts legislation, and not by commitments made by Ministers. That’s according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Niall Collins who was commenting after Minister Mitchell O’Connor brought forward proposals to Government aimed at strengthening workers’ rights […]

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Hospital waiting lists surge in Mid-West

Hospital waiting lists surge in Mid-West

| May 12, 2017

THE NUMBERS waiting for an appointment for more than 18 months at the University Hospital Limerick have increased fourteen-fold on last year, it has been revealed. Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick City Willie O’Dea said it is “totally unacceptable” that patients are not getting access to health services in the Mid-West that they clinically need. […]

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Three year funding delay for LEADER projects

Three year funding delay for LEADER projects

| May 7, 2017

LIMERICK Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins has described the new LEADER programme as an absolute shambles and a bureaucratic nightmare. Deputy Collins, who is the party spokesman on Jobs and Enterprise, told the Limerick Post that although the latest scheme was launched in 2014, there has been no project expenditure to date. He said it […]

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Varadkar urged to spell out fraud saving initiatives

Varadkar urged to spell out fraud saving initiatives

| May 6, 2017

FIANNA Fáil Social Protection Spokesperson Willie O’Dea has called on Minister Leo Varadkar to spell out the basis for his claim that his initiatives tackling social welfare fraud will save half a billion euro. The call came amid claims that the actual figure could amount to significantly less than the Minister’s estimate. “As part of his […]

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Minister’s crocodile tears over eviction notices

Minister’s crocodile tears over eviction notices

| May 6, 2017

EIGHT families who were served with eviction notices at Grove Island in Corbally, would not be in the position they now find themselves if Housing Minister Simon Coveney acted to prevent mass evictions from occurring. That’s the view of Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea who feels it’s ridiculous to see Minister Coveney attempting to […]

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Minister is overstating welfare fraud problem

Minister is overstating welfare fraud problem

| April 28, 2017

FIANNA Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection, Willie O’Dea believes that Minister Leo Varadkar is overstating the problem of fraud in relation to Social Protection and that employment activation measures are being used to sanction people. The Limerick TD claims that, according to figures released to him, there has been a sharp rise in people being penalised for […]

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