Tag: Fine Gael

Keary wants cameras in Rathkeale by Christmas

Keary wants cameras in Rathkeale by Christmas

| June 23, 2017

“IT is time to get off the benches and into action”. That was the rallying cry from Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary to Limerick City and County Council as he urged the local authority to have CCTV cameras in operation in Rathkeale in time for next Christmas. “We were told we would have them for June […]

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Widespread condemnation of Mayoral favourite’s ‘racist’ comments

Widespread condemnation of Mayoral favourite’s ‘racist’ comments

| June 21, 2017

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has been called upon to condemn comments made by Fine Gael councillor Stephen Keary after he referred to Eastern Europeans and non-nationals living in Ireland as a “major drain on the State”. Speaking at last week’s Adare-Rathkeale district meeting, Cllr Keary – who is expected to be elected Mayor of Limerick City […]

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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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Noonan to relinquish Finance role and retire at next election

Noonan to relinquish Finance role and retire at next election

| May 18, 2017

MICHAEL Noonan is to step down as Minister for Finance and will not seek a seat in the next General Election nor will he seek a seat at the next cabinet table. After Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced that he would be stepping down as leader of the Fine Gael party, the Limerick TD of 36 years […]

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Text alerts could cut Limerick hospital lists

Text alerts could cut Limerick hospital lists

| May 13, 2017

LIMERICK Fine Gael TD Tom Neville has called for all hospitals to use a text alert system to remind patients of their hospital appointments. Speaking in the Dáil last week, he said that this would help avoid wasted hours due to non-communicated no-shows and contribute to a reduction in waiting lists. “In the private sector, […]

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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 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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Council seeking site for new Abbeyfeale cemetery

Council seeking site for new Abbeyfeale cemetery

| April 13, 2017

LIMERICK City and County Council are actively looking at four potential sites for a new graveyard in Abbeyfeale. Senior executive engineer Ben Noonan told council members at this week’s Newcastle West Municipal District meeting that the local authority was “actively progressing” this issue. Four parcels of land have now been identified, which might be suitable […]

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Voluntary housing agencies in Limerick condemned as ‘parasites’

Voluntary housing agencies in Limerick condemned as ‘parasites’

| April 13, 2017

VOLUNTARY housing agencies that are buying up property across County Limerick in response to the homeless crisis have come under heavy fire from local councillors. Former Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan claims that a number of properties have been purchased for social housing in Askeaton, Pallaskenry and Newcastle West by a […]

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Tyre burning plan cited as risk to emergency helicopters

Tyre burning plan cited as risk to emergency helicopters

| March 30, 2017

IRISH Cement’s bid to burn tyres and plastics at its Castlemungret site will have serious consequences for emergency flights into University Hospital Limerick (UHL). That’s the view of Limerick City West councillor, Daniel Butler (FG) who has raised serious concerns about helicopter safety, for both the air ambulance and air search and rescue, at the Limerick […]

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