State should cover cost of hotel quarantining for returning Erasmus students

State should cover cost of hotel quarantining for returning Erasmus students

10 April 2021 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie Fianna Fáil MEP, Billy Kelleher has said that the state should cover the mandatory hotel quarantine costs of Erasmus students returning to Ireland. Kelleher was commenting after receiving representations from his party’s youth organisation, Ógra Fianna Fáil, requesting support for students on official Erasmus programmes. “If the medical […]

HEALTH POLITICS: Closure of Medical Assessment Unit at Mallow General Hospital

HEALTH POLITICS: Closure of Medical Assessment Unit at Mallow General Hospital

9 April 2021 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie Mallow based Labour Party TD Seán Sherlock has called on the HSE and the Fianna Fáil Minister for Health to reverse the decision to close the Medical Assessment Unit at Mallow General Hospital for one month. “I’ve learned today that the HSE is now intent on closing the […]

SUSI Student grant ‘income bands’ need to be adjusted – says TD

SUSI Student grant ‘income bands’ need to be adjusted – says TD

12 March 2021 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West, Aindrias Moynihan is calling for urgency in progressing much needed changes in the Student Grant Scheme – or SUSI grant – especially around the income bands as they currently stand. Deputy Moynihan commented, “Minister Harris announced the start of a public […]

New visiting guidelines for nursing homes

New visiting guidelines for nursing homes

12 March 2021 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West, Aindrias Moynihan has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, on the approval of new guidance on visitations to long term residential care facilities. Welcoming the new guidance, Deputy Moynihan said: “The new visiting guidance […]

@UlsterBank announcement is major setback but #DontPanic – says Carrigaline TD

@UlsterBank announcement is major setback but #DontPanic – says Carrigaline TD

19 February 2021 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Michael McGrath, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and TD for Cork South Central (based in Carrigaline), has said today’s announcement that Ulster Bank is to withdraw from the Irish market is a serious blow for the staff, customers, and competition in the wider banking sector. Minister […]

People aged 70 and over to be invited by GPs for #COVID19 vaccination @AindriasMoynih1

People aged 70 and over to be invited by GPs for #COVID19 vaccination @AindriasMoynih1

17 February 2021 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie Fianna Fail TD for Cork North West and spokesperson on public health, Aindrias Moynihan, has said from this week onwards people aged 70 and over will be invited by GPs for vaccination starting with those aged 85 and over. Earlier this week the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, […]

Strategic review of the National Parks and Wildlife Service @COSullivanTD

Strategic review of the National Parks and Wildlife Service @COSullivanTD

4 February 2021 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie A strategic review of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), aimed at assessing and reviewing how the body works, is now underway, Cork South West Deputy and Fianna Fáil spokesperson for Biodiversity, Christopher O’Sullivan has said. Deputy O’Sullivan commented, “I’m glad to see work starting on the […]

COVID: Widespread antigen testing across Cork and the wider Munster region @PadraigOSull

COVID: Widespread antigen testing across Cork and the wider Munster region @PadraigOSull

29 January 2021 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie TD believes rapid antigen testing for airports at Cork, Shannon, Farranfore as well as the Port of Cork Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central, Pádraig O’Sullivan has called on the Government to introduce widespread COVID-19 antigen testing. Rapid antigen testing is a solution to onsite rapid screening […]

Cork TD calls for rapid antigen testing to be fully rolled out as soon as possible @padraigosull

Cork TD calls for rapid antigen testing to be fully rolled out as soon as possible @padraigosull

26 January 2021 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central, Pádraig O’Sullivan has welcomed the first allocation of antigen tests while calling for rapid antigen testing to be fully rolled out as soon as possible. Rapid antigen testing is a solution to onsite rapid screening for SARS-CoV-2. It performs best in […]

EU Commission “has more questions to answer on EU Vaccine Scheme” says Cork MEP

EU Commission “has more questions to answer on EU Vaccine Scheme” says Cork MEP

11 January 2021 By Tom Collins tom@TheCork.ie Are some Member States more equal than others in EU vaccines programme? – MEP Kelleher Cork based Fianna Fáil MEP Billy Kelleher has said that the European Union Commission has a number of serious questions to answer in relation to its Vaccine Purchase Programme. Kelleher was commenting, as […]

O’Sullivan calls for special schools and disability services to remain open

O’Sullivan calls for special schools and disability services to remain open

4 January 2021 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central Pádraig O’Sullivan has called for disability services and schools for children with special needs to continue to remain open during the Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions. Deputy O Sullivan commented, “I understand that the Government will make a decision on Wednesday morning […]

How will Brexit affect your Degree or Diploma?

How will Brexit affect your Degree or Diploma?

28 December 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie The Cork based Fianna Fáil MEP Billy Kelleher has called for clarification on the issue of mutual recognition of educational and professional qualifications for people living in Northern Ireland after January 1st 2021 when the UK leaves the EU. “Since the text of the deal was published a […]

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