Cancel the Junior Cert – says Fianna Fail TD

Cancel the Junior Cert – says Fianna Fail TD

30 March 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie The Junior Cert should be cancelled to alleviate pressure on families during the coronavirus crisis, Cork South West Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan said, joining calls by Fianna Fáil education spokesperson Thomas Byrne that all efforts be directed to ensuring the Leaving Cert goes ahead. Cancelling the junior cert will […]

Fuel allowance should be extended during #COVID19 pandemic – O’Sullivan

Fuel allowance should be extended during #COVID19 pandemic – O’Sullivan

30 March 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North Central Padraig O’Sullivan has called on the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to extend the fuel allowance for the duration of the COVID19 pandemic. Deputy O’Sullivan said it was important that older people were comfortable in their homes as they […]

#COVID-19 – Healthcare staff don’t have enough PPE in Ireland

#COVID-19 – Healthcare staff don’t have enough PPE in Ireland

28 March 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Cork South Central Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said that much more needs to be done to ensure the shortage of Private Protective Equipment with the HSE is resolved. He has also called on anyone with any Personnel Protective Equipment items to please donate them to […]

Free public transport for healthcare workers

Free public transport for healthcare workers

28 March 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie TD calls for free public transport for healthcare workers Sinn Féin TD for Cork South Central, Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, has called on the government to allow free travel on public transport for all healthcare workers for the duration of this outbreak. Teachta Ó Laoghaire said: “Some States […]

Clarification required on SouthDoc lay offs – Sherlock

Clarification required on SouthDoc lay offs – Sherlock

27 March 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Cork East TD Seán Sherlock has said that a public clarification by the Board of South Doc Must be provided after temporary staff lay-offs were announced to staff yesterday (Thursday) “There was certainly an understanding that staff would be redeployed to other centres during this public health emergency. […]

Evacuation flight to bring Irish citizens home from Peru

Evacuation flight to bring Irish citizens home from Peru

27 March 2020 By Mary Bermingham mary@TheCork.ie O’Connor welcomes confirmation of evacuation flight for Irish stranded in Peru Fianna Fáil TD for Cork East James O’Connor has welcomed news from Irish officials that an evacuation flight has been organised to bring a number of Irish people home from Peru. Deputy O’Connor had been contacted by […]

Should COVID-19 testing be performed at home?

Should COVID-19 testing be performed at home?

27 March 2020 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Callout service needed for vulnerable and elderly people struggling to find transport to coronavirus test centres, says Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan Vulnerable and elderly people who cannot get to coronavirus test centres should have the test brought to them by paramedics, Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan said on Friday. As coronavirus […]

HEALTH POLITICS: Air ambulance funding must be secured to continue essential service

HEALTH POLITICS: Air ambulance funding must be secured to continue essential service

27 March 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West Michael Moynihan says funding must be found to ensure that the essential air ambulance service which operates in the region can be maintained. He was responding to the news that the community funded service, which launched eight months ago, will be […]

#COVID19: Creche and Early Education sector is collapsing due to loss of income

#COVID19: Creche and Early Education sector is collapsing due to loss of income

27 March 2020 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie The Government must immediately revisit emergency laws designed to help the early childhood industry, as countless preschool, Montessori and creche owners express fears they will not be able to reopen when Ireland emerges from the coronavirus crisis. The government announced a raft of measures it said will help […]