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J O'Mahony Newsletter Oct 2010


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J O'Mahony Newsletter Oct 2010

  1. 1. MAYO MATTERS John O’Mahony TD Proud to be serving the people of Mayo My promise to you As a proud Mayo person, I am acutely aware of the problems facing the county and its people. The recession has bitten deep and unemployment has affected almost every family in Mayo. I appreciate the difficulties facing business people, employees, students, unemployed men and women and their families. People are struggling to pay their mortgages and to educate their children. Businesses are closing their doors and more people are now on the Live Register than ever before I believe that Mayo will emerge from these difficult times and become a better place in which to live and work. For the people of Mayo, I believe there is a bright future. I remain committed to working with you towards that future, from tackling the obstacles facing individuals to the collective challenges facing our communities, our county and our country. Fine Gael will make the difference. Our policies will get people back to work in Mayo and all around the country. We believe that with your trust and support, we can change the direction of Ireland and Mayo towards stability, positivity and growth. Thank you for your support and your trust in me. I am privileged to represent you in Dáil Éireann and committed to ensuring that you do not simply have a voice in Dáil Éireann, you have positive and purposeful force for real change. I, together with my colleagues, will continue to work on your behalf, to champion your rights and advocate your issues locally and nationally and to deliver results for the people of Mayo. titled Are you enefund r to a €50NCT test? for your r details CONTACT See inside fo John O’Mahony TD D’Alton Street, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Tel: 094 93 73560 Fax: 094 93 737339 Dáil: 01 618 3706 Text: 086 326 8041 Email: web: “Listening to the people of Mayo” Straight Talking – Straight AnswersJ OMahony Newslet Oct10.indd 1 22/10/2010 12:23:34
  2. 2. Infrastructure Earlier this year, the leaders of a number of multi national companies in Mayo painted a very stark picture – if access to the county is not improved jobs could be lost. That is the harsh reality. We cannot allow that to happen and the investment to upgrade the N5 and N26 must be forthcoming. Similarly, the Western Rail Corridor, which has already proven hugely successful between Ennis and Athenry, must be completed. We must also continue to support Ireland West Airport Knock as a pivotal player in facilitating access and accordingly, economic development in Mayo and the North West Region. Health Many Mayo people are affected daily, both directly and indirectly, by the failed health system implemented by the present Government. Frontline services, which we were promised would not be touched by cutbacks, have been hit and the system has buckled under the pressure. As a result, all sectors of our health system are suffering. Fine Gael will do things differently. In government, we will reorganise the entire system based on three fundamental principles: treating all patients equally; rewarding well run hospitals and universal health insurance. Everyone will be entitled to an equal health insurance package to include regular health checks, free access to GP care, an extended range of treatments in the community, free hospital care and guaranteed quicker access to medical care. Fine Gael will put forward a superior and effective new system based on the Dutch health system, which is ranked first in Europe for quality. Education Your children deserve better than to be educated in a system that has one of the highest pupil - teacher ratios in Europe. In spite of all promises from this Government to the contrary, classroom sizes still greatly exceed acceptable levels and there has been no real impetus towards improving these statistics. To compound the problems, we learned last month that even during the good times Ireland had the fourth worst record of investment in education in Europe. Fine Gael will not sit idly by and allow this neglect of our children to continue. We will reduce class sizes and we will ensure that this critical aspect of our society is given the support it so desperately needs. Students from St Joseph’s Secondary School, Charlestown pictured at Dáil Éireann with John O’Mahony TD Agriculture Farming is still at the heart of every community in Registered to Vote – Mayo but its future is at serious risk from the damaging policies of this Government. The decision, apparently Your Vote, Your Voice! taken overnight, to scrap REPS 4, has had terrible You can now check online whether you are registered to consequences for farmers in Mayo. The closure of the vote at or if you contact my office Department of Agriculture offices around the county I will check on your behalf. If you have recently changed has simply exacerbated the situation. Farmers are address, you should notify Mayo County Council to ensure right to feel badly let down. Fine Gael understands you are registered to vote. If you are not registered, you the farming community. We know how important the can download a registration form at or 2013 Common Agriculture Policy will be for Ireland pick up a form from my office, where my team can give you and for Mayo. We assure our farmers that we have guidance on all aspects of the registration process. been active in the policy negotiations to date and will continue to be proactive on their behalf. John O’Mahony TD - “Listening to the people of Mayo”J OMahony Newslet Oct10.indd 2 22/10/2010 12:23:39
  3. 3. Jobs for Mayo More people in Mayo are on the Live Register than ever before. Almost every family in Mayo has been affected by unemployment in the recent past. Now is not the time for empty rhetoric or talk shops, it is time for real action and the implementation of policies that will create jobs in Mayo. Fine Gael will get Mayo back to work. We have created policies that are innovative, that will encourage entrepreneurship, support existing small and medium sized enterprises and facilitate industry and larger scale projects. Almost one in three young people in Mayo with good qualifications and skills are unemployed. For young people, Fine Gael has created a definitive youth jobs plan, focusing on work experience, second chance education and job placement. GOVERNMENT NEGLECT OF MAYO ✗ Health system under threat and front line suffering ✗ Primary school class size still too high despite promises to reduce ✗ Jobs at risk because of road infrastructure to the county John O’Mahony TD pictured with Cllr John Cribbin at the all weather playing ✗ Farmers feel let down by scrapping of REPS pitch in Ballyhaunis 4 and closure of Department offices ✗ Rural post offices continue to close down Sport ✗ Many parts of the county still can’t get We love sport in Mayo and we are fortunate to have a county with some of the broadband best potential for sporting success in Ireland. We have a wonderful culture of team ✗ Lack of investment has a detrimental sports in Mayo and, over the last few years, a growing reputation for success in impact on sporting organisations other sports from our very talented individual sports people and the hosting of hugely successful events in Mayo. The future development of sport in Mayo requires investment. For the Government’s PRIORITIES FOR MAYO part, they have taken away sports capital investment from the county in the past ✔ Create jobs by supporting businesses and few years. This is a short sighted policy and one that has knock on effects, not just industries for sport, but also for health and education. Sport is not just about group activity. The development of walkways and cycle ✔ Improve the access to the county routes in Mayo, which are an important resource both for Mayo people and for ✔ Support our rural communities tourists, should also be continued and expanded. ✔ Continue to provide support for Ireland In my role as Fine Gael spokesperson on sport, I am deeply committed to the West Airport Knock development of sport and to ensuring that our communities, clubs and athletes receive the support, investment and encouragement they deserve. Indeed, I believe ✔ Help our farmers to survive and grow. that sport can play a very important role in turning this country and this county ✔ Investment in Sport around, in much the same way that the Arts community advocates for the role of arts and culture in our country’s future success. Ih issues at local ave raised many d these include, an and national level Garda Numbers, Crime in Mayo, ducation and Health matters, E ad all my press Farming. You can re Dáil debates at statements and my www.johnom John O’Mahony TD Fine Gael Spokesperson on Sport pictured with Cllr Joe Mellett and Aaron McLoughlin, Swinford, British lr under – 16 karate champion 2010” Straight Talking – Straight Answers rs J OMahony Newslet Oct10.indd 3 22/10/2010 12:23:42
  4. 4. Your Mayo Team in Dáil Éireann EN ENDA KENNY TD JO JOHN O’MAHONY TD MI MICHAEL RING TD Cons Constituency Office: Con Constituency Office: Con Constituency Office: Tuck Tucker Street, D’A D’Alton Street, Qua Quay Street, Cast Castlebar, Co Mayo Clar Claremorris, Co Mayo. Wes Westport, Co Mayo. Te Tel: 094-9025600 Tel: Tel: 094 -9373560 Tel: Tel: 098 – 25734 Fax: Fax: 094-9026554 Fax Fax: 094 – 9373379 Fax Fax: 098 – 27644 end john mic Your Mayo Team Seanad Éireann and European Parliament SE SENATOR PADDY BURKE JIM JIM HIGGINS MEP Ann Annagh, Westport Road, Cloo Cloonturk, Cast Castlebar, Co Mayo. Kilk Kilkelly, Co Mayo. Te 01 Tel 0 6183574 Tel 094 Tel 0 – 9367323 pady Fax Fax 094 – 9367321 jim. Are you entitled to NCT test refund? Have you had to wait over four weeks for your NCT Test? A Note from Senator Frances Fi Drivers who have to wait longer than four weeks for their Fitzgerald National Car Test (NCT) are entitled to a free test but many drivers are unaware of their rights. According to the NCT customer charter, the NCT aims to: ‘….ensure that an average leadtime for an appointment at an individual test centre is less than three weeks with a free test if this is greater than four weeks.” If you wish to find out how obtain a refund for your NCT Test, please contact my Constituency Office John O’Mahony TD pictured with members of Claremorris Young Fine Gael. James Peters , Joe Gavin, Paula Carney, and Peter Grimes. Back Jim Higgins MEP, Cllrs Michael Burke, Pasty O’Brien, John O’Mahony TD 0612 and Cllr Tom Connolly. JOHN O’MAHONY TD - CLINICS 1ST FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH 2ND FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH 3RD FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH 11.30am Charlestown - McLoughlins Bar 12pm Ballinrobe - Parish Centre 11.30pm Kiltimagh - Cill Aodain court hotel 12.30pm Swinford - Mellets’ Bar 1.15pm Cross - O’Malley’s Bar 12.30pm Bohola - McDonagh’s 1.30pm Foxford - Mayfly Hotel 2pm Kilmaine - Murphy’s 1.15pm Kilkelly - The corner House 3pm Ballina - Pat Rouse’s Bar 2.45pm Shrule - Jackie Hyland’s 2pm Knock - Coleman’s 4.30pm Killasser - Heaney’s Bar 3.30pm Roundfort - Delia Murphy’s 3pm Ballyhaunis - Parochial Hall 4.15pm Robeen - Trenches Bar 4pm Kilmovee - Community Centre Clinics also held in Ballycastle, Killala, Crossmolina and Lacken. Please contact my office for details. CONTACT John O’Mahony TD, D’Alton Street, Claremorris, Co Mayo. Tel: 094 93 73560 Fax: 094 93 737339 Dáil: 01 618 3706 Text: 086 326 8041 Email: web: “Listening to the people of Mayo” Straight Talking – Straight AnswersJ OMahony Newslet Oct10.indd 4 22/10/2010 12:23:47