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Article from TWO YEARS AGO! Now Student Accommodation is even Dearer!

Kelly Challenged on Affordable Student Accomodation for Tipps

UCD Students’ Union President hits out at “unresponsive” Minister Alan Kelly

Op-Ed by Marcus O’Halloran, President of UCD Students’ Union and Tipperary native for Tipperary Times. UCD Students’ Union is the largest students’ union in Ireland. (Read Piece- Scroll Down to July 2015!!)

NOW, two years later, students heading back to Colleges and Institutes are  facing even higher rental costs and two months rent as deposit as well!!! This is the outcome of political decisions by all recent governments to put protecting the huge and growing financial assets of the Irish Super-Rich from any tax above the right to housing and accommodation!

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Seamus Healy Demands 40 extra Beds at South Tipp Gen Hospital-Shocking Reply By Taoiseach

Taoiseach:   Good clinical leadership is just as important if not more important. We need all of those things because constantly putting more resources, staff and capacity into a system which is not led or managed well will not be enough.

Seamus Healy TD  “ The Taoiseach’s reply is absolutely disappointing and unacceptable. As the Taoiseach, the HSE, the management of the hospital and the management of the south-south west hospital group well know, the situation in South Tipperary General Hospital is absolutely atrocious despite heroic efforts by staff.”

Full Dail Record  11/07/2017

Deputy Seamus Healy:   South Tipperary General Hospital is a progressive, forward-looking and efficient hospital, but it has a major problem with a lack of bed capacity. Simply put, there are not enough beds to cope with the number of admissions. That this is a problem has been accepted by hospital management, the regional HSE management and the South/South West hospital group management.

The figures are shocking. In 2011, there were 750 patients on trolleys in the hospital. In 2016, there was a sixfold increase to 4,419. Today, at the height of the summer, there are 22 patients on trolleys in the hospital’s corridors. If that is the case today, what in God’s name will it be like in the winter and autumn months?

Of course, we know what it will be like. It will be chaos, as it was last winter, the winter before and the winter before that. The hospital is bursting at its seams. It is operating at 130% of its capacity overall while the medical department is operating at 150% of capacity. Everybody’s preferred option for solving this problem in the medium term is a 40-bed inpatient modular, or hotel-type, unit of accommodation.

Numerous Ministers have visited the hospital in recent years. The former Minister, Senator Reilly, the Taoiseach and, in October of last year, the current Minister, Deputy Harris, have visited. When he visited, the Minister for Health said that the situation was utterly unacceptable, that a solution had to be found and that we would have a decision before the end of the year. We are, however, still awaiting that decision.

Will the Taoiseach personally take up this matter and deal with the situation at the hospital? There is absolutely no privacy for patients on trolleys in corridors. The staff of the hospital are under huge pressure. As I said, the hospital is bursting at the seams and approval for this 40-bed unit is awaited. Will the Taoiseach ensure that the provision of such a unit is approved as a matter of urgency? Will he begin the process today?

The Taoiseach:   A look at this morning’s trolley figures, which are provided by the HSE, shows that there were 272 patients on trolleys this morning compared to 373 on the same day last year – a reduction of approximately 100. Obviously, I appreciate that if a person is one of the 270 patients who are on trolleys – or a family member of such a patient – that figure is of no benefit because of the enormous distress and inconvenience that being on a trolley causes. I appreciate the very difficult working conditions which our staff in emergency departments have to endure, but a reduction from 373 last year to 272 this year – a reduction of more than 100 year on year – is quite significant.

I have been to South Tipperary General Hospital. It is certainly in need of very significant investment. Like many hospitals in the country there is a new section, which is very much up to standard, and an old part, which is very much not. The Department of Health is conducting a bed capacity review which will establish how many additional beds we may need across our acute hospitals. Building new hospital blocks and new hospital wings takes several years. Even just the planning, tendering and construction could take three to four years before any new blocks could come on train. In addition to that, the Department of Health is working on proposals to provide temporary accommodation in a number of hospitals, the like of which the Deputy has mentioned. It is of course just not good enough to provide temporary accommodation, it must be possible to staff it as well. This time last year, we encountered difficulty in staffing all our beds. That proposal is now being worked up by the Minister for Health and we will see if it is possible to put it in place later this year.

I will make a point on the figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in respect of patients on trolleys in the first half of this year. Those figures were very interesting. They show an overall increase across the country, but huge variations from hospital to hospital. Beaumont Hospital and Connolly Hospital had the lowest number of patients on trolleys since records began and St. Vincent’s University Hospital had the second lowest. This is despite two of those three hospitals getting no additional beds whatsoever, whereas some hospitals which got additional beds actually disimproved considerably. That demonstrates to us that providing more staff and more beds on its own does not work. As politicians and as people who make decisions on behalf of the public, we should all acknowledge this. Good clinical leadership is just as important if not more important. We need all of those things because constantly putting more resources, staff and capacity into a system which is not led or managed well will not be enough.

Deputy Seamus Healy:   The Taoiseach’s reply is absolutely disappointing and unacceptable. As the Taoiseach, the HSE, the management of the hospital and the management of the south-south west hospital group well know, the situation in South Tipperary General Hospital is absolutely atrocious.

Everyone accepts the hospital’s lack of bed capacity. This may be the fifth year that various Ministers and Ministers of State gave promised additional beds at the hospital. It is time to bite the bullet. The patients attending South Tipperary General Hospital are entitled to good quality hospital services but they are not getting them.

I understand that a senior medical professional from the South/South West hospital group carried out a forensic analysis of the hospital’s bed capacity and has accepted that 35 to 40 additional acute beds are urgently needed at the hospital. I believe the report has gone to the HSE and that senior management of the HSE is now sitting on it, so to speak. Will the Taoiseach ensure the report is acted upon and made public. Approval should be given for beds at South Tipperary General Hospital, not at the Mater Hospital or anywhere else nationally but at South Tipperary General Hospital where there is an agreed and accepted necessity for additional beds.

The Taoiseach:   When there are additional beds, one of the most important things to do is to staff them. We are hiring more staff. Some 700 additional nurses will be hired this year alone, allowing us to open beds that may have been closed temporarily and also to facilitate patients being discharged more quickly, thus allowing beds to be used by more patients and to have faster turnover of beds.

The national bed capacity review is not completed yet and we need to complete it. I do not believe a bed capacity review can be done in isolation. As hospitals have overlapping catchment areas, it needs to be done on a national basis. However, I am told it is very far advanced.

I mentioned earlier that providing new blocks or new hospital wings can take a number of years. For example, a new one has just been opened in Galway, providing 75 more beds. A new emergency department in a new block in Limerick has been opened in recent months. A new emergency department and an acute floor have opened in Kilkenny in recent months. All these things took many years to plan and build. Even if we approved additional hospital blocks now, it would take a number of years to build.

Deputy Seamus Healy:   We are not asking for a block. We are asking for temporary accommodation, which is accepted by everyone.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle:   The Taoiseach has exceeded his time.

The Taoiseach:   Temporary accommodation can provide capacity quickly at under pressure hospitals. That is being actively considered by the HSE and the Minister at the moment, but it needs to be worked through.

 

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Shocking Neglect Of Job Creation in County Tipperary by Government!

Tipp Town(34.0%) and Carrick-on- Suir (29.2%) are UNEMPLOYMENT BLACKSPOTS!-Census Results CSO

Co Tipperary is bottom of the Table for IDA Jobs per Head of population  of the 7 Counties Across the South East and Mid-West Regions

Co Tipperary is 1 from bottom of the Table for IDA Jobs per head across  the 26-counties of Ireland

Co Tipperary has second worst Unemployment in Munster after Waterford City and County

Emergency Action by Government is Needed Now!

The following 26 areas have unemployment levels 5% or more   above the national average of 12.9%:

Unemployment rate of all Electoral Divisions (ED’s) within Tipperary (Census 2016)   CSO
Electoral division name Electoral division number Population aged 15 years and over Unemployed In the labour force Unemployment rate Black

Spot

Tipperary East Urban 23087 1954 336 989 34.00% 1
Carrick-on-Suir Urban 23083 3550 590 2022 29.20% 1
Clonmel West Urban 23086 4681 582 2290 25.40% .
Farranrory 23145 385 55 217 25.30% .
Cashel Urban 23084 1984 252 1117 22.60% .
Mullinahone 23150 668 82 375 21.90% .
Tipperary West Urban 23088 1500 186 866 21.50% .
Thurles Urban 22004 5594 645 3026 21.30% .
Fethard 23104 741 87 410 21.20% .
New Birmingham 23151 339 41 194 21.10% .
Ballingarry 23141 553 66 315 21.00% .
Carrickbeg Urban 23082 1154 145 701 20.70% .
Littleton 22071 862 100 485 20.60% .
Killenaule 23109 949 102 499 20.40% .
Roscrea 22059 4939 602 2956 20.40% .
Nenagh East Urban 22001 2442 299 1534 19.50% .
Graigue 22014 233 26 138 18.80% .
Nenagh West Urban 22002 4306 493 2623 18.80% .
Poyntstown 23152 144 15 80 18.80% .
Borrisokane 22008 1012 103 553 18.60% .
Finnoe 22013 151 16 87 18.40% .
Ballyphilip 23142 347 35 192 18.20% .
Kilcommon 23125 1730 187 1026 18.20% .
Templemore 22003 1576 151 843 17.90% .
Greystown 23107 335 36 205 17.60% .
Clonmel East Urban 23085 3298 331 1922 17.20% .

NO PART OF The County is Left  UNTOUCHED BY THIS BLIGHT!

 

The neglect of Co Tipperary by successive governments is clear from the recent census results issued by the Central Statistics Office(CSO). The average unemployment in Co Tipperary at 14.6% is worse than that in Limerick City and County which has 18 Blackspots and well above the national average! A blackspot is local area which has unemployment of more than 27%. The unemployment rates of 34.0% in the Eastern Part of Tipperary Town and 29.2% in Carrick-on-Suir, the two Co Tipp blackspots,  are truly shocking. Co Tipperary at 14.6% is the 12th worst of the 30 administrative counties in the state. This compares with a rate of 7.4% in the administrative county of  Dun Laoire-Rathdown.

A presentation given to the Minister for Jobs in April this year shows that Co Tipperary is bottom of the Table for IDA Jobs per Head of population  of the Counties Across the South East and Mid-West Regions  and is  1 from bottom of the Table for IDA Jobs per head across  the 26-counties

Co Tipperary has no gateway or  preferred  employment hub designated by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) for inward investment-unlike Counties Cork, Limerick and Waterford

Following disastrous job losses in recent years-over 1000 in the last two years alone,I have repeatedly called on the Minister for Employment in the Dáil to end this discrimination against Co Tipperary without success. I now repeat my call to the new Minister , Frances Fitzgerald, to bring forward special measures to eliminate the blackspots and to give Co Tipperary it’s fair share of government spending and IDA jobs. There was not a single new local authority house built in the county in the last twelve months!

I call on Co Tipperary Co. Council to call a special meeting to prepare a campaign  to demand government action to reduce unemployment in the county and to eliminate Unemployment  Blackspots

I call on all CO Tipperary Dáil deputies to end all voting support or abstention in favour of the Government until Co Tipperary gets Fair Play On Jobs

Seamus Healy TD

Unemployment rate of all Electoral Divisions (ED’s) within Tipperary (Census 2016)   CSO
Electoral division name Electoral division number Population aged 15 years and over Unemployed In the labour force Unemployment rate Blackspot 2016
Tipperary East Urban 23087 1954 336 989 34.00% 1
Carrick-on-Suir Urban 23083 3550 590 2022 29.20% 1
Clonmel West Urban 23086 4681 582 2290 25.40% .
Farranrory 23145 385 55 217 25.30% .
Cashel Urban 23084 1984 252 1117 22.60% .
Mullinahone 23150 668 82 375 21.90% .
Tipperary West Urban 23088 1500 186 866 21.50% .
Thurles Urban 22004 5594 645 3026 21.30% .
Fethard 23104 741 87 410 21.20% .
New Birmingham 23151 339 41 194 21.10% .
Ballingarry 23141 553 66 315 21.00% .
Carrickbeg Urban 23082 1154 145 701 20.70% .
Littleton 22071 862 100 485 20.60% .
Killenaule 23109 949 102 499 20.40% .
Roscrea 22059 4939 602 2956 20.40% .
Nenagh East Urban 22001 2442 299 1534 19.50% .
Graigue 22014 233 26 138 18.80% .
Nenagh West Urban 22002 4306 493 2623 18.80% .
Poyntstown 23152 144 15 80 18.80% .
Borrisokane 22008 1012 103 553 18.60% .
Finnoe 22013 151 16 87 18.40% .
Ballyphilip 23142 347 35 192 18.20% .
Kilcommon 23125 1730 187 1026 18.20% .
Templemore 22003 1576 151 843 17.90% .
Greystown 23107 335 36 205 17.60% .
Clonmel East Urban 23085 3298 331 1922 17.20% .

From Presentation of Co Council T Minister For Jobs

  • Tipperary  – population of over 159,553 (CSO 2016)
  • National unemployment currently at 6.8% (2017)
County / Town Population Unemployment (Live Register M1 2011)* Unemployment (Live Register M1 2017)* 2017 As a % of Town Population Level of Deprivation (2011 CSO)
Tipperary County 158,754  CSO 2011
Nenagh 8,439 3055 2,029 24% -21.8
Clonmel 15,840 2150 1921 12% -20.5
Thurles 7,933 2946 2216 28% -17.5
Carrick on Suir 5,931 2836 1284 22% -22.7
Roscrea 5,403 1446 985 18% -21
Tipperary Town 4,355 1798 1245 29% -25
*live register is not directly applicable to the town area and accommodates those also outside of that area

 

Recent Job losses

  • The above listed towns have been subjected to a number of recent closures (and impacted by other longer term closures for which there were  no replacements) which include
    • Ranbaxy (Tipperary MD) – 120 –  (2016)
    • Suir Pharma (Clonmel MD) – 135 –  (2016)
    • Schiele & McDonald Mushrooms (Tipperary MD) – 70 –  (2016)
    • Vedanta Holdings (Thurles MD) – 400 – (2015)
    • M&J Gleeson (Thurles MD) – 120 – (2015)
    • COTY (Nenagh MD) – 220 – (2017-2018)
  • In Addition to these recent closures, Tipperary Town with the closure of Tambrands, Pall, Atari and Namco over the last 20 years has never had any substantive replacement industry and the town has suffered considerably as a result. With the exception of MSD, Carrick on Suir has never had any substantive employer since facilities such as Sram (Bicycle parts) closed in early 2000.
  • FDI investment in the old North Tipperary area has also been weak (with exception of First Data)
  • In a recent IBEC study Tipperary ranks 25th out of 26 counties in terms of IDA jobs per 10,000 labour force with the national average being 461

IBEC LOCAL ECONOMIC INDICATORS-South East and Mid West Regions

 

 

CSO Census 2016 Report  : At administrative county level, Longford had the highest unemployment rate in 2016 (19.6%) while Dún LaoghaireRathdown had the lowest (7.4%). The overall unemployment rate fell by 6.1 percentage points to 12.9 per cent in 2016 from 19.0 per cent in 2011. When examined on a county level, Donegal showed the largest change, decreasing from 26.2 per cent in 2011 to 18.0 per cent in 2016, followed by Monaghan which fell from 20.6 per cent in 2011 to 13.0 per cent in 2016. At the other end of the scale Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown showed the smallest change decreasing from 11.2 per cent in 2011 to 7.4 per cent in 2016.

 

Paddy Healy    The unemployment rate in Co Tipperary is 14.6%  The national Average is 12.9 % Which is also the rate in Dublin City Corporation area.   Tipperary is 1.7% above the national Average

Worst is Longford at 19.6%           Best is Dun Laoire-Rathdown—7.4%

Cork City  15.0  Cork County Less than 10.3%      Waterford City and County  15.4%

 

If Cork City and County are taken together, Waterford City and County is the worst in Munster, Co Tipperary is next worst.

Co Tipperary(14.6%) at  12th worst county of 30 Administrative Counties in  is Nine Places worse than Dublin City at 21 st which is at the national average of 12.9%

 

Limerick City and County has 18 blackspots    Co Tipperary has 2   Waterford City and County has 9

 

But Co Tipperary at 14.6%   has a higher unemployment rate than Limerick City and County at 14.4%-See Below

 

County Tipperary       2 blackspots       Av in blackspots  30.8%         County Av Rate   14.6%

Co Tipp is 12th  highest unemployment rate of the administrative counties

79 Unemployment Blackspots  nationally

Threshold  for Blackspot Designation 27% Unemployment

No 16 Tipperary East Urban    34.0%   – Part of Tipperary Town and Eastward

No 55 Carrick-on-Suir                  29.2%

 

Table 2.1 Number of unemployment blackspots by administrative county,2016

County               Number of unemployment blackspots                  Average unemployment %                       County unemployment rate %

Limerick City and County                18                                                                                      35.7                                                                          14.4                        14

Waterford City and County          9                                                                                            31.5                                                                           15.4                      8

Dublin City                                         7                                                                                                   30.4                                                                         12.9

Donegal                                                 6                                                                                                 30.0                                                                            18.0                     2

Cork City                                             5                                                                                                32.7                                                                              15.0                     11

Mayo                                                     5                                                                                                  29.0                                                                               14.3

South Dublin                                     4                                                                                                      29.4                                                                            13.3

Clare                                                     3                                                                                                         29.2                                                                           12.4

Longford                                              3                                                                                                           31.4                                                                           19.6                           1

Wexford                                                3                                                                                                                31.1                                                                      16.6                            5

Cavan                                                   2                                                                                                 35.1                                                                                         15.1                         9

Galway County                                2                                                                                                 32.7                                                                                                11.7

Tipperary                                           2                                                                                                          30.8                                                                                      14.6                 12

Fingal                                                 1                                                                                                         28.1                                                                                      10.3

Kildare                                              1                                                                                                            35.0                                                                                           11.4

Kilkenny                                        1                                                                                                               27.5                                                                                         12.7

Kerry                                               1                                                                                                            27.2                                                                                                   12.4

Louth                                                 1                                                                                                         28.0                                                                                                   16.7             4

Meath                                             1                                                                                                             29.7                                                                                           11.2

Monaghan                                  1                                                                                                              27.7                                                                                              13.0

Roscommon                                   1                                                                                                                27.1                                                                                          13.0

Westmeath                                  1                                                                                                                      33.4                                                                                        15.9                7

Wicklow                                           1                                                                                                                       27.2                                                                                        12.7

Total                         79                                                                    31.2                                                     12.9

 

 

Figure 2.5 Unemployment by administrative county, 2016 –

County                                           %

1   Longford                                  19.6

2   Donegal                                    18.0

3     Carlow

4  Louth                                    16.7

5    Wexford                            16.6

6  Offaly

7  Westmeath                                           15.9

8     Waterford City and County          15.4

9        Laois

10     Cavan                                              15.1

11       Cork City                                      15.0

12         Tipperary                                       14.6

13          Leitrim

14        Limerick City and County          14.4

Mayo

Sligo

South Dublin                                                      13.3

Monaghan

Roscommon

Galway City

21 Dublin City                                                                    12.9

Kilkenny

Wicklow

Kerry

Clare

Galway County

Kildare                                                                 11.4

Meath                                                              11.2

Fingal                                                          10.3

Cork County

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown                    7.4%

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SEAMUS HEALY TD  DEMANDS RETENTION AND RESTORATION OF BUS AND RAIL SERVICES IN  COUNTY TIPPERARY IN DÁIL QUESTIONS TO TAOISEACH

ROADS AND BY-PASSES MUST BE UPGRADED

BUT TAOISEACH TREATS GENUINE CONCERNS AS A JOKE 

All citizens have a right to a satisfactory and good-quality public transport service. It is the duty of the State to ensure that such a service provided. It cannot and must not be left to market forces. Members of the public in my Tipperary constituency and in rural areas generally are entitled to the same standard of public transport as the constituents of the Minister, Deputy Ross, here in Dublin. Yesterday, Bus Éireann proposed the closure of the Clonmel to Dublin bus service among others. This is absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Of course, it comes on the back of the closure of the Carrick-on-Suir to Dublin bus service in 2015. It comes on the back of the proposed closure of the Limerick to Waterford rail service and the Limerick to Ballybrophy rail service. The Limerick to Waterford rail line servicing Carrick-on-Suir, Clonmel, Cahir and Tipperary town is being undermined on a daily basis by management regularly and frequently cancelling trains on that line. In addition, the main social and economic corridor across the south of the county, the N24, has been left out of the road capital programme, which is particularly damaging to the Tipperary town and Carrick-on-Suir. Of course, the failure to build the Thurles bypass, which has been overlooked for years, resulting in chaos in the square, turning it into a car park.

County Tipperary is not getting a fair crack of the whip. A Fine Gael led Government already abolished Clonmel Borough Council and the town councils in Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel, Tipperary town, Thurles, Templemore and Nenagh. A Fine Gael led Government with the help of the Labour Party also closed the St. Michael’s 50 bed psychiatric unit at South Tipperary General Hospital.

Now north Tipperary patients must travel to Ennis and south Tipperary patients must travel to Kilkenny to avail of a service that is inadequate and substandard. The abandonment of County Tipperary must stop. I am asking the Taoiseach if he will give an assurance to stop any threat to the Clonmel to Dublin bus service. Will he give an assurance to re-establish the Carrick-on-Suir to Dublin bus service? After 20 years of waiting, will the Taoiseach give the go-ahead for the N24 upgrading, including the bypass of Tipperary town, Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir? Also after 20 years, will the Taoiseach give the go-ahead for the bypass of Thurles this afternoon?

TAOISEACH KENNY: I am not in a position to do that, as the Deputy well knows. I agree with him that transport for rural Ireland should not be left to market forces only and it is not. That is why the Minister, Deputy Ross, has pointed out, as I have on many occasions, that the National Transport Authority, NTA, is quite prepared to take up any slack for public transport connectivity between areas that are affected by the dispute between Bus Éireann and the unions. The matter the Deputy mentioned of Clonmel is one of three that have been referred to but there are no decisions taken about any of this because until the dispute is settled nothing is decided. The chief executive pointed out options, hard though they are, and that is why it is important that people go back into the Workplace Relations Commission, WRC, and use that experience, capacity and facility to bring about a solution and a conclusion to this.

The Deputy asked an omnibus question about the Thurles bypass, the N24 and the south Tipperary hospital and everything else in between and he expects me to answer in the positive here today for him.

SEAMUS HEALY TD:It has been 20 years. 

TAOISEACH KENNY For the sake of his constituents, the Deputy will be aware there is a capital review programme about to be carried out on major infrastructure during the course of the year which should be completed by mid-year. The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform will look carefully at the ongoing public consultation in that regard at the moment. As I said to Deputy Martin, the European Investment Bank has opened its office here which will allow for major pieces of infrastructure where an income stream might come from them in order for those pieces of infrastructure to be dealt with separately from central Exchequer. I cannot speak for the outcome of the capital review but it is under way.

Last week, Deputy Lowry raised the question of the South Tipperary General Hospital including Our Lady’s in Cashel. Those particular problems have been mentioned by the Minister, Deputy Harris. He has been there and wants to address the capacity issues as well as ensuring Our Lady’s in Cashel is utilised. I understand a mini-tender will be done in the coming weeks to request proposals for temporary accommodation in Tipperary. The HSE has already been asked to make maximum use of the Cashel campus and is considering every option to support south Tipperary with community and primary care services. The Deputy does not have a definitive answer here but he has an opportunity to work, in terms of the capital review, on the issues and to advise people to go back into the WRC to see whether we can settle this dispute between Bus Éireann and the unions.

The Deputy mentioned Ballybrophy and a few other things about Iarnród Éireann. He obviously wants the entire budget to be shifted down to Tipperary. 

SEAMUS HEALY TD:It takes a lot of money, as the Taoiseach well knows. 

TAOISEACH KENNY:It will not happen today but the Deputy has to work on his proposals to advance it piece by piece. 

SEAMUS HEALY TD: It sounds very much like “live horse and you’ll get grass”. We have been waiting for 20 years for both the N24 upgrade and the Thurles bypass. The Taoiseach’s Government and the previous Government starved public transport and road budgets. The road budgets fell between 2007 and 2015 by €1.722 billion. The State subvention to CIE was slashed by €132 million, from €321 million in 2008 to €189 million in 2015. The State subvention to Bus Éireann is down €16.3 million from €49.4 million to €33.1 million. The free travel contribution from the Department of Social Protection is completely inadequate. It has been capped for years despite increased numbers and the fact that 30% of Bus Éireann’s passengers are availing of free travel.

In June 2016, the Taoiseach wrote to the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, seeking permission to borrow money for infrastructural works. He said at the time that investment in infrastructure in Ireland was “at its lowest level for many years, and also represents the lowest level of any member state at present”. He got no reply, or none that we heard of, but Italy recently told the President Juncker it will borrow money with or without his permission. I ask the Taoiseach to do likewise. Will he reassert Irish sovereignty and put the right of the Irish people to proper transport infrastructure, and other capital investment such as housing, before the EU and EU diktats?

TAOISEACH KENNY :I had a meeting this morning with Commissioner Timmermans about a range of issues that are about to come up and one of those is the investment capacity for countries throughout Europe to invest in major pieces of infrastructure to improve facilities, provide employment and boost output and growth. I wrote to President Juncker because there was a blockage in the system in terms of the way EUROSTAT was treating the development of and proposals for infrastructure and the European Commission, and we sorted that out. Clearly, there has been a big improvement in the capacity of countries to borrow for infrastructural projects. As I said, the European Investment Bank has opened an office in Dublin which is now open for proposals from local authorities, Government agencies and so on. I hope there will be a big improvement in that in the time ahead.

It is not true to say that the State has neglected everything here. There are some major roads projects going on around the country including the Gort-Tuam project involving €600 million and others that are currently in train.

SEAMUS HEALY TD:They are not happening down in Tipperary. We have wanted them for 20 years.

TAOISEACH KENNY:The Deputy mentioned the N24 and the Thurles bypass. They are not alone in their difficulties. A man in Cork said to me at the Brexit meeting last week that he found me guilty of clogging up the roads with people going to work.

ADEPUTY: Is this a real man?

DEPUTY MICHEAL MARTIN(FF) : Did the Taoiseach see the boys of Fairhill?

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GOVERNMENT OWNED BANKS AND OTHER LENDERS SEEK TO EVICT  100 TIPPERARY FAMILIES BEFORE CHRISTMAS

More than 2,000 HOME REPOSSESSION Cases listed in the courts before Christmas-placing stress on families before the festive season

“In Meath, 150 cases are being heard on average each month, with 100 in Tipperary, 46 in Kilkenny, 88 in Mayo, and 83 in Kerry. Central Bank figures have revealed the number of repossessions of a “primary dwelling home” has dramatically increased in the past four years.”

Significant “escalation” in enforcement orders since the middle of the summer

Mark O’Regan  Sunday IndependentPUBLISHED20/11/2016  

The rise of family home repossession court cases is set to continue in the run-up to Christmas, with figures currently at 2,600 a month. 

There are 650 family court appearances a week, and experts have predicted there will be this many into next year.

It came amid claims of a significant “escalation” in enforcement orders since the middle of the summer.

The Sunday Independent has learned more than 2,000 cases will come before the courts in the next five weeks – placing stress on families before the festive season.

New Beginning – a group of lawyers providing representation for those facing repossession – said 100 cases on average are being heard a month in Limerick, with the figure for Cork running at 200.

In Meath, 150 cases are being heard on average each month, with 100 in Tipperary, 46 in Kilkenny, 88 in Mayo, and 83 in Kerry. Central Bank figures have revealed the number of repossessions of a “primary dwelling home” has dramatically increased in the past four years.

In 2015, 726 homes were repossessed. This compared with 315 dwellings seized by banks and financial institutions in 2014, and 251 in 2013.

In the first six months of this year, 240 homes were retaken by financial institutions.

Founder of New Beginning Ross Maguire said there had been a marked escalation in enforcement orders in recent months. He added: “There is a cohort of people in the country who, no matter what they do, cannot afford their mortgage, and are facing inevitable repossession.”

David Hall, director of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation, said the “system is failing” families grappling with mortgage debt. He called on Housing Minister Simon Coveney to declare a national emergency on the issue.

He said: “There are 34,000 cases in arrears of more than two years and 59,000 between one and two years.”

 

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Press Statement  Seamus Healy   TD 

Sack Noonan says Healy

Deputy Seamus Healy has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. to sack Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

Minister Noonan directed Nama to accelerate sales of assets in a weak market, costing the state and the Irish people billions. Project Eagle was but one example.

Furthermore he refused to stop the sale of Project Eagle when he and Nama became aware of revelations that a former Nama advisor stood to be paid 5million sterling from a prospective purchaser.

The Minister had already given away billions in Bank of Ireland shares to vulture capitalists.

US vulture capitalist, Wilbur Ross, celebrated huge windfall gains in Bank of Ireland shares on Bloomberg T.V.

The Taoiseach must now dismiss the Minister and the Independent Alliance must insist on this.

The Minister must also appear before the Public Accounts Committee.

Frank Daly, NAMA, CEO, has stated that the agency was instructed by Noonan to accelerate asset sales.

The sales of assets in Northern Ireland under Project Eagle took place in that context. Already Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been criticized by a Stormont parliamentary inquiry for failing to halt the controversial €1.32bn sale of Nama’s Northern Ireland loan portfolio.

All asset sales by NAMA must now be suspended.

The Government and Fianna Fáil are also attempting to confine the statutory inquiry to the activities of NAMA in Northern Ireland. This is despite the fact that a former NAMA official, who is now out on bail in NI, who was named in the BBC ‘Spotlight’ probe, was the former head of Nama’s Asset Management in Dublin Headquarters.  The BBC now says there are further revelations to come-“this is the tip of the Ice-berg”- BBC

NAMA paid banks 31.8 billion for assets of book value 77 billion in 2009.  If NAMA had retained the assets until now, the assets would have appreciated by at least 20 billion. Instead the government is now boasting that NAMA will make just 2 billion in “profit” . This takes no account of the 64 billion given to the banks to rescue them.

I call on FG and all deputies supporting the Government, including the Independent Alliance, to insist on the sacking of Noonan as Minister and that he be instructed to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to explain the loss of billions to the Irish people during his term of office

Seamus Healy TD

20/09/2016

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“The (Tipperary)constituency’s other Independent TD, Seamus Healy, yesterday warned of “people power” returning to the streets of Clonmel if extra beds aren’t delivered at South Tipperary General Hospital, in reference to a protest march in 2010 over the future of the hospital.”-Irish Examiner 14/09/2016

 No HSE funds for ‘patient hotel’ as consultant warns of ‘disaster’ this winter due to overcrowding

 Irish Examiner Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Conor Kane 

A senior consultant at one of the country’s most regularly overcrowded hospitals has warned of “disaster” at the facility this winter after the HSE failed to allocate any of its 2016 budget for a hoped-for “patient hotel” in its winter initiative.

The winter plan published last week said that two options are being “considered” by the HSE to alleviate over-crowding at South Tipperary General Hospital: A “modular build extension” to the existing hospital and fitting out space in an area currently under construction.

“The HSE’s examination of patient hotel-type service will proceed in parallel,” the initiative states.

However, no money has been allocated for the proposal in this year’s funding, with €700,000 allocated for 2017.

Senior consultant at STGH Dr Paud O’Regan said he and the hospital were “bitterly disappointed” with the plan.

There were hopes that a 40-bed patient hotel could be in place by late October, but it is now widely accepted it will not happen this year and the HSE has yet to deal with “cost-benefit analysis, procurement issues, and planning/construction issues,” as it says itself in the winter initiative.

“We were confident that it would be announced in the winter initiative and had been assured by the minister of that,” said Dr O’Regan.

The hospital “hasn’t lost hope” that the patient hotel will happen, he said, but it will not be in time for this winter.

“We feel that the hospital will not be able to cope with the winter influx of patients, in view of the fact that we have run at 150% medical bed occupancy during the summer and, when the winter surge comes, we will not be able to cope.”

He blamed the HSE for not making a decision on the proposal. “Everybody agrees it’s needed but it’s the HSE that is holding it up. New ideas to them are like holy water to a vampire.” The consultant added: “We’re facing into a disaster.”

Independent TD Mattie McGrath yesterday accused fellow Independent TD for Tipperary Michael Lowry of “irresponsibly raising expectations” regarding the assignment of a patient hotel to Clonmel, following reports in August of a “deal” to deliver the project at STGH.

Mr Lowry, in a statement this week, said he spoke to Health Minister Simon Harris last Friday about the winter initiative.

“The minister reminded me that this is the first time that a HSE officialised document has formally referenced and included a patient hotel for Clonmel,” he said.

“He stated the initiative was still in the progression stage and the Health Service Executive were committed to progressing the unit in parallel with the upcoming ‘winter initiative’. It was originally intended to fast track this project but it is now accepted that because of the nature and scale of this modular unit planning will have to be sought and the unit subject to national procurement policy.

“The Minister has informed me that he was concerned in that context, that we are going to miss the ‘winter bulge’ activity in the hospital.”

The constituency’s other Independent TD, Seamus Healy, yesterday warned of “people power” returning to the streets of Clonmel if extra beds aren’t delivered at STGH, in reference to a protest march in 2010 over the future of the hospital.

 

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Seamus Healy TD was the only Tipperary Deputy To Vote Against The Government Motion To Appeal the Award of 13 billion Plus Interest to Ireland in Corporation Tax Owed by Apple at the Special Sitting of Dáil Eireann

For The Government  Motion: Cahill, Jackie (FF) , Kelly, Alan (Labour), Lowry, Michael (Independent)

Against The Government Motion: Healy, Seamus TD

Did not Vote;  McGrath, Mattie TD (Independent)-Deputy McGrath spoke in the Debate

Seamus Healy: I am proud to have voted against the return of in excess of 13 billion Euro to Apple. I want the money to be used to address the severe crises in housing,health, education and other public services for the needy.

Sweetheart deals and allowing corporate entities to avoid paying their fair share of tax have serious consequences for ordinary people.It is not a victimless crime. We have, for instance, a serious housing emergency, with more than 100,000 families on housing waiting lists, and a growing homelessness problem, with 2,000 children living in emergency accommodation. Families continue to be evicted from their homes by banks owned by the State. Hundreds of thousands of people are on hospital waiting lists and chaos prevails in hospital emergency departments. Home help services, home care packages and education are being cut and the list goes on. Low and middle income families are also being fleeced by the universal social charge, house tax, inheritance tax, VAT, student fees and the water tax.

Fine Gael, the “Endapendents”, Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party are betraying the Irish people by refusing to accept €13 billion with interest from the €228 billion which Apple has resting in subsidiaries with no tax residence anywhere in the world. The same politicians meekly gave €64 billion of citizens’ money to large international investors who gambled on Irish bank bonds and imposed austerity on our people They now want to give back the guts of €19 billion to one of the largest companies in the world, thus leaving our public services in deep crisis.

 

Full Actual Dáil Speech of Deputy Healy

 

Deputy Seamus Healy (Tipperary) I will vote against the Government’s proposals on this issue. Mr. Martin Shanahan, the chief executive officer of IDA Ireland, stated in a recent radio interview that the ruling “does not call into question Ireland’s tax regime and does not call into question Ireland’s 12.5% tax rate”. The European Commissioner, Mr. Phil Hogan, subsequently agreed with Mr. Shanahan. Both Mr. Hogan and Mr. Shanahan are correct that the Commission’s ruling does not affect Ireland’s corporation tax rate or sole competency to set that rate. Why then is the Government, by which I mean the Fine Gael Party, the Independents supporting Enda or “Endapendents”, Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party, stressing its militant opposition to any change in the 12.5% corporate tax rate? This fake militancy is in total contrast to the grovelling support shown by these parties for the bailout and fiscal treaty, which fly in the face of the 1916 Proclamation and Irish sovereignty.

Sweetheart deals and allowing corporate entities to avoid paying their fair share of tax have serious consequences for ordinary people. We have, for instance, a serious housing emergency, with more than 100,000 families on housing waiting lists, and a growing homelessness problem, with 2,000 children living in emergency accommodation. Families continue to be evicted from their homes by banks owned by the State. Hundreds of thousands of people are on hospital waiting lists and chaos prevails in hospital emergency departments. Home help services, home care packages and education are being cut and the list goes on. Low and middle income families are also being fleeced by the universal social charge, house tax, inheritance tax, VAT, student fees and the water tax.

Fine Gael, the “Endapendents”, Fianna Fáil and the Labour Party are betraying the Irish people by refusing to accept €13 billion with interest from the €228 billion which Apple has resting in subsidiaries with no tax residence. The same politicians meekly gave €64 billion of citizens’ money to large international investors who gambled on Irish bank bonds. They now want to give back the guts of €19 billion to one of the largest companies in the world.

We heard a great deal in this debate about the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, OECD, and base erosion and profit shifting, BEPS, a concept to which the Minister referred and which is referred to in many, if not all, of the amendments to the motion. BEPS, it seems, will be our saviour. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, because if the current proposals are implemented, Ireland’s position will worsen as corporations will pay each country tax on the profits they make from sales of their products in that country. As sales in Ireland account for only a tiny fraction of worldwide sales, corporation tax revenue will come under serious threat from these proposals. While the 12.5% rate will not change, it will apply to a much smaller share of profits, which will have serious implications for employment here. Many countries, including the United Kingdom, have announced reductions in their corporation tax rates in a race to the bottom. For this reason, the fake militancy of supporters of this motion is a smokescreen to cover up the effects of their current policies and the economic development policies they pursued over decades, including, above all, the ceding of all effective economic sovereignty to the European Union and multinational companies.

Ireland’s ability to respond to this serious threat has been weakened by the privatisation of various companies, including Eircom and Aer Lingus. The Finnish Government, through a nationalised wood company, created thousands of jobs in an indigenous company, Nokia. We must do likewise by creating tens of thousands of jobs in indigenous industries in the high-tech, energy and agricultural sectors, as well as in public works programmes. Above all, we must recover our sovereignty to allow us to cope with future developments. Italy, France and Spain flout the fiscal treaty when it suits them and we must do likewise.

 

Voting On Government Motion

Full Dáil Record of Debate

http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/takes/dail2016090700079?opendocument

Question put: “That the motion be agreed to.”

The Dáil divided: Tá, 93; Níl, 36.

Níl
      Aylward, Bobby.       Adams, Gerry.
      Bailey, Maria.       Barry, Mick.
      Barrett, Seán.       Boyd Barrett, Richard.
      Brassil, John.       Brady, John.
      Breathnach, Declan.       Broughan, Thomas P.
      Breen, Pat.       Buckley, Pat.
      Brophy, Colm.       Connolly, Catherine.
      Browne, James.       Coppinger, Ruth.
      Bruton, Richard.       Crowe, Seán.
      Burke, Peter.       Cullinane, David.
      Burton, Joan.       Daly, Clare.
      Butler, Mary.       Doherty, Pearse.
      Byrne, Catherine.       Ellis, Dessie.
      Cahill, Jackie.       Fitzmaurice, Michael.
      Calleary, Dara.       Healy, Seamus.
      Canney, Seán.       Kenny, Gino.
      Carey, Joe.       Kenny, Martin.
      Casey, Pat.       Martin, Catherine.
      Cassells, Shane.       Mitchell, Denise.
      Chambers, Jack.       Munster, Imelda.
      Collins, Michael.       Murphy, Catherine.
      Collins, Niall.       Murphy, Paul.
      Corcoran Kennedy, Marcella.       Nolan, Carol.
      Coveney, Simon.       Ó Broin, Eoin.
      Cowen, Barry.       Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín.
      Curran, John.       Ó Snodaigh, Aengus.
      Daly, Jim.       O’Brien, Jonathan.
      D’Arcy, Michael.       O’Reilly, Louise.
      Doherty, Regina.       O’Sullivan, Maureen.
      Donohoe, Paschal.       Pringle, Thomas.
      Dooley, Timmy.       Ryan, Eamon.
      Durkan, Bernard J.       Shortall, Róisín.
      English, Damien.       Smith, Bríd.
      Farrell, Alan.       Stanley, Brian.
      Fitzgerald, Frances.       Tóibín, Peadar.
      Flanagan, Charles.       Wallace, Mick.
      Grealish, Noel.
      Griffin, Brendan.
      Halligan, John.
      Harris, Simon.
      Haughey, Seán.
      Healy-Rae, Danny.
      Healy-Rae, Michael.
      Heydon, Martin.
      Howlin, Brendan.
      Humphreys, Heather.
      Kehoe, Paul.
      Kelleher, Billy.
      Kelly, Alan.
      Kenny, Enda.
      Kyne, Seán.
      Lahart, John.
      Lawless, James.
      Lowry, Michael.
      MacSharry, Marc.
      Madigan, Josepha.
      Martin, Micheál.
      McEntee, Helen.
      McGrath, Finian.
      McGrath, Michael.
      McHugh, Joe.
      McLoughlin, Tony.
      Mitchell O’Connor, Mary.
      Moran, Kevin Boxer.
      Moynihan, Aindrias.
      Moynihan, Michael.
      Murphy O’Mahony, Margaret.
      Murphy, Eoghan.
      Naughten, Denis.
      Naughton, Hildegarde.
      Neville, Tom.
      Noonan, Michael.
      Ó Cuív, Éamon.
      O’Brien, Darragh.
      O’Callaghan, Jim.
      O’Connell, Kate.
      O’Dea, Willie.
      O’Keeffe, Kevin.
      O’Rourke, Frank.
      Penrose, Willie.
      Phelan, John Paul.
      Rabbitte, Anne.
      Ring, Michael.
      Ross, Shane.
      Ryan, Brendan.
      Scanlon, Eamon.
      Sherlock, Sean.
      Smith, Brendan.
      Smyth, Niamh.
      Stanton, David.
      Troy, Robert.
      Varadkar, Leo.
      Zappone, Katherine.

 

Tellers: Tá, Deputies Jim Daly and Regina Doherty; Níl, Deputies Pearse Doherty and Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

Question declared carried.

The Dáil adjourned at 10.05 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 27 September 2016.

 

 

 104 Tipperary Families Before Eviction Courts in July-Clonmel 46, Nenagh 58

Seamus Healy TD has repeatedly called for a halt to evictions in the Dáil

But despite a recommendation of Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness, the Government Action Plan fails to recommend even a temporary halt to eviction proceedings in court until new debt resolution procedures are in place.

As a result 104 Tipperary families, and over 3000 nationally, are being put through the extreme distress of facing eviction in the courts including a number of successive court appearances. a large number of these families include young children

The improved debt resolution procedures recommended by the Oireachtas sub-committee have also been WATERED DOWN in the government plan.

STOP EVICTION PROCEEDINGS NOW!

3,041 families up for eviction in court in this month of July-The Hub Ireland

A grand total of 3,041 families up for eviction in court this month of July. Ignoring the mortgage arrears crisis is fueling homelessness at a horrifying scale. I am tired contacting all the people who are paid to care. What else can we do?—Martina Doyle, The Hub-Ireland

Limerick 146 and 5.

Dundalk 55 and 52.

Tullamore 19 and 71.

Waterford 34 and 18 and 20 and 70 .

Dublin 57 and 4 and 4 and 55 and 1 and 50 and 59 and 5 and 10 and 2 and 5 and 54 and 8 and 57 and 62 and 2.

Cork 72 and 98 and 32 and 87 and 20 and 5 and 59.

Monaghan 102.

Trim 75 and 80 and 76.

Carrick on Shannon 35.

Bray 125.

Castlebar 78.

Portlaoise 40 and 32.

Naas 9 and 71 and 101 and 16.

Letterkenny 89.

Cavan 39 and 100.

Wexford 43 and 60.

Kilkenny 33 and 40.

Sligo 30.

Roscommon 75.

Ennis 84.

Clonmel 46.

Nenagh 58.

Carlow 41.

Tralee 64.

A grand total of 3,041 families up for eviction, one month = July.

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HANDS OFF SOUTH TIPPERARY GENERAL HOSPITAL!

Statement by Seamus Healy  TD   July 12,2016

Deputy Seamus Healy, Chair of the Save Our Acute Hospital Services Committee, has warned the Health Service Executive and the Minister for Health to keep their hands off the services at South Tipperary General Hospital.

Deputy Healy was responding to media reports suggesting that the emergency department at the Hospital was being earmarked for closure.

As in the past, “people power” will defeat any attempt to downgrade services at South Tipperary General Hospital.

Saturday 27 th March, 2010 was a red letter day for hospital services in South Tipperary. That was the day the people of South Tipperary stood, 15,000 strong, on the streets of Clonmel and defeated the last attempt to downgrade and transfer our hospital services.

I have no doubt the people of Tipperary will do the same again if needed.

The closure of the emergency department at South Tipperary General Hospital would be dangerous and irresponsible and would indeed put lives at risk with seriously ill patients bypassing the hospital going to already overcrowded services at Cork and Waterford.

Far from downgrading and closure, South Tipperary General Hospital needs to be supported with additional resources, funding and staff. The hospital is “bursting at its seams” working at 120% capacity every hour of every day.

The newly appointed Minister for Health, Mr. Simon Harris T.D., at my request, will be visiting the hospital shortly to see both the excellent work being done at the hospital and the difficulties being experienced by patients and staff due to under resourcing and shortage of beds.

Indeed we are currently in discussion with the Minister with a view to getting approval for a quick build 40 bed capacity modular/hotel type unit for the hospital for the coming winter.

I will be raising the issue of the future of the emergency department at South Tipperary General Hospital in the Dáil with the Minister this week.

Seamus Healy TD

12/07/2016

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Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation Expresses Concern

Full Statement https://www.inmo.ie/Home/Index/217/12741

“We now call on the government to make a clear statement that the existing Emergency Departments are not threatened by this report and that there will be no repeat of the disastrous consequences already evident in Limerick, Galway, Drogheda, South Dublin and South Tipperary” concluded David Hughes, Deputy General Secretary.”

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EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED TO RESCUE HOMELESS CHILDREN AND PREVENT UNNECESSARY DEATHS DUE TO TROLLEY CHAOS IN HOSPITALS –Deputy Healy

Nomination of Candidate for Taoiseach –Seamus Healy TD

March 10, 2016

This New Dáil must see a fundamental departure from the failed policies of the last two Dails. The last two governments had the choice to protect the most vulnerable in our society. But Instead they chose to protect the super-rich, the bankers and the bond-holders.

There are now at least 1600 children in emergency hotel accommodation. The Institute of Emergency Medicine says that between 300 and 350 unnecessary deaths are taking place each year due to trolley chaos in our hospitals, which is worse than the carnage on our roads. For example, yesterday, in South Tipperary Genera Hospitall there were 32 people on trolleys, University Hospital Limerick which serves North Tipperary had 50 on trolleys.

The people have rejected the approach of the Fine Gael-Labour Government which caused this human emergency. The people also heavily rejected the approach of the Fianna Fáil-Green Government in 2011.

This new Dail must take a radically different course to the last two Dails. It must take a course that prioritises the human need for adequate medical treatment including death prevention and care for “all the children of the nation” (1916 proclamation) above all else THERE is no higher priority.

Accordingly, I am asking the new Dail to enact the following emergency measure as its first legislative act: “That Dail Eireann set aside and cancel all reductions in Universal Social Charge and/or income taxation granted in Budget 2016 to the 5% of income recipients with the highest incomes and instructs the Government to bring forward amending legislation to enact this measure immediately.”

I have ,to-day, put down a private members motion to this effect.

Approximately 125 million Euro will be saved by this measure. The money should be immediately applied to rescue the homeless children and to prevent unnecessary deaths due to hospital chaos. This is the least we might do on the 100 th anniversary of 1916.

While this measure will not be enough to remedy problems of homelessness and inadequate human services into the future, it will ameliorate the position in the short term, while fundamental policy changes are formulated and enacted by the new Dáil.

VERY IMPORTANTLY, IT WOULD GIVE A SIGNAL THAT FUNDAMENTAL CHOICES WHICH PRIORITISE THE WELL-BEING OF HUMAN BEINGS ABOVE ALL ELSE WILL BE TAKEN BY THIS DAIL.

Broken Promises Erode Democracy and Flout the Will of the People

Citizens must come centre stage with an ongoing input into the democratic process including the recall of deputies and the re-introduction into the constitution of the peoples entitlement to instigate referenda and legislation.

Water Charges

As a founder member of Right2Water , It goes without saying that I will be supporting the abolition of Water Charges. Water charges and LPT, the family home tax, are regressive measures designed to load the burden of the crash on those low and middle incomes who had no hand act or part in creating it. They are designed to protect the super-rich from fair taxation.

The State Debt

A situation in which the exchequer is paying over 7 billion per year in interest at the expense of underfunded public services must not continue.

The portion of the debt which arises from the compensation of large investors for their failed investments in private banks must be mutualised. Negotiations must be re-opened on this issue with the EU authorities immediately.

Election of Taoiseach

I contested the election as part of the Right2Water, Right2Change Alliance. I will therefore be voting for the AAA-PBP candidate, Richard Boyd-Barret and the Sinn Fein Candidate, Gerry ADAMS. I will be voting against the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael candidates in accordance with my pre-election statements.

 

 

 

 

 

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Seamus Healy TD   WUA,  Right2Change relegates Labour Minister  and Deputy Leader Alan Kelly into (last) 5th place by 1124 votes.

Solid first count vote for Seamus Healy  plus strong transfer from Right2Change allies Sinn Féin ensured the election of Seamus Healy 

Kelly took the last seat without reaching the quota at the expense of Fine Gael Minister Tom Hayes. This was despite the complete collapse of the Labour vote in South Tipperary.

Tom Hayes was 1 to 9 to retain his seat in the betting!!!

Shocks

The biggest shock was the failure of Fine Gael to get any seat in County Tipperary!

This has never happened before in Irish History!

It could be argued that Michael Lowry and Alan Kelly  are surrogate FG deputies.

The stronger transfer from outgoing Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan to Alan Kelly (Labour) at the expense of running mate Minister Tom Hayes supports this thesis.

Nevertheless, The failure of any TD representing Fine Gael to be elected is seismic and historic.

The failure of Michael Lowry to achieve much more than a quota on first count was in total contrast to predictions. This was despite the substantial number of first preference  votes he took from Tom Hayes in west Tipperary.

The  strength of the performance of independent Mattie McGrath was also unexpected.

An element of this was a “pro-life” campaign by Mattie which was particularly effective in West Tipperary at the expense of defeated Minister Tom Hayes (FG). This campaign was largely “under the radar”but no less effective for that.

Mattie was protected by the media throughout the campaign from exposure of his support as a then  Fianna Fáil TD for the austerity policies  of the Cowan-Lenihan government(2007-2011) including the halting of recruitment to the gardaí, cuts in the Minimum Wage, social welfare benefits, child benefit, health services, education etc. This allowed Mattie to do his usual “run with the hare and hunt with the hounds” routine.

The strength of the transfer between Fianna Fáil candidates was also surprising. The very limited nature of the leakage of Fianna Fail votes to FG and Labour , even when the candidates  were located together, was evident.There may be some surprise that Jackie Cahill succeeded rather than Michael Smith  in achieving the 1 seat for Fianna Fáil.

There is now only one TD north of Thurles

Seamus Healy lost some votes to Sinn Féin on first count in South Tipp but they returned on the elimination of Seamus Morris (Sinn Féin) who had, by then, received over 6000 votes. The solid first round performance which was the bedrock of the Healy victory, was based on his customary huge support in working class communities in South Tipperary.

Work by Water Charge Campaigners and by Seamus Healy himself in North Tipperary ensured that between first and later preferences, ensured that when he was declared elected to the  4th seat, he had received about 1,500 votes from north Tipperary.

Thanks to All!!

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Mattie McGrath TD Supports Domestic Water Charges

Mattie on TippFM  Thursday, November 6,2014

Click Here http://tippfm.podomatic.com/entry/2014-11-06T03_30_45-08_00

Mattie McGrath tells Local Radio that he supports Water Charges, supports Metering and will Pay the Water ChargesStatement by Seamus Healy TD   Workersand Unemployed Action  Yet again Deputy McGrath is “running with the hare and hunting with the hounds” He has now made clear in an interview on Tipp FM that he supports water charges, supports metering and will pay the water charges himself. Deputy McGrath has been pretending to oppose water charges and trying to use the water charges protests as a bandwagon for himself. But he let the cat out of the bag on Thursday last, 6 November, when he told Tipp Today “I am in favour of a charge for water…..” and again “I am in favour of metering…” Earlier in the interview he describes water as a “commodity” and confirmed that he will pay the water charges. Clearly Deputy McGrath is now supporting this government’s attempts to bring in the hated water charges, another austerity tax on hard pressed families. Deputy McGrath knows well that as soon as charges are in place for domestic water, it will become a commodity under European Law and all restrictions on state aid will then apply. This means that however low the initial charge, households will eventually pay the full price for production and delivery of water. This will be in addition to the money we are already paying through general taxation for water – paying a second time. Deputy McGrath and the Labour Party are now, also, using the proposal for a referendum on privatisation as a smokescreen for the introduction of water charges. The People of Tipperary will ignore the smokescreens and will keep up the pressure for the abolition of these hated water charges. (Extracts from the Tipp FM interview and a link to the actual interview are attached below) Seamus Healy T.D. 087 2802199 14 minutes in to Tipptoday hour 2, Thursday, November 6,2014 http://tippfm.podomatic.com/entry/2014-11-06T03_30_45-08_00 Extracts From Interview with Séamus Martin on Tipptoday Seamus Martin: Are You Going to Pay the Water Charges? Mattie McGrath TD: Seamus, if I get a bill and I am an elected representative to Dáil Éireann I have to  pay, I can’t break the law. Seamus Martin: There are other elected TDs, notably Seamus Healy TD, the Sinn Féin TDs and the socialist TDs who say they will break the law and they won’t pay it Mattie McGrath: Yes that’s their choice and their right to do—but I believe and always have believed that water is a valuable commodity——- Seamus Martin; When it comes to paying for all this, water charges, are you in favour of water being paid for directly or through indirect taxation? Mattie McGrath: It has to be paid for , one way or the other, it has to be paid for Seamus Martin: Which one would you favour Mattie McGrath: I am in favour of metering because I am in favour of conservation—  —— Seamus Martin: So you are in favour of the charge? Mattie McGrath: I am in favour of A charge for water and I have to be honest there because water is a costly commodity to produce

Mattie McGrath TD Offers to Support a Fine Gael Government in the next Dail.

Michael Noonan, chief architect of the cuts has approached him!

Mattie is therefore prepared to support the following policies  to which Fine Gael are committed to implement in the next government:

  • Water Charges to be Continued
  • Family Home Tax to be Continued
  • Exorbitant Interest Rates On Mortgage Holders-Twice the European Average, to be Continued
  • Eviction of Tipperary families from their homes by government owned banks to be Continued (Michael Noonan has recently refused the request of Seamus Healy TD, in a parliamentary question in the Dáil, to stop AIB, Permanent TSB,and ESB, in which the Minister holds the huge majority of the shares, seeking the eviction of Tipperary families through the courts)

 

56 Tipperary Families EVICTED in 2015, Another 97 UNDER THREAT

Government Evicts Families—-Statement:Seamus Healy TD

This government will continue to evict families from their homes

Noonan Refuses To Halt Evictions by AIB, PTSB, EBS in Dáil.

In the Dáil last Thursday  I appealed to Minister Michael Noonan to order the banks he owns to withdraw repossession proceedings in light of the extreme housing emergency which exists.

The Minister refused.  This means that the government has given the green light to the banks they own, to continue to evict families.

Court Orders for repossession of 47 primary residences were granted at Clonmel and Nenagh Circuit Courts in the first 3 quarters of 2015. A further 8 buy-to-lets which also house families were also repossessed. Banks are now seeking a further 97 repossession orders for dwellings in Tipp, of which 32 are being sought by AIB, EBS and Permanent TSB which are owned by the Government through Michael Noonan (FG) Minister for Finance

Minister Noonan claimed that the issue was being reasonably handled by the banks. Totally misrepresenting the situation, Mr Noonan quoted the 208 orders for repossessions for the whole country for Quarter 3,2015 as representative of the scale of the problem. COURTS ONLY SIT FOR 1 OF THE 3 MONTHS IN QUARTER 3!! The Court Service Figures for the whole country for Quarters 1 and 2 are 586 and 314 respectively.

The proposed Eviction of 97 Tipperary Families Must Be Stopped Now!

 

Senior Minister Alan Kelly (Lab) and Minister of State Hayes(FG) must now intervene at Cabinet to have a Housing Emergency Declared and all repossession applications withdrawn.

In particular they must force Minister Noonan to withdraw the repossession applications by the banks he owns.

 

This can be done by government decision and does not require legislation.

 

Seamus Healy T.D.                                                                                         18/01/2016

Tel 087 2802199

 

 

Statement by Seamus Healy TD    087-2802199   

HEALY ACCUSES GOVERNMENT OF WASHING IT’s HANDS OF THE JOB LOSSES AT Gleesons 

Government REFUSES TO Stop Closure 

KENNY Refuse to give HEALY a  Committmet to Provide IDA Advance Factory in Borrisoleigh

AT LEADERS QUESTIONS TO TAOISEACH in Dáil yesterday

 

 

Dail Record

Deputy Seamus Healy:   Yesterday, we learned of the closure of the C&C plant, formerly Gleeson’s, at Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary, with the loss of 140 jobs. I can only describe as shameful the fact that the workers and their families learned of this closure in the pages of The Irish Times and on local radio. It is a disgraceful way to treat workers who have been loyal to the company for many years, and up to 30 years in many cases. The closure is a hammer blow to the workers, their families and the town of Borrisoleigh, which has depended on the business for generations.

When C&C acquired Bulmers in Clonmel and Gleeson’s in Borrisoleigh, we were told there was a bright future for the company and that there were expansion plans. Of course, the opposite happened. The company shredded jobs at both locations and slashed wages and the terms and conditions of employment. We now hear about the closure of Gleeson’s, with 140 job losses. That closure is completely unnecessary and is being effected solely for the purpose of making more profit. In other words, it is a case of greed. The company C&C is very profitable. Its last set of accounts, for the half year to 30 September 2015, show a profit of €62.5 million. It is now very obvious to everybody that the company acquired Gleeson’s with the clear intention of closing it by stealth. There were 40 job losses and redundancies previously. The company has, and continues to have, support from Enterprise Ireland. The Government was aware of circumstances in C&C in Borrisoleigh. In November 2015, which is less than three months ago, the Dáil was told the Minister had directed his officials to enter into discussions with C&C. What action did the Government take to prevent the closure? Does the Taoiseach condone the conduct of the company? Will he tell the company that its conduct is absolutely unacceptable? Does he agree that it is socially irresponsible for a company to take a decision that has the effect of devastating a town? As I stated, the company is supported significantly by Enterprise Ireland. Will the Taoiseach now intervene, even at this late stage, to save these jobs?

The Taoiseach:   The Deputies from Tipperary raised this matter with the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, earlier today as a topical issue with the authorisation of the Ceann Comhairle. The Minister answered questions on this for the Deputies concerned.

It is always tough when a company decides to make a decision that involves taking jobs from a location or job losses. In this case, C&C has made the decision that the operations in Shepton Mallet and Borrisoleigh will be transferred to Clonmel, with an added investment of €10 million. This will include Bulmers, Magners, Tipperary Water and various niche beers and ciders. There is to be an expansion of the facility in Clonmel, bringing it to 75% capacity. That is tough on the workers in Borrisoleigh, which I understand. Obviously, if some of the workers in Borrisoleigh decide to work in Clonmel, they will have to travel a distance.

The Minister spoke to senior management at the company in recent days and urged it to reconsider its decision. However, it has made its decision and, unfortunately, it was not possible to hold the jobs in Borrisoleigh.

Enterprise Ireland will obviously continue to engage with the company on a range of issues associated with the marketing of the facility in Borrisoleigh. It is obviously not possible, in such a short period, to have a replacement facility put in place. While it is difficult for the workers involved directly, the closure comes at a time when 1,000 jobs have been created per week throughout the country. While it is no consolation today, I hope the marketing of the facility in Borrisoleigh will attract some other company such that it will set up there and provide gainful employment for the people in the area.

I note the company’s statement that it will continue to provide support and training for the workers who are affected. Clearly, all the supports from the State will be available also. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Deputy Richard Bruton, will continue to remain interested in this matter to determine what can be done following the company’s announcement. I thank Deputy Healy for raising the matter again.

Deputy Seamus Healy:   This closure comes on the back of job losses in Intellicom, Grant’s, Supervalu in Tipperary town, the Fairgreen supermarket in Carrick-on-Suir and Supervalu in Clonmel. The Government has forgotten Tipperary. Like the Minister earlier this afternoon, the Taoiseach has washed his hands of the situation in Borrisoleigh.

The number of unemployed in Tipperary, 13,000, is significantly higher than the national average. The rate is probably 13%. We have lost a net 321 IDA Ireland jobs in the past three years. Disposable income in Tipperary is 5% lower than the national average. The Government has deliberately excluded every town in Tipperary from IDA Ireland’s programme of building advance factories and offices.

I ask the Taoiseach again whether he will intervene to save the jobs. This is a totally unnecessary closure. Will he reverse the decision, which is a deliberate snub to Tipperary and deliberate discrimination against towns in the county? Every town in Tipperary has been excluded from IDA Ireland’s proposal to build advance factories and advance offices. The Government took this decision. Will it reverse it now and ensure Borrisoleigh gets an advance factory?

The Taoiseach:   The Deputy is now asking me a different question.

Deputy Seamus Healy:   It is the same question.

The Taoiseach:   Obviously, the Government has set out a proposal to have the areas outside the main urban areas become more attractive for investment and support, through Enterprise Ireland’s local enterprise offices, to deal with small and medium enterprises exporting from the country.

With respect, circumstances would be different if the company were to close down completely, with the loss of all the investment and jobs. I recall many occasions in the west when some of the bigger firms closed, with the loss of 1,000 jobs, thus causing economic devastation, yet it is peculiar how many small new enterprises can grow from this.

I understand C&C has made its decision and will not reverse it. It will expand in Clonmel, with an additional investment of €10 million and the creation of 80 additional jobs. The first option will be given to workers from Borrisoleigh who might wish to travel there. Obviously, they will have the option of travelling together in pooled groups, if that is their choice.

While news such as this is very tough on workers, the investment is not lost to Tipperary. As I said, the opportunity exists in so many other places where, for whatever reason, companies either consolidate or move. Thus, an opportunity could present itself to another company to set up in Borrisoleigh, hopefully to provide gainful employment.

I will refer the request in respect of IDA Ireland plants to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. IDA Ireland has its own programme, and it has set out for the coming years a series of planned investments in greenfield plants, which I am sure will be very attractive to companies from all over Europe and beyond. While it is a tough day for the workers in Borrisoleigh, those who wish to travel to Clonmel will have the first option on the 80 positions that will become available there. I hope the entity can be marketed as a suitable location for other employment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repossessions/Evictions Must Be Stopped—Seamus Healy TD

56 Court Orders for Repossession of Tipperary homes were granted from Jan to September this year according to the Courts Service and further orders have been granted since then.

There must be a complete freeze on repossessions/evictions until the housing and homelessness crisis is solved.

Government Banks —PTSB, EBS and AIB owned by the state, sought the eviction of 62 householders At Clonmel Circuit Court and at Nenagh Circuit Court in the month of November 2015. The number is up from 11 in six months, almost a six fold increase.  Another raft of repossessions is being sought in this month of December

The total number of repossessions being sought, when non-state owned banks are included is 162

The Labour/FG government, which owns the state banks, is seeking the repossession/eviction of 72 Tipperary families from their homes with the Nenagh List yet to come this month

Has the Labour/FG government given the go ahead to state owned banks to seek widespread repossessions the modern equivalent of the battering ram! Clearly they have. They must be stopped

The total no of cases has increased in Clonmel from 41 in April to 75 in November -Repossession applications have almost doubled in 6 months. A similar increase is taking place at Nenagh Circuit Court. The predicted Tsunami in repossessions is now in full flow.

Thousands (25%) are surrendering their homes without going to court because of sustained pressure from the Banks.

The numbers in emergency accommodation are rocketing 

This is only the tip of the iceberg as most “emergency accommodation” is being provided by kind relatives.

I am calling for a halt to all repossession of dwelling houses immediately. The emergency situation in housing and homelessness must be urgently addressed by government.

 

Seamus Healy T.D.

56 Queen Street

Clonmel

Tel 087 2802199

 

 

Budget Statement By Seamus Healy TD   087-2802199

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Another Budget For The Rich as Water Charges and Home Taxes Continue

Provision for Housing, Education and Health Grossly Inadequate

Budget Statement By Seamus Healy TD   087-2802199

In my Dáil Statement( In Full Below) I said:” This is the fifth budget in a row for the rich and powerful in our society. The USC package gives the top 5% of earners, 110,000 individuals earning over €180,000, an additional €922, costing the Exchequer almost €100 million or nearly twice what they were given last year. In contrast a low-paid worker on €18,000 gets a paltry €124 per year and someone on €25,000 gets a paltry €247 a year. An old age pensioner will get €3 a week or €156 a year, about one sixth of what a person on €180,000 is getting.”

And households, even the most needy, will be required to pay water charges and LPT on their homes.

Minister Noonan, in an RTE interview, attempted to imply that the giveaway to the richest and the paltry concessions to those on low and middle incomes was an inevitable consequence of the tax system itself. This is entirely untrue. In its budget submission, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions gave the Minister a mechanism through which a tax giveaway to the very rich could have been avoided. The ICTU formula of a special USC tax credit for those individuals earning less than 70,400( 140,800 for a  couple) would have given much needed relief to those on low and middle incomes without wasting resources on the very rich.

Already Social Justice Ireland and Fr Sean Healy had advocated a similar tax credit policy and pointed out that the poorest 10% are paying a higher proportion of their own income in tax than the richest 10%. This budget will make this situation worse.

The tax policy to be implemented in the budget is a studied and deliberate plan to benefit the rich. Minister Noonan in his speech made it clear that this is just a first step. He promised if re-elected to give further tax relief to the rich by reducing the marginal tax rate for those on the highest incomes by 2%. This would give over 100 million to the top 10,000 on average incomes of 595,000Euro  per year or over  10,000 per week each and hundreds of millions to the top 5%.

Small Increase in Funding for Housing, Health and Education is totally inadequate to reverse the deep cuts implemented by this and the previous government.

The demands of the Irish National Teachers Organisation, the second level unions and the educational community in general have again not been met in the budget. Obviously, any reduction in class sizes will be helpful but at 27:1 ratio at primary level, it is still far too high and not good enough. There is no increase in the funding for capitation to schools and Youthreach centres. There is no restoration of vital assistant principal posts and ex-quota guidance counsellors and additional supports for principals. No provision has been made for hours allowances for teaching principals to do administration work.

These measures are all absolutely essential if our young people are to get a good quality education.

The Minister, Deputy Brendan Howlin, seems to have conveniently forgotten the facts in the health area. We lost 11,000 staff and €4 billion during the course of the recession. The restoration of cuts in this budget is minimal and our health service will remain totally inadequate as our nurses are pointing out every day.

Seamus Healy TD     087-2802199.

FULL BUDGET SPEECH   Dáil Record    Seamus Healy TD

Deputy Seamus Healy:   This is the fifth budget in a row for the rich and powerful in our society. The USC package gives the top 5% of earners, 110,000 individuals earning over €180,000, an additional €922, costing the Exchequer almost €100 million or nearly twice what they were given last year. In contrast a low-paid worker on €18,000 gets a paltry €124 per year and someone on €25,000 gets a paltry €247 a year. An old age pensioner will get €3 a week or €156 a year, about one sixth of what a person on €180,000 is getting.

This so-called recovery is a recovery for the rich and powerful in this society. It is a recovery for the rich on the backs of low-paid and middle income earners and social welfare recipients. It again widens the gap between rich and poor. It is thoroughly unfair and shameful.

Worse still, the Minister for Finance, Deputy Michael Noonan, told us that he will reduce the marginal tax rate for the very wealthiest in this society by 2 percentage points, giving them an effective bonanza, that is, if he is returned to office after the general election. He will reduce the marginal tax rate for these people from 52% to 50%, which is shameful. There is no wealth tax in the budget, even though the financial assets of the very wealthiest in the country are now €25 billion higher than they were at the height of the boom. It is a shameful sin of omission and one that must and should be reversed immediately.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Brendan Howlin, seems to have selective memory. He referred to various promises made during the course of the last general election campaign. However, he conveniently forgets the ones that referred to “Labour’s way or Frankfurt’s way”. They planned to burn the bondholders, not another cent was to be given to the banks and we were to have a democratic revolution. He also forgot the six promises in the Labour Party’s “Tesco” advertisement. I do not have time to go into them all this evening but each and every one of them was broken by the Labour Party and the Government, including the introduction of water charges; the introduction of local property tax; the increase in the rate of VAT; the increase in the rate of DIRT; and the reduction in child benefit which was absolutely shameful for the Labour Party, a party that claims to have the views of James Connolly.

On public service pensions, the Minister is retaining €95 million of the €125 million pension money lodged in the Exchequer but owned by public servants. Many of these people are on very modest pensions while we are giving huge money to the richest and most powerful in our society, who have absolutely no constitutional entitlement to it.

The demands of the Irish National Teachers Organisation and the educational community in general have again not been met in the budget. Obviously, any reduction in class sizes will be helpful but at 27:1, it is far too high and not good enough. There is no increase in the funding for capitation. I do not see any support for principals or the restoration of assistant principal posts and ex-quota guidance counsellors. No provision has been made for hours allowances for teaching principals to do administration work. These are absolutely essential if our young people are to get a good quality education.

The Minister, Deputy Brendan Howlin, seems to have conveniently forgotten the facts in the health area. We lost 11,000 staff and €4 billion during the course of the recession. They have not been restored.

Kelly Challenged on Affordable Student Accomodation for Tipps

UCD Students’ Union President hits out at “unresponsive” Minister Alan Kelly

Op-Ed by Marcus O’Halloran, President of UCD Students’ Union and Tipperary native for Tipperary Times. UCD Students’ Union is the largest students’ union in Ireland.

The accommodation crisis in the student market is not a Dublin city issue, it’s a national issue. Nothing could be clearer to me as a Tipp native from a strong rural background. The fact is lack of affordable beds for students in Dublin impacts hardest on young people based outside that county – on students from Tipperary, Cavan & Longford. They’re generally not familiar with the Dublin market and they’ve a long and pricey commute if they’re unsuccessful in finding somewhere to stay.

As such, it’s a shocking disgrace that Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment & TD for my own constituency in Tipperary, won’t schedule a meeting on student accommodation with students’ union representatives. His Cabinet role gives him special responsibility on housing. His job at both a national level and a constituency level means that housing for students should be a priority issue. However, in spite of those facts, he refuses to meet with representatives to discuss the issue.

His unresponsiveness is not particular to UCD Students’ Union but extends even to the Office of An Tánaiste Joan Burton— as, following a request on my part earlier this summer, Joan Burton’s Office asked for arrangements to be made for a meeting with Alan Kelly on the current student housing crisis. While I am unaware of whether a response was made to the Tánaiste herself, I do know her instructions were not acted upon and that there wasn’t even the vague promise of a meeting issued by Alan Kelly’s Office following her correspondence.

It’s unclear why it is this difficult to meet with Minister Alan Kelly on a national issue he is tasked with tackling. There are over 80,000 students attending college in Dublin from all parts of this country, including a significant contingent from Tipperary. They are being priced out of the rental market because young families & young professionals can’t afford to buy a house. There is a severe shortage of purpose-built student accommodation and rates are climbing in the centre, Dublin South and around the close-commuter belt. As a result, many students will be forced to make long, daily journeys in from counties like Tipperary following a housing scramble in August and September.

Preliminary reports released this week from the Higher Education Authority suggest this situation could continue for the next 10 years unless the Government takes decisive action. As President of the largest Students’ Union in the country, representing 30,000+ students, I would very much like to co-operate on plotting out the quickest, feasible course of action. Or, at least, to be assured that one is being planned to come into effect for the near future.

As it stands, I’m being met with a blank wall that even the Tánaiste couldn’t help me climb over. Perhaps the most frustrating part is that Alan Kelly was one of a number of politicians clamouring to praise young voters following May 22nd and marriage equality. He was one of several prominent Labour Party members to praise younger citizens for their part in the referendum victory. While I wouldn’t question his sincerity on the day, it’s important the Minister realize there truly is a large amount of newly registered 18-24 year olds in his constituency— they are worth talking to and meeting on issues which affect their future like lack of affordable housing.

He can continue to ignore the

Fianna Fáil Adds 2 candidates for Tipperary Constituency Seamus Healy TD Ready for Battle! FROM TIPPFM-News “Fianna Fáil have now selected three candidates to contest a seat in Tipperary for the upcoming General Election In a surprise move the party added two more names to the ticket – Councillors Siobhán Ambrose(Clonmel) and Michael Smith(Roscrea) They will run alongside Jackie Cahill(Thurles) when the country goes to the polls At the end of May former ICMSA president and first time councillor Jackie Cahill was selected to run for Tipp Fianna Fáil – seeing off his nearest competitor and fellow councillor Michael Smith by over 70 votes. In some quarters, Councillor Smith- son of the former Defence Minister – had been seen as the heir apparent to help Fianna Fail’s recovery from their 2011 wipe-out and his failure to succeed at selection convention posed a problem There was widespread speculation that the party would then add a second candidate -probably a South Tipp female representative like Siobhan Ambrose who was also a selection convention hopeful. Yesterday evening Fianna Fail HQ confirmed that following a meeting of the National Constituencies Committee the party would be running two more candidates -both Councillor Ambrose and Councillor Smith. Tipp Fm understands the move has caused considerable disquiet in some quarters after assurances where given from high up the party chain that Jackie Cahill would run a solo campaign North of Thurles” From Paddy Healy Fianna Fáil have now added Cllr Michael Smith(Roscrea) and Cllr Siobhán Ambrose (Clonmel) FF now have 3 candidates-Jackie Cahill (Thurles), Michael Smith(Roscrea) , Siobán Ambrose(Clonmel). It has no sitting TD. There are 6 other sitting TDs for 5 seats! SF recently selected Cllr Seamus Morris(Nenagh). The portion of Co Tipperary North of Nenagh up to Portumna bridge is now gone into Co Offally constituency. In addition a significant number of people from the old Tipperary South Riding Co Council Area which were in the old North Tipp Dáil constituency will now have the option to vote for South Tipperary based General Election Candidates for the first time for many years. Candidates  Declared Ambrose, Siobhán Cllr   (FF)     Clonmel Cahill, Jackie                  (FF)        Thurles Coonan Noel TD            (FG)       Roscrea Hayes Tom   Minister   (FG)       Cashel Healy Seamus TD          (WUA)    Clonmel Kelly Alan   Minister      (Lab)     Nenagh Lowry Michael TD         (IND)    Holycross, Thurles McGrath Mattie TD        (IND)   Newcastle, Cahir Morris Seamus Cllr           (SF)     Nenagh Smith Michael  Cllr            (FF)    Clonakenny, Roscrea Hoffman, Caroline             (Ind)     Roscrea Seamus Healy TD Replies to Coonan on Jobs–Deputy Coonan and his \\\fine \gael and \labour colleagues are putting the protection of the wealth of the super-rich above the provision of jobs and services to citizens Twice recently Deputy Noel Coonan has accused me of negativity and of having no proposals for jobs in Co. Tipperary

Interestingly he did not deny that; * The unemployment rate in Tipperary is 18.5% almost double the national average * There was a nett loss of 321 IDA jobs in the County over the 3 years to 21/12/2014 * Not a single Tipperary town was included in his government’s decision to provide advance factories and offices in towns around the Country * Tipperary is not getting its fair share of jobs, the vast majority of jobs are being created on the East Coast, Cork and Limerick These are the uncomfortable facts showing that Tipperary is being forgotten by Deputy Coonan and his government. I confess to advocating in the Dáil that; * Tipperary needs its fair share of IDA investment * Tipperary needs more investment in house building * Tipperary needs more investment in roads and infrastructure * Tipperary needs restoration of the €15 million cut to leader funding for the County I hope this is not too negative! I have also indicated clearly in the Dáil where the money can be found for this investment. In the last budget, Deputy Coonan voted to give €80 million in tax relief to 108,000 people who have average personal incomes of €180,000 per year. The top 10,000 of these have average incomes of €595,000 per year. I advocate that instead of giving money back to these super rich people who have total income of 20 billion per year, the 80 million should be withheld and a further higher rate of tax should be imposed on these super rich people to fund job creation and necessary public spending. Official statistics prove that the policies being pursued by Deputy Coonans government have ensured that both the assets and incomes of the super-rich have increased during the recession while the low and middle income families have been crucified. The wealth, assets and incomes, of the super-rich is now above the peak levels of the celtic tiger era. Much of this wealth is completely untaxed. The problem is that Deputy Coonan and his Fine Gael and Labour Party colleagues are putting the protection of the wealth of the super-rich above the provision of jobs and services for citizens. Worse still Tipperary is not getting it’s fair share of the national cake. Seamus Healy T.D. 087-2802199 07/07/15 ——————————————————————————————————————- Press Statement – Pressure Works. Healy Welcomes Cashel Jobs Deputy Seamus Healy has welcomed the announcement that a tenant has been found for the state of the art former Johnson & Johnson Plant at Cashel. This announcement proves that pressure works. I raised this issue on the floor of the Dáil with Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation last February following which there was an announcement by Minister Tom Hayes. I continued the pressure and again last week put down another question to the Minister. Today’s announcement is a significant boost for the town of Cashel and surrounding area and I look forward to the opening of the plant without delay. Seamus Healy T.D. 7/7/2015 Tel 087 2802199 ———————————————————————————————————————————————–

Loss of Jobs at Grants Compounds Unemployment Crisis in Clonmel and in County Tipperary The announcement of 50 job losses at Grants Clonmel is a cruel blow to the workers and their families. Statement by Seamus Healy TD    0872802199 It represents a worsening of the unemployment crisis in Clonmel and County Tipperary generally. It follows the loss of 200 jobs at Intellicom Clonmel, the loss of 12 jobs at Gleesons (C&C) Borrisoleigh and a further 20 jobs in C&C administration and sales.   There have also been redundancies at Boston Scientific while the state of the art Johnson and Johnson plant at Cashel remains idle. There are 14,000 people unemployed in the County, way above the unemployment rate in Ireland as a whole. Unemployment increased by almost a hundred in Clonmel in April and by 383 in County Tipperary at a time when the figures nationally were decreasing. Not a cent of the €150 million to be spent by the government in IDA advance factories and offices in Ireland over the next five years is to be spent in County Tipperary. I have raised this issue directly with Minister Bruton, Minister for Jobs, on the floor of the Dáil. I pointed out that a nett 321 IDA supported jobs have been lost in County Tipperary over the last 3 years and that all County Tipperary towns have been excluded  from IDA supported advance factories and offices over the next 5 years. The Minister refused point blank to remedy this. I also objected to the €15 million euro cut in Leader Funds  for tipperary by Minister Alan Kelly. I warned that this would cost jobs. Now following the job losses at Intellicom, Grants and Gleesons ,I have put further questions down to Minister Bruton and I will also be meeting Grants management on Friday morning. It is now time for Minister Tom Hayes and Minister Alan Kelly to intervene with Minister Richard Bruton to ensure that Tipperary gets its fair share of job creation. The people of Clonmel and County Tipperary pay the same taxes as other Irish citizens and we demand our fair share of job creation funds. Seamus Healy TD   087-4183732 HSE Deprives Public of Quality Radiology Service At Soth Tipp General HospitalSeamus Healy TD     Ministers Alan Kelly and Tom Hayes Must Act NOW!!! The South Tipperary Public are being deprived of quality radiology service by the failure of the Health Service Executive to build up to date accommodation and install modern C.T. scanning equipment at South Tipperary General Hospital. This necessary development was announced and funding approved in 2014 with a start date of Spring 2015 and completion date of November 2015. A sod has not been turned yet and indeed the work has not even gone to tender. The work will provide accommodation for a new scanner with shell accommodation at the 1st floor. Despite full co-operation by staff at the hospital the work has still not commenced or indeed gone to tender. There is a particular urgency about his development as the existing scanner because of age – 13 years – and is prone to breakdowns and patients are being deferred and in some cases transferred. The HSE must immediately fast track this development and provide a quality service to the people of South Tipperary. Seamus Healy T.D. 087-2802199 16/6/15 Sewerage Blockages Causing Huge Distress-   MINISTER KELLY MUST ACT NOW!!

Press Statement     Seamus Healy TD   Irish Water refusal to clean sewerage blockages is causing huge distress and financial cuts to individuals and families across the County. Prior to the establishment of Irish Water, local authorities cleared sewerage blockages on a prevention and emergency basis. Irish Water now claim that it is no longer responsible for this. The result is that on a daily basis, we have sewerage backing up into houses, gardens and public faeces creating public health nuisance distress to families and financial cuts. Most of these cases are ongoing recurring problems which in the past were dealt with by the Local Council on a prevention basis. Again most of the sewers were laid by local Councils or contractor acting on behalf of local Councils. Sewerage coming into showers, bathrooms, gardens and public places cannot be allowed continue. This is unacceptable and inhuman. Despite repeated calls to local and national level Irish Water and the government have refused to take responsibility for clearing the sewerage blockages. I have raised this issue on the floor of the Dáil asking the Minister responsible Alan Kelly T.D. to solve this problem once and for all. These pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Minister Kelly, the Minister responsible for Irish Water must now instruct Irish Water to clear these blockages, as a matter of policy. Seamus Healy T.D. 087-2802199 15/6/15

TIPPERARY FORGOTTEN BY GOVERNMENT AS UNEMPLOYMENT RISES AS UNEMPLOYMENT FELL IN THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE IT INCREASED IN COUNTY TIPPERARY! BUT GOVT DOESN’T FORGET TO COLLECT WATER TAX AND  LPT Statement  Seamus Healy TD   087-2802199 UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASE OF  380 in CO TIPPERARY! NO RECOVERY IN CO TIPPERARY TIPPERARY ABANDONED BY GOVERNMENT!     OUTRAGEOUS!!! 14,000 Unemployed in County National Unemployment Numbers Down but UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASES in CO TIPP –Live Register Register(CSO) Last February I raised with Richard Bruton , Minister for Jobs, in the Dáil the exclusion of all CO  Tipperary towns and locations from the Government Plan for Jobs. Not 1 cent of 150 million to be spent on IDA advance factories and offices to be spent in Ireland over the next five years is to be spent in Co Tipperary!!! I pointed out that  a net 321 IDA  jobs were lost in Tipp over the last 3 years I pointed out that 94% of all jobs created last year were in the Dublin area I pointed out that Disposable income in Co Tipp was 5% below the national average and 16% below that in Dublin I called for a fair share of the IDA fund For Co Tipp. I sought more spending on roads, house building and other infrastructure in the county                                  I got no satisfaction Then I issued a public statement asking Ministers Kelly and Hayes to intervene and to STOP THE NEGLECT of Co Tipperary. (THIS IS carried below) I objected to the 15million cut in Leader Funding for TIPP by Minister ALAN KELLY. I opposed the downgrading of our Post Offices in the Dáil. BUT NOTHING WAS DONE! NOW WE HAVE THIS AWFUL RESULT FOR TIPPERARY FAMILIES THIS NEGLECT IS OUTRAGEOUS. Tipperary is EXCLUDED FROM ECONOMIC RECOVERY Now another 43,000 Euro per year is being taken out of the county by closing The Lone Parent Support centre in Clonmel. Nevertheless, citizens of TIPP are being asked to pay Water TAXES and Local Property Taxes. Extra money is flowing out of the county but less is flowing into the county MINISTERS KELLY AND HAYES MUST TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIS. THEY HAD DETAILED WARNINGS. Now I call on MINISTERS KELLY and HAYES TO INSIST THAT THE DETERIORATING EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IN CO TIPPERARY BE REMEDIED IMMEDIATELY. PROMISES ARE NO GOOD. ONLY ACTIONS WILL SUFFICE. TIPPERARY WANTS A FAIR SHARE OF IDA INVESTMENT TIPPERARY NEEDS MORE INVESTMENT IN HOUSE BUILDING TIPPERARY NEEDS MORE INVESTMENT IN ROADS TIPPERARY NEEDS RESTORATION OF CUTS TO LEADER FUNDING FOR RURAL AREAS.MINISTER  Kelly must Restore 15 million (over 50%) CUT. MINISTERS KELLY AND HAYES MUST MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR CO TIPPERARY NOW! Seamus Healy TD   087-2802199 Earlier This Year Statement by Seamus Healy TD     086-4183732    22/03/2015 Co Tipperary is being Forgotten! Ministers Kelly(Lab) and Hayes(FG) Must Act Now to Stop Tipp falling Further Behind! Disposable income per head in County Tipperary is more than 5% below the national average and more than 16% below the Dublin level. 94% of all net new jobs in 2014 were created in the Dublin region according to figures published by the Nevin Economic Research Institute last Thursday. The disposable income statistics were  issued last week by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Disposable income is gross income less taxes and social welfare contributions. The lower the disposable income is, the poorer the family is. The statistics are for 2012 but the situation in Co Tipperary has probably deteriorated since then as there was a nett loss of 321 IDA jobs in the county over the last 3 years

County Tipperary languishes at number 12 in county disposable income league behind Dublin, Limerick, Cork , Kildare, Wicklow , Meath, Galway, Carlow, Waterford, Sligo and Louth. This shocking statistic underlines the urgent need for new job creation in the county. The Nevin Economic Research Institute revealed on Thursday last that 94% of all net new jobs created last year were in Dublin and it’s the commuter belt. In 2012 Dublin had disposable income which was 13% above the national average and over 16% above the Co Tipperary level. Clearly the gap is continuing to widen. There was a NET LOSS of 321 IDA JOBS In Co Tipp over last 3 years but the County Was  Excluded from provision of new advance factories or offices in the Government Plan For JOBS Minister Bruton Admitted to me in the Dail recently that only 2 (two) net jobs were provided by IDA in Co Tipperary in 2014!!!!! There were 64 new jobs and 62 job losses in the county. WORSE STILL-There was a net loss of 321 IDA Jobs in the county over the last 3 years. Yet the towns of County Tipperary were all omitted from the plan to spend 150 million euro on providing advance factories and offices to encourage inward investment in its plan for jobs issued yesterday!!! Despite repeated questions from me  in the Dáil recently Minister Bruton failed to give any assurance that any advance manufacturing and office facilities for incoming IDA supported industry would be built in any Co Tipperary location over the next five years. Ministers Kelly and Hayes must demand fundamental change in the Government Plan for Jobs so that advance factories and offices can be urgently built in the towns of Tipperary. The Labour/Fine Gael Government must not be allowed to forget and ignore the plight of Co Tipperary families! Seamus Healy TD   087-2802199

Research Notes-Facts and Figures For the County Leader Funding For Co Tipp http://www.noelcoonan.com/revised-allocations-for-tipperary-leader-companies/   All Tipp Figures Here Leader funding to be announced to-day    10 million for ALL TIPPERARY down 15 million on 2013 May 2013    North Tipperary LEADER Partnership will receive funding of €12,917,884 or( 13 million for North Tipperary ALONE) In this context the figure of 25 million for county Tipperary announced in May 2013 is correct is correct Yes It was !2.5 million for Tipperary South http://www.tipperarystar.ie/news/local-news/e1-86m-for-south-tipp-leader-projects-1-5135399

Disposable Income in Co Tipp Disposable income per Head by County http://www.cso.ie/en/releasesandpublications/er/cirgdp/countyincomesandregionalgdp2012/#.VQ0oVdKsWQE Order Dublin   22,011 Limerick  21326 Cork          19,704 Kildare      19658

Wicklow    19009
Meath   18898
Galway     18890Carlow     18670Waterford 18610

North Tipp     18563      fraction of state  95.4%   of Dublin  84.4 Sligo               18456 Louth              18445 All Tipp           18383 South Tipp     18202         fraction of state    93.5%   of Dublin   82.7% Leitrim              18096 State                 19468             Dublin   22011 All Tipp   12th                       Fraction of state  94.4%    of Dublin 83.6%   Drop in Disposable Income for Munster Counties from 2008 to 2012 The breakdown of figures for Munster show: – Clare €22,185 (–€4,623) down 17.2%. – Cork €24,832 (–€3,236) down 11.5%. – Kerry €21,134 (–€2,062) down 8.9%. – Limerick €26,590 (–€19) down 0.1%. – North Tipperary €22,351 (–€4,757) down 17.5%.  – South Tipperary €21,976 (–€4,192) down 16.0%. – Waterford €22,847 (–€3,597) down 13.6%. By contrast, Dublin’s average income fell 8.8% (€2,835) to €29,278. Update March 12, 2015 7001 Repossession Applications for  Homes before Courts. Stop The Evictions!-Seamus Healy TD Statement by Seamus Healy TD   087-2802199 From The Courts Service CIVIL BILLS (COURT APPLICATIONS) for Repossession of Homes by County

Civil Bills lodged 2014 County Total CB lodged Total Orders Granted Civil BillsLive  end  2014
Carlow Carlow 116 20 96
Carrick on Shannon Leitrim 75 21 54
Castlebar Mayo 206 37 169
Cavan Cavan 250 34 216
Clonmel Tipperary 341 48 293
Cork Cork 627 84 543
Dublin Dublin 1673 253 1420
Dundalk Louth 290 41 249
Ennis Clare 197 28 169
Galway Galway 421 9 412
Kilkenny Kilkenny 123 13 110
Letterkenny Donegal 386 13 373
Limerick Limerick 328 50 278
Longford Longford 100 23 77
Monaghan Monaghan 142 17 125
Mullingar Westmeath 226 13 213
Naas Kildare 453 48 405
Portlaoise Laois 226 46 180
Roscommon Roscommon 198 22 176
Sligo Sligo 121 6 115
Tralee Kerry 175 33 142
Trim Meath 607 43 564
Tullamore Offaly 173 40 133
Waterford Waterford 209 50 159
Wexford Wexford 331 38 293
Wicklow Wicklow 288 33 255
  8164 1063 7101

Over 1000 Tipperary Homes ARE TO BE REPOSSESSED OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS!!                            THESE EVICTIONS MUST BE STOPPED!                   MINISTERS KELLY AND HAYES MUST ACT!  Tipperary is the 7th highest county for repossessions cases after Dublin, Cork, Galway Meath, Kildare, Donegal  but above Limerick and Waterford 36 Applications for Repossession are before Clonmel Circuit Court this week alone On the 31 Dec, 2014, the number of civil bills for repossession in Co Tipperary which were lodged in court by lenders was 341. Of these 293 were still proceeding on Jan 1,2015. (Courts Service see above) This makes Tipperary the 7th highest county for repossessions after Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Cork, Galway, Donegal  but above Limerick and Waterford   48 Tipperary Homes were repossessed last year according to figures for 2014 issued by the Courts Service recently.  Only 8 of these were “buy to let”. The Tipperary figure of 48 orders granted and 293 orders still in process were both over 4% of the national total.  But these figures are now to escalate dramatically. David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Association has claimed (Irish Times March 9) that 25,000 homes will be repossessed over the next 2 years. This means that over 1000 Tipperary homes will be repossessed over the next two years. The increase in the price of houses is making it much more attractive for banks to repossess and sell-on homes and they are taking full advantage of government decisions. In the Dail last week, Labour and Fine Gael voted down a motion to remove veto power from banks in matters dealing with the family home. In Spring 2013, the Labour/Fine Gael Government passed  an amendment in the Dáil to allow banks to repossess homes after repossession orders were struck down by Justice Dunne in the High Court. Over 38,000 Irish households in mortgage distress cannot avail of the Personal Insolvency Service because they have insufficient disposable income! They must not be evicted. The veto given to banks by the government over the mortgage to rent scheme and other restructuring instruments must be removed immediately THE GOVERNMENT IS TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FORTHCOMING SPATE OF EVICTIONS!!! I am calling on Ministers Kelly and Hayes to insist that the government stops these evictions now! Seamus Healy TD 087-2802199        seamus.healy@oireachtas.ie Those threatened with repossession should contact the Irish Mortgage Holders Association lo call 1890 623 624 info@mortgageholders.ie or    Phoenix Project, Port Laoise   Ph 1850 20 30 40  Email: support@phoenixproject.ie or myself    Seamus Healy TD 087-2802199, Office 05261-21883        seamus.healy@oireachtas.ie UPDATE   FEB 10,2015 NET LOSS of 321 IDA JOBS In Co Tipp over last 3 years but County Excluded from Provision of New Advance Factories or Offices in Government Plan For JOBS Minister Bruton Admitted to Deputy Seamus Healy in Dail to-day, Feb 10, that only 2 (two) net jobs were provided by IDA in Co Tipperary in 2014!!!!! There were 64 new jobs and 62 job losses in the county. WORSE STILL-There was a net loss of 321 IDA Jobs in the county over the last 3 years. Yet the towns of County Tipperary were all omitted from the plan to spend 150 million euro on providing advance factories and offices to encourage inward investment in its plan for jobs issued yesterday!!!    Despite repeated questions from Deputy Healy  in the Dáil on Thursday morning , Minister Bruton failed to give any assurance that any advance manufacturing and office facilities for incoming IDA supported industry would be built in any Co Tipperary location over the next five years.

  • Deputy Healy pointed out that this would mean that the locations specified in the Ministers statement for such advance facilities (Sligo, Tralee, Castlebar, Galway, Dundalk, Limerick, Athlone, Carlow and Waterford) would have a huge advantage  over Co Tipperary in the location of new jobs and would compound the discrimination
  • against Co Tipperary over the past two years by IDA.

DEPUTY HEALY SAID: “The Minister’s announcement yesterday says nothing about towns in Tipperary. It talks about the investment over the coming years in building advance manufacturing and office facilities in Sligo, Tralee, Castlebar, Galway, Dundalk, Limerick, Athlone, Carlow and Waterford. There is no mention of any town in Tipperary or the building of advance factories or office facilities on any of the sites that are available throughout the county, in Tipperary town, Archerstown in Thurles, Lisboney in Nenagh, Benamore at Roscrea, Clonmel, Cashel or Carrick-on-Suir. It is quite obvious that there is no commitment to job creation for County Tipperary through IDA companies into the future. I want to see the plan the Minister announced yesterday amended to include County Tipperary specifically.” In 2013 while 202 new  were created  521 IDA JOBS WERE LOST IN THE COUNTY In 2014  only 16 new jobs were provided in North Tipp and 48 in South Tipp. There were 62 job losses giving a net gain of two  78% of all IDA Jobs were provided in Dublin,  Cork, and Limerick Extracts From Dáil Report Feb 12 Deputy Richard Bruton:   I assure the Deputy that every county, including Tipperary, is included in our regional strategy. No one is excluded. The annual employment survey shows that 68 jobs were created and 77 were lost among IDA client companies in Tipperary in 2012. In 2013, 202 jobs were created while 521 were lost, and in 2014, 64 jobs were created while 62 were lost Deputy Seamus Healy:   The Minister’s announcement yesterday says nothing about towns in Tipperary. It talks about the investment over the coming years in building advance manufacturing and office facilities in Sligo, Tralee, Castlebar, Galway, Dundalk, Limerick, Athlone, Carlow and Waterford. There is no mention of any town in Tipperary or the building of advance factories or office facilities on any of the sites that are available throughout the county, in Tipperary town, Archerstown in Thurles, Lisboney in Nenagh, Benamore at Roscrea, Clonmel, Cashel or Carrick-on-Suir. It is quite obvious that there is no commitment to job creation for County Tipperary through IDA companies into the future. I want to see the plan the Minister announced yesterday amended to include County Tipperary specifically.

  • Co Tipperary has been omitted from IDA plans to provide advance factories in the Jobs plan announced by Government yesterday
  • In his statement launching the plan the Minister said: “IDA Ireland will roll out a 5-year €150million capital investment programme to help attract more multinational jobs into each region. This programme will build on the recent investment by IDA in facilities in Athlone and Waterford, and will include investments over the coming years in building advance manufacturing and office facilities in Sligo, Tralee, Castlebar, Galway, Dundalk, Limerick, Athlone, Carlow and Waterford”
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Taoiseach Increases Threat to 21 Nursing Homes in Dáil Reply The locations of the 21 Nursing Homes under Threat are carried below Taoiseach Increases Threat To Nenagh and Roscrea Nursing Homes Immediate Statement Required from Minister Kelly and Junior Minister Hayes   Statement From Seamus Healy TD  087-2802199   Taoiseach Enda Kenny, speaking in the Dáil to-day failed to give an assurance that any or all of the 21 homes which have “major compliance issues” would not be closed or phased out. These Include St Conlons, Nenagh and Dean Maxwells, Roscrea An immediate statement is needed from Minister Alan Kelly stating that he  will not tolerate the closure or phasing out of the two homes. It would be totally unacceptable if senior citizens were sent to Limerick or to Portlaoise Taoiseach Kenny said: “ The Government publicly supports and will continue to support a public nursing home service provided in public homes for people who avail of this service. They has never been enough money, nor is there enough now. What we must do is decide on the flexibility within the law, which homes can continue to give service for the time ahead and how best we can bring the other facilities up to the standard of modern nursing homes such that the people who use them can be comfortable and secure”. –  (Dail Report Tuesday Jan 20) He refused to say which homes will close Seamus Healy TD Seamus Healy TD had already raised the matter last Thursday at the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children and sounded the alarm when Tony O’Brien, Head of HSE admitted that no money had been allocated to bring the 21 homes up to HIQA standards. This morning, Seamus Healy TD had issued the following statement:   Statement by Seamus Healy TD   Threat to Nursing Homes in Nenagh and Roscrea   Despite the excellent dedicated work of staff at St Conlon’s Community Nursing Unit, Nenagh and at Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit,Roscrea, these nursing units are among 21 public nursing homes threatened with sanctions up to and including closure. This is basically due to the failure of government to invest in upgrading the homes and a consequent finding of “major non-compliance” by inspecting body HIQA. Deputy Seamus Healy raised this issue at last Thursday’s meeting (15/1/2015) of the Oireachtas Health Committee. Deputy Healy demanded clarification of the position from Minister Varadkar and Tony O’Brien Director of the Health Service Executive. Mr O’Brien confirmed the seriousness of this issue when he said “The challenge for re-registration of public long-stay beds with HIQA is a significant issue to be dealt with over the coming months as there is insufficient capital funding available to meet all requirements and there are over 30 large units who provide in excess of 2,500 beds and where there is, currently, insufficient funding in the capital plan to bring this infrastructure to the required standard. “   Further detailed information was contained in the Sunday Business Post. Neither nursing home was identified in the HSE Service Plan for 2015 as projects that will secure capital investment in the coming year. HIQA said in its report “if a centre is not in compliance by July 1, 2015 and if no realistic, time-bound costed/funded plan has been agreed with the Authority, then appropriate conditions will be attached to any renewal of registration” In addition to closure, HIQA can impose conditions for continued operation which can include forcing nursing homes to reduce the number of residents or high-dependency patients they have. A HSE document leaked last year said that 300 millionEuro was required to upgrade public nursing units. But only 7.3 million is being allocated for the entire country this year in the HSE service plan. Neither of the two nursing homes was identified in the service plan for capital investment this year.     The neglect of these homes by government is unforgiveable. Capital investment must be provided immediately to these homes before July 1, 2015.   There is a particular obligation on Government politicians in Tipperary, including Ministers Kelly and Hayes, to insist that the HSE Service Plan be amended to include the required capital investment. Additional direct government funding must be allocated to secure the future of these units.   Seamus Healy TD   087-2802199   21 Public Nursing Homes in Danger of Closure or Phasing Out Tipperary (2)     Nenagh, Roscrea Clare(2)      Tuamgraney, Ennis Cork (6) Douglas Rd, Bantry, Bandon, Macroom, Millstreet, Castletownbere Waterford(1) Johns Hill Kerry (1)  Tralee Leitrim (1)   Mohill Wexford (1)  Gorey Cavan(2)  Lisdarn, Ballyconnell Louth (2)  Drogheda, Ardee Monaghan(1)   Rooskey Dublin (2)  Peamount, Leopardstown Park  Statement by Seamus Healy TD  Threat to Nursing Homes in Nenagh and Roscrea  Despite the excellent dedicated work of staff at St Conlon’s Community Nursing Unit, Nenagh and at Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit,Roscrea, these nursing units are among 21 public nursing homes threatened with sanctions up to and including closure. This is basically due to the failure of government to invest in upgrading the homes and a consequent finding of “major non-compliance” by inspecting body HIQA. Deputy Seamus Healy raised this issue at last Thursday’s meeting (15/1/2015) of the Oireachtas Health Committee. Deputy Healy demanded clarification of the position from Minister Varadkar and Tony O’Brien Director of the Health Service Executive. Mr O’Brien confirmed the seriousness of this issue when he said “The challenge for re-registration of public long-stay beds with HIQA is a significant issue to be dealt with over the coming months as there is insufficient capital funding available to meet all requirements and there are over 30 large units who provide in excess of 2,500 beds and where there is, currently, insufficient funding in the capital plan to bring this infrastructure to the required standard. “   Further detailed information was contained in the Sunday Business Post. Neither nursing home was identified in the HSE Service Plan for 2015 as projects that will secure capital investment in the coming year. HIQA said in its report “if a centre is not in compliance by July 1, 2015 and if no realistic, time-bound costed/funded plan has been agreed with the Authority, then appropriate conditions will be attached to any renewal of registration” In addition to closure, HIQA can impose conditions for continued operation which can include forcing nursing homes to reduce the number of residents or high-dependency patients they have. A HSE document leaked last year said that 300 millionEuro was required to upgrade public nursing units. But only 7.3 million is being allocated for the entire country this year in the HSE service plan. Neither of the two nursing homes was identified in the service plan for capital investment this year. The neglect of these homes by government is unforgiveable. Capital investment must be provided immediately to these homes before July 1, 2015.   There is a particular obligation on Government politicians in Tipperary, including Ministers Kelly and Hayes, to insist that the HSE Service Plan be amended to include the required capital investment. Additional direct government funding must be allocated to secure the future of these units.   Seamus Healy TD   087-2802199 Statement by Cllr Pat English, Workers and Unemployed Action           087-7684746 WUA Alone in Opposing Budget 2015 for Co Tipperary at Estimates Meeting Almost 33million Euro per year taken from Economy of Co Tipperary by FG/Lab Government since 2011 through reduction in annual General Purpose Grant to Local Authorities I proposed the rejection of the Budget for 2015 at the estimates meeting of Co Tipperary Co council. No councillor could be found to second the motion and all other councillors agreed the estimates. The budget for 2015 contains the extraction of an additional 12.245  million Euro out of the economy of Co Tipperary in the coming year. This is because Minister Kelly has replaced  more than half of government funding for the year by the proceeds of Local Property Tax collected from the citizens of Co Tipperary. I opposed these estimates because to do otherwise would be to agree to this large additional extraction of money from the people of Co Tipperary    As can be seen from the figures below, his government has  reduced government funding to Tipperary local authorities by almost 33 million or 75%  since  it came to power in 2011. This extraction by Alan Kelly’s government out of the economy of County Tipperary is a huge factor in depressing the local economy, keeping unemployment high and reducing demand to small businesses. North and South Tipp are in the highest regions of unemployment in Ireland according to official figures. The budget also provided money for JUNKETS (travel and maintenance for councillors at conferences at home and abroad). I proposed that this money be set aside for childrens’ playgrounds. This amendment was defeated by a large majority. The provision for junkets was contained in the final overall budget for which all councillors voted , except myself. On top of the property tax,  water charges are to be imposed from Jan 1,2015 This will extract even more money from the local economy causing further depression and crucifying already hard pressed people. According to the Nevin Economic Research Institute, the poorest 10% are paying a higher proportion of income in tax than the top 10%!i DOUBLE TAXATION WE are already paying for water and other local services, through general taxation, direct and indirect. Now we are being forced to pay a second time through these charges for services which have been reduced by government cuts. This money is being diverted to pay part of the 8 billion per year interest which recent governments have incurred through bailing out billionaire investors in bust banks. Local property Tax and Water Charges are devices to make the ordinary person pay for bailing out banks. Minister Noonan has informed the Dail that the top 10,000 income earners have 595,000 Euro per year EACH.  Financial assets of households (shares, bank deposits, insurance policies) are now back above peak boom levels at 334 billion Euro gross (CSO Institutional sector accounts). The wealthiest 300 Irish citizens have a total of 62 Billion Euro in Assets(Nick Webb, Sunday Independent)  Minister Kelly and his government should take the money from them and use it to abolish home and water taxes. Councillor Pat English, Workers and Unemployed Action      NOTES for Editors Total General Purpose Grant (GPG) To ALL Co Tipperary                             Local Authorities (Euro) YEAR                        2008                       2011                              2013                            2014                                2015 GPG Total               54,684,395             43,644,608                    38,271,37 2           22,755,110                       11,075,302 (Note)                                                                                                                                        Note      GPG =20% of 2008 Figure , GPG= 25%  of 2011 figure when current government came to power             The figure of 11,075,302 contains a net 1.25 million Euro received from the property tax national equalisation fund             Total  Local Property Tax Collected from households in Co Tipperary was  12.245 Million Euro MONEY EXTRACTED FROM CO Tipperary since 2008 through reduction of GPG,   54.684-11.075= 43.609 Million Euro MONEY EXTRACTED FROM CO Tipperary since 2011 through reduction of GPG,   43.645-11.075= 32.570 Million Euro The figure for General Purpose Grant given in the Budget 2015 by Tipperary Co Council is  23,320,100 Euro. But this figure contains the 12.245 million collected in property tax in Co Tipperary and an additional 1.25 million from the national property tax equalisation fund, money collected in property tax from more populous counties.    Seamus Healy TD Replies To Minister Alan Kelly in the Dáil on Water Charges  Hypocrisy And Cynicism Undermining Democracy   Minister Alan Kelly introduces Water Charges.   The irony and hypocrisy of today’s announcement introducing water charges by Labour Party Minister Alan Kelly T.D. will not be lost on the general public. During the last General Election Minister Kelly and the Labour Party asked the people of North Tipperary to vote for him to prevent Fine Gael imposing Water Charges. He stood on a Labour Party Manifesto which opposed Water Charges.  His Party published a “Tesco Ad” warning people not to vote for Fine Gael because that Party wanted to introduce Water Charges. He is now doing a complete U Turn, breaking the promises and commitments he and his party made. He is now introducing water charges himself. This is the sort of hypocrisy which is undermining our democracy. Labour Leader Joan Burton T.D., contrary to commitments and promises has presided over the destruction of social welfare services.  Child poverty is now at 28.6% with 130,000 additional children living in poverty, affected no doubt by the savage child benefit cuts introducedby Minister Burton. The list of other cuts include Respite Care Grant, abolition of Telephone Allowance, reduction in Free Fuel and Electricity Payments, reduction in Maternity Benefit and One Parent Family Payment, abolition of the Bereavement Grant and the list goes on. This Government, despite election promises, are now implementing the austerity policies of the previous Fianna Fáil/Green Government. This Government cannot be trusted and has no mandate for austerity or for the introduction of water charges. The lie is being peddled that the public won’tpay for water.   But the public have paid,  are paying and continue to pay for water through general taxation. The water charges now being proposed aredouble taxation and are an attempt to make hard-pressed families pay a second time. IT WON’T WORK Today’s announcements amount to political trickery to get the water charges across the line and establish the principle of charging for water at any cost. Once Water Charges are established, water will become a commodity and charges will rise to full cost recovery under EU law. Tooday’s announcements amount to the “thin end of the wedge”,  “casting out a sprat to catch a salmon”, “ a supermarket loss leader”,   “come into my parlour said the spider to the fly”. The public know that this is a trap and will not be fooled. The Public knows that Water Charges introduced at a low level will, like refuse/bin charges balloon to significant sums. What did happen with Bin Charges?? I was a member of Clonmel Corporation when Bin Charges were introduced at the minimal rate of £5 per year.  I opposed those charges as the thin end of the wedge that would in time hit hard pressed families. I was of course ridiculed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour Councillors. One Councillor threw a box of matches across the table at me saying the charges are only the cost of a box of matches a week. But what happened? Bin Charges are now €300 per year, more than 30 times the introductory “offer”; the waiver for low income families has been abolished and the service has been privatised. That is the future if we allow the introduction of water charges.  The public know that and they will not be sold a pup, like they were by the Labour Party in the 2011 General Election. Families have had enough after 6 years of austerity and this hated water charge is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Water is a human right, a public good that must not be commodified, commercialised or privatised.It is the responsibility of the State to protect the public’s right to safe, secure accessible and affordable water. Water is a human right and a public good and must not be turned into a profit making opportunity for National or Multinational Corporations. Promises of legislation to prevent privatisation are simply that …”promises”  from a government that cannot be trusted. Proposed legal changes to cap charges for a number of years, to make it more difficult to privatise Irish Water or to require a plebiscite are completely bogus.  Any Act can be repealed or amended by a simple majority of deputies. A Legal provision to require a two thirds majority or even a 100% agreement to privatise Irish Water can be repealed by a simple majority. Such a proposal is pure deception. If the government was sincere on this issue, it would agree to a constitutional amendment. The Public know that only People Power can abolish water charges and secure the status of water as a human right and a public good. The most important task now is for the “Risen People” to turn out in huge numbers for the National Protest in Dublin on 10th December next and in Tipperary to support the Nenagh March next Saturday 22 Nov at 2pm and the Clonmel March on Saturday 29th November at 2pm. Seamus Healy T.D.                                                                                         19/11/2014 Tel 087 2802199 Deputy Mattie McGrath tells Local Radio that he supports Water Charges, supports Metering and will Pay the Water ChargesStatement by Seamus Healy TD   Workersand Unemployed Action   Yet again Deputy McGrath is “running with the hare and hunting with the hounds” He has now made clear in an interview on Tipp FM that he supports water charges, supports metering and will pay the water charges himself. Deputy McGrath has been pretending to oppose water charges and trying to use the water charges protests as a bandwagon for himself. But he let the cat out of the bag on Thursday last, 6 November, when he told Tipp Today “I am in favour of a charge for water…..” and again “I am in favour of metering…” Earlier in the interview he describes water as a “commodity” and confirmed that he will pay the water charges. Clearly Deputy McGrath is now supporting this government’s attempts to bring in the hated water charges, another austerity tax on hard pressed families. Deputy McGrath knows well that as soon as charges are in place for domestic water, it will become a commodity under European Law and all restrictions on state aid will then apply. This means that however low the initial charge, households will eventually pay the full price for production and delivery of water. This will be in addition to the money we are already paying through general taxation for water – paying a second time. Deputy McGrath and the Labour Party are now, also, using the proposal for a referendum on privatisation as a smokescreen for the introduction of water charges. The People of Tipperary will ignore the smokescreens and will keep up the pressure for the abolition of these hated water charges. The next protest in Clonmel will be on Saturday 29th November and the next national protest will be in Dublin on the 10th December. (Extracts from the Tipp FM interview and a link to the actual interview are attached below) Seamus Healy T.D. 087 2802199 14 minutes in to Tipptoday hour 2, Thursday, November 6,2014 http://tippfm.podomatic.com/entry/2014-11-06T03_30_45-08_00 Extracts From Interview with Séamus Martin on Tipptoday Seamus Martin: Are You Going to Pay the Water Charges? Mattie McGrath TD: Seamus, if I get a bill and I am an elected representative to Dáil Éireann I have to  pay, I can’t break the law. Seamus Martin: There are other elected TDs, notably Seamus Healy TD, the Sinn Féin TDs and the socialist TDs who say they will break the law and they won’t pay it Mattie McGrath: Yes that’s their choice and their right to do—but I believe and always have believed that water is a valuable commodity——- Seamus Martin; When it comes to paying for all this, water charges, are you in favour of water being paid for directly or through indirect taxation? Mattie McGrath: It has to be paid for , one way or the other, it has to be paid for Seamus Martin: Which one would you favour Mattie McGrath: I am in favour of metering because I am in favour of conservation—  —— Seamus Martin: So you are in favour of the charge? Mattie McGrath: I am in favour of A charge for water and I have to be honest there because water is a costly commodity to produce ————– Government Story That the Country is Broke is a Lie Speech of Seamus Healy TD on Finance Bill 2014 Séamus Healy (Tipperary South, Independent) This Finance Bill, the budget and general Government policy is based on spin, hype and, indeed, the Government’s lie that this country is broke. Michael Kitt (Galway East, Fianna Fail, Acting Ceann Comhairle)) The Deputy cannot use that word. Please withdraw it now. Séamus Healy (Tipperary South, Independent) If the Government does not like that word, let us call it something else. Peter Mathews (Dublin South, Independent) Untrue. Michael Kitt (Galway East, Fianna Fail) It is not allowed under standing orders. Peter Mathews (Dublin South, Independent) Use the French word mensonge. Séamus Healy (Tipperary South, Independent) It is completely untrue that this country is broke. Michael Kitt (Galway East, Fianna Fail) I take it that the Deputy is withdrawing that. Séamus Healy (Tipperary South, Independent) The policies that follow from that and which are being implemented by this Government mean continued austerity for ordinary people. They mean continued austerity for low and middle-income families whom this Government are forcing to pay for a recession that they had no hand, act nor part in creating. The water charge is one of those austerity taxes, but ordinary people are now saying that they have had enough. It is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. The policies in the budget and in the Finance Bill ensure that the gap between rich and poor has increased. The policies mean that the super-rich get off scot free and will not even be asked to pay their fair share of taxation. In recent days, the Minister’s press officer boasted in the newspapers that anyone earning over €100,000 a year will get €747 from this budget. That is nearly €15 per week, while the lowest earners get 90 cent per week. Low and middle-income families will face more austerity, while the very wealthy get support and are not asked to pay for anything. We have high unemployment levels while there are over 100,000 on the housing waiting lists and there is a huge mortgage crisis. Irish children have fallen further and faster into poverty than in any other OECD country. It is shameful that 28.6% of Irish children currently live in poverty. We also have high emigration, including 84,000 graduates who have left this country in recent years. They are now contributing to economies in Canada, Australia and elsewhere. Ordinary people know that our health and education services have been devastated. This country is not broke, however. All objective, independent analysis agrees that this is a very wealthy country indeed. Of course, the wealth is skewed in favour of wealthy people to such an extent that the poorest 10% pay more as a percentage of their income in tax than the wealthiest 10%. That is another absolutely shameful situation. About 12 months ago in this Chamber, the former Minister of State, Deputy Joe Costello, told us that this was the eighth richest country in the world. That fact has been supported by objective analysis. We know, for instance, that the gross domestic product here per head of population is greater than in Germany, France or the United Kingdom. That finding has been supported by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation in recent times. The German study shows that, despite being one of the richest countries in the EU, Ireland’s rating for distribution of wealth is 18th, in the bottom third of the 28 EU countries, along with Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Latvia. As a result of the study, the foundation also cited Ireland as an example of how high GDP per capita did not translate automatically into social justice for the population. Ireland has a GDP around as high as Sweden’s, but ranks considerably below average when it comes to social justice and is one of the biggest losers in country comparisons. This country is very wealthy, but the wealth is in the hands of a very small percentage of the population that is not being asked to pay its fair share. Less than 12 months ago, the Minister for Finance told me that the top 10,000 income earners in the country earn €595,000 each per year. From the rich list published in the Sunday Independent by Nick Webb, we know the 300 wealthiest people in the country have increased their assets and income from €50 billion in 2010 to €62 billion, an increase of €12 billion. We know the financial assets of the wealthy are now at the level of the Celtic tiger era, at €324 billion. It is time the Government made very wealthy people pay their fair share. I am talking about seriously wealthy people, not the ordinary individual with a redundancy payment or a retirement lump sum or who bought a house for retirement. I am talking about people with huge amounts of money, hundreds of millions or billions of euro each. They are not even asked to pay a wealth tax, which is one of the things the Government should do. It should introduce a wealth tax for very wealthy people, but I can see the Minister throwing his hands up in the air, as do the media and the establishment when people suggest it. We should remember there are six countries in the EU with a wealth tax. A wealth tax was introduced in this country by a former colleague of the Minister, Richie Ryan, but it was abolished by Fianna Fáil to suit its backers. A wealth tax is essential. Even a very small wealth tax would provide significant income, billions of euros, to address the issues of water, health and education services.

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