Deputy Anne Rabbitte

  • Fianna Fail Deputy Anne Rabbitte says while she would have loved to have been given a senior ministerial position she is delighted with the chance she is getting now.

    The Galway East TD has taken a Junior Ministry in the Department of Children with responsibility for Disability, Equality and Integration with responsibility for Disability.

    She says her focus for the role will be in ensuring inclusion for all.

  • Councillor Donagh Killilea will join sitting TD Anne Rabbitte on the Fianna Fáil ticket in Galway East.

    The party will now run two candidates in the three seat constituency where sitting TDs Ciaran Cannon and Seán Canney are fighting to retain their seats.

    The party has now decided to add the Tuam based councillor being to the General election race.

    He is the third generation of a political dynasty with both his father and grandfather serving as TDs.

    His late father Mark Killilea had a decorated political career serving as a county councillor, Senator and MEP as well as a TD.

  • There has been a 46 percent increase in the number of complaints made to Tusla against creches, child minding and pre-schools.

    The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, are for the first six months of this year compared to last year.

    Tusla has been notified of the deaths of two children who were attending childcare services in 2019.

    It also shows five children have also gone missing while in childcare.

    Fianna Fail TD and Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, Galway East deputy Anne Rabbitte says Tusla needs to provide more information.

  • A Fianna Fail European election candidate says the two-tier pay structure for school secretaries is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue.

    Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte, who's contesting the European elections in the Midlands-Northwest constituency, says 10% of the 3,500 school secretaries across the country are employed by the Department of Education, while the 90% majority are paid out of school funding, which also pays for caretakers and school supplies.

    This means that 90% of school secretaries do not enjoy the same benefits as their counterparts - as there's no sick leave, pensions or safeguards.

    Deputy Rabbitte is calling on the Education Minister Richard Bruton to tackle this anomaly, and recognise the work of all school secretaries equally.

    She says talks must get underway between the Government and the trade union, following an adjudication of the Workplace Relations Commission in 2015.

     

     

     

  • Parents will feel the brunt of flooding in the Midlands and West this morning as they try to drive their children to school.

    Along with the recent closure of the N65 between Portumna and Borrisokane - there are more than 30 minor roads closed by flooding across South County Galway.

    Fianna Fail TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte says the floods have been building since August, creating a huge economic and environmental challenge for the region.

  • There should be a review into the decline in adoptions in Ireland.

    That's according to Fianna Fáil's spokesperson on children, Galway based TD Anne Rabbitte.

    A new report shows adoptions in Ireland have fallen by 40 per cent over the past five years.

    In 2013, there were 188 domestic and foreign adoptions into Ireland, but only 113 last year.

    Deputy Rabbitte's calling for a review to see why the numbers are dropping.

  • Fianna Fail's backing the childcare industry's call for a 'living wage' to be introduced for all of its staff.

    Providers, staff and parents are holding a national protest on February 5th over pay and staffing issues in the sector.

    SIPTU says early years educators are paid an average of only 11 euro, 45 cents an hour.

    Galway Deputy Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fail's spokesperson for children, says they should be paid at least the living wage of 12.30.

  • Fianna Fáil says it remains to be seen whether some creches will be able to reopen in the New Year despite a 1,500 government grant to providers.

    The Department of Children says Allianz, the last remaining insurer covering creches, has offered quotes to over 280 new customers yesterday.

    It means cover has been offered to the same number of childcare providers hit by the departure of broker Padraic Smith from the market.

    But Galway based Fianna Fáil deputy Ann Rabbitte says many creches and childcare providers may still be unable to meet the cost.

  • 634 'high priority' children have not been allocated a social worker by Tusla.

    They are among more than 5,100 kids living in the community who haven't been assigned one.

    A further 472 children in state care have not been allocated a social worker, according to Tusla's latest figures.

    Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil's spokesperson for children, says an urgent recruitment drive is needed:

     

  • The government now needs to enact the Information and tracing Bill. That’s the call today from Tuam based Fianna Fail deputy Anne Rabbitte.

    Nearly two thirds of children affected by yesterday’s adoption revelations are unaware that they are adopted.

    It was revealed yesterday that thousands of people may have had false birth certs issued by adoption agencies.

    Between the 1940s and 1960s St Patrick's Guild illegally listed some couples as birth parents, despite the fact that they had adopted children.

     Tusla is starting to contact those affected and an investigation is getting underway, with fears that the figures could run into the thousands.

    Deputy Rabbitte is the Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs.

    Speaking on the Tommy Marren Show this morning she said this government now needs to immediately enact the Information and Tracing Bill that would give everyone a right to acquire their birth cert.

    Tuam based historian, Catherine Corless who led the campaign that exposed the Tuam Mother and Baby home scandal, says that as disturbing as it is for those impacted by the present adoption scandal, some consolation can be taken from the truth finally being exposed.

     Speaking to Midwest News she acknowledged the work of the present Minister Katherine Zappone in taking action on the adoption scandal that is not "new news" to successive governments.

  • It's expected that Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte will be added to Fianna Fail's all-male European ticket for May's European elections.

     The party has selected three male candidates to contest the elections to date: TD Brendan Smith is running in the Midlands / North-West constituency, former minister Barry Andrews in Dublin, while Councillor Malcolm Byrne was selected by delegates to run in Ireland South.

    The Irish Independent reports that the Fianna Fail national constituency council will meet this week to decide where to add more candidates, and who.

    It is expected that Anne Rabbitte in Galway East will be added to the ticket in the Midlands/ Northwest constituency, and Billy Kelleher will be added in Ireland South.

    Deputy Rabbitte would be the only woman running for the party in the European elections.

    Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said the party will field more than 20pc female candidates in the local elections.

     

     

  • No organisation should have any gaps when it comes to safeguarding our children.

    That's the message from Galway based Fianna Fail TD Anne Rabbitte, who has called for a statutory inquiry into historical abuse allegations toward Scouting organisations.

    It follows the airing of an RTÉ Investigates programme last night that revealed  a former scout leader was only removed from scouting last year despite concerns being reported in the 1980s.

    Deputy Rabbitte says Scouting Ireland is not equipped to carry out a review of the complaints.

  • More than 7,200 children are waiting for an assessment for physiotherapy with the HSE.

    According to the latest figures, nearly 1,200 kids have been on the waiting list for over a year.

    They include over 201 in Galway as well as significant number of people across Mayo and the rest of the region.

    Fianna Fáil's spokesperson for children,  Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte, says the HSE needs to resume these appointments after they were hit by the pandemic.

  • New figures show almost 6,000 children are waiting to see a social worker.

    According to Tusla, 949 of these children are regarded as 'high-priority' cases.

    Meanwhile, a total of 600 children in state care are waiting for a social worker to be assigned to them.

    Fianna Fáil's spokesperson for children, Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte, says the figures are shocking:

  • Fianna Fáil's spokesperson for children claims Ireland has tougher laws for dirty kitchens than creches.

    Galway TD Anne Rabbitte is calling for Tusla to have more powers to take action against childcare facilities where there's a risk to children.

    It's after the RTÉ Investigates documentary into Hyde and Seek Childcare in Dublin.

    Tusla will appear before the Oireachtas children's committee on Wednesday - and Deputy Anne Rabbitte says action is needed.

  • Galway East Fianna Fail TD Anne Rabbitte is to seek a nomination to contest the European Elections for the Midlands-North West constituency, despite the fact that party leader Micheal Martin has said he does not want TDs running in Europe.

    Deputy Rabbitte made the declaration at the Fianna Fail party’s Athenry-Oranmore selection convention for the local elections at the Raheen Woods Hotel last night.

    She is currently the party’s spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs.

    Meanwhile Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher is actively campaigning to run in the European elections - despite the view of his party leader.

    Fianna Fáil is holding its annual Ard Fheis in CityWest in Dublin today.

    Cork TD Billy Kelleher has lined the driveway up to the meeting with campaign posters asking delegates to vote for him in Ireland South.

    Billy Kelleher says he's going ahead anyway:

  • Mayo TD Dara Calleary is believed to be one of the front-runners to be appointed Minister for Agriculture, after Barry Cowen was sacked last night.

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin announced the move, after Mr Cowen refused to provide further public statements on his 2016 drink driving offence.

    Micheál Martin told the Dáil the Garda report he received on the matter yesterday raised additional issues that Barry Cowen refused to address publicly.

    He said this was untenable and undermined the work of the government.

    In a statement Barry Cowen said he was surprised and disappointed with the decision.

    He also queried why the Taoiseach backed him in the afternoon and withdrew that support the same night.

    Cowen strongly insists he did not try to evade gardaí when he was stopped for the drink driving offence, and said the decision has undermined and potentially prejudiced his entitlement to fair process.

    His successor will be appointed today.

    It could be Dara Calleary - although Charlie McConalogue and Galway's Anne Rabbitte are also believed to be in the running for the job.

  • Nearly two thirds of children affected by yesterday’s adoption revelations are unaware that they are adopted.

    However, the  Taoiseach says it's far too early to be thinking about a redress scheme for those caught up in the scandal.

    Leo Varadkar also claims it's too soon to talk about free DNA testing for those affected either.

    It was revealed yesterday that thousands of people may have had false birth certs issued by adoption agencies.

    Between the 1940s and 1960s St Patrick's Guild illegally listed some couples as birth parents, despite the fact that they had adopted children.

     Patricia Carey, CEO of the Adoption Authority of Ireland says finding the truth will be a long process.

     Tusla is starting to contact those affected and an investigation is getting underway, with fears that the figures could run into the thousands.

     Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte is the Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs.

    Speaking on the Tommy Marren Show this morning she said this government now needs to immediately enact the Information and Tracing Bill that would give everyone a right to acquire their birth cert.

    Tuam based historian, Catherine Corless who led the campaign that exposed the Tuam Mother and Baby home scandal, says that as disturbing as it is for those impacted by the present adoption scandal, some consolation can be taken from the truth finally being exposed.

     Speaking to Midwest News she acknowledged the work of the present Minister Katherine Zappone in taking action on the adoption scandal that is not "new news" to successive governments.

  • Almost 250 million euro promised by religious orders for victims of historical child abuse has yet to be paid.

    The payments were committed to the State over a decade ago to help with the cost of supporting victims.

    The Christian Brothers offered playing fields and other land worth 127 million euro, but the assets have yet to be transferred.

    18 religious orders have so far contributed 230 million euro in the form of cash, counselling and property transfers.

    Galway East Fianna Fail TD Anne Rabbitte ,who obtained the figures ,says she can't understand the delays.

  • Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan has turned down the offer of a junior ministry.
    He has said he thinks his efforts would be better spent on the backbenches.


    The TDs who are hopeful of a call have been waiting nervously by the phone all day, not told when exactly the decisions will be made.
    But the calls have started and there has already been some big news.


    Fianna Fail TD Jim O'Callaghan, having been overlooked for a cabinet position, has turned down the offer of a junior ministry in the Department of Justice.


    O'Callaghan has said his energy and abilities would be better spent on the backbenches and he wants to devote more time to strengthening the party while colleagues have their eyes on Ministerial duty.


    On the Fine Gael side former Education Minister Joe McHugh has also turned down a role.
    While Louth TD Fergus O'Dowd has emerged as a consensus candidate for Leas Ceann Comhairle.


    It looks as though Longford Westmeath's Peter Burke will get a post - while there's suggestions of Sligo Leitrim's Frank Feighan.


    Charlie McConalogue may benefit from Joe McHugh's absence in Donegal.
    Galway TD Anne Rabbitte tweeted a smiley face emoji, signalling she's included.
    While a call up is expected for Waterford's Mary Butler.