Galway West TD

  • Cancelling major St Patrick's Day Parades across the country would be a proportionate measure to protect the public from the spread of coronavirus.

    That's the view of Fianna Fáil Deputy for Galway West Eamon O'Cuiv, who took to twitter last night to air his concerns.

    The Fianna Fáil TD says it seems strange that the Dublin parade and other majors parades would go ahead in the current covid19 climate.

    The Galway West TD doesn't think it gives the right message as to the actions and sacrifices the public must take to limit transmission.

    Deputy O'Cuiv recalled that St Patrick's Day parade was cancelled in 2001 due to Foot and Mouth disease outbreak and he believes the current situation warrants similar action.

    He concluded saying that given the drastic actions being taken by other nations to limit and delay the spread of Coronavirus, cancelling major parades would, in his view, be proportionate and welcome.

  • A Galway West TD wants the Government to reconsider strengthening the law so appellants to An Bord Pleanala are clearly identifiable.

     

    The Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government Eoghan Murphy rejected Deputy O’Cuiv’s call to change the current laws in relation to the verification of residency for those who lodge An Bord Pleanala appeals.

     

    Deputy O’Cuiv’s issue with the current process of appealing applications to An Bord Pleanala is that there is no way of confirming people’s residency at an address.

     

    The Fianna Fail TD claims that people can use false names or, purport to live at an address that they do not live in, under the current appeal process.

     

    Deputy O’Cuiv told Midwest Radio News that An Bord Pleanala should be given evidence of residency at an address to speed up the planning application process.

  • A Galway West TD has welcomed the publication of the report by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government which looked at island voting.

    Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv says he welcomes the report and supports the recommendation that the Electoral Amendment Voting on Islands Bill 2014 should proceed to Committee stage.

    Deputy O’Cuiv says the report marks another positive step in ensuring that islanders have the same rights as people living on the mainland with regard to voting times. He says islanders want to vote in elections and referenda on the same day as the rest of the country, rather than having to vote ahead of time.

    Deputy O’Cuiv says he has noted a number of points raised in the report, which he will be taking into account when framing his amendments to the Bill.

  • Galway West TD Noel Grealish is coming under increased pressure withdraw his comments about asylum seekers.

    It's after footage emerged of the independent TD addressing a public meeting in Oughterard earlier this week in relation to possible plans for a direct provision centre on the site of a former hotel in the area.

    The Taoiseach has already called on the deputy to withdraw the remarks.