Rose Conway-Walsh TD

  • Mayo TD Rose Conway-Walsh has been appointed Sinn Fein's spokesperson for Higher Education, Innovation & Science.

    Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has announced her front bench this afternoon, with first-time TDs featuring on the list.

    Claire Kerrane, the recently elected TD for Roscommon-Galway is the party's spokesperson on Social Protection, Community & Rural Development and the Islands,

    New Galway West TD Mairead Farrell is spokeserson on Public Expenditure and Reform, and Erris-based TD Rose Conway-Walsh, also a newly-elected TD, will mark Minister Simon Harris in Higher Education, Innovation and Science.

    Deputy Conway-Walsh told Midwest News it's an area she's passionate about, but a challenging role...

  • A Mayo TD has welcomed the Government's new "Tie-up" scheme for fishermen, to help address their loss of income during the Covid-19 pandemic, but has called on Minister Michael Creed to consider backdating the scheme to the start of this month.

    The Covid-19 Temporary Fleet Tie-Up Scheme will operate from the 1st June and will be available to the inshore fleet and to larger vessels, allowing boat owners to voluntarily opt to tie up for a maximum of two months over the period June to August.

    The scheme will support the fixed costs incurred by the vessel owners, and range from €6,000 per month for the largest vessels over 24 metres, to €500 per month for the smallest vessels under 6 metres.

    Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh has welcomed the scheme, but told Midwest News are two elements, which she would like Minister Creed to review - she says the amount needs to be increased for the 8-10 metre boats, while the scheme should also include the month of May retrospectively.


  • Third-level students who have paid upfront for accommodation that they cannot now access due to Covid-19 need to be refunded immediately.

    That's according to Mayo Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway-Walsh, who says she's been contacted on this issue by a number of students and their parents.

    Deputy Conway-Walsh says some colleges and private landlords are providing refunds, but others are not, and she claims a uniform approach is needed in terms of granting refunds to students who had to leave their accommodation early.

    The Sinn Fein TD is also calling on the Ministers for Education and Housing to provide clarity on the issue.