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  • €187,000 in funding has been approved for Mayo sporting projects under Dormant Accounts Funding.

    Mayo Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers has welcomed the investment package for a wide range of sport and physical activity measures in the county.

    Just under €44,000 is allocated to Castlebar Urban Adventure Hub, while Ballinrobe Community Sports and Physical Activity Hub will receive almost €22,000, with funding also for the Mayo Sports Partnership.

    The investment announced by Sport Ireland will be focusing on people with disabilities, people who are educationally disadvantaged and from disadvantaged communities.

    Senator Chambers told Midwest News that this funding will help address the detrimental impact Covid-19 restrictions had on people’s physical activity.....

  • "The 5km travel restriction is bordering on the ridiculous" - that's according to Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers.

    She was one of a number of Oireachtas members who called at last night's Fianna Fail parliamentary party meeting for the lifting of the 5km restriction from 5th April .

    There were also calls for non-team sports such as golf and tennis to be allowed re-commence, and for public attendances to be allowed at Masses.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin acknowledged people are "fed up" but said the country's progress remains "fragile".

    The Taoiseach said a comprehensive statement will be made next week on the level of Covid-19 restrictions that will apply for the period ahead.

    Meanwhile, the Higher Education Minister says some Covid restrictions will ease next month but it won't be much.

    Simon Harris has suggested the 5 kilometre rule will change, as he says it's driving people 'absolutely bonkers'.

  • The HSE says it is working to fix issues with the vaccine portal this morning.

    From today, people aged 48 and older can sign up for their Covid-19 vaccine.

    In a tweet, the HSE says it's aware some people are having difficulty with the registration, and work is underway to get the system working again.

    Meanwhile, Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers is calling on employers to be flexible, and allow employees paid leave when they attend their Covid-19 vaccine appointment.

    With shops reopening this week and many people returning to work, Senator Chambers says no-one should have to take a financial hit when attending for vaccination, and she's asking employers to be flexible and accommodate their staff with paid leave when they take time off to attend their appointment.

     

  • The go-ahead has been given by the Department of Finance for Mayo County Council to purchase the Castlebar Military Barracks, in a move being described as "a hugely significant acquisition by the local authority".

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers says the county council plans to develop the barracks, alongside the old convent, car park and surrounding lands for various uses, as part of a master plan for this area of the town centre.

    €11 million was recently allocated to Castlebar under the Urban Regeneration Fund to deliver the project.

    Senator Chambers told Midwest News this morning that it's an exciting development for the county town, now that the title can finally be transferred to Mayo Co Co....

  • A Mayo Senator is calling for an end to maternity restrictions, which exclude partners from the labour ward.

    Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers says women's voices are being ignored, as 14 months into the Covid pandemic, the HSE and hospitals still haven't managed to find a solution which would allow partners to be included.

    Mayo University Hospital now allows visiting for one hour each evening on the maternity ward, while fathers are allowed to attend the 20-week scan.

    However, Senator Chambers says partners provide important mental and physical support to the expectant mother, and should be allowed to attend during labour.....

  • Mayo Senator Lisa Chambers believes a Brexit deal can still be agreed, but only with compromise and concession on both sides.

    The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has told MEPs that negotiations on a post-Brexit deal could continue until Wednesday of this week, but no later.

    He said if there's no deal, then the European Commission would be ready to react immediately with contingency plans.

    Taoiseach Micheal Martin says it would be a significant failure if a Brexit deal doesn't get done this week.

    But he agrees it will be very challenging to close the gaps that remain on fisheries and the level playing field.

    Speaking to Midwest News, Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers said she is concerned at the current lack of progress.

  • New legislation to reform the Fair Deal nursing home scheme has been drafted and is due to go before the Cabinet in the next two weeks.

    That's according to Minister of State Mary Butler, who was responding to a question in the Seanad this morning from Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers.

    Senator Chambers had asked for an update from the Minster on the long-awaited new Bill, which will ease the financial burden for farmers and small business owners, and will put a cap on how much they have to contribute towards nursing home costs.

    Currently, farm families and small business owners have to set aside 7.5% of the value of their land annually to fund a place in a nursing home, with no cap on contributions.

    Speaking to Midwest News, Senator Chambers says there's good news in relation to the new legislation...

  • The latest CSO figures released on goods exports and imports in January 2021 shows the “immediate impact” of Brexit on trade, according to Mayo Senator and FF Spokesperson on Foreign and EU affairs, Lisa Chambers.

     Imports of goods from Great Britain in January 2021 were €497 million, a fall of €906 million compared with January 2020, while exports to Great Britain decreased by 14% to €946 million in January 2021 when compared with January 2020. 

     Senator Chambers says the drop in exports and imports to and from Britain is significant and higher than many expected.

     She says this shows the immediate impact of Brexit on trade with a number of factors contributing to these figures and has been giving more details to Midwest Radio's Michael D. McAndrew..

     

  • The Taoiseach says there's no need for Covid-19 restrictions in maternity hospitals.

    It comes as protests were staged at four hospitals earlier today, calling for partners to be allowed access to appointments, scans and the early stages of labour.

    Despite the HSE advising hospitals they can ease maternity restrictions, some remain in place as decisions on Covid restrictions are made by individual hospitals.

    Taoiseach Michael Martin says it shouldn't be happening.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers says it should not be up to individual hospitals to make a decision in relation to maternity restrictions.

    She told Midwest News this evening that it's scandalous that people have to protest outside hospitals to have these restrictions lifted....

  • Around 1,000 school secretaries and caretakers on low pay with no job security are to have their conditions of employment "regularised" under a preliminary agreement reached at the Workplace Relations Commission yesterday evening. The dispute centres on a two-tier pay system for school secretaries and caretakers. 

    Those employed by Education and Training Boards have the status, terms and conditions of public servants, but those employed directly by boards of management in schools earn less, with no sick pay, holiday pay or increments - and many are forced to sign on for social welfare during school breaks. 

    The agreement reached on regularising the pay and conditions of school secretaries and caretakers has been welcomed by Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers, who says it's only fair that they're paid adequately for their work.

    Senator Chambers says that. although final costings have still to be completed, she's happy the matter is on the way to being resolved.

     

  • The Cabinet has approved new legislation to reform the Fair Deal nursing home support scheme. The proposals will cap the financial contributions on farm and business assets at three years.

    Under the Fair Deal scheme, participants contribute to the cost of their care according to their means, while the State pays the balance.

    The contributions against a family home were capped at three years of a person's time in care, but this did not extend to the family farm or small business, with some farm families concerned that they would lose the farm, if a person ended up in care for years.

    However, the long-awaited legislation to tackle this anomaly was approved by Cabinet yesterday and will now be debated in the Dail and Seanad.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers has welcomed the development....

  • Students will have a choice between written exams and predictive grades for this year's Leaving Cert.

    The Cabinet sub-committee on education approved a model yesterday evening that will see all students offered predictive grades for each subject.

    They will also be able to select which written exams they sit, and will take the higher of the two results towards their final points.

    This year's Junior Cert has been cancelled.

     While teachers' unions have expressed some concerns in relation to the plans for this year's Leaving Cert, the Irish Second-Level Students Union has welcomed the options being provided for students - as they had consistently called for choice and clarity.

    Mayo Fianna Fail Senator Lisa Chambers has also welcomed the clarification for the class of 2021......

  • Mayo Fianna Fáil Senator Lisa Chambers is the new Deputy Leader of the Seanad and Fianna Fáil Group Leader in the Upper House.

    The Seanad met yesterday afternoon in Dublin’s Convention Centre in its first meeting following the Seanad general election.

     Senator Chambers says as the Deputy Leader of the Seanad she looks forward to working with her Party colleagues and others to ensure the highest scrutiny is given to legislation over the next five years as the Programme for Government is implemented.