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  • A Mayo Senator has raised the issue of home help hours and packages with the Oireachtas Committee on Health.

    Erris based Sinn Fein Councillor Rose Conway-Walsh says there are 6,450 people assessed and approved for home help and are on a waiting list for it.

    She also raised the issue of home help providers having their hours cut.

    Senator Conway-Walsh says that the system which was in place up to 2010, where the HSE ran the home help service, worked perfectly and should not have changed. The service was privatised after 2010.

    Senator Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that there are ways and means that the issue of waiting lists can be tackled.

  • A Mayo Sinn Fein Senator says it is puzzling that Fianna Fail has a new found interest in Jobpath and the impact of it on the CE, RSS and Tús schemes.

    Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says Sinn Fein brought forward a motion in the Seanad in November of last year which asked that all referrals to Jobpath should be stopped.

    At that time Fianna Fail firstly introduced an amendment to the motion that weakened it and then voted against it in the Seanad.

    The Erris based Senator says Sinn Fein has been critical of Jobpath for a long time now and worried about its impact on schemes such as CE, RSS and Tús.

    She says Fianna Fail Oireachtas members need to stop doing one thing in Leinster House and saying something different in their own constituencies.

    Senator Conway-Walsh was responding to Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Dara Calleary who told Midwest News this morning that a Bill from his party showed their commitment to the schemes.

  • Patients who are diagnosed with cancer often need immediate treatment, but have to bear the cost themselves until their medical card application is approved.

    Mayo Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says the medical costs of such patients should be covered from the date they apply for a medical card.

    The Sinn Fein Senator raised the matter recently with Minister of State at the Department of Health Jim Daly, who said the HSE aims to process 95% of medical cards applications within 3 weeks.

    However, Senator Conway-Walsh says it can often take longer, due to amount of paperwork required for a medical card.

    In the meantime, she says significant costs can accrue for the patient, and the medical card should be granted retrospectively to cover such costs.

  • A Mayo Senator says Sinn Fein absolutely made the right decision to run a candidate in the election.

    Erris based SF Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says there was a limited time for people to get to know the candidates properly and they were only getting to know their candidate Liadh Ni Riada.

    Senator Conway-Walsh spoke with Midwest News at the count centre in Castlebar today.

    Meanwhile Castlebar Fine Gael Cllr Henry Kenny says there is no doubt in his mind, that that right candidate for the job will be elected later.

    Cllr Kenny says Michael D Higgins is the correct choice for President in terms of his capabilities for the position.

  • A Mayo Sinn Féin Senator has called for the rights of children with suspected disabilities to be respected and for the Government to fulfil its obligations under the 2005 Disability Act.

    Rose Conway-Walsh has called on the Government to end the scandal of parents of children who are waiting months for assessment of need to be carried out.

    She says each child is entitled under law to an assessment within six months and when this does not happen, their rights are being denied.

    Senator Conway-Walsh says many parents have become exasperated with the long waits and uncertainty and have to make huge sacrifices to fund these assessments privately.


    A new opinion poll out today shows a significant slide in support for Sinn Fein and the party's new leader, Mary Lou McDonald.

    The Behaviour and Attitudes survey for The Sunday Times, shows the party down 6 points to 17 percent - with deputy McDonald down 4 points to 44.

    The paper's Political Editor Stephen O'Brien says Fianna Fail have improved the most, narrowing the gap with Fine Gael.


  • A new opinion poll suggests Sinn Féin is now the most popular opposition party.

    A Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes poll of 935 people  shows Sinn Fein up 3 points to 24 percent, overtaking Fianna Fail who are down 2 to 23.

    While A Red C / Sunday Business Post poll of a thousand adults reveals has Fine Gael ahead on 34 percent, followed by Fianna Fail on 25, but it also shows an increase for Sinn Fein - up 2, to 16 points.

    Sunday Times' Political Editor Stephen O'Brien believes the Government has taken a hit over the Cervical Check Scandal.

  • People should take a look at the alternative budget proposed by Sinn Fein and judge it on its own merits.

    That’s according to Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh.

    She says that despite criticism from Government, this is a fully costed budget that the party feels addresses some of the main concerns facing the country at present.

    Senator Conway-Walsh says that they would look to tackle the housing crisis, beds in hospitals and waiting lists amongst other concerns, by taxing various outlets.

    She says she has also highlighted a number of issues in Mayo that deserve priority funding.

  • Sinn Fein has seen a rise in support in the latest opinion poll.

    The Business Post Red C poll shows the party's up three points to 30 per cent.

    Fine Gael's dropped four points but remains the most popular party in the country on 33 per cent.

    Fianna Fail's up one point to 12 per cent, while the Green Party is down one on 5 per cent.

    The Social Democrats are on 4 per cent while Solidarity-People Before Profit are at 3 - that's a rise of 1 for both parties.

    There's no change for Labour on 3 per cent, Aontu's on 2 and Independents are at 8 per cent.

    The poll of 1,000 people was taken between November 19th and 25th.

  • Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has confirmed she was diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

    She was tested on March 28th and got the results back yesterday.

    She said she is no longer infected or infectious , but has had a setback in her recovery - developing post-viral pleurisy in her right lung.

    She says she is responding well to medication and expects to be back at work next Monday.

    McDonald has appealed to people to stay home and stay safe - saying "you do not want to get this virus".


  • Sinn Féin is accusing Fianna Fáil of arrogance and disregarding the view of the electorate.

    Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin yesterday ruled out a coalition between his party and Sinn Féin.

    But he did say that he'd enter talks with other parties, which keeps a grand coalition with Fine Gael on the cards.

    Sinn Féin's Eoin Ó Broin says all political parties have a duty to respect the decision of the Irish people:

  • Sinn Fein's calling on the Government not to sign up to a draft trade deal between the EU and South American countries.

    The Mercosur agreement would allow them to export up to 99 thousand tonnes of beef into Europe.

    The party's agriculture spokesperson Martin Kenny says it would have a devastating impact on Irish farmers.

    Deputy Kenny says the state must prevent the deal from going through.

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    The Government’s National Development Plan and National Planning Framework are expected to be published next week.

    Ministers are still negotiating with the Finance Minister Paschal Donohue ahead of the publication of the 115 billion euro development plan, which will outline capital development plans over the coming years.

    Mayo Sinn Fein Councillor Gerry Murray is calling on Fianna Fail to use their veto to ensure that rural Ireland gets its fair share of infrastructure under the plan – with funding for Knock Airport, the Western Rail Corridor and rural broadband among other projects.

  • An information evening will take place in Bangor Erris on Thursday April 11th in relation to Broadband in the area.

    The event is being organised by Sinn Fein Cllr. Teresa Whelan along with Stephen Carolan who is the Broadband manager for County Mayo.

    Cllr. Whelan says she is hopeful that there is positive news on the horizon in relation to Broadband in the Erris region.

    The information evening takes place in Bangor Parish Hall on Thursday April 11th at 7.30pm.

  • Pensions for local authority workers should be funded by central Government, rather than by local councils  - that's the view of Castlebar-based Sinn Fein Councillor Joe McHale.

    It emerged at Mayo County Council's Budget meeting this week that pensions are costing Mayo County Council €6.5 million this year, rising to €7 million in 2019, with some 500 people currently in receipt of pensions from the Mayo authority.

    Councillor Joe McHale says pensions contributions for new entrants to the local authority are now being funded by central Government and he believes legislation should be introduced to ensure the pensions currently being funded by local authorities would come from central funding also.

  • Sinn Féin is the most popular party in the country according to the latest opinion poll.

    Mary Lou McDonald's party has overtaken Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to be in poll position just days out from voting.

    This latest Ipsos/MRBI poll for the Irish Times shows Sinn Fein surging into first place with 25 per cent of the vote.

    That's up 4 per cent on the last poll and leaves them two clear of Fianna Fáil, which is down two.

    Fine Gael has fallen to a clear third, down three to 20 per cent.

    The poll of 1,200 voters was taken last Thursday, Friday and Saturday and has a margin of error of 2.8 per cent.

    It has the Greens on 8 per cent and Labour on 4, with Independents and others taking 20 per cent of the vote.

  • Sinn Féin Party President Mary Lou McDonald is in Mayo today to fulfil a number of engagements in Claremorris and Castlebar. 

    She will meet with businesses, organisations, campaign groups and families to discuss challenges they are facing and propose solutions.  

    Mary Lou McDonald has being telling Midwest News that today they will setting out their stall for the local and European Elections.

  • Sinn Fein says the Rockall Row is posing a risk to the livelihoods of the Irish Fishing community.

    It comes as an escalation this weekend sees Ireland and Scotland standing toe-to-toe over fishing rights around the tiny disputed rock in the North Atlantic.  

    Donegal TD Pearse Doherty says the Government's got to stand full square behind its fishing fleet.

  • Sinn Fein selected the candidates it will be running in the upcoming local elections in Mayo yesterday afternoon in the TF Royal Theatre Castlebar.

    The party has chosen a candidate to run in each of 5 Municipal District areas in the county, a selection convention for the new Westport Municipal District will take place at a later date.

    Sitting Claremorris councillor Gerry Murray is the party’s selected candidate for the new Swinford  Electoral area.

    Sitting Castlebar councillor Joe McHale is on the party ticket for the new seven seater Castlebar Municipal District .

    Sitting West Mayo councillor Teresa Whelan will contest the new 3 seater Belmullet electoral area.

    While the party has two new candidates to contest Claremorris and Ballina Municipal Districts.

    Natasha Ward will run under the Sinn Fein banner in the Claremorris Municipal District, while Michael Regan is the party’s choice for the new 6 seater Ballina Municipal District

  • Sinn Fein says they will announce the party's candidate for the Presidential election on the 16th September.

    The party is holding its annual two-day think-in in Cavan today and tomorrow, ahead of the start of the new Dáil term.

    Sinn Fein confirmed earlier that they will put down a motion of no confidence in the Housing Minster Eoghan Murphy when the Dáil returns, in response to the ongoing homelessness crisis -  a motion which Fianna Fail says it won't support.

     Mayo Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says the forthcoming Presidential election is also being discussed, and while the party will not announce its candidate until 16th September, it's unlikely to be former party president Gerry Adams...