Fianna Fáil will open nationwide on Monday for local-election candidates in the Roscommon Municipal District.
The deadline for receipt of nominations is November 28th, with a selection convention likely to be held before Christmas.
The party has two councillors in the six-seat district, Orla Leyden and Paschal Fitzmaurice, who both intend standing again next May.
Constituency representative Larry Brennan has also confirmed he’ll seek a nomination, having been defeated in the 2009 and 2014 local elections.
Just 1 in 8 local children with hearing misdiagnosis sought additional school support – Naughten
Roscommon-Galway TD, Denis Naughten, has expressed surprise that just one in eight children who had their hearing loss misdiagnosed by the HSE in Roscommon and Mayo had applied to the Department of Education for additional resource support in school.
Denis Naughten was speaking following a meeting between the parents and the HSE as well as other Government agencies recently where parents were provided with details of the additional supports available from Social Welfare, the Department of Education and Skills, the HSE, and the Department of Health.
“In June the HSE apologized to 49 families in Roscommon and Mayo for serious failings in the audiology services provided to their children and as a result the HSE is now putting a team in place to assist parents with access to services and supports,” explained Deputy Naughten.
“Parents who have yet to avail of supports can do so directly through the HSE and can benefit from working with the parent support group which has been set up to assist children in obtaining the appropriate supports,” concluded DeputyNaughten.
Fianna Fáil TDs for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon and Marc MacSharry have welcomed the announcement of a dedicated Lyme disease unit in Dublin, saying that it will provide an opportunity for sufferers in Ireland to get diagnosed and treated at home. The unit, which is an initiative of Dr Jack Lambert, will be based at the Mater Hospital, Dublin. The Deputies are calling on the government to devise a strategy for Lyme disease to help the growing number of people living with the disease here.
Deputies Scanlon and MacSharry are the Co-Chairs and founders of the Oireachtas Cross Party Action Group on Lyme disease.
Deputy Scanlon said: “I welcome the announcement that a dedicated Lyme disease unit is to be established by Dr. Jack Lambert, who is the leading specialist in the area. This has been a long and frustrating road for Lyme disease sufferers and campaigners but they will now be able to avail of diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plans in Ireland,” before continuing: “While this initiative is a major step forward, it must be backed up by government acknowledgement of the seriousness of the problem. The existing service is extremely limited and the Health Minister has made no real effort to progress supports for those suffering from this debilitating condition”.
Deputy MacSharry added: “Lyme disease affects hundreds of people across this country, but many have been forced to travel abroad for diagnosis, which delays their treatment and their ability to recover. We need our health service embrace clinical diagnosis and provide adequate care pathways and social supports to patients and families dealing with what can be a life altering disease. As things stand the government is taking the path of least resistance and ignoring more proactive approach being taken in other countries. We need a whole of government approach which can oversee the introduction of a National Strategy on Lyme, which is appropriately resourced, and which can improve outcomes for those living with Lyme disease.”
Carrick-on-Shannon businessman, Fintan Cox, has confirmed that he wants to stand for Fianna Fáil in next summer’s local elections. The party’s deadline for nominations in the Carrick-on-Shannon Local Electoral Area was Friday the 2nd of November, and it is understood that a selection convention to be held before Christmas.
The Carrick-on-Shannon Local Electoral Area includes the locals of; Leitrim village, Drumsna, Mohill, and Dromod. Fianna Fáil has two existing Councillors in the area; Seán McGowan and Sinéad Guckian. It is understood that both will be seeking reelection next year.
Mr Cox, a long-time member of the party who has been very active in previous campaigns, says he wants to join the sitting councillors on the ticket next year. There has not been a strategy agreed by the party for the area yet, but he will put his name forward at convention and is hoping to be on the ticket. It is understood that his local cumann will nominate Mr Cox for convention, and he is hopeful that the delegates who attend convention will lend him their support.
It's a bit rich that Fianna Fail was being so critical of Sinn Fein last weekend, at the various count centres around the country, considering that Fianna Fail didn't even have a candidate contesting the Presidential Election but rather the powers that be at party HQ in Mount Street publicly supported a Labour — champagne socialist — candidate.
To add insult to injury this week, news emerged that Fianna Fail party leader, Micheál Martin, told a member of the party’s National Executive Sorcha McAnespy (who is a sitting Independent Councillor in the North), last April, that she will be one of the first candidates in the 2019 Local Elections in Northern Ireland for Fianna Fail. The last time Fianna Fail had an elected member in Stormont was in the 1930's representing South Down. Last week, Cllr McAnespy launched her election campaign in Tyrone, with two Fianna Fail Oireachtas members, one a TD from Galway and the other a Senator from Kerry. She successfully published the news on social media, however, Fianna Fail HQ in Dublin was quick to say that they had not confirmed any candidates in the North. The party’s Deputy Leader, Dara Calleary, took to the national airwaves to state that Fianna Fail had not confirmed any candidates for the Local Elections in Northern Ireland next year and that the party were still in talks with the SDLP in relation to the matter. It seems that there is an opening for a simple, basic communications secretary in Mount Street. It's time, methinks, to erect the "For Sale" sign at Mount Street.
Moving on to our recent Presidential Election and looking at some of the actual results from rural Limerick, and other parts of rural South Tipperary to name but a couple, we can see that Peter Casey received 45% - 55%, with Michael D. Higgins receiving 30% - 40%. Just goes to prove that the Electorate in some parts of Ireland want a candidate with 'liathróidí', who is not afraid to ‘call a spade, a spade’.
The debacle over what Peter Casey said and him being wrongly labelled as 'racist' by many, including some in the media, does not appear to have done him any harm in this area. Of course, he is in fact not at all a racist, but rather a candidate with the aforementioned 'liathróidí' who is not going to 'sit on the fence' and waffle some crap handed to them by a Doctor of Spin. Rather he says publicly what he sees, feels, and thinks, and tells the people of Ireland what most of them are already thinking.
If we look at Niamh Horan’s interview in The Sunday Independent, with Peter Casey, what she tells us is that Mr Casey has, easily, the "largest pair and least fear". This interview which was published in the Sindo was followed with a live radio interview with Miriam O'Callaghan on Today with Miriam on RTE Radio 1 on Monday morning.
To quote part of the Casey interview in the Sindo, he said: "I intend to run in the next general election in Donegal. And I am going to become a Fianna Fail TD — with a view to becoming Taoiseach at the head of a renewed and revitalised Fianna Fail."
"The Fianna Fail party was always about the people of Ireland, but I believe the party has lost its way in recent years and lost this position, as the party that listens to the ordinary people of Ireland and represents their concerns.”
"I want to be the one that leads Fianna Fail back to its natural home as the party of the people, to get it back on track and to get the party listening again to the real people, to get outside of the bubble of Dublin and Leinster House and the political and media establishment"
Given the words and sentiments being expressed by Mr Casey, I can assure you that the current Fianna Fail TDs in our region, will all have to consider their positions, and decide if they will get off the fence and grow a pair. Not that they have to worry now, because the PC-Brigade (and I don’t mean the Peter Casey Brigade) have already declared that they, and Fianna Fail, will have nothing to do with Casey. The result, as you will know by now, being, that Mr Casey has declared that he will set up his own political party to take on the establishment. Martin and Co may well yet regret their decision to ignore almost one in four voters.
The twelve Fianna Fail TDs in the region are listed below. I have compared their first preference percentage votes at the last general election with the percentage of first preference votes received by Peter Casey in their constituencies.
Cavan/Monaghan - Brendan Smith 14.71% & Niamh Smyth 10.51% - CASEY 18.6%
Donegal - Charlie McConalogue 17.1% & Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher 13.91% - CASEY 32.8%
Galway East - Anne Rabbitte 15.31% - CASEY 33.3%
Galway West - Eamon O'Cuiv 14.84% - CASEY 22.8%
Longford/Westmeath - Robert Troy 21.09% - CASEY 31.6%
Mayo - Dara Calleary 14.77% & Lisa Chambers 12.93% - CASEY 31.1%
Roscommon/Galway - Eugene Murphy 14.91% - CASEY 34.5%
Sligo/Leitrim - Marc MacSharry 14.21% & Eamon Scanlon 9.42% - CASEY 26.5%
There are twelve Fianna Fail TDs in the eight constituencies in this region. My money would be on only three, and maybe four of them, actually standing up and speaking their minds on the matter of Peter Casey being involved in Fianna Fail. The remaining eight or possibly nine would see their vote share drop, in today's changing Ireland. There is a very real possibility that the fence sitters could be left out to grass. Those who, I believe, would stand up and be counted in the Fianna Fail ranks are; Charlie McConalogue, Eamon O'Cuiv, and Marc MacSharry, with the 'possible’ fourth being Anne Rabbitte. The remaining eight, in my opinion, are too much part of the political correctness brigade that has emerged in our Ireland today, these people would 'tow the party line' and continue to 'sit on the fence'. Only time will tell...
Next Thursday, 15th November, in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon from 7 pm, local women are invited to question, debate and discuss at a free event, ‘Smashing the Status Quo’
Female TDs and Councillors from the Roscommon, Longford, and Westmeath will share information about their journeys into politics. The event is a joint initiative of the Roscommon Women’s Network newest group, the Roscommon Women’s Manifesto Group (RWMG) and Longford Women’s Manifesto Group. Both groups aim to help women become more politically aware.
The evening, which promises insight and entertainment, will be compered by Roscommon Herald editor, Christina McHugh. On the panel will be former Westmeath TD, Mary O’Rourke, who was the only female Minister in Charlie Haughey’s 1987 cabinet and has spoken openly about having to deal with boyish behaviour through-out her career. Senators Maura Hopkins and Gabrielle McFadden will also be joined by Councillors: Orla Leyden, Valerie Byrne, Kathleen Shanagher, as well as Nora Fahy and Claire Kirrane.
Maria Harris, Development Worker with Roscommon Women’s Network and a member of the RWMG, has led the organisation of the event. Speaking about how the idea for the event came about, she said: “We wanted to host an event that was free to all women to attend and gain a real insight into these women’s lives in politics. It’s the aim of the Roscommon Women’s Manifesto Group to educate, encourage, and empower women to seek out opportunities to bring their voice to the decision-making table. It’s over a year since our group’s foundation and being that we’re also celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote this year it seemed fitting that we ask our local representatives to present their journeys, warts and all. We’re delighted they have accepted our invitation and I’m excited to learn from their experiences.”
To register your attendance email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Roscommon Women’s Network for more details: 094 962 1690/ 087 407 3321
Well two weeks on and the people of Ireland are still talking about the aftermath of our presidential election!
The 'What if?', The 'sure t’was a sympathy vote', The 'sure the media got their man in.... again' etc.
In the Sunday Independent a few days ago, Mammy of Ireland, Mary O'Rourke wrote an 'open letter' to Peter Casey, mainly telling him why he shouldn't even think about becoming a Fianna Fáil TD, as Fianna Fáil are okay, and don't need him at present, but Peter, rather should contest the forthcoming General Election as an Independent Candidate.
Mammy's, 'open letter's is published top of the page above an article by Peter Casey, telling the people of Ireland, 'My vision for Fianna Fáil'
The placing of both pieces, one, in priority, on top, of the other, is cunning positioning by team Sindo.
In Peter's piece the why and where, Fianna Fáil has gone astray, going into detail on such issues as, housing and middle Ireland, the education system, Brexit, children and bullying online, church reform.
It's a good, well written piece, as is Mammy's piece, both well worth reading, but in particular, Mr Casey's piece.
To revert back to the positioning of both pieces, and the strength and power our media possess and how they control how we think, how we vote, and, almost what we do, day to day.
For example, let us go back to the previous presidential election we had in October 2011. The first Candidate out of the blocks back then was David Norris, who declared in June that he was looking for the nomination. He was the sole Candidate for nearly 7 weeks, and was gaining popularity each and every day for the first five weeks, so much so that it looked like he would be a 'shoe-in' for the Aràs.
Our media got worried and out of the blue some bad press, for the first time appeared on Mr Norris. So much so, he was forced to withdraw his name.
Then we had Sean Gallagher, Mary Davies, Dana, Martin McGuinness, (R.I.P.), and Gay Mitchell, with the 'dogs on the street' telling us that Michael D Higgins may also join the race.
After another three weeks and with the Sinn Fein candidate gaining some serious polarity across the country and indeed across the board, some became worried again.... Sinn Fein in the Aràs for the centenary of the Easter Rising. So, step in, again, our media, and they persuade Mr Norris to re-enter the race! And David gladly obliged.
Now we had Michael D On the ticket, and lo and behold, with only three weeks to Polling Day, we have Sean Gallagher in Poll Position to become Ireland's next President.... Wait a minute, was muttered by those in cloaks... We can't allow this... So, our media once again came to save the day and we all remember the Pat Kenny Frontline Debate and of course, the Twitter Machine.
Game over for Mr Gallagher, who was on 44% in the Polls, before the broadcast, and Aràs an Uachtaran for Mr Higgins, who was on 29% in the Polls before the programme.
This is the power of our media and the new, PC, (not Peter Casey, but Political Correctness!), Brigade, we listen to, read and watch every day in today's Ireland.
For the record, the 1st Preference Votes for each of the 7 Candidates were:
Michael D. Higgins - 39.6%
Sean Gallagher - 28.5%
Martin McGuinness - 13.7%
Gay Mitchell - 6.4%
David Norris - 6.2%
Dana - 2.9%
Mary Davies - 2.7%
The moral of this story is, "Use your own mind, and let no one decide for you"
Following on from last week's piece on Sorcha McAnespy, the Independent Councillor in Fermanagh/Tyrone, (she had previously been a Sinn Fein Councillor), and her election campaign launch in Omagh a few weeks ago, which was attended and supported by Senator Mark Daly, (Fianna Fáil - Kerry), Spokesperson on European Affairs for his Party, along with Deputy Eamon O'Cuiv, (Fianna Fáil - Galway West), Spokesperson on The Gaelteacht & Rural Affairs), which the hierarchy at FF HQ on Mount Street reacted to by going on our National Airwaves denying that Cllr. McAnespy would be the first Fianna Fáil Candidate, since the 1930's, in Northern Ireland's next year’s Local Elections.
Last week Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin sacked Senator Daly from his position as their Seanad Spokesperson on European Affairs.
And we have yet to see what punishment Deputy Martin will serve upon Deputy O'Cuiv, who is, as we know the Grandson of the Founder of Fianna Fáil, Eamon de Valera.
But sources close to the Party are saying that Senator Daly hoodwinked Deputy O'Cuiv into attending Cllr. McAnespy’s campaign alunch, and may even have collected the Deputy in Galway, as the Senator headed for Omagh. So, Deputy O'Cuiv may get off the hook this time, with a stern slap on the wrists by deputy leader of Fianna Fáil, Deputy Dara Calleary, who was most vocal about Cllr McAnespy’s launch.
Once again, another complete fiasco at Mount Street, something which we have become well accustomed to in recent years.
I am certain that, the late, Eamon de Valera is 'spinning in his grave’, and not for the first time.
Is there a for sale sign erected at Mount Street yet?
Answers on a postcard, to.......
I am shocked by the number of TDs who call for a speedy passage of the Abortion Bill through the Dáil using the excuse ‘the people are sovereign’. This Bill is an unrestricted charter for the wholesale abortion of Irish unborn children.
TD’s must bear in mind that there are limits to ‘democracy’ and limits to ‘freedom’. One person’s freedoms cannot impose undue burdens upon other persons. The establishment of new rights for some people is not legitimate if they become burdensome duties for other people. One person’s rights cannot become another person’s duty. One person’s liberty stops where another person’s liberty begins.
TD’s are responsible for implementing this principal. Legislators do not have a right to simply grant freedoms, they can only recognize freedoms when those freedoms do not impose undue burdens on other groups and it is incumbent on legislators to identifying any potential undue burdens that may arise in this process.
It’s not acceptable for legislators to say “we are only implementing the will of the people”. Legislators are responsible for preventing the “tyranny of the majority”. Even if of 66% of people vote to allow a choice to kill by abortion legislators cannot allow the majority to impose on the minority such undue burdens. Abortion – the freedom granted to abort places an undue burden on the baby to die. The fact that the victim cannot defend himself or herself does not negate their natural right to life.
Such proposals should not be put to a vote for the same reason that the government should prohibit a ballot that would allow ethnic cleansing – driving ethnic minorities out of the country – legalizing eugenics or euthanasia – depriving minorities of property rights or allowing a private army to persecute sections of society. The referendum on abortion touted by many as a democratic exercise was in fact a perversion of democracy, an abomination of justice.
All members of the human family possess in themselves by virtue of their existence alone the inalienable rights of life, liberty, including freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom of association etc. as outlined in Articles 40 to 44 of our constitution.
No government gives inalienable rights and no government can take them away without making a mockery of justice. The most fundamental bedrock of all is THE RIGHT TO LIFE. While there are individual and enlightened TDs in the Dáil who try to uphold this right, it is shocking that there is no political party in the Dáil that does so.
No Government – No Citizens assembly – No Court - & No Referendum of the people can justly remove inalienable rights from any section of the human family. Unjust laws are not laws but are a perversion of law. In the case of severe injustice which will be meted out on a daily basis to unborn babies, tolerance is not justifiable. Unjust laws cannot be accepted out of respect for the Dáil, the courts or the will of the people expressed by a majority of voters. Not alone do we have a right to oppose unjust laws we have a moral duty to do so.
Saying “we are only implementing the will of the people”. is not only perverting democracy it is also a crime against justice. Minimum justice is based on the ethical principle’ first do no harm’. Civil authorities who use their powers unjustly undermine their very own legitimacy. Hand wringing and hand washing in public saying ‘the people have spoken’, ‘we must respect the will of the people’ is capitulation at best but in reality, it is cooperating to end the life of little babies.
It has been confirmed that at least four candidates will contest the selection convention for Fianna Fáil in the Boyle Municipal District, which includes the bulk of North County Roscommon encompassing Boyle, Strokestown, and Ballaghaderreen. Sitting councillors Rachel Doherty, John Cummins, and Joe Murphy each have secured the five nominations required to go forward. It is understood that Ballaghaderreen’s Aidan Sampey will also seek support at the party’s selection convention. At the time of going to print, no date had been set for the convention. It is expected that Fianna Fáil will choose to stand three candidates in the electoral area, but such a strategy will undoubtedly run the risk of the party losing one of the existing three seats. The town of Ballaghaderreen, which was traditionally a stronghold for Fianna Fail, has now been five years with-out an elected representative for the party in the town. If the party do not at least field a candidate from that general area, it is likely their first preference vote will drop so significantly that their runners may well lose out to other high-profile candidates on transfers. For the last number of weeks Selina Galvin, a businesswoman from Tulsk, has been mooted as a possible candidate for Fianna Fail in the area. However, earlier this week Ms Galvin confirmed she would not be seeking a nomination due to time commitments elsewhere.
In the midst of this presidential election everyone is talking about (tongue firmly in cheek), Fianna Fail have their gaze set on an all more important prize than the highest office in the land. The Fianna Fail organization in Roscommon have letters out seeking nominations for next summer’s local election. Nominations for candidates to contest the selection convention in the Boyle Local Electoral Area must be returned to Fianna Fail headquarters by 5 pm on the 30th of October.
Rumour has it, that former parliamentary assistant to Eugene Murphy TD, Selina Galvin, has secured the five nominations she requires to contest the convention, should she choose to use them. The extremely capable businesswoman and community activist is a well-known member of Fianna Fail and has been for some years now. She is a bright, dynamic, and competent operator and will be a serious contender if she chooses to go forward.
It is understood that Patsy Feehily, a mechanic from Strokestown and life-long friend of Eugene Murphy, has opted not to put his name forward at convention. However, PJ Murray, also from Strokestown, is understood to be open to receiving a nomination, but has not yet been actively canvassing. Sitting county councillor, Joe Murphy, is assumed to have the requisite nominations also.
Fianna Fail’s John Cummins (Boyle), Rachel Doherty (Cootehall), and Joe Murphy (Strokestown) currently hold three of the six seats in the Boyle Municipal District, making it the strongest party in the area. The other seats are held by; Fine Gael councillor Liam Callaghan (Castlerea), Sinn Fein councillor Michael Mulligan (Ballaghaderreen), and independent councillor Valerie Byrne (Elphin).
Fianna Fail may well adopt a multi-candidate strategy in the greater Strokestown area in order to ensure they retain their foothold in the area, which may see Joe Murphy joined on the ticket. Fianna Fail will certainly have to run a candidate from the Ballaghaderreen area also, given that they have no sitting councillor in that part of the municipal district. Given this, it may be possible that Fianna Fail would run five candidates in the expectation of securing three seats. That’s assuming that they realise that they cannot increase their seat count in the electoral area. If they do adopt this strategy, Ms Galvin is perfectly positioned to run along with candidates in Strokestown and Ballaghaderreen.