Motion on North South interconnector passes in the Seanad

Motion on North South interconnector passes in the Seanad   – Calls for an independent report into the cost of undergrounding the project backed by Senators – Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher says the Government must take action to analyse the real cost of undergrounding the North-South interconnector.  A Fianna Fáil motion calling for an… Continue reading Motion on North South interconnector passes in the Seanad

Govt Needs to Move on Vacant Properties to Ease Housing Crisis – Gallagher

– Almost 9,500 vacant units available across Cavan and Monaghan –  Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher says the Government must start prioritising vacant properties as a means of easing the homelessness and housing crisis.  According to the latest CSO figures for 2016, there are 9,476 vacant units across Cavan and Monaghan, while data from the… Continue reading Govt Needs to Move on Vacant Properties to Ease Housing Crisis – Gallagher

SENATOR GALLAGHER CALLS FOR TOURISM PROMOTION TO RURAL AREAS

This afternoon in the Seanad I spoke on Statements on Transport and Tourism with Minister Shane Ross. I addressed the need to promote rural areas such as Monaghan and Cavan as tourist destinations seeing as it has easy access from Dublin with many facilities to offer. It is no secret that border counties have already… Continue reading SENATOR GALLAGHER CALLS FOR TOURISM PROMOTION TO RURAL AREAS

WATCH: Senator Gallagher calls on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to provide urgent funding

On 7th February, Senator Gallagher called upon the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to provide funding to continue work on the Monaghan to Emyvale N2 Road as soon as possible. The current position in relation to Phase 3 of the Emyvale to Monaghan Scheme is that €600,000 was allocated in 2016 for land acquisition and… Continue reading WATCH: Senator Gallagher calls on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to provide urgent funding

WATCH: SENATOR GALLAGHER CALLS ON THE MINISTER OF HEALTH TO REMEDY AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIME DELAYS

Senator Gallagher has called on the Minister for health to make a commitment that the delays in ambulance response times be remedied.  It is vital that the Ambulance services in Monaghan/Cavan are those that people can have full confidence in and the delays in response are greatly affecting this confidence. Ambulance response times in the… Continue reading WATCH: SENATOR GALLAGHER CALLS ON THE MINISTER OF HEALTH TO REMEDY AMBULANCE RESPONSE TIME DELAYS

Monaghan passport office could cater for increased demand on services – Gallagher

– Tens of thousands of applications made since Brexit vote – Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher has called on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to examine the possibility of locating a new passport office in Co. Monaghan to cater for the increased demand for Irish passports, particularly from people living in Northern Ireland. The Senator… Continue reading Monaghan passport office could cater for increased demand on services – Gallagher

Border Region investment continues to suffer under FG – Gallagher

– Latest figures reveal only 5 IDA site visits made in 2015 and 2016 –

Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher says Fine Gael is failing to kick start the economy of border counties in favour of investment in the Greater Dublin Region.
New figures released to Fianna Fáil reveal that there have only been 5 IDA site visits to Cavan and Monaghan in 2015 and 2016.  In contrast, there were 446 visits in Co. Dublin over the same period.
Senator Gallagher explained, “These figures confirm something that people in Cavan and Monaghan are well aware of.  There has been a complete vacuum of investment in the border counties over the past 5 years, and this pattern is continuing under the new Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor.  It is blatantly obvious that the Government is solely focused on attracting investment to Dublin and the surrounding commuter counties, while allowing the regions to lag behind.
“Counties like Cavan and Monaghan have been all but ignored by the IDA.  There have only been 4 site visits to Co. Monaghan over the past 2 years.  Cavan fares worse – it has only had one visit in 2016 and none at all in 2015.  These figures speak for themselves.
“Only last year 140 people lost their jobs when the Bose factory in Carrickmacross closed.  Despite meetings with then Minister Richard Bruton to seek alternative investors that site still remains empty.   I wrote to Minister Mitchell O’Connor last month asking her to visit the facility and meet with local representatives but no date has been forthcoming.
“This Government appears content to ignore this region.  Not only is economic investment well below what’s needed, but essential services like broadband are among the worst in the country.  Fine Gael and their Government partners need to get serious about investing in the rural economy. Without dedicated job creation initiatives, communities will continue to decline, and young people will leave to go and work in larger towns and cities.
“We need a whole of Government approach to the regions. Quality broadband and attracting investment to the regions go hand in hand.  No amount of Government spin will change the fact that not enough is being done”, concluded Senator Gallagher.

 

Senator Gallagher calls on Minister to provide support package for Irish Mushroom Industry

On the 15th of November I discussed the need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to immediately provide a special support package through the Common Agricultural Policy market support measures to the affected providers in the Irish mushroom industry for whom the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union… Continue reading Senator Gallagher calls on Minister to provide support package for Irish Mushroom Industry

Broadband survey comes as no surprise to consumers in Monaghan – Gallagher

Broadband survey comes as no surprise to consumers in Monaghan – Gallagher – Reports reveal county has some of the worst broadband speeds in the country – Fianna Fáil Senator Robbie Gallagher says he’s unsurprised by the latest reports on broadband speeds, which have found that Monaghan is one of the worst served counties in… Continue reading Broadband survey comes as no surprise to consumers in Monaghan – Gallagher