Families need better childcare support says Gallagher

Increased supports for middle-income families are needed in this year’s budget according to Senator Robbie Gallagher. “The cost of childcare is still a huge issue for many families and are a huge factor in preventing many women from entering or returning to the workforce. “The Single Affordable Childcare scheme has failed to live up to… Continue reading Families need better childcare support says Gallagher

Government not prioritising rural Ireland for jobs – Gallagher

Border Region particularly neglected in terms of FDI job promotion says Senator The Governments assertion that it is supporting the creation of new and well paid jobs and investment outside of the capital is mere rhetoric according to Senator Robbie Gallagher. Senator Gallagher was speaking after a Parliamentary Question reply to Fianna Fail from the… Continue reading Government not prioritising rural Ireland for jobs – Gallagher

FF Bill to speed up the refurbishment of vacant homes – Gallagher

A new Bill introduced by Fianna Fail will help speed up the refurbishment of thousands of vacant older buildings in older in cities and town centres according to Senator Robbie Gallagher. The ‘Vacant Housing Refurbishment Bill 2017’ establishes a special planning and building control approval process in each planning authority. It will enable the expedited… Continue reading FF Bill to speed up the refurbishment of vacant homes – Gallagher

Budget 2018 funding needed to protect Irish businesses exposed to Brexit – Gallagher

Funding allocated to enterprise agencies just isn’t enough to protect Irish exporters and businesses from the threats posed by Brexit according to Senator Robbie Gallagher who has joined his party colleagues in calling for additional funding to be allocated to enterprise agencies in Budget 2018. “Recently, we welcomed the announcement of €6.7m in additional funding… Continue reading Budget 2018 funding needed to protect Irish businesses exposed to Brexit – Gallagher

Housing Crisis is a National Scandal says Gallagher

Senator Robbie Gallagher has echoed Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin in branding the Government’s ongoing failure to make any progress on tackling the housing crisis as a national scandal. His comments follow confirmation that 2,973 children are now homeless in Ireland. “We are experiencing an unprecedented housing crisis. Surging homelessness, a collapse in social housing… Continue reading Housing Crisis is a National Scandal says Gallagher

OECD report proves need for mental health supports in schools – Gallagher Teachers must be allocated time, training & resources to promote positive mental health says Senator

Senator Robbie Gallagher, FF Spokesperson for Education in Seanad Eireann and member of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills says the Government needs to put in place additional supports to promote wellbeing amongst students in primary and secondary schools. Senator Gallagher was speaking after the publication of a report from the Organisation for Economic… Continue reading OECD report proves need for mental health supports in schools – Gallagher Teachers must be allocated time, training & resources to promote positive mental health says Senator

Monaghan Needs Tourism State Investment says Senator Robbie Gallagher

Senator Robbie Gallagher says that Monaghan deserves state investment in tourism infrastructure in order to build up the sector in the county. Senator Gallagher was speaking after tourism body, the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC) sought €600m State investment in new attractions across the country, arguing that the State’s current capital allocation for tourism is… Continue reading Monaghan Needs Tourism State Investment says Senator Robbie Gallagher

Senator Robbie Gallagher-Teacher shortages already affecting schools. No action taken despite warnings

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education in Seanad Eireann, Senator Robbie Gallagher says that lack of action and planning by the Government to determine future teaching needs in schools is already having an effect as schools re-open for the new school year. A report on the over-supply of teachers in certain subject areas, while teacher shortages… Continue reading Senator Robbie Gallagher-Teacher shortages already affecting schools. No action taken despite warnings

HSE spends €20m on mental health agency staff – Gallagher

Senator Robbie Gallagher says that the HSE has spent over €20m on agency fees to provide mental health services in the first five months of this year.  The figure was contained in a reply to a Parliamentary Question from Fianna Fáil. “This is a huge amount of money being spent to plug gaps in services… Continue reading HSE spends €20m on mental health agency staff – Gallagher

Removal of mortgage ‘Cash Back’ offers would force proper competition on rates – Gallagher

Senator Robbie Gallagher has backed Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Finance, Michael McGrath in stating that “cash back’ offers should not be allowed in the mortgage market and lenders should be forced to compete on interest rates. “Banks are taking advantage of the lack of switching in the mortgage market by charging higher rates than are… Continue reading Removal of mortgage ‘Cash Back’ offers would force proper competition on rates – Gallagher