A Week in Politics, Local and Away Up There

Danny Healy Rae, TD. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Danny Healy Rae, TD. ©Photograph: John Reidy

A note from Danny Healy Rae, TD highlights his continuing efforts to right what he calls the Fair Deal Anomoly – the implementation of which he knows is putting families under unfair financial pressure.

“I’m glad after all my requests and demands since being elected to Dáil Éireann last year that at last the Government seems to be prepared to address the Fair Deal Scheme anomaly,” said Deputy Healy Rae.

Un-Fair Deal Scheme

“This arose as almost a quarter of the value of the farm or of a small family business, such as a shop or pub, was demanded as payment as part of the Fair Deal Scheme in Nursing Homes.

“It often meant that the families were forced to sell the farm/business or be prepared to take on the burden of a massive loan which put unfair pressure on their finances.
“I’m again asking the Government not to waste any more time and to progress the new scheme as soon as possible,” said Deputy Healy Rae.

Mixed Grill for Monday’s Council Meeting
The next ordinary meeting of Kerry County Council will be held in the council chamber, County Buildings, Tralee on the coming Monday, January 23rd commencing at 2:30pm.

Trump that: No one will in Kilrush and his business interests there draw tourists on its own. ©Photograph: John Reidy
President Trump already has a foothold in Co. Clare as this signpost in Kilrush points to his business interests there. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Here are some notable and local notices of motion in the order they are to be taken. Only here will you find old bridges, new presidents, slurry spreading and dog fouled public amenities mixing freely in open debate. The number preceding the name in the following list simply denotes where the motion is in the order of business.

3. Cllr. Bobby O’Connell: “That the TII provide a new bridge at Dysart on the N23.” 8. Cllr. Norma Moriarty: “That we in Kerry County Council will not allow any move towards staffless libraries under any guise including the misleading idea that automation will allow for longer opening times. The importance of actual

librarians is far more important than any such automation.” 11. Cllr. Jim Finucane: “That a social responsibility levy be placed on banks and financial institutions to protect our citizens into the future.” 10. Cllr. Robert Beasley: “That Kerry County Council take immediate action in relation to the scourge of dog foul on our streets, our footpaths and our walkways. The situation in Ballybunion is completely out of control and this applies to other towns and villages in North Kerry as well. It is a terrible indictment of the people walking their dogs in these areas.” 15. Cllr. Johnny Healy-Rae: “That Kerry County Council increase its efforts to eliminate the current unacceptable levels of dog foul in civic and tourist areas.”

18. Cllr. Damien Quigg: “That this Council write to both Minister Simon Coveney and Minister Michael Noonan asking them to use powers under the NAMA Act 2009

to make properties available to house the homeless.” 17. Cllr. Johnny Healy-Rae: “What does Kerry County Council intend to do about the extraordinary levies that are attached to planning permissions and the difference of levies depending where the planning permission is.” 26. Cllr. Dan McCarthy: “To ask Kerry County Council to write to the Minister of Transport to introduce some form of subsidy or tax relief for hackney or taxis working in rural areas.”

22. Cllr. Thomas McEllistrim:  “That Kerry County Council send a congratulations letter to the new President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump and to also invite him to visit County Kerry.” 21. Cllr. Niall Kelleher: “Kerry County Council has actively encouraged and promoted the renewal of dog licences online, therefore removing the much needed

business from local Post Offices. I call on the Council to make every effort to promote doing business in local Post Offices to maintain these vital services. How much does Kerry County Council collect in the above mentioned dog licences. Please provide figures for the last 5 years.” 25. Cllr. Bobby O’Connell:  “That Kerry County Council ensure it applies for the New EU free WIFI Initiative known as WIFI 4 EU, which is scheduled for launch in the first half of 2017. The Scheme will deliver free internet access in parks, public buildings, villages and towns with funding coming from the EU Connecting Europe Programme. A total of €120m will be provided for the initial roll out.” 24. Cllr. Michael Gleeson:

“That the Council would ensure through its Beach Bye Laws that Beach Dune Bike Racing is strictly prohibited as the fragile nature of the County’s coastal sand dunes would be further devastated by that pursuit.” 32. Cllr. Johnny Healy-Rae: “That Kerry County Council write to the Department of Agriculture highlighting the foolish carry on of having a date of the 15th of January set before you can spread slurry. There could be great weather before that date but you can’t spread. There could be constant rain after this date and you can spread all you want. Surely the farmer is the best judge of this.” 28. Cllr. Séamus Fitzgerald:  “Does Kerry County Council intend to bring forward plans to reduce the

Development levies especially those that are charged to residential houses and extensions.” 30. Cllr. Toireasa Ferris: “That Kerry County Council calls on the Government to apply for a Presidential Decree that would allow Ibrahim Hilawi continue his detention in Ireland.” 35. Cllr. Thomas McEllistrim:  “To call on Kerry County Council to appoint a Social Worker position which would be of huge benefit in the Housing and Social Support Services Department of Kerry County Council.” 36. Cllr. Michael O’Shea: “To ask the Minister for Education to propose the replacement of the ordinary school bag with a more appropriate system where children can use bags with wheels to prevent possible spinal problems thereafter or as they grow.”

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