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*DALY CALLS FOR REVERSAL OF DECISION TO AXE YET ANOTHER PUBLIC SERVICE IN MALAHIDE
* SHOCK AS COMMUNITY WELFARE OFFICER SHUTS DOOR
Dublin North TD Clare Daly has reacted angrily to the decision of the Department of Social Protection to shut the doors of the Community Welfare Officers clinic in Malahide from Tuesday week, March 20th.
Deputy Daly has called on the Minister to pull back from the decision. She said, “Axing the community welfare officer service from Malahide, at a time when more people than ever need to avail of it, is a severe blow to families and individuals in the area and cannot be allowed to proceed. Forcing people to go to Kilbarrack to access a service that will only be open for an hour and a half, three mornings a week, is scandalous.”
She continued, “Following on from the decision to cut the Garda station opening hours and not proceeding with the Fry’s Model Railway project for the Casino, you’d begin to wonder whether the government has a vendetta against Malahide.”
“This is part of a wider problem of inadequate Social welfare services across north county Dublin. Forcing people who are unemployed to spend their limited resources on bus & train fares, or petrol going into the city centre or indeed Kilbarrack in this instance is just not on,” she said.
“Everyone remembers the election promises. It’s about time the government TDs started delivering for the area”.
* MINISTER RABBITTE REFUSES TO RESPOND TO DAMNING NEW HEALTH EVIDENCE IN RELATION TO EAST WEST INTERCONNECTOR
* DALY CALLS ON MINISTER TO ACT
Socialist Party TD Clare Daly had an angry exchange in the Dail today (07/03/2012) with Labour’s Minister Pat Rabbitte over the Minister’s refusal to intervene in relation to the fact that it has emerged that Eirgrid submitted seriously inaccurate information during the oral hearing into the East West Interconnector and the very serious potential health effects for residents, especially children.
Deputy Daly was questioning the Minister in relation to whether he was satisfied with the electro magnetic field information submitted by Eirgrid to An Bord Pleanala. She slammed his assertion that he had “no reason to believe that any relevant information in relation to EMF had been withheld or misrepresented”.
She said, “The Minister has every reason to believe that this happened. This information was brought to his attention, where Rush Community Council explained how Eirgrid had incorrectly stated during the planning process that the magnetic field would be static only. They now admit that the actual magnetic filed will have a time varying component, and that this knew this all along, but try to say that this information is insignificant.”
“This is absolutely not the case. The fact that one of the government’s own former advisor’s Professor Anthony Staines said, “It now appears that the evidence as to the induced magnetic field presented at the oral hearing was SERIOUSLY INACCURATE….. the potential adverse health effects of the cable system’s magnetic field have not been assessed..low frequency magnetic fields increase the risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, “should be the decider in the government demanding an immediate inquiry and full re-examination of the planning process.”
“That minister Rabbitte dismisses these concerns is an affront to the community of Rush. It is now up to the Minister for Health, Dublin north’s Dr. Reilly to immediately take action,” Deputy Daly said. “Failure to act is akin to criminal neglect of residents in the area and particularly children. I really hope that residents get active again and demand that Eirgrid are called to account”
PRESS STATEMENT – FEBRUARY 13th
“MILLIONS TO BE SQUANDERED ON UNNECESSARY TEAGASC KINSEALY MOVE” – SAYS DALY
“ALL FURTHER WORKS SHOULD CEASE PENDING FULL ANALYSIS”
Socialist Party TD Clare Daly has stated that the government is costing the taxpayer millions by its failure to address serious questions around the planned move of Teagasc from Kinsealy to Ashtown. She was responding to a debate she had with the Minister for Agriculture in the Dail last Thursday.
Deputy Daly said, “The Minister totally dodged the issues posed. On the one hand he said that these matters were for Teagasc to deal with and it would be inappropriate for him to interfere. On the other, when pressed he admitted that he had a role. This is just not good enough. Of course the Minister has a role. This organisation is funded from the public purse and operates under his Department. Re-iterating statements made previously by Teagasc management is not good enough. Particularly when it has been alleged that this move will cost the state millions in unnecessary expenditure for facilities that already exist in Kinsealy.
In fact contrary to what the Minister said, that combining operations will involve cost savings, everything needed exists in Kinsealy. The Minister failed to answer why €2.5 million is being spent to upgrade classrooms in the Botanic Gardens, when these classrooms already exist in Kinsealy. The practical work will have to continue in Kinsealy because the Ashtown site is too small and more land will have to be acquired. In these austere times, when budgets are being cut and ordinary people faced with vicious cuts, this is even doubly disgraceful. These matters are already before the Dail Public Accounts Committee. All further works should stop until it is fully investigated.”
She concluded, “Fine Gael & Labour promised reform. Before the election, Minister Reilly said if elected he would ensure that this move would be halted. A year on, and the sound of silence is deafening. Enough is enough. Kinsealy is the prime site for horticultural research and should be developed, rather than ridiculous waste of public money in the planned move.”