Carthy to host Western Rail Corridor public meeting in Athenry this Thursday

Carthy to host Western Rail Corridor public meeting in Athenry this Thursday

The potential European funding available for the Western Rail Corridor will be explored at an important public meeting in Athenry on Thursday evening, hosted by Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands North West Matt Carthy.

The meeting, entitled: ‘The Western Rail Corridor – Can EU Funding get Athenry on track?’ will feature contributions from the European Parliament member, along with Louis O’Hara, Cllr. Gerry Murray and members of community group FLAG (Forward Looking Athenry Group) who believe the Western Rail Corridor can bring much needed investment and tourism opportunities to the Athenry area.

Mr Carthy will give an update on the current situation with the Western Rail Corridor and will outline potential EU funding streams for the project.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Carthy said: ‘I would encourage everyone in the Athenry area to come along and support the campaign for the Western Rail Corridor, which was included on the EU’s 10 T map, a core travel network identified as priorities by the EU institutions for connectivity between and within EU member states.

‘We managed to secure overwhelming support from MEPs right across Europe in a vote for the Western Rail Corridor to be included in the core network list. Being included on this list means that governments and regional authorities are able to draw down funding and support from the EU.

‘But during negotiations with the EU Council, which the Irish government was party to, the Western Rail Corridor was removed from the core network list. There has been no explanation for this, but it’s only in the last few weeks that Transport Minister Shane Ross has written to the EU Commission asking for the Western Rail Corridor to be put back on the core network projects list – just months away from a general election here.

‘There has been utter failure from successive governments to commit to the Western Rail Corridor, but the door is now open to EU funding, which will be crucial in getting this much-needed train network up and running’.

The ‘Western Rail Corridor – Can EU Funding get Athenry on track?’ meeting takes place on Thursday December 12 at 8pm in Athenry Town Hall.

Measures urgently required to deliver meaningful Beef price increase – Matt Carthy MEP

Measures urgently required to deliver meaningful Beef price increase – Matt Carthy MEP

 

The Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has reiterated his party’s call for urgent measures to be put in place that will secure a meaningful price increase for Beef Farmers.

 

The Monaghan based representative was speaking this week as IFA protests continued at retailer & distribution centres and following the publication of figures from the Beef Price Index reveal that Irish prices are 50c/kg behind the price in Britain.  Carthy also described the price increased announced by ABP last Friday as ‘minimal and wholly insufficient’.

 

Matt Carthy said: “I welcome the fact that the Beef Taskforce is up and running. The lifting of injunctions related to the summer beef protests is also to be welcomed but were too late in coming to secure any good will among the farming community.

 

“The images of further farm protests this week show that the fundamentals of the beef sector remain imbalanced and unfair, farmers continue to operate at a loss and this is entirely unsustainable.  Farmers, and the communities that depend on them, need a substantial and realistic increase in the base price they receive.  The small increase announced by ABP is minimal and wholly insufficient.

 

“The Beef Price Index has indicated that prices secured by Irish farmers are 20c/kg behind the EU average (€80 per animal) and 50c/kg behind British prices (€180 per animal).  This is happening in a scenario where Irish beef is among the best in the world.

 

“The differences in the prices secured by Irish family farmers with their counterparts across Europe is the difference between our farmers surviving or being forced out of business.

 

“The price discrepancies point to margin manipulation by both factories and retailers.  Big money is being made from Irish beef but it is not going to the primary producers.  Instead, retailers and factories are making a killing and it is little wonder that farmers have felt that they have no choice but to take to the picket lines.

 

“If the Beef Task Force is to deliver then it needs to quickly ensure the removal of arbitrary rules such as the 30-month upper age limit and the four-movement restriction which simply serve to distort the position of the farmer in the market chain.

 

“Fundamentally, transparency throughout the supply chain is required so that the public can see directly who is making a profit from beef and who is being ripped off.  That is what Sinn Féin’s Beef Price Transparency Bill seeks to deliver by providing such transparency to not only farmers but for consumers too.  I am calling on both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to support our legislation to order to give farmers a level playing field.

 

“In the meantime Sinn Féin will continue to support those farmers who participate in protests aimed at highlighting the inequalities they face and we will join them in demanding a fair price structure for our family farmers”.

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Carthy invites public to bring stories of Insurance Rip-offs to public meeting with Pearse Doherty this evening

Carthy invites public to bring stories of Insurance Rip-offs to public meeting with Pearse Doherty this evening

 

Local Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has urged a large attendance at the public meeting on Insurance reform which will be addressed by his party’s Finance Spokesperson, Pearse Doherty, tonight, Thursday 28th November, at 8pm in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan.

This is the latest in a series of campaign events that Deputy Doherty has held across the state in his bid to reform the insurance industry and end the rip-off of individuals, businesses and families.

Pearse Doherty has been to the forefront of highlighting the practises of the insurance industry which rip off many families and have actually resulted in the closure of several businesses.  Several of his contributions in the Oireachas Finance committee have ‘gone viral’ as it had insurance executives on the ropes with probing questions.  Most recently a clip of Deputy Doherty exposing misleading statements from the insurance industry in the Oireachtas Finance committee has been watched by tens of thousands of Facebook and Youtube viewers.

Tonight’s meeting in the Four Seasons will be addressed by Pearse Doherty who will outline his full proposals to tackle the extortionate costs of insurance throughout the state for businesses and ordinary consumers.  The meeting will also be attended by local Sinn Féin representatives Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD and Matt Carthy MEP.  Crucially the meeting will provide an opportunity for people in Monaghan to tell their own stories of interactions with the insurance industry and to give their own perspective as to how it can be addressed.

Speaking this week Matt Carthy called for a large attendance:

“Insurance costs have become extortionate, ripping off consumers and closing down businesses.  Since 2016 Fine Gael have sat back in the face of rising insurance costs while Fianna Fáil have let them off the hook.

“The insurance industry tells us that fraudulent claims and the cost of personal injury awards are causing premiums to rise.  But through the work of Pearse Doherty we know that their figures don’t add up.  Despite the total number of motor insurance claims reducing by 22% between 2014 and 2017, the average motor insurance premium has increased by 53% between 2013 and 2017.

“Premiums are rising.  The only other thing that is rising are insurance company profits.  Pearse Doherty is leading a campaign to take on the industry and end the rip-off.  The policies and legislation that he has produced on behalf of Sinn Féin would stamp out fraud, protect consumers, ban price discrimination and reduce premiums for everyone.

“The issue of insurance is such a huge one and affects the lives of ordinary people and businesses alike throughout counties like Monaghan, so therefore it’s important that we see a large turn out at this event as part of Sinn Féin’s ongoing campaign to end the Insurance Rip-Off.  I urge anyone with a story to tell or a proposal to make to come along to be part of this important conversation.”

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Matt Carthy MEP: Incoming Commission a case of ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’

Matt Carthy MEP: Incoming Commission a case of ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’

 

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has confirmed that Sinn Féin MEPs voted against the appointment of Ursula von der Loyen’s College of Commissioners, stating that the incoming European Commission remains completely out of touch with the experiences of working people across the EU.

 

Speaking from Strasbourg, the Midlands North West MEP said: “This is a case of, ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’. The incoming Commission President praised the legacy of Jean-Claude confirming that, from personnel to policy, this is just more of the same at a time when the European Union requires fundamental reform.

 

“From the statements of Ms von der Loyen it is clear that her intention is to continue down the same failed path as Juncker, and she has no comprehension of the struggles facing the people of Europe.

 

“The incoming Commission President spent most of her speech to MEPs discussing the need for the EU to compete on the global stage when it comes to digitalisation and new technologies.  Most people living in the EU are not concerned about whether Europeans invent the next big thing – they are concerned about job insecurity, the relentless increase in the cost of living while wages continue to stagnate, the likelihood of a new recession and the climate crisis.

 

“In the one area where she signalled an intention to advance – the Green Deal – the actual policy was left vague and undefined.

 

“The biggest problem here is that the priorities outlined today are totally contradictory. Ms von der Loyen acknowledged that the ‘twin transitions’ of climate and digitalisation require massive investment in the EU.  But at the same time she continues to champion the strangling Stability and Growth pact and the rules of the common currency – which tie the hands of governments when it comes to making the type of investments that are desperately needed.

 

“She has signalled her intention to follow the Juncker plan funding model of putting up limited public funds as a guarantee for private companies.  Juncker promised that this would mobilise massive private investment in the wake of the financial crisis and recession, and it demonstrably failed.

 

“In a period where demand is low, and consumer and business sentiment is wary, this model will again fail dismally in mobilising the kind of investment we need to meet the EU’s climate goals – no matter how many financial regulations are cut under the Capital Market’s Union.

 

“The endorsement of her predecessors’ vicious economic policies speaks volumes. This is the legacy that has left the Irish people with an outstanding bank bailout debt of €42 billion that it costs us a billion a year just to service.  This is the legacy that means the Greek economy is not expected to return to pre-crisis levels until at least 2034.

 

“Until the EU final abandons its 1980s-era austerity obsession and its drive towards a dangerous militarisation agenda; serious action on climate change, technological innovation and sustainable economic growth will remain pipe dreams.  Above all this commission is set to reinforce the democratic divide between EU institutions and citizens at a time when fundamental reform is required.

 

“For us in Sinn Féin we acknowledge that Ireland’s place is in the EU; but the EU itself most become more responsive to democratic demands and the needs of citizens.  There is no evidence that this incoming commission is up to that task.”

ENDS

 

 

Local MEP meets Ballybay Girl Guides

Local MEP meets Ballybay Girl Guides

Sinn Fein MEP, Matt Carthy, had an opportunity to call into the weekly gathering of the Ballybay Girl Guides last Thursday when he was on hand to present the girls with their new ‘EU badges’.

The EU badges are the latest award available to Guides who endeavour to learn about the workings of the European Union and its impact on communities.  The criteria to obtain the badges include meeting and talking to a relevant political representative.  Taking full advantage of the fact that Monaghan has its own MEP, Matt Carthy was duly called upon and described the occasion as ‘most enjoyable’.  “Ballybay Girl Guides have a great community spirit, a wonderful set of leaders and a committed team of guides and it was fantastic to be part of this important milestone of their work,” he said.

The MEP also received a surprise gift from leader Paula McQuillan of a set Girl Guides EU badges which he has promised to proudly display in his European Parliament office in Strasbourg.

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Carthy calls for rejection of current EU proposal to ban lead shot bullets

Carthy calls for rejection of current EU proposal to ban lead shot bullets

 

The Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has called on the Irish government, and the Health and Safety Authority of Ireland (HSA) to reject a current EU proposal to ban the use of lead bullets by hunters and farmers.  Carthy has said that the proposal should be withdrawn until such stage as there is a meaningful consultation with all stakeholders.

 

The HSA has been designated the competent authority for Ireland concerning the authorisation of chemicals, including lead, in the EU. This means it will be responsible for approving the proposed ban when the EU Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals committee (REACH) meets next week.

 

Matt Carthy said:

“The Irish government and the HSA, as the representative authority for Ireland, must relate the concerns raised by Irish farmers and the National Association of Regional Game Councils.  The current proposal for a ban must be rejected and a redraft submitted to stakeholders for consultation.

 

“In the last number of months, I have highlighted the failings of the previous consultation to the European Commissioner Karmenu Vella and European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly.  But the commission has proceeded with its proposal nevertheless.

 

“Farmers and game clubs are among the most important partners in the delivery of landscape and wildlife conservation.  It makes no sense to enact proposals that will negatively impact on them without first ensuring a comprehensive consultation.  Farmers account for more than half of gun users in Ireland.  With the cost of replacing a gun ranging between €750 to €1,000, this is a burden that many will be unable to bear.

 

“If farmers seek to have their guns modified to comply with the new legislation, which would ban lead shot in favour of steel, they cannot do so in this country as the facilities for doing so do not exist here.  Many guns are simply not suitable for conversion.

 

“I am again calling on government representatives, along with the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael TDs who keep them in power, to assert the position of Irish stakesholders and demand that the Commission withdraw their current proposal until an adequate engagement with stakeholders has taking place.

 

“The European Parliament does have power of scrutiny of such legislation before it comes into law and I will be working at that level to insert the concerns of Irish game clubs and farmers into the debate.  However, we need the government to become proactive.  The basis of this proposal was agreed by a Fianna Fáil government in 1999 and every subsequent government have nodded in agreement.  Yet, those who will be affected have never been properly consulted and most have only become aware of its existence in recent weeks.  This is not the way to build support for conservation measures.

 

“Sinn Féin support measures aimed at protecting and conserving our environment but the way to do this is in partnership with essential shareholders rather than behind their backs”.

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Pearse Doherty to bring Insurance Reform campaign to Monaghan (Sinn Féin to host public meeting on Thursday 28th November)

Pearse Doherty to bring Insurance Reform campaign to Monaghan

Sinn Féin to host public meeting on Thursday 28th November

 

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson, Pearse Doherty, who has been spearheading a campaign calling for Insurance Reform, will address a public meeting on Thursday 28th November, at 8pm in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan.

 

This is the latest in a series of campaign events that Deputy Doherty has held across the state in his bid to reform the insurance industry and end the rip-off of individuals, businesses and families.

 

Pearse Doherty has been to the forefront of highlighting the practises of the insurance industry which rip off many families and have actually resulted in the closure of several businesses.  Several of his contributions in the Oireachas Finance committee have ‘gone viral’ as it had insurance executives on the ropes with probing questions.  This week it was announced that, on the back of Doherty’s work, the Central Bank has agreed to conduct a review into the practise of ‘dual pricing’ which is the mechanism insurance companies use to overcharge existing loyal customers.

 

The meeting in the Four Seasons will be addressed by Pearse Doherty who will outline his full proposals to tackle the extortionate costs of insurance throughout the state for businesses and ordinary consumers.  The meeting will also be attended by local Sinn Féin representatives Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD and Matt Carthy MEP.  Crucially the meeting will provide an opportunity for people in Monaghan to tell their own stories of interactions with the insurance industry and to give their own perspective as to how it can be addressed.

 

Announcing details of the public meeting this week, local Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, said:

 

“Insurance costs have become extortionate, ripping off consumers and closing down businesses.  Since 2016 Fine Gael have sat back in the face of rising insurance costs while Fianna Fáil have let them off the hook.

 

“The insurance industry tells us that fraudulent claims and the cost of personal injury awards are causing premiums to rise.  But through the work of Pearse Doherty we know that their figures don’t add up.  Despite the total number of motor insurance claims reducing by 22% between 2014 and 2017, the average motor insurance premium has increased by 53% between 2013 and 2017.

 

“Premiums are rising.  The only other thing that is rising are insurance company profits.  Pearse Doherty is leading a campaign to take on the industry and end the rip-off.  The policies and legislation that he has produced on behalf of Sinn Féin would stamp out fraud, protect consumers, ban price discrimination and reduce premiums for everyone.

 

“Only this week, Pearse successfully campaigned for the Central Bank to open up an investigation into price discrimination by the insurance industry.

 

“The meeting in the Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan on the 28th November is one of several engagements across the state where Pearse Doherty has been meeting with the public to discuss Sinn Féin’s plan to tackle insurance costs and end the rip-off.

 

“We want to hear from people in County Monaghan who are being affected by high insurance costs so that we can work to stop it.

 

“We will be talking about Sinn Féin’s plan to set up a Garda Insurance Fraud Unit to tackle insurance fraud when and if it takes place and ban Dual Pricing by the Insurance Industry.

 

“Also, we’ll be discussing Pearse’s Consumer Insurance Contracts Bill law which, if enacted, proposes to abolish Premium Levies and put €230 million back in consumers’ pockets while also introducing State Intervention to address the market failure.

 

“The issue of insurance is such a huge one and affects the lives of ordinary people and businesses alike throughout counties like Monaghan, so therefore it’s important that we see a large turn out at this event as part of Sinn Féin’s ongoing campaign to end the Insurance Rip-Off.”

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Protracted delays in delivery of Carrickmacross Group home are unacceptable – Matt Carthy MEP

Protracted delays in delivery of Carrickmacross Group home are unacceptable – Matt Carthy MEP

‘The campaign for the Group Home for persons with Physical and Sensory difficulties in Carrickmacross has been ongoing since 2004.  The delays that the families involved have encountered at every stage are an indictment of the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments have been in place throughout that time.  To have the facility built and for it to lie unused, for nearly three years, is absolutely scandalous!’

So said Carrickmacross based MEP Matt Carthy this week as he confirmed that he has again written directly to the Minister for Heath Simon Harris TD calling for his personal intervention to ensure that the facility to be opened as a matter of urgency.

Carthy, who was speaking after RTÉ Primetime exposed the disgraceful situation last week, said: ‘The parents and siblings of those residents who will benefit from the Group Home have campaigned for 15 years to get this resource to Carrickmacross and now, even though the building is complete for almost three years, have been told that funding has not still been allocated for the management of the service.

He continued:

‘I have written on several occasions to the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, urging him to directly intervene to get this building operational.  Like previous Ministers for Health and Housing, from both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, over the past decade and half, he has chosen to delegate the issue to the HSE and his junior.  They are clearly not up to the job and therefore it is imperative that political leadership is provided.  It is the responsibility of the Minister to provide the required funding to open this facility as soon as possible and to ensure that the HSE has the management structure in place so that this facility can be opened straight away.

‘This has been a long campaign and one in which I have spent a significant amount of time on; while a member of Monaghan County Council I raised the matter on a monthly basis.  Since I became an MEP I have continued to work with the families and local Sinn Féin Councillors to keep pressure on Ministers and statutory agencies.  This is a project that I feel extremely strongly about because I know the benefits it will bring, not only for the service users but for their families as well.’

He concluded:

‘We know that when this building is finally open that we will see Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael politicians jumping to get into the pictures.  They should start jumping now and tell the Minister for Health, who is in government because of their support, stop the delays and get this building open immediately!’

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Carthy calls on Minister Creed to intervene in Beef Agreement delays or risk new protests

Carthy calls on Minister Creed to intervene in Beef Agreement delays or risk new protests

 

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has criticised Minister Michael Creed for his failure to ensure progress is made in the implementation of the Irish beef Sector Agreement.  Carthy this week called on the Minister engage in talks with the Beef Task Force members to resolve the outstanding issues, clearing the way for a new meeting.

 

Carthy, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural Development committee, said:

 

“The Agreement was signed on the 15th of September and the farming community cautiously welcomed it.  However, any initial optimism has been quashed by a lack of implementation of a number of points of the agreement.

 

“Issues such as penalties and arbitrary quality rules have undermined farmers margins and have resulted in family farmers often selling to factories at a loss.  The work of the Beef Task Force is core to addressing the imbalances in the sector that has put thousands of Irish farmers in this precarious position.

 

“The prospect of progress in these areas has been damaged by the refusal of APB associated companies to lift injunctions against some farmers who participated in protests.  It is shameful that C&D continues to pursue legal action instead of working to rebuild the trust with farmers.

 

“The remaining injunctions have delayed the reconvening of the Beef Task Force and paralysed implementation of the Beef Agreement; they must be lifted immediately and MII cannot ignore the fact that they are implicated in the threats.

 

“It is imperative that Minister Creed moves now to break the deadlock, as Minister he is a guarantor of the Agreement.

 

“If this agreement is allowed to collapse, due to a bad faith by the factories and Government inaction, we will see the prospect of new picket lines emerging.  Words of condemnation from the Minister at that point will count for little if he continues to sit on his hands during this crucial period.

 

“We in Sinn Féin continue to support our family farmers in their quest for fair prices and fair conditions.  We want to see a sustainable solution reached and implemented.  But, the Government’s inept approach to date has jeopardised the future of family farms and the rural communities that depend on them and is opening up the vista of a new series of protests.”

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Press Notice: Carthy to host Brexit discussion panel in Meath tonight

Press Notice: Carthy to host Brexit discussion panel in Meath tonight

 

Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, will host an important public meeting regarding the latest developments on Brexit their implications for communities in the Meath area. The event takes place, tonight, Monday the 11th of November at 7.30pm in Kells.

 

“We’re at a critical juncture in the Brexit process with Westminster elections only a month away” Carthy said: “Brexit will have huge socio-economic and political implications for our country and the border region in particular. Many businesses in county Meath who trade across the border or in the UK have already seen business slow and in some cases they’ve had to downsize and lay people off. The continued uncertainty has devastated many SMEs in the region. Those that stand to be further affected by Brexit have several queries and concerns. This meeting is organised so as to answer those questions. We will also discuss what recent developments will mean for the big constitutional conversation towards Irish Unity.”

 

The event hosted by the Midlands Northwest MEP Matt Carthy will include a keynote address by Michelle O’Neill (Sinn Fein Vice-President) and will also see contributions from Damian McGenity (Border Communities Against Brexit), commentator Andreé Murphy and Gary O’Meara CEO of Meath Enterprise.  Meath Sinn Féin Councillors Darren O’Rourke and Johnny Guirke will complete the panel.

 

Ahead of the public meeting, Cllr. Darren O’Rourke said “We’ve already witnessed how Brexit uncertainty is affecting business in Co. Meath. Events like this are vital in helping us all become more prepared for all possible Brexit outcomes”

 

“Brexit: What does it mean for Co. Meath?” takes place this Monday evening the 11th of November at 7.30pm in the Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Co. Meath. All are welcome. ENDS

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