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first_imgHome Sponsored Fiona McLoughlin-Healy – Why we have to highlight the issues for people… Sponsored Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Disability matters to me. Let’s hope whoever represents Kildare South after February 8 feels the same.Obviously we are all fighting a similar battle.A battle for servicesA battle for assessmentA battle for supportA battle for equal educationI have used my voice as a public representative to highlight issues for people with disability.I am also an auntie to my nephew Tomás who has spastic quadriplegia and I know the difficulties and battle faced by both him and his parents on a daily basis. You can follow Tomás journey here. I have been an advocate and board member for Sensational Kids highlighting these work that they do for children with autism and other learning needs off waiting lists for Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and other services.I worked for Cerebral Palsy Ireland and was tasked with managing the national rebranding to Enable Ireland and ensured that at all times the voice of our service users was front and centre in the rebranding of the organisation.I was a founder member of the South Kildare Educate Together (SKET) campaign for a new school to address the need for additional school places including the need for ASD classrooms for children with autism.I wish to publicly give my support to The Disability Action Coalition and commit to ensuring that their asks are included in the next Programme for Government.They are looking to:Reverse the €20m cut which the HSE is planning to make to the 2020 disability budget, which will hit services severelyResolve the problem of deficits being faced by Section 39-funded disability services – this will cost €20m a year.Restore pay fully to Section 39 disability service providers.Implement the important recommendations of the Independent Review Group chaired by Dr Catherine Day, which called for a new way of working with and funding organisations like these.The Coalition is made up of nine disability service providers who together employ 9000 staff and provide services to tens of  thousands of people with disability, all across the country.The organisations involved are: Irish Wheelchair Association, Enable Ireland, National Council for the Blind in Ireland, MS Ireland, the Rehab Group, Cheshire Ireland, Chime, Headway and Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. These organisations are now in crisis, because of underfunding – this much change.So both my heart and mind are with people with disabilities. Thank you to Disability Federation of Ireland for drawing my attention to their fantastic campaign and to KARE and The Muiriosa Foundation for an informative and at times emotional briefing from people with disabilities and their families last week.SEE ALSO – Independent Kildare South candidate Fiona McLoughlin-Healy – a track record of putting constituents first Electric Picnic News GAA Fiona McLoughlin-Healy – Why we have to highlight the issues for people with disability Previous articleMeet your Candidates: The greatest person of all time in their areaNext articlePauline Flanagan reflects on her first ever General Election canvass LaoisToday Reporter By LaoisToday Reporter – 5th February 2020 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin TAGS2020 General ElectionFiona McLoughlin-HealyKildare South Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festivallast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Twitter By Steven Miller – 21st May 2020 Facebook News Previous articleCouncillors hit out at new fast-track planning system as ‘further erosion of Local Government’Next articleGardai launch appeal to reunite missing tools to their owner Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. WhatsApp Turf war as councillors clash over bog access Pinterest WhatsApp Electric Picnic Twitter Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Home News Council Turf war as councillors clash over bog access NewsCouncil A number of Laois County Councillors have spoken out about the current situation where people are unable to access Bord na Móna bogs to save turf.Portlaoise Municipal District councillors Willie Aird, Catherine Fitzgerald, Mary Sweeney, Caroline Dwane-Stanley and John Joe Fennelly all addressed the issue – though there was a row between Sinn Féin’s Cllr Dwane-Stanley and Fine Gael’s Cllr Aird over who was responsible.Cllr Dwane-Stanley cited a High Court case taken by the Friends of the Irish Environment to limit turf cutting on Bord na Móna bogs.“They are aligned to the Greens. Perhaps Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael can bring that up with them in Government talks,” she fired across the chamber to Cllr Aird.“The owners of the bog are Bord na Móna. They have a right to open the bogs,” Cllr Aird responded.“Are you suggesting they break the law,” came back Cllr Dwane-Stanley repeatedly. “Your Government will be in talks with the Greens.”Cllr Aird hit back saying Cllr Dwane-Stanley “was typical of Sinn Féin” and that “you don’t represent the people that want to be cutting turf”.Cllr Aird had earlier said that the “single biggest issue at the moment” was the bogs not being open due to the current Coronavirus restrictions.“It’s one of the best years we’ve ever had weather wise and only private plots can be saved. There’s no sod of turf turned. There’s five or six hundred people in this area alone that are affected by it.“People are very annoyed about this. Families are going to the bog going back six, seven, eight generations and I consider all people going to the bog for generations as custodians of the bog.“Bord na Móna are rubbing their noses in it. There is no point in giving it the green light in August – people want to be on it now.”“It’s really regrettable what’s happening,” added Cllr Fitzgerald.“With all the goodwill in the community and people pulling together, this is a ridiculous policy.“Families are on to me – and people are only too willing to go to the bog.“Bord na Móna as a company have made an incredible contribution to Irish life going back to Sean Lemass’s time – but they have to act quickly on this.”“I had about six calls about it this morning before 10am,” added chairman of the Portlaoise Municipal District John Joe Fennelly.“There is loads of people willing to do the work, all local families. The whole of Laois is affected by this. Maybe we can email Bord na Móna, I’m certainly prepared to go and meet them,” he said.Cllr Mary Sweeney said they all had worked on the bog in their younger days.“We enjoyed it and we hated it,” she laughed.“There are a huge number of people for whom turf is their only method of fuel.”Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley also issued a statement on it.“This whole situation is outrageous in that Green policy is denying Midlands communities work and source of fuel for homes, in many cases the only fuel that is available to them,” he said.“I am calling on Fianna Fail and Fine Gael to now ensure that the programme for Government they are negotiating with the Green party, contains an explicit commitment to allow the cutting of turf to continue for domestic fuel on Bord na Mona bogs.“There is now a direct onus on Fianna Fail and Fine Gael TDs and Councillors to make sure this happens.”SEE ALSO – Laois County Council urged to think differently to help businesses in ‘new normal’ TAGSBord na MonaLaois County CouncilPortlaoise Municipal District Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more