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Cost over-run on Children’s Hospital could have paid for entire National Cancer Strategy – Mattie McGrath

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Independent TD and General Election candidate Mattie McGrath and has said that the scale of the financial waste associated with the National Children’s Hospital can be effectively measured by comparing it with the total cost of implementing the National Cancer Strategy. Deputy McGrath was speaking this morning to mark World Cancer Day which aims to highlight the need to put renewed emphasis on cancer prevention, diagnostic and treatment services:

“Information provided by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has shown that the cost of implementing the National Cancer Strategy will require in the region of €840 million up to 2026.

Yet the cost over-run of the National Children’s Hospital will likely be double that before it is completed.

This demonstrates the catastrophic impact that the National Children’s Hospital fiasco is going to have on the delivery of vital health services like cancer prevention and treatment.

It also totally undermines the claims that are being made by the Minister and the government that they can be trusted to deliver the roll-out of a world class health service for all of our people.

Instead what we have seen is €840 million-the total spend required for the National Cancer Strategy-shoved into the hands of multi-national contractors assigned to the Children’s Hospital when that money could have been used to speed up the delivery of the Cancer Strategy.

On World Cancer Day this Minister for Health should hang his head in shame for the waste that he and his government colleagues have presided over,” concluded Deputy Mattie McGrath.

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Tipperary General Election 2020 – Results

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RESULTS FROM COUNT 3

Quota 13,632 Count 1 Count 2 Count 3
MICHAEL LOWRY, IND 14,802 Surplus 1170 Transfer 2936
MARTIN BROWNE, SF 10,004 +122 10126 +178 10304
MATTIE MCGRATH, IND 9,321 +212 9533 +282 9815
JACKIE CAHILL, FF 7,940 +231 8171 +777 8948
ALAN KELLY, LAB 7,857 +122 7979 +466 8445
GARRET AHEARN, FG 6,206 +67 6273 +54 6327
SEAMUS HEALY, IND 5,829 +37 5866 +84 5950
MARY NEWMAN JULIAN, FG 4,926 +128 5054 +95 5149
JOE HANNIGAN, IND 4,715 +111 4826 +307 5133
IMELDA GOLDSBORO, FF 4,082 +57 4139 +492 4631
ROB O’DONNELL, GP 3,170 +31 3201 +114 (Eliminated) 3315
SANDRA FARRELL, FF 2,233 +42 (Eliminated) 2275
DOLORES CAHILL, IFP 521 +6 (Eliminated) 527
MARESE SKEHAN, IND 182 +4 (Eliminated) 186

RESULTS FROM COUNT 2

Quota 13,632 Count 1 Count 2
MICHAEL LOWRY, IND (ELECTED) 14,802 Surplus 1170
MARTIN BROWNE, SF 10,004 +122 10126
MATTIE MCGRATH, IND 9,321 +212 9533
JACKIE CAHILL, FF 7,940 +231 8171
ALAN KELLY, LAB 7,857 +122 7979
GARRET AHEARN, FG 6,206 +67 6273
SEAMUS HEALY, IND 5,829 +37 5866
MARY NEWMAN JULIAN, FG 4,926 +128 5054
JOE HANNIGAN, IND 4,715 +111 4826
IMELDA GOLDSBORO, FF 4,082 +57 4139
ROB O’DONNELL, GP 3,170 +31 3201
SANDRA FARRELL, FF 2,233 +42 (Eliminated) 2275
DOLORES CAHILL, IFP 521 +6 (Eliminated) 527
MARESE SKEHAN, IND 182 +4 (Eliminated) 186

RESULTS FROM COUNT 1

Count 1 Quota 13,632
MICHAEL LOWRY, IND (ELECTED) 14,802
MARTIN BROWNE, SF 10,004
MATTIE MCGRATH, IND 9,321
JACKIE CAHILL, FF 7,940
ALAN KELLY, LAB 7,857
GARRET AHEARN, FG 6,206
SEAMUS HEALY, IND 5,829
MARY NEWMAN JULIAN, FG 4,926
JOE HANNIGAN, IND 4,715
IMELDA GOLDSBORO, FF 4,082
ROB O’DONNELL, GP 3,170
SANDRA FARRELL, FF 2,233
DOLORES CAHILL, IFP 521
MARESE SKEHAN, IND 182

Updates for the tally results for General Election 2020 will be updated here throughout the day.

Our team will be monitoring proceedings and ensuring that the results, and helping show who will be coming out on top to represent Tipperary in the next Dail.

Candidates:

Garret Ahearn (FG)
Martin Browne (SF)
Jackie Cahill (FF)
Dolores Cahill (Irish Freedom Party)
Sandra Farrell (FF),
Imelda Goldsboro (FF)
Joe Hannigan (Ind)
Séamus Healy (Ind)
Mary Newman Julian (FG)
Alan Kelly (Lab)
Michael Lowry (Ind)
Mattie McGrath (Ind)
Rob O’Donnell (GP)

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GRAIN AND HORTICULTURE SECTORS NEED STRONG ACTION FROM THE NEXT GOVERNMENT

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IFA Grain Chairman Mark Browne said the next Government has to fight for an increased CAP budget to take account of inflation and to compensate farmers for any additional requirements placed on them as a result of this CAP reform.

“All payments to farmers must be maintained at their current levels. Any increase for farmers below the national average must be funded through an increase in the CAP budget,” he said.

The IFA Grain Chairman said there has to be greater flexibility in farm schemes such as TAMS and GLAS to allow grain farmers to invest in their farms.

“We also need to see a greater emphasis on the production and use of native grains in our food, feed and beverage sectors,” he said.

On plant protection, Mark Browne said Irish and European growers need a level playing field so they are not competing with imports that don’t meet EU standards.

IFA Horticulture Chairman Paul Brophy said the next Government has to provide €10m in annual funding for the development of the horticulture sector.

He also called for an extension of employment permits to cater for the demand in the sector. 500 permits are needed for 2020.

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If you are thinking of investing in a BERG trampoline this year, here is some information you may need to know

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If you are thinking of investing in a BERG inground or flat ground trampoline this year….here is some information you may need to know from our friends at JKC Toymaster, in Nenagh.

Commonly asked questions…

Do you need to dig a deep hole? 
No it slops down from the sides to a dept of 28″ in the
middle..just enough to allow you bounce on the mat.

Will they lift in the wind?
We havent had one move yet and storm Ophelia was a good
test! They are secured to the ground at 8 different points.

Can rodents or pets get in underneath?
No there is a net to prevent this happening

Will the hole flood?
If you have a very wet garden normally or if it tends to water
log then we wouldnt recommend a BERG inground or flat
ground..the more traditional BERG trampoline would suit
better.

Do kids fall off if there is no net?
From our own experience….we have 3 kids and have had an
inground without net for ~7 years. The kids do not fall off
them and there is normally 3 kids + 1 or 2 adults on it!

Does the BERG inground trampoline get much use?Yes……without doubt the most used toy/piece of equipment
we have (and we are not short toys!)

We all use it….kids, mammy and daddy. Visiting kids always gravitate to it.

Another couple of points to note…

  • The BERG Ingound or flat ground is not an eye sore in your garden unlike the more traditional trampoline
  • Because there is no ladder to climb to get into the trampoline they get more use……they are easy for kids off all ages to access and they dont need to be lifted in by anyone!
  • They take a large bounce load.
  • …..greater than any other inground on the market……They are simply the best!

If you would like to hear more about BERG inground trampolines give Michael a call on 0872331602 and he will be happy to answer your questions.

JKC Toymaster, Nenagh delivery nationwide

Check out their website
https://bit.ly/2kvNN86

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