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Viability of Dean Maxwell Nursing Unit Confirmed & HSE Seek Director of Nursing – Coonan

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Tipperary Fine Gael candidate Noel Coonan has responded to political scare-mongering regarding the future of Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit saying the unit is “very much secure into the future”. Deputy Coonan received verification of this fact from Bernard Gloster, Chief Officer, HSE Mid West Community Healthcare yesterday (Monday) evening.

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“Yesterday evening the HSE, representatives of the Friends of Dean Maxwell Home and I sat down in Cré House Roscrea to discuss the Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit. I arranged this meeting to allay fears in the local community about the future of this extremely valuable amenity. Other general election candidates in the area have been scare-mongering using the Dean Maxwell as a political football questioning if the amenity is safe into the future.

“I am pleased to confirm there need be no fear in the locality. Mr Bernard Gloster stated last night there exist only plans to develop the Dean Maxwell.”

Speaking at the meeting Mr Gloster said: “I can categorically 100% with my hand on my heart say that there is no plan or discussion or thought process anywhere in the health service to wind down or phase out Dean Maxwell. I’ll defy anyone to produce evidence that it’s closing. We are advertising for a Director of Nursing for the unit. If there was any intention of drifting from the unit we would not be advertising the post.”

Deputy Coonan continued: “I welcome these assurances because the Dean Maxwell is top priority for me. There is €100,000 funding from the capital plan that will used to develop the establishment. However, I recognise this is not nearly enough and I will be pushing for much more. We want further development and for plans for a new site to materialise. If re-elected I will be pushing for an upward review of funding. There will be review of the capital plan in two years as our economy improves under Fine Gael and I will be strongly pushing for more investment.

“It is disappointing that our local Minister who sits at the top table and his Labour colleague who was Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care did not progress a proposal for Dean Maxwell for a greenfield site at Cré House when they had the opportunity.

“The Friends of Dean Maxwell do trojan voluntary work to progress the nursing unit. They have to be commended for their dedication, resilience and passion towards improving health services for our elderly population. I am happy to continue to work and help the group in their plight,” concluded Deputy Coonan.

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McGrath calls on political parties to form grand coalition

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“The time has come to consider forming a National Government,” Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that strong consideration must be given to the idea of forming a National Government in order to avoid destabilising level of political impasse. Deputy McGrath went on to say that such arrangement could utilise the d’Hondt method as a fair means of allocating positions and seats within such a government :

“Given that we are in such unchartered territory and given the absolute necessity of ensuring we have some kind of political stability for our people, then I believe all options should be considered with respect to government formation.

The single most important objective here is that we create conditions where the needs of the people can be met.

It is time to set aside narrow political interests and to put the needs of the people first.

If that involves all parties and groupings in the Dáil compromising in order to agree a common government platform, the maybe that is something we ought to consider.

This election has sent the political class a clear message from the people; they want delivery, they want results.

We all should be courageous and imaginative enough to consider any option which will bring that about including that of a National Government,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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Lowry Welcomes Funding for Tipperary Animal Welfare Organisations

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I welcome the announcement from the Department of Agriculture today that six Tipperary Animal Welfare Organisations will benefit from €86,000 between them.

Applications for 2020 funding will be open soon. All applicants must be registered with the Charities Regulator.

Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue, Mullinahone – €6,000

Great Hounds in Needs, 7 Cois Coille, Kilcash, Clonmel – €2,000

Mo Chara Animal Rescue, Ballygemmane, Thurles – €14,000

PAWS Animal Rescue, Mullinahone – €45,000

Roscrea SPCA, Roscrea – €18,000

The Haven Rescue, Tipperary, C/o 26 The Haven, Roscrea – €1,000

Funding for Animal Welfare Organisations is vital for them to continue to carry out their work.

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The people will no longer tolerate political excuses for lack of delivery – Mattie McGrath

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Independent TD Mattie McGrath has warmly thanked the people of Tipperary for renewing their confidence and trust in him after he was re-elected following Saturday’s General Election. Deputy McGrath, who received 13, 064 votes in the 2016 General Election increased his vote this time around to 15, 127. Speaking after his re-election he went on to say that the outcome of the national vote was a clear and unequivocal rejection by the public of the arrogance and unwillingness of the Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to effectively respond to the core issues affecting the majority of ordinary people’s lives:

“At the outset I want to salute and warmly thank the great people of Tipperary for renewing their trust in me.

I am truly humbled by their confidence and will do everything in my power to honour the mandate they have given me by representing their interests in Dáil Eireann.

I also want to thank the amazing work of my entire campaign staff; my Campaign Manager and daughter, Triona O’Flynn, my wife Margaret and all my family and friends who have sustained me and supported me and without whom I simply could not do what I do.

They have worked tirelessly, night and day, to canvas the enormous geographical area of Tipperary and to meet the people on my behalf when I could not be there personally.

As we go forward from here, I think it is absolutely clear that politics in Ireland simply has to change.

It must re-engage with the day to day priorities of people’s lives especially around health and housing.

The government, whoever it will be, must listen and act in the people’s interest. It cannot be politics as usual once they have their feet under the Ministerial tables.

We must rid our politics of the kind of elite detachment that came to characterise the outgoing government.

We must escalate change and bring about genuine improvements in the quality of life of our people. The people are sovereign. The last government ignored that basic political reality by pushing ahead with failed policies, massive over-spends and a culture where accountability was almost completely absent.

The people have now enforced accountability upon them in the most democratic way possible.

I look forward to playing an active part in the talks that lie ahead and to advancing the interests of the people of Tipperary,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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