Press Release – Catherine Connolly TD – 18th December 2023 Catherine Connolly TD strongly condemns suspected arson attacks on accommodation earmarked for asylum seekers, and the accompanying dangerous anti-asylum seeker narrative Following the suspected arson attack on the Ross Lake House Hotel near Oughterard late on Saturday evening, Deputy Catherine Connolly expressed serious concern over the growing number of suspected arson attacks on premises earmarked for the accommodation of asylum seekers. She said that at least 11 properties across the country intended for the housing of asylum seekers have been subject to suspected arson attacks of this nature since 2018, and it is most worrying that there have been absolutelyContinue Reading
Dúirt an Teachta Dála Catherine Connolly go gcuireann sí fáilte mhór roimh dheimhniú ón Aire go hathosclófar an t-ionad lae in Áras Mhic Dara ar an gCeathrú Rua agus go mbeidh altra seachtrach ar fáil. Tá imní mhór léirithe ag an Teachta Dála Connolly áfach nach bhfuil dáta faoi leith don athoscailt socraithe go fóill. Ceist í seo atá ardaithe sa Dáil arís agus arís eile ag an Teachta Connolly ach go háirithe le déanaí, ag tús na míosa mar chuid de Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla agus cé gur dheimhnigh an tAire go bhfuil an t-ionad lae le hathoscailt, faraor níor thug sé dáta faoi leith. Ina thaobh seo, tá soiléireacht áContinue Reading
Deputy Catherine Connolly said she very much welcomes confirmation from the Minister that the day centre in Áras Mhic Dara in Carraroe will reopen and that a nurse will be available off-site. Deputy Connolly expressed serious concern however that a firm date for reopening has still not been set. It is a matter that Deputy Connolly has raised repeatedly in the Dáil, most recently earlier this month in a topical issue debate and while the Minister of State confirmed that the day centre will reopen, unfortunately he did not give a specific date. In this regard Deputy Connolly has now gone back to the HSE to seek clarity on aContinue Reading
Deputy Catherine Connolly calls on the Government to take urgent action to protect fish stocks within the 6 nautical mile zone and provide for the sustainability of our inshore fishing community, following decision by the Court of Appeal Deputy Catherine Connolly said that the Court of Appeal’s decision striking down the Government’s Policy Directive 1 of 2019 preventing fishing vessels over 18 meters length overall from operating trawl or seine nets inside the 6 nautical mile zone, has the most serious consequences for the sustainability of our inshore fishing community. The decision delivered by the Court of Appeal on the 10th March sets out clearly the Government’s failure to complyContinue Reading
Deputy Catherine Connolly said the situation that has emerged post-Covid in relation of the number of respite beds available in the city and county, along with a list of people waiting for home care, is of great concern. In response to a specific Dáil question, Deputy Connolly was informed that pre-Covid there were 25 respite beds available in the city and county including 12 in Merlin Park. Post-Covid, there are now only 4 respite beds available. Indeed, the number at Merlin Park has gone from 12 to 2, the Aran Islands has gone from 2 to 0, Carraroe has gone from 2 to 0, and Clifden District Hospital has goneContinue Reading
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