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Kerry becomes a single five seat constituency

22 Jun

The Government is expected to fully accept recommendations which will see Kerry’s two constituencies become one. The report from the Constituency Commission will see Kerry’s D?il representation reduced from six TDs to five. The Constituency Commission recommends reducing the overall number of TDs from 166 to 158.

It also advises reducing the number of constituencies from 43 to 40, 11 of which will be 5 seat, 16 will be 4 seat and 13 will be 3 seat. Parts of West Limerick which were in the Kerry North West Limerick constituency will now become part of the Limerick County constituency.  Only eight constituencies will remain unchanged.

There’s been a mixed reaction to the report; Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore says he expects the Government to accept its recommendations.
However Dublin South Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell has described the changes to constituency boundaries as a “butchering”. Kerry South TD Michael Healy Rae says he has some reservations about the changes. But he says it’s now a reality, so politicians must learn to deal with it and represent their constituents to the best of their abilities.

Taoiseach pledges Government support for Tralee pharmaceutical centre

23 Sep

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has pledged government support for the proposed Global Pharmaceutical Centre of Excellence in Tralee. The developers had earlier confirmed that they are finalising plans for submission to Kerry County Council for a facility at the Kerry Technology Park. The €4.7 billion project would be scheduled to open in early 2013 subject to full planning, environmental and legal requirements according to the developers, who claim that up to 400 jobs could be created in advance and over 4,500 on completion.

In a letter from Taoiseach Brian Cowen he says that “GPCE and its promoters Pharmadel can rely on the supportive engagement of the state enterprise agencies in their endeavours to make the project a reality, and to see the benefits accrue to Ireland and beyond that into the global economy.” The Taoiseach also said that when the detailed proposals for the project are submitted, he wanted to assure them that as Head of Government, the expertise of state enterprise agencies would be at their disposal to assist and support further in bringing the ambitious project to fruition.
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Healy Rae Brothers defend expenses claims of almost €100,000

4 Aug

The Healy Rae brothers are defending one hundred thousand euro in expenses they claimed from Kerry County council. An Irish Independent investigation reveals Danny and Michael Healy-Rae, were paid a total of €196,000 for 2008/2009.

The figures make the brothers two of the top earners among the country’s 883 county and city councillors — who were paid a total of €75.6 million euro over the two years. This time period includes a number of months of Michael Healy Rae’s reign as Mayor of Kerry.

Michael Healy Rae admits the spending was high but defends it by saying a Kerry mayor wouldn’t be doing his job properly if he didn’t travel across the country. He added that the figures are misrepresented, and are three years of claims bunched together.

via Radio Kerry News

Kerry TD’s expenses published

1 Jun

Below is the amount YOUR TD has claimed in expenses for the past two months.
Are they providing value for money, on your behalf?

Kerry South
Deputy John O’Donoghue
Unvouched 11 30/04/2010 €4,342.17

Deputy Tom Sheahan
Vouched 9 30/04/2010 €5,107.84

Kerry North
Deputy Martin Ferris
Unvouched 10 30/04/2010 €4,279.17

Deputy Tom McEllistrim
Unvouched 9 30/04/2010 €4,216.17

Kerry South
Deputy Jackie Healy-Rae
Vouched 11 31/03/2010 €5,233.84

Deputy John O’Donoghue
Unvouched 11 31/03/2010 €4,342.17

Deputy Tom Sheahan
Vouched 9 31/03/2010 €5,107.84

Kerry North
Deputy Jimmy Deenihan
Vouched 9 31/03/2010 €5,107.84

Deputy Martin Ferris
Unvouched 10 31/03/2010 €4,279.17

Deputy Tom McEllistrim
Unvouched 9 31/03/2010 €4,216.17

Apologies to anyone left out.
Source: http://www.oireachtas.ie

Fine Gael to hold National Conference in Kerry

8 Dec

Fine Gael’s National Conference is to take place in Killarney next year. The Malton Hotel will host the annual event which is planned for March. Up to a thousand delegates are expected to attend the event which has previously been held in Cork and Wexford.

Jackie Healy-Rae in Top 10 of TD’s expenses

26 Oct

South Kerry TD Jackie Healy-Rae has been listed among the the Dail’s top ten expenses claimants. A report in the Sunday Tribune ranks him sixth. Between 2005-2008, his travel and subsitence expenses ran to almost €300,000. Among Kerry TDs, Martin Ferris was second highest with €277,000, while Jimmy Deenihan claimed €254,000. Tom McEllistrim claimed €144,000 – less than half as much as Deputy Healy-Rae.

Figures for other Kerry deputies are not comparable because they did not serve as TDs continuously during that time.

Taoiseach in Kerry this Saturday

9 Sep

The Taoiseach will be in Kerry this Saturday campaigning for a Yes vote in the forthcoming Lisbon Referendum.
Brian Cowen is due to visit Killarney as well as the Kerry Technology Park in Tralee.
He may also be campaigning in Listowel although this has yet to be confirmed.