Colreavy disappointed at decision of Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum

Speaking after it was disclosed that the Enterprise Forum had accepted €20,000 to assist in the planning and design phase for the development of a hotel the Manorhamilton-based TD for Sligo / North Leitrim Deputy Michael Colreavy has said: “I am surprised and extremely disappointed that members of the Forum have sought and accepted this money from a Company seeking to establish an industry that has the potential to cause massive damage in North Leitrim.”

“It defies belief that the so-called “unconditional” donation was accepted in advance of a report by the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to the impact of Fracking on the environment, on water supplies, and on human and animal health.’’

“When I first read the anonymous statement on the Forum’s website I thought it was a joke – imagine seeking €20,000 towards the cost of providing a hotel in an area where tourism as well as agriculture would be destroyed by the activities of the donors.’’

“I now understand that this decision was made behind closed doors by a small number of Forum members, and that the general membership of the Forum was unaware of the meeting or the intention to accept a donation from Tamboran Resources.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Mc Sharry has also expressed his surprise and great disappointment that Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum has sought and accepted the money from Tamboran who are trying to establish Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) in North Leitrim and surrounding areas.

Deputy Colreavy said “I am aware of and have always supported Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum as they attempt to improve community and business life in the area. I would enthusiastically support the development of hotel facilities in Manorhamilton. However, I cannot and will not support the seeking and acceptance of donations from Companies whose sole motivation is profit, and who care nothing for the area or the people of North Leitrim.’’

“I strongly urge Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum to review and reverse this unwise decision and to return this donation; and I ask all community and sporting groups to recognise Tamboran’s agenda and to reject out of hand any offers of donations, no matter how worthy the project being sponsored” concluded Deputy Colreavy.

‘Scaremongering will not work’ – Colreavy

As Sligo\North Leitrim Sinn Féin launched their No campaign, local TD Michael Colreavy has accused the parties calling for a Yes vote, “of scare mongering because there are no credible arguments in favour of the austerity treaty.”

Deputy Colreavy was speaking at a public meeting to launch the campaign in Sligo last Thursday April 27th.

He said, ‘‘We have already seen and experienced the damage to the Irish economy and the hardship for citizens caused by the failed policies of bank bailouts and crippling austerity, supported by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil. There are countless examples of the cuts and there devastating impacts evident here in our own constituency, from the cuts to the budget of Cregg House, the continuing closure of beds in Sligo general hospital, the cuts in the carers allowance, which is bordering on sinful, and these are just the tip of the iceberg.

“This treaty means at least a decade more of austerity and economic stagnation with even greater levels of unemployment, emigration, poverty and inequality such as the cuts I have already talked to you about. National and household debt, already at unsustainable levels, will increase. And crucially the arbitrary and draconian 0.5% deficit target will more than likely not be reached. Meanwhile billions of euros of taxpayers money continues to be pumped into Anglo Irish Bank”

Addressing the packed hall Cavan Senator Kathryn Reilly said “What this fiscal compact means in real terms is that were the referendum passed it will seriously undermine Irish sovereignty and Irish democracy by enshrining the policies of austerity into our constitution and our laws forever. They are asking us to say yes to surrendering important Irish fiscal and budgetary matters to un-elected and unaccountable EU officials. It would also mean that our domestic economy would remain in recession and that we would see even more people out of work. Vital funding for frontline health, education and community services is being cut even further in a bid to reach a structural deficit of 0.5%. Given that our structural deficit is projected to be at 3.7% in 2015, it would take up to a further €6 billion in cuts and new taxes to reach the 0.5% target post 2015”

Director of Elections Councillor Chris MacManus, “invited others locally opposed to the Treaty to assist Sinn Féin in the forthcoming campaign.”

Speaking after the meeting Deputy Colreavy said that “Sinn Féin is the only party in the constituency opposed to austerity and we are the only party opposing the Austerity Treaty. The Yes side has no arguments except scare mongering because there are no credible arguments in favour of the treaty. On May 31st let’s stand up for ourselves and for our families. Let’s stand up for each other. Let’s stand up for Ireland. Let us deliver a resounding and overwhelming ‘No’.” ENDS

Sinn Fein representatives Say NO to Austerity. L to R, Cllr. Arthur Gibbons, Deputy Michael Colreavy, TD, Senator Kathryn Reilly, Cllr. Chris Mac Manus.

Rural Ireland is under attack.

The policies of austerity are stripping local communities of essential services – of schools, of guidance counsellors, hospitals, post-offices and Garda stations It is also adding new stealth taxes like the Universal Social Charge, the Household Charge, VAT increases, motor tax increases and septic tank charges.

Businesses, shops and pubs in rural towns and villages are closing. Small indigenous businesses, including small farmers, with no real support from the government or credit from the banks, are going under. Our fishing communities are devastated.

All of this and the absence of equality of access to public services threatens the quality of life of people living in rural Ireland.

It is time start the fight back for rural Ireland and rural communities.

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Colreavy welcomes the announcement by Teagasc that their office in Manorhamilton will stay open.

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/North Leitrim has welcomed the announcement by Teagasc that their office in Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, will not close. Deputy Colreavy attended today’s meeting of the Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture. The meeting was addressed by Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc and Dr. Tom Kelly, Director of Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc. There was an assurance given at the meeting by Teagasc that the Manorhamilton Teagasc office would not close under Phase 2 of closures.

Commenting after the meeting, Deputy Colreavy said “I welcome the announcement by Teagasc that their office in Manorhamilton will stay open. The office provides excellent facilities and staff to the local rural community. It serves a large area of the North West including North Sligo, North Leitrim, South Donegal and South West Cavan. The retention of the Teagasc office is essential as otherwise farmers could be forced to travel over an hour to avail of the services from other offices.”

“At a time when agriculture is providing much needed revenue to the Irish economy, it is essential that services such as the Manorhamilton Teagasc office are kept open. Therefore, I welcome today’s announcement by Teagasc and I hope it continues to provide assistance to the agricultural community in the North West.”

“I pressed Professor Boyle as to whether he could assure to the committee in relation to the longterm Teagasc facility in Manorhamilton but he indicated that he could hot foresee the future but the Manorhamilton office is not scheduled for closure in the current review.”

COLREAVY SPEAKS IN SUPPORT OF RURAL HOUSEHOLDS

Sinn Féin T.D Michael Colreavy has said that the passing of the Water Services Bill, without any standards

being agreed or published, is simply a knee jerk reaction to an EU Directive that is over 35 years old and

shows the repeated failures of previous Governments. The Water Services Bill in its current form is bad for

householders.Sinn Féin has listened to people’s concerns and we reflected those concerns in our contributions

to the debate. Unfortunately in a desperate measure to avoid real debate the government guillotined the debate

at every opportunity.

Speaking on the issue Michael said ” The act will criminalise rural householders all over Sligo and North Leitrim

if they fail to comply with unfair demands. This Government is failing to recognise that many households simply will

not be able to pay for upgrades. Sinn Féin fully supports the upgrading of septic tanks. We fully agree that ground

water and environment must be protected. Hundreds of millions of state money was invested in urban waste water systems

the same support must now be given to rural householders when improving their septic tanks.”

Under pressure from Sinn Féin Minister Hogan conceded that some grants will have to be made available to assist

householders in upgrading their septic tanks, he has also reduced the cost of an appeal from €200 to €20 and a 4

week consultation process will take place before any standards will be agreed. Deputy Colreavy said he will

continue to actively campaign to make sure septic tank standards are just and fair and that financial assistance will

be provided to those who need it.

Constituency Clinics Saturday 18th February in Tubbercurry, Gurteen, Ballymote and Riverstown.

My next Constituency Clinics are scheduled for Saturday 18th February Tubbercurry, Gurteen, Ballymote and Riverstown.

Tubbercurry – St. Bridget’s Hall @ 11 am.

Gurteen – St. Patrick’s Hall @ 12:30pm.

Ballymote – Cryan’s Auctioneer’s Office @ 2pm

Riverstown – Community Centre @ 3:30pm.

If you need advice or I could be of some assistance in any matter, come along and discuss it with me.

Also remember I am available every Monday and Friday in my Constituency Offices in Sligo and Manorhamilton.

If you require any further help or information Please Contact my office at the following numbers Sligo – 071 9154040 or Manorhamilton – 071 9855099

Corporate spin in Tamboran fracking report will not set minds at ease – Flanagan‏

February 1, 2012

Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan has said that no amount of corporate spin will set the minds of residents who are concerned about fracking at ease.

He was reacting to the news that Tamboran are to publish research tomorrow (Wednesday) claiming that there could be up to 4.­­4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves in North Leitrim & West Fermanagh and that up to 1,200 jobs could be created if fracking were to go ahead.

The Sinn Féin Energy Spokesperson said:

“This news is what many people in Fermanagh, Leitrim and further afield have been fearing, but it will not be accepted without some level of scepticism.

“There is a huge groundswell of public opposition to these plans and no amount of corporate spin in this report will set the minds of concerned residents at ease; it is important to remember that this was not an impartial piece of work and it is of course in the company’s interests to talk up the potential of the project.

“No matter how much gas Tamboran claim there may be in the area, it will never be used to benefit communities in North Leitrim or West Fermanagh.

“The gas itself will all be exported on the international market, the profits will be taken away by a foreign owned company and the vast majority of tax collected in the north will be handed over to the British government, with minimal taxes being gathered in the south.

“The talk of 1,200 jobs being created is another red herring; whilst these jobs may be created in one off schemes such as laying the concrete in the massive structures that will blight our landscape and compromise our environment, they are not long term jobs and the final number will surely be dwarfed by the consequent job losses in the agriculture and tourism industries.

“The fact that Fermanagh was listed as one of the top 100 tourist destinations by the Sunday Times is testament to the success and potential for the local industry; we would allow people the opportunity to contaminate the natural environment at our peril.

“The real potential for job creation and economic growth in Fermanagh & Leitrim surely lies in the development of clean, renewable sources of energy and that is where we need to focus our attention to attain true security of supply in the coming years.

“The fact that many other countries have moved to slow down or even stop the use of fracking should be a warning call to Ministers on this island; we should at the very least follow their approach and call a halt to this process until all the relevant environmental and economic consequences have been taken into consideration.”

Real concerns about Fracking: Colreavy

01 February 2012

Deputy Michael Colreavy has criticised proposed plans for the use of hydraulic fracturingor fracking as a means of gas extraction in the Lough Allen Basin. Deputy Colreavy highlighted the fact that there are real concerns about the use of fracking, both for the health of the people in the surrounding areas, and also environmental concerns.

Speaking on the issue Deputy Colreavy said: “The use of fracking has been outlawed in France and in Bulgaria. In England, near Blackpool, fracking has been suspended due to strong evidence that it was a contributing factor to a number of earthquakes. The practice, if introduced into Ireland, could well have environmental and health implications for people in the vicinity of the fracking activity. The practice is not likely to benefit the people of the area because, just like the gas, the money too will flow out of Ireland.”

Deputy Colreavy added: “People will be excused if they are sceptical of Tamboran Resources promise of jobs to the area. The practice of fracking will cause more harm to the area than benefits. The real potential for job creation in the North West region is in the development of clean, renewable energy. Most people in Leitrim, Cavan, Fermanagh and other areas realise that this practice could have a huge impact on their lives and their surrounding area. This has been clearly demonstrated by the massive groundswell of opposition to fracking. Sinn Féin will stand with the people in their fight against it.

Selection conference, 20/11/2010

Colreavy selected as Sinn Féin candidate for Sligo/North Leitrim

Sinn Féin has selected Councillor Michael Colreavy to be their candidate for SligoNorth Leitrim constituency in the coming general election.  During the selection convention, Cllr. Chris MacManus declined his own nomination and urged the delegates to unanimously approve Cllr. Colreavy, who he formally proposed be the Sinn Féin candidate. This proposal was seconded by Cllr Seán MacManus and enthusiastically endorsed by the large attendance in Glasshouse Hotel, Sligo on Friday night last.

During the convention, warm tributes were paid to Cllr Seán MacManus who some months ago indicated his intention not to seek a nomination.

Cllr. Colreavy, a native of Sligo town is a former employee of the HSE and is married with 8 children. Living in Manorhamilton, he has been a member of Leitrim County Council since 1999.

Following his selection, Cllr. Colreavy thanked all who had supported his nomination. “I do not regard myself as a politician; I regard myself as a community representative, and this will not change if I am elected as a TD. I am not contesting the election because of any personal quest for fame or fortune;  I am a contender because this area and this country so badly needs a new way of thinking and a better form of representation. As a Leitrim-based candidate who was reared and worked in Sligo, I believe I am ideally positioned to represent all the people of this constituency.”

“I realise it is a huge challenge to follow in the footsteps of the late John Joe McGirl TD and of Cllr. Seán MacManus, who has done so much over the years to build the Sinn Féin organisation and to represent the interests of people in this area. I am heartened that Seán has committed to continuing his career as a Councillor and will be working as hard as ever during the next election campaign”

“At local level, I intend to focus on the restoration of Sligo General Hospital as a regional centre of excellence; protection of primary and community care; ensuring every child has the right to a quality education and that people can live securely and with dignity in their own homes. I will insist that the remaining stretch of N4 road at Cloonamahon is completed, together the N16 Sligo to Blacklion road. I will fight for realistic job creation supports and a reduction in the unnecessary red tape smothering business and agriculture. I will also fight for a gas line to Sligo, and for a complete review of the disgraceful decision to give away our natural resources with no benefit accruing to our people.”

“Never before in our history did our country and our people need a new way of thinking and better government. I squirmed with embarrassment when I saw the Taoiseach and Ministers strutting the world stage with their chests out boasting about the Irish economy. I reacted with incredulity when the Taoiseach called Sinn Féin “economic basket cases” because we (rightly) predicted long before the last general election that the Irish economy and banking system was set to crash land. Government bluster, bluff and abuse replaced rational debate. These incompetents have sold out our freedom, our independence and our future. There is one and only one decision they could make to help – they could and should declare an immediate general election and let the people decide who has the vision and competence to lead us out of this economic mess”

“Sinn Féin has published a detailed set of proposals which would fix the economy in six years. The proposals have been costed based on Department of Finance figures and entail:

  • A taxation system where those who have most pay most
  • Maximum annual salary of €100,000 for Ministers and €75,000 for TDs
  • Maximum annual salary of €100,000 for public servants and employees in semi-state bodies
  • Reform the expenses regime for public representatives and senior civil servants
  • End the public subsidy of private healthcare and establish a state company for the wholesale distribution of drugs
  • Transfer of €7 billion from the National Pension Reserve fund for a state-wide infrastructural development programme”

“The budget proposals of Fianna Fail / Green Party; Fine Gael and Labour can only damage our economy further. Reducing employment and increasing unemployment as a recipe for even more disaster. Small wonder the government predicates their economic forecast on 100,000 people emigrating over four years. With 450,000 currently unemployed and a government response that emigration is good it is little wonder that people are fearful for their future”

“There is a better way for our economy and for our people. Our government must be made to understand that our economy is for the benefit of our people, not for the financial institutions. Our government must be made to understand that education, healthcare and decent homes are a right, not a privilege available only to the wealthy. Our government must be made to understand that they owe support to people struggling with unemployment and mortgage arrears created by government mismanagement. People must now stand up to reclaim our economy, to reclaim our democracy, to reclaim our future”

Caoimhghín O’Caoláin TD and Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil outlined Sinn Féin’s vision of the future, and urged everyone to actively support Cllr. Colreavy’s election campaign, and said he looked forward to welcoming Michael Colreavy as a TD to Leinster House following the next election.

Cllr. Michael Colreavy speaks at the selection conference

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