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.

Colreavy Condemns Scraping of the AEOS for 2012

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Marine and Food, and Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh have strongly condemned the decision by Minister Simon Coveney to scrap the Agri Environmental Options Scheme (AEOS) for 2012.

Deputy Colreavy stated “This is a direct attack on low income farmers. The role of the Minister for Agriculture is to ensure that as many farmers as possible are able to farm the land. This move by Minister Coveney makes the lives of farmers trying to make a viable income from farming even more arduous.

Only last month when I questioned the Minister on the opening of AEOS for 2012 he replied that he wanted to emphasise his ‘commitment to the agri-environment schemes which put environmentally-friendly farming to the forefront and which recognise the vital role farmers play in delivering public goods for the benefit of all society.’ Clearly Minister Coveney has abandoned low income farmers in the slash and burn agenda of the Fine Gael/Labour Government.”

Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh slammed the move as “a retrograde step by the Minister. Farmers, especially those in the west of Ireland, depend on AEOS as a viable source of income. Minister Coveney already cut the Disadvantaged Area Scheme in December’s budget. This fresh attack will push more and more farmers into financial hardship. It is clear that the scrapping of AEOS is part of the austerity agenda of this government. It is imperative for farmers, especially those who have been victims of these cuts, to vote against the upcoming Austerity Treaty. Rural Ireland must unite in an effort to fight against this savage austerity.”

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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Deputy Colreavy speaking on behalf of school pupils in Sligo and North Leitrim.

Deputy Colreavy speaking on behalf of pupils in Sligo and North Leitrim and commends the hard work of the National Anti-Bullying Coalition while speaking in the Dáil on the need for protective legislation for school pupils.

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Agriculture, Marine and Food has welcomed the publication of a draft of the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012. This bill has been promised for some time and Deputy Colreavy stated that the current legislation needs to be updated.

Speaking on the matter Deputy Colreavy said “This bill was promised in the programme for government and it is encouraging to see a draft of the bill published. However, we strongly believe that this bill should accommodate both animal welfare and farmers. It is important that the health and welfare of animals are catered for without impinging on the important work of disease eradication carried out by farmers. The Animal Health and Welfare Bill must not create a level of bureaucracy for farmers either. Sinn Féin will also be pushing for animals such as race horses, minx in fur farms, and cats to be included under the new legislation.”

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.

Colreavy welcomes the announcement of 175 new jobs for Sligo by Abbott Ireland

Deputy Michael Colreavy, has welcomed the announcement of 175 new jobs for Sligo by Abbott Ireland.
Commenting on the announcement Deputy Colreavy said “It is very welcoming to hear of new jobs being created at a time of such high
unemployment, especially in the north west region, often the worst affected by economic conditions. These new jobs will be a morale boost
for the people and the communities throughout the north west and they will hopefully help aid other small industries suffering during this
time of financial hardship.”

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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.