Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hairdresser and Barber Businesses Need Greater Clarity on Public Health Requirements.

Sligo – Leitrim Fine Gael T.D. Frank Feighan has called on the Government and the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) to provide hairdresser and barber businesses nationwide with greater clarity on the public health requirements they will need to adhere to when reopening. 

Deputy Feighan said, “I have written to the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphries T.D. today to outline directly to her office, the concerns of the industry over the lack of clarity around the public health arrangements that will be required for hairdresser and barber businesses reopening on 20th July 2020.  

“Being able to plan ahead for this industry is vital for its survival. 

“My team and I have been busy speaking directly with local businesses owners across Sligo, Leitrim, South Donegal and North Roscommon in recent days about their concerns and it is clear that greater information is needed to enable businesses to plan and react to the changes that will be needed post 20th July. 

“As a result, many local businesses are now seeking greater advice from Government about how they can begin to prepare to re-open in the absence of any NPHET guidelines.

“Issues of importance for the businesses I have spoken with are PPE requirements for the industry and the size of the capacity restrictions required. 

“I am advised that accessing PPE is already proving very difficult and that this difficulty is expected to increase as the 20th of July approaches. It is felt that clearer guidance is needed now so that they can source and obtain the correct PPE in time for reopening without putting pressure on vital supply lines for front line staff.  

“Currently, local businesses are grouping together and seeking to make informed decisions as best they can themselves based on international best practice, and from the advice of suppliers. However, they are conscious of the fact that these decisions may not coincide with the public advice here when it is made and as such, they may be making financial decisions that will fall foul of the Health & Safety Authority in July. 

“I am seeking greater clarity form Government and the NPHET on this particular issue on behalf of this industry” concluded Feighan 

Frank Feighan 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Update 9th April

Gardai to Receive PPE Devices: Frank Feighan T.D.

Sligo – Leitrim Fine Gael T.D. Frank Feighan has said that members of An Garda Siochana are set to receive an order of 16,000 spit guard protection devices in the coming days in order to help to protect our local Gardai from people who choose to spit, bite and cough at our officers during this COVID19 National Emergency.  

He was speaking after an incident in Sligo town led to a woman been sentenced to four weeks in prison yesterday evening for coughing at Gardai in Sligo. 

Deputy Feighan said “I, like most people, was shocked and saddened to hear of the incident which took place in Sligo this week, where a woman willingly and with intent chose to cough at local gardai trying to enforce the social distancing requirements in the town. The person in question was subsequently arrested, charged and jailed under new laws provided to the gardai under the emergency legislation this week.   

“No Garda member should have to face this level of harm without the proper supports in place to deal with it!

“It is hard to understand how a person would choose to act in this way during such a national crisis. However, as an incident such as this has now occurred, I feel that our local police force now needs better protection and support from this sort of threat going forward. 

“As a result, I raised this issue directly with the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan last night at a Fine Gael phone call briefing. I called for better supports for our gardai on the ground and for this support to be forthcoming without further delay. He advised me that an order of 16,000 spit guards have been ordered and it is his hope that they will be with our gardai in the coming days to ensure they are protected from such incidents in the future. 

“It is our role as politicians to act in the best interests and to protect the Gardai and all our frontline services and to ensure that they have the laws, equipment and the protection needed to conduct their job in our communities. 

I want to commend the members of An Garda Siochana through the country for playing such a vital role in our communities during this national emergency.  

Frank Feighan 

Friday, January 18, 2019

Boyle town is in the middle of a deep transformative stage

I am very proud to say that Boyle town is in the middle of a deep transformative stage at the moment, thanks to the good work of many people.

The Boyle 2040 plan is clearly the road-map and feeds directly into the Government’s Project Ireland 2040.

Indeed, through my representation as a local Government public representative, Boyle is one of the few towns name-checked in this national blueprint document and I am delighted at the plans now underway to develop Boyle as an historic and strategically located town whose urban core has been underdeveloped in recent years.

I am very pleased that the town has already become a major beneficiary of Government investment with Boyle 2040 being the key driver in leveraging funding.

The signs of progress are clearly evident:  €500,000 in funding to develop a cycleway linking Boyle and Lough Key Forest & Activity Park; €200,000 in funding to transform the Town Centre and €100,000 to fund a pilot scheme to attract more people to live in the town centre.

Of course, I am also very proud at the ongoing development of Lough Key Forest  & Activity Park. This multi-million euro investment programme at the Park was an ambitious undertaking which I spearheaded from the very beginning.

As Chairperson of the Lough Key Forest Park Action Group, I successfully brought together the unique partnership of Roscommon County Council and Coillte which has led to the development of this wonderful amenity into one of the country’s top national and tourist and visitor attractions.

As we enter into a very positive 2019, I am looking forward to another year of significant progress for Boyle, not least the ongoing development of the former Royal Hotel site into a civic space. In that regard, I anticipate another significant funding announcement in the very near future.

Finally, as we all work towards attracting more people to the town, I believe a key piece in the jigsaw is the provision of a hotel. To that end, I will be working with all stakeholders in a bid to secure a hotel project which I believe can become a focal point for the new Boyle.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Feighan announces bid to seek a place on the Fine Gael General Election ticket in Roscommon-Galway

 Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has announced his intention to seek a party nomination to contest the next General Election in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

“I intend seeking a party nomination at the Fine Gael selection convention for Roscommon/Galway, which will be held at the end of January 2019.

“In my twenty year political career to date, I have showed leadership on a range of issues such as Roscommon Hospital, the turfcutting issue, water quality and attracting investment into this region.

“I am also been privileged to be a member of the Good Friday Committee and the British Irish Parliamentary Association which continue to work tirelessly to promote and enhance relations on the island of Ireland and in the UK.

“I have never shirked my responsibility in tackling the most difficult of issues and I have a proven track record in delivering for this region.

“I want to use that extensive political experience as a Government politician to continue to deliver for people living in the Roscommon/Galway constituency.

“I have already been successful in two General Elections and I look forward to working towards securing a seat for Fine Gael in the next General Election.”

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Feighan welcomes inclusion of Boyle in Pilot Residential Occupancy Scheme

*€100,000 funding allocated to develop plans with local stakeholders to attract more people to live in the town centre

Senator Frank Feighan has welcomed the inclusion of Boyle as one of the six towns included in the Town and Village Pilot Residential Occupancy Scheme.
“This pilot scheme, announced by Minister Michael Ring today, is aimed at encouraging more people to live in the centre of the town.
“Funding of €100,000 has been made available in order for Boyle to prepare a plan with practical solutions to increase the number of people living in our rural towns.
“This pilot scheme will consider ways in which properties that are currently not in use can be renovated to allow them to be used for residential purposes. This is all about encouraging people to move back into town centres such as Boyle.
“This one of the key objectives of the Boyle 2040 plan which was launched recently. This pilot scheme will have a two-fold effect: it will help rejuvenate the town centre while also contributing to the housing needs of people.
“As Michael Ring has said, this pilot initiative will allow six Local Authorities, including Roscommon County Council, to develop and test different innovative models which are considered appropriate for towns of different sizes and in different locations.  The learnings from this approach will help to provide an indication as to what might work well for similar types of town on a wider scale.”
Contact: Senator Feighan, (086) 8331234.

Friday, October 5, 2018

€780,000 has been allocated to County Roscommon

 €780,000 allocated to Roscommon under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme

€780,000 has been allocated to County Roscommon under the Government’s Town and Village Renewal Scheme, Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has said.

“My colleague, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has confirmed to me today that Roscommon will benefit from €780,000 in funding under  the Town and Village Renewal Scheme. The beneficiaries are as follows:
 • Athleague Development of a local economic and community action plan €100,000
• Ballaghaderreen Town enhancement project €100,000
• Boyle Town Centre Development Project €200,000
• Monksland Development of a skate park €100,000
• Rooskey Improvement of the village townscape  €100,000
• Roscommon Improvement of facilities at Roscommon Castle €100,000
• Strokestown Enhance building frontage & purchase chalet type stalls and marquee €80,000
“Fine Gael in Government is using the benefits of the economic recovery to support the growth and development of rural Ireland, and the Town and Village Renewal Scheme is a key part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development. The Scheme focuses on projects which can help to enhance rural towns and villages with populations of less than 5,000 people, with a particular emphasis on stimulating economic development.
“Almost €53 million has been approved for more than 670 projects across the country under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme since it was introduced in the second half of 2016.
 “The Government’s commitment to supporting rural Ireland is further underscored through the new €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund which was launched this year as part of project Ireland 2040. This new Fund will provide an opportunity to deliver more integrated and ambitious projects which will further support the revitalisation of our rural towns and villages in the coming years.
 “Today’s announcement gives a real boost to communities in towns and villages across Roscommon.”

Contact: Senator Feighan, (086) 8331234.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Government Review of contributory pensions

Feighan reports progress in Government Review of contributory pensions

Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan today reported progress on the Government’s review of those in receipt of reduced Contributory Pensions. 

“The Government’s review of pensions, announced earlier this year, applies to people whose rate of entitlement was assessed based on pension rate band changes introduced in 2012.  The review will provide for an alternative total contributions approach re-calculation for contributory pensioners born on or after the 1st September 1946 and new Home Caring Periods to take account of time spent out of the workplace for parenting or caring duties.  

“The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is currently working on legislation to implement the new arrangements as well as a new information technology system to be developed in line with the legislation. Both of these measures are at a very advanced stage.   

 “My colleague Minister Regina Doherty has confirmed to me that letters will issue to the pensioners concerned at the end of October, to explain to them what is happening and how the review will work. This will no doubt be welcomed by all affected, particularly women who have been disproportionally affected. 

“Work has been ongoing within the Department of Social Protection to prepare legislation and design IT systems to deal with the changes since they were announced. With additional temporary staff recruited, this work is on target to see the pensions review process commence in the coming weeks, and so it is planned for the first payments to be made in the first quarter of 2019. 

“It is expected that, where increases are awarded, these payments will be backdated, where relevant, to the end of March 2018, or later where a person reached their 66th birthday since that date.    

“No pensioner will be worse off as a result of this review. Where a pensioner does not benefit from the measures introduced, they will continue to receive their existing rate of entitlement. However Minister Doherty has informed me she expects the majority of those who were adversely affected to be positively impacted by the recalculation and moved to a new, higher payment.”

Contact: Senator Feighan, (086) 8331234.