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Nursing members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) have voted overwhelmingly to reject proposals by the Public Service Pay Commission. PNA will now convene a special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in November with a view to seeking a mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike.

The PNA has stated that the Public Service Pay Commission Report had failed completely to understand the scale of the recruitment and retention crisis in the mental health services and the impact this is having on the delivery of services.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said nurses who are experiencing the impact of the staffing shortages on a daily basis were extremely disappointed with the findings of the Pay Commission and its totally inadequate proposals.

Senior Citizens Programme with Peter Kavanagh of Active Retirement Ireland

By Near FM – Listen Again
Peter Kavanagh is the Head of Communications & Public Affairs at Active Retirement Ireland and today he speaks to Austin about priorities for older people in Budget 2019.


‘School budget cuts result of Tory/DUP austerity agenda’ - Mullan

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said sustained reductions to school budgets are a result of Tory/DUP austerity. The party’s Education spokesperson was commenting after a report published by the Audit Office found that budgets for schools in the north have reduced by about 10 percent over the past five years.
  • October 16th 2018 at 15:16

Government’s refusal to address concerns 'driving nurses towards industrial action' - Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said the overwhelming rejection by members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) of government pay proposals, is the inevitable outcome of the government’s refusal to take the concerns of nurses and midwives and the recruitment and retention crisis seriously.   Teachta O’Reilly said:  “For years…
  • October 16th 2018 at 15:12

Eoin Ó Broin TD introduces Bill to protect tenants in Buy-to-Let properties

Eoin Ó Broin TD introduces Bill to protect tenants in Buy-to-Let properties Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has today introduced the Residential Tenancies (Prevention of Family Homelessness) Bill 2018. Under the Bill it would it would no longer be legal to evict tenants in buy-to-let properties on the grounds that the property…
  • October 16th 2018 at 14:46

Taoiseach must insist that commitments made are commitments honoured – Mary Lou McDonald TD

SinnFéin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the Taoiseach must defend andpromote an all-island view when he travels to the European Council meetingtomorrow. Speakingin the Dáil this afternoon, Deputy McDonald said: “LastDecember, the British government signed up to a deal to avoid a hard border onthe island of Ireland and to safeguard the…
  • October 16th 2018 at 14:22

Northern Ireland unemployment rate increase is a concerning sign of deteriorating economy

By Unite the union NI

img_0227Regional unemployment rate leaps ahead of that of the UK as a whole for first time in a year

Fears of Brexit risks and failure to bring forward manufacturing strategy are factors in economic decline

October 16th: Davy Thompson, Regional Coordinating Officer for Unite, responded to the release of figures confirming that the unemployment rate in Northern Ireland had increased substantially and was now higher than the UK average. 

“Today’s unemployment figures are very concerning for anyone with ambition for jobs and skills in our economy. The joblessness rate has increased sharply reflecting the broader weakening of the Northern Ireland economy which is facing a significant reduction in productive investment.

“For the first time in a year, our unemployment rate is now above that of the rest of the UK. Combined with high numbers who have fallen outside the active labour force, the proportion employed in Northern Ireland continues to be the lowest by some way in Britain and Ireland.

“The absence of a Northern Ireland Executive is a major part of the problem. Our economy has been left rudderless but the truth is that even when we had Ministers in place, they voted down proposals led by trade unions and industry for a manufacturing strategy for the region.

“The consequences of that political decision have left Northern Ireland’s productive economy without any means for effective intervention in the face of the rising uncertainties and risks of the Brexit process. Action is needed by government now to mitigate the impact of dislocation which appears increasingly unavoidable over the next year”, Mr Thompson said.

Lifeline:Lip Sync Craobh Chiarann Gaa Club Parnell Park

By Near FM – Listen Again
Debbie Mc Mahon speaks to Cathy Kelly about a lip sync battle which is taking place in   Gaa Craobh Chiarann Gaa Club on the 20th October 2018 in aid of Saint Francis hospice in Raheny & Saint Annes ward in Beaumont hospital.


Lifeline: HIV,Robbie Tells His Own Story

By Near FM – Listen Again
Robbie tells his own story on living with HIV & how it is so important to educate our young people about safe sex .


'Families of people with learning disabilities have been let down' - Fearon

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon said that people living with learning disabilities and their families have been let down over many years by the Southern Trust. The Newry/Armagh MLA was responding to media reports that the Southern Trust have under-spent its budget by £7m since 2014.
  • October 16th 2018 at 13:59

Maskey urges united opposition to welfare cuts

Political unity rather than point-scoring is needed in the face of Tory cuts to the welfare system, Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said.
  • October 16th 2018 at 13:44

Archibald concerned at QUB Israeli ambassador invite

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has expressed concern at the decision by Queen’s University to invite Israeli ambassador Mark Regev to speak at an event on campus.
  • October 16th 2018 at 13:25

Backstop must be bottom line as Brexit negotiations reach defining moment – Matt Carthy MEP

Backstop must be bottom line as Brexit negotiations reach defining moment – Matt Carthy MEP Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has that that the backstop agreed in December 2017 in itself does not provide the full protections that Ireland requires and, as such, it must be the absolute bottom line for the Irish government and…
  • October 16th 2018 at 13:15

Olympic boxing on the brink

By BBC Radio 5 live
Could the crisis at the top of amateur boxing mean the sport is left out of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo? Mike and Steve examine the issues faced, and discuss the importance of the amateur set up to the overall health of the sport in the UK. Then, review of a busy weekend of action, including pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford’s win over Jose Benavidez, Lewis Ritson’s upset defeat in Newcastle, and the latest on Billy Joe Saunders’ failed drug test.


  • October 16th 2018 at 10:36

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  • October 16th 2018 at 11:51

Farmers must weigh calves and their mothers at cost of €50 to qualify for €40 subsidy – McGrath

By WGMedia

‘The Minister’s treatment of farmers is farcical.’

Sligo News File

There were strong exchanges in the Dail when last weekend a South of Ireland Deputy challenged agriculture Minister Michael Creed over his handling of the fodder crisis.

Mattie McGrath, TD …farmers must spend €50 to get €40 subsidy.

TD Mattie McGrath spoke of conditions in “Tipperary, east Waterford, south Kilkenny and east Cork, as well as other parts of the country” where he said farmers were “completely burned by the drought.”

He said: “The Minister has made no real effort to address this.

“I would love to know what inducements he is giving to stakeholders to come up with the figures he has given us. The situation on the ground is very different and many farmers have huge issues with not having enough fodder and no way of getting funding. The banks effectively are not working and the money announced in last year’s budget was not drawn down, while this year’s budget was a damp squib for agriculture.

“Suckler herds are on their knees and farmers in that sector wanted €200 per cow, but the Minister gave them €40, but one must weigh calves and their mothers, meaning the farmers must spend €50 to get €40. The Minister’s treatment of farmers is farcical.”

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture.

Creed: “The Deputy should reflect seriously on the accusation he has made against Teagasc to the effect that it has manipulated figures. It conducted a national fodder survey, the veracity of which has been accepted by all stakeholders. I accept that within the national deficit of 11%; there are individual holdings where it is higher. The best outcome from the stakeholder forum was the advice from the advisory services, namely, Teagasc, private advisers or co-operatives. The Deputy should reflect on his charge that a State organisation has manipulated figures.”

McGrath: “It has questions to answer.”

Creed: “The Deputy is seeking a cheap headline. It is rather unfortunate to try to make a cheap political point on the backs of farmers, who have had an extremely difficult year.”

McGrath: “The farmers have sleepless nights. Certain others do not.”

Creed: “It is a hit-and-run effort by Deputy Mattie McGrath. He will not even stay for the rest of Question Time.”

McGrath: “The Minister does not even run or hit.”

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Ó Muilleoir welcomes Lisburn jobs boost

Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has welcomed the announcement of almost 300 new jobs at Camlin engineering firm in Lisburn as part of a £28 million expansion.
  • October 16th 2018 at 11:09

Maskey criticises PBP 'Brexit cheerleaders'

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has said there are certainly no reasons to be cheerful about Brexit for the people of the north and for people right across the island of Ireland. The West Belfast MP was responding to criticism from People Before Profit after anti-Brexit posters were erected across Belfast over the weekend.
  • October 16th 2018 at 10:20

Irish government and EU council should follow European Parliament and stand firm - Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the European Parliament is standing firm on the need to protect the backstop and called on the EU Council and Irish governments to do the same.
  • October 16th 2018 at 10:17

Ministers Stanton & Murphy must ensure that Clondalkin Towers stays open – Ó Broin

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin has called onMinisters David Stanton and Eoghan Murphy to do all he can to ensure that theClondalkin Towers direct provision centre remains open. The centre is due toclose on December 3rd following a breakdown in talks between the Reception andIntegration Agency and the company running the…
  • October 16th 2018 at 07:51