07 July 2016

Keeping in Touch - July 2016

 Keeping in Touch - July 2016

Frances Fitzgerald TD Tánaiste, Minister for Justice and Equality

Delivering for Our Community – Locally and Nationally

Dear Residents,I hope this email newsletter finds you and your family well and that you are enjoying the summer so far!Well done to our fantastic Boys in Green, in particular Clondalkins Glen Whelan and Stephen Quinn, doing the nation proud and representing us in the Euros in the best possible way. I was delighted to secure permission from Dublin City Council for the Fanzone in Smithfield for the match against France! As usual our supporters did us proud showcasing the remarkable friendliness of the Irish fans, making them every other country’s second team at this years championship. The teams achievement in beating Italy, reaching the knockout stages, and taking on the host nation cannot be underestimated. The supporters excelled themselves as ambassadors for our country, and it was a great source of pride to see that every French city had the welcome sign out for the Irish supporters. Below is an update on just some of the issues I have been working on this month. Please continue to keep in touch with me on the issues of concern to you. Feel free to log onto my website www.francesfitzgerald.ie for more on my work on your behalf, both as a local T.D. and nationally as Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality.If I can at any time be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate get in touch.Best,

20 June 2016

Fitzgerald marks Father’s Day with publication of Paternity Bill

Local TD and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald marked Father’s Day by confirming publication of the Paternity Bill to provide fathers with two weeks of paternity leave and two weeks of paternity benefit.

Fitzgerald and her colleague Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar TD visited Farmleigh on Father’s Day to promote the Bill to families. It will be formally published today (Monday) and introduced to the Dáil this coming Friday.

Fitzgerald said: “This legislation has been a priority for me since the new Partnership Government was established in May. This will be very welcome news for local fathers and local families, and will afford them the opportunity to be more involved at the earliest stages of a child’s development. In fact it will be beneficial for the whole family, as studies show that targeting investment in a child’s early years leads to better outcomes for both the child and wider society.

“I have been a strong advocate for the necessity of paid paternity leave for many years. Consistent findings show that targeting investment in a child’s early years leads to better outcomes for both the child and wider society.

30 May 2016

86,000 due to receive Carer’s Support Grant this week

86,000 due to receive Carer’s Support Grant this week

Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has confirmed that 86,000 carers are due to receive the Carer’s Support Grant later this week, Thursday June 2nd, and those who are not automatically eligible to apply.

She said “The grant is paid automatically to some carers but I am urging all carers who qualify to apply for the grant, there is still time to make an application.”

“The Carer’s Support Grant has been restored to its previous level of €1,700. This is an important grant which is paid automatically to carers who are already in receipt of schemes like the Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit and Domiciliary Care Allowance,” Fitzgerald said.

“Other full-time carers who are not eligible for these schemes can also apply for the Grant, and I would advise them to make an application as soon as possible. Carers who provide full-time care for more than one person may also be entitled to €1,700 for each person that they are caring for.

"The payment, previously known as the Respite Care Grant, had been reduced by €325 during the economic crisis. However, I am very pleased that we have been able to restore it to its previous level of €1,700.”

The grant is an annual payment available to all carers providing full-time care and attention to an older person or a child or adult with a disability, regardless of their means or PRSI contributions. The annual Carer’s Support Grant is paid in respect of each care recipient to take account of the additional cost of providing respite care for one or more recipients of care. 

“The Government is very aware of the vital service provided by carers across Lucan, Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart, Brittas and Palmerstown. The Department of Social Protection provides funding to support training for carers and in the last two years, over €900,000 has been provided to 16 groups, including €300,000 to Family Carers Ireland. 

“This year €500,000 is being made available again, through the Dormant Accounts Fund, for programmes to help home carers with the transition at the end of their caring role.  These programmes will be administered by Pobal and guidelines are currently being finalised for the application process,” concluded Fitzgerald.

25 May 2016

Fitzgerald Presents Esteemed Awards to Local Boys

Local TD and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald was on hand yesterday evening [Monday 23rd May 2016] to present esteemed awards in Moyle Park College to incoming students who took part in the Mensa assessment and to those who were accepted into Mensa.

The incoming student from a variety of primary school around Clondalkin completed a long day of entrance exam which were based on a Cognitive Ability Test as well as a Mensa exam. The top thirty students were then invited to take part in the Mensa exams.

06 May 2016

The new Partnership Government will work for the people to make their lives better and build a fairer Ireland

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald was appointed Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality on Friday 6th May following the formation of the new Partnership Government.
"It is a particular honour, one that I recognise and value highly, for me to be appointed as Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality. It is a true honour to have been entrusted with this responsibility and I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported me.
"This partnership Government is not just new; it is profoundly and radically different. As everybody knows, it has taken time, commitment, energy and effort to reach this point. It has taken a willingness to listen, to question and to accept differing viewpoints, traits that are important and that we need in abundance if we are to meet the socioeconomic and international challenges that we face in this world.
"The new Partnership Government will work for all the people to make their lives better and build a fairer Ireland. Following many weeks of intense negotiations, my colleagues and I have listened carefully to what people said at the election, and I feel positive that the programme for government, which has now been agreed upon, reflects that. This Government will work to create a fairer Ireland with the support of a strong economy, and will work to address the key issues that have been raised about housing and homelessness, health, jobs and better public services.
"The Programme for Government has clear and measurable targets, including:
ü meeting the target of building 25,000 new homes needed every year by 2020
ü creating 200,000 jobs by 2020, including 135,000 outside Dublin
ü increasing Garda numbers to 15,000
"This Government wants to ensure we have thriving communities, and a country that looks after its people from the time they come into the world to the time they leave. This new Partnership Government wants to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to succeed, nobody is left behind and the best life opportunities are possible for all our people.
"As Tánaiste and a member of this Government, I am ready to tackle the many challenges faced by the country and I am mindful of my duty to put the people first. I want everyone to have the peace of mind that comes from feeling safe and secure in their lives and I’m committed to working every day for the people to achieve that goal. Success for us will be measured by an improved quality of life for our people and by the opportunities a fair society provides for every single citizen.
"I look forward to continuing my work in Lucan, Clondalkin, Palmerstown, Newcastle, Rathcoole, Saggart and Brittas and striving to make a real difference and delivering a stable and fair Ireland in the months and years ahead," she concluded.