20 November 2018

Re-Starting Pistol Sounds at Lucan Harriers Development - Fitzgerald

Local Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the news that work has commenced on the Lucan Harriers track.

"I worked very closely with the Lucan Harriers members, coaches, supporters and families to ensure that a successful Capital Sports Grant of €200,000 was achieved in 2015.

“I shared in the frustration and disappointment of local residents and club members at the continued. I am delighted to be able to finally share in their relief and excitement as we near completion of the development.

“I’m very pleased that McSweeney Sports Surfaces has assembled on-site to finish the track. I have been assured that a tarmac surface will be fully laid before the end of the year – with a further synthetic surface to be installed in the spring months.

“Congratulations to all of the coaches and members, who have continued to train, compete and win silverware at regional, county and national events – despite having no training unit of their own.  I look forward to continuing my work with Maria, Fiona and all of the volunteers in this important club.” 


Communities Will Benefit From New Healthcare Measures – Fitzgerald

Budget 2019 shows healthcare and childcare are key priorities for Government, a local TD has said.

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald has said that the Budget contains a range of new fair and sustainable measures to care for the most vulnerable in our communities and make life easier for families in Dublin

Greater access to GP visit cards and €1 billion investment in mental health services in progressive Budget for 2019

“This year’s Health Budget is the highest level of Health investment in the history of the State. This year, Fine Gael will invest an additional €1.2 billion in health, facilitating a range of additional services including initiatives proposed under Sláintecare.

“These include a €25 increase in the weekly income threshold for GP Visit cards; a 50 cent reduction in prescription charges from €2.00 to €1.50 for all medical card holders over the age of 70; and a €10 reduction in the monthly Drugs Payment Scheme threshold from €134 to €124.

“An additional €84 million will be provided for Mental Health Services in 2019 bringing the total available funding for Mental Health to €1 billion, an increase of 9 per cent.

“We are also providing €150 million more for disability services next year to bring total funding in this area to almost €2 billion.

“This progressive and caring Budget will make a real difference in the lives of families and communities across Ireland.”


Fitzgerald Unveils Life-Changing Physiotherapy Equipment in Peamount Hospital

A new state-of-the-art piece of equipment was launched this week in the Peamount Hospital Rehabilitation Unit by Dublin Mid-West T.D., Frances Fitzgerald.

The HUR Pulley Functional Trainer (PFT) is the first of its kind in the country, having completed an initial trial for a number of months. Designed in Finland, the free-standing machine can be used by both inpatients and out-patients to improve their limb and core strength.

Speaking at the launch, Fitzgerald commented:

“I am delighted that Peamount now has top-of-the-range equipment for strength-rehabilitating patients. A number of patients in the room today have told me about their experience with the machine and the visible signs of improvement that they have experienced as a result of this trial. I’m also encouraged to hear the PFT can also be used by wheelchair-users – as well as patients who have suffered from stroke or have undergone hip-replacement surgery.”

Thanking all involved in the acquisition of the equipment, Fitzgerald noted:

“This would not have been possible without the generosity that was shown through the Patient Donations Fund and the hard-working staff in Peamount Hospital. I am a great admirer of environments which require a multidisciplinary approach – and the Rehabilitation Unit is testament to such an approach. Congratulations to the occupational therapists; physiotherapists; social workers; consultant geriatricians; student physiotherapists and all of the staff, whose small acts make the difference during difficult journeys to recovery.”

Development of new 100-bed unit progressing towards completion

Deputy Fitzgerald also welcomed the development of the new healthcare facility within the complex, which is currently under construction. This will provide an additional 50 residential beds as well as 50 neuro-rehabilitation beds – all of which will help address the complex needs of many patients.

“I am looking forward to seeing the completion of this much-needed project in Peamount Hospital. I intend to follow its progression over the coming months – and I shall continue to work closely with Minister Harris to ensure that this new development delivers in its huge potential.


22 October 2018

Statement on Publication of DIsclosures Tribunal Report

Local Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald has welcomed the publication of the Charleton Report.

“On a personal level I am pleased that I have been found to have acted appropriately, used my judgement well, and that my evidence has been accepted as truthful.

“I established the Tribunal to find the truth about very disturbing information given to me when I was Minister for Justice & Equality, and am pleased that it is proving effective in the quest for the truth in these complex matters,” she said. “There are many lessons to be drawn from the Report, which requires thorough and careful reading.”

As the Report points out, the consequence last November of politicians, the public and the media going on ‘leaked snippets’ in relation to the O’Higgins Commission was that “…at a crucial juncture for Ireland in the Brexit negotiations, the Government of our country came close to falling and in the ultimate result Frances Fitzgerald TD the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, who had formerly been Minister for Justice and Equality resigned from office on 28th November 2017.”

“It is tempting to jump to conclusions in complex situations but in both politics and the media this must be tempered by respect for facts and due process.,” Ms Fitzgerald said, adding that at all times she had abided by these principles.

The Report restates the vital role that Sergeant Maurice McCabe has played in shining a light on poor practices, which Ms Fitzgerald always acknowledged in her dealings with him. The Report’s emphasis on the reform and ethical standards required of An Garda Siochana, areas which Ms Fitzgerald had spearheaded as Minister for Justice, indicate the extent of change which must be achieved.

Ms Fitzgerald has thanked An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, for his support during and since the controversy erupted in late 2017, pointing to his prophetic words at the time of her resignation:

In the past few days a drip-drip of information may have made certain things seem greater than they are. There was a feeding frenzy, and it became impossible for her to get a fair hearing based on the full facts. I hope that will change in the period ahead.” (Dáil Éireann: 28th November 2017)

I also want to thank my Fine Gael colleagues and all of my constituents - and of course, my family for their support.
The Tribunal has now provided a Report of that fair hearing based on the full facts, Ms Fitzgerald concluded, and she thanked Justice Charleton for his hard work and a very comprehensive report.


27 September 2018

Government Has No Intention of Discontinuing the Christmas Bonus

Local Dublin Mid-West TD, Frances Fitzgerald is assuring locals that the Government has no intention of discontinuing the Christmas Bonus. 

“I can confirm that Minister Doherty has absolutely no intention of discontinuing the Christmas Bonus for any Social Welfare recipient. 

“I know many people have been concerned in recent days following reports in the media regarding discontinuing the Christmas Bonus. 

“I understand that there were suggestions that the bonus was under threat – however, I want to assure everybody that this is absolutely incorrect. As is always the case, there is currently no provision for a Christmas bonus in the Department of Social Protection's allocation for 2018, the decision to pay a Christmas Bonus is made at budget time every year. 

“I was contacted by a number of concerned constituents on this issue and I am happy to be in a position to clarify that the Government has absolutely no intention of discontinuing the Christmas Bonus for any Social Welfare recipient. 

“The Christmas Bonus was abolished in 2009 by under the Fianna Fáil Government. As the economy recovered, I was very pleased to see it reinstated by Fine Gael in 2014 at the rate of 25%. “This was increased to a 75% payment in 2015 and further increased to 85% in 2016 and 2017,” the Fine Gael TD concluded.