Gardai maliciously injured in the line of duty are having to wait years for compensation, with some Gardai having to wait for over a decade for their application to processed. A Garda is entitled to seek compensation if the Minister for Justice is of the opinion that the member sustained an injury that is not minor in nature, while on duty and was maliciously inflicted the Minister will issue a certificate of Authorisation authorising the applicant to lodge proceedings in the High Court for compensation where both the Garda and the State will be represented by Barristers. Consequently the process is archaic, uneccesarily complicated and costly to the state.This matter ought to be taken out of the High Court. In 2012 the government approved of a new scheme to speed up the process but has yet to implement it. The Minister at the time accepted that the revised scheme was expected to save about €3 million each year in reduced awards, legal fees and administrative costs. However, it has yet to be implemented. This new scheme would speed up the process, drive down costs and free up the valuable time of High Court Judges to concentrate on other areas of law where there are chronic delays. Gardai who put their safety in harms way for the benefit of our community are entitled to expect speedy compensation for their suffering. In a response to Bobby Aylward TD the Minister confirmed that there are currently 317 Gardai waiting for compensation claims to be processed by the Department.
New FF Bill will beef up battle against rural crime – Browne
- CCTVs at all motorway junctions to detect mobile criminal gangs -
Fianna Fáil has published a new Bill, which will aim to clamp down on the spate of rural crime sweeping across the country by targeting mobile gangs.
The Bill introduced in the Dáil last week will set up CCTV cameras at all major road junctions in order to assist Gardai in identifying and apprehending criminal gangs using the motorway network. It will be debated in the Dáil in the coming months but requires Government support for it to come into law.
Fianna Fáil Dáil candidate for Wexford Cllr James Browne explained, “Communities across Wexford have been hit by a spike in crime over the past year. Many of these robberies are being carried out by organised gangs who tour the country and mark out areas to target. These gangs are travelling from the bigger towns and cities, using the motorway network as an easy access route. We need to ensure that greater protection measures are put in place to guard against these targeted attacks and these proposals will go a long way to achieving that.
“There have been a number of particularly high profile robberies in Wexford in recent months and communities are genuinely living in fear. We cannot continue to allow career criminals abuse our motorway network to terrorise people in their own homes and businesses. Fianna Fáil has consistently called for more resources for Gardai to tackle rural crime and the rolling out of CCTV along our motorways will provide additional supports to officers on the ground.
“This is a simple, practical Bill to help the Gardai do their job. The Wexford division has suffered a huge depletion in Garda numbers over the past four years and every available resource is needed to assist the officers who are tasked with policing this area. Nationally there has been an 8% increase in crime levels, and the fear levels in communities across Wexford are rising as well. This Bill is one step on the road to addressing this.
“We want to see this proposed legislation debated as quickly as possible. The Government claims to be committed to tackling rural crime, it should back up these claims by supporting this Bill when it reaches the floor of the Dáil”.
The Castlebridge House Conservatory is 'an exquisite piece of craftsmanship' and is an irreplaceable piece of Wexford's heritage that is on the verge of being lost forever. The cast-iron conservatory at Castlebridge House was built by the famous Pierce's of Pierce's Foundry. The County Council bought Castlebridge House in 1974 and it remains in their ownership. Since then the conservatory has been allowed to fall into serious decay. "I am calling on the council to immediately put in place a plan to preserve the conservatory in the first place and restore it to its original beauty as a tourist attraction."
The CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions was published today. Key statistics are:
Unfortuneately I can't say I'm surprised at the above shocking statistic. My experience on the ground is that the most vulnerable and the working poor have been deliberately targeted consistently by this government in successive regressive budgets. The policies of this government have led to an increasingly devided society.
For the full report click on the following link: http://www.socialjustice.ie/content/policy-issues/deprivation-almost-doubled-government-took-office
“The IDA has carried out only one sponsored site visit in Wexford this year to date, the second lowest in the country, it can be revealed.” This information was revealed to Fianna Fáil TD Dara Calleary, in a reply to a Dáil question put to Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton.
“Following on from the revelation that there were no IDA sponsored site visits to County Wexford last year, this is continued proof that the IDA has no interest in County Wexford and is incriminating evidence of this government's lack of commitment to the people of Wexford. These figures can be compared with County Louth, for example, which has had 18 site visits in the last 2 years.”
“While the government is ever busy making announcements there is little evidence of anything happening on the ground. The Wexford Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) released this summer highlighted that County Wexford continues to suffer high levels of unemployment, high dependence on small business, low take-up of second and third level education and social deprivation. In short Wexford is an economic blackspot and the government continues to do little to help.”
Cllr Browne is calling on the Government to provide a specific economic support plan for County Wexford. Cllr Browne also believes that County Wexford is losing out by being part of the South East IDA region and would fair better if there was a re-alignment of the IDA to include Wexford as part of a greater Dublin IDA region.
Cllr Browne is calling on Wexford County Council to provide a wheelchair accessible swing for Enniscorthy. Cllr Browne has stated that Enniscorthy Municipal Council and its predecessor council, Enniscorthy Town Council can rightly be praised for its work on providing playgrounds in the town, however he highlights the absence of a wheelchair accessible swing as being unfortunate.
Cllr Browne has stated “Wheelchair accessible swings are quite common throughout the country and it is notable that Enniscorthy Town continues to be absent one. It is very important that people with disabilities be able to participate fully in normal social activities with other children in order to help young people with disabilities to build confidence and break down stigmas.”
OYLEGATE UNABLE TO COPE WITH TRAFFIC FROM PROPOSED BYPASS – COUNCILLOR
A general election candidate and County Councillor has called for the new Enniscorthy bypass to include Oylegate.
Speaking a day after the turning of the sod for the new dual carriageway, Fianna Fail’s James Browne says otherwise the village will be inindated with traffic.
The project – due to be completed by 2018 – will see new carriageways to the East and West of Enniscorthy, which will revert to a two-lane road just North of Oylegate.
This, says Cllr Browne, will result in tailbacks as the present road structure in the village is totally inadequate to cope.
He’s calling on the powers that be to re-examine the plans to see if it’s possible to include Oylegate in the bypass.