McGuinness requests EPA air quality monitoring for Dungarvan

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has written to the Environmental Protection Agency to request on-site monitoring of air quality in Dungarvan.  McGuinness said: The EPA manages the national ambient air quality network. The agency also measures the levels of atmospheric pollutants such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter. All ofContinue reading “McGuinness requests EPA air quality monitoring for Dungarvan”

McGuinness welcomes workshop on wind energy guidelines

Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed confirmation from the Council that a workshop on the proposed new wind energy guidelines will take place this month. The Sinn Féin representative had requested the workshop and a cross-party submission a number of weeks ago.  McGuinness said: “I want to see an all-of-Waterford submission on the proposed newContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes workshop on wind energy guidelines”

Cuireann McGuinness fáilte roimh mhaoiniú Fhoras na Gaeilge le haghaidh Féile Bia Iarthar Phort Láirge

Chuir Conor D. McGuinness fáilte roimh mhaoiniú ó Fhoras na Gaeilge i gcomhair Féile Bia Thiar Phort Láirge. Bronnadh an maoiniú faoi Scéim na bhFéilte, scéim a sholáthraíonn maoiniú d’ábhair agus imeachtaí Gaeilge i bhféilte. Ba é Féile Bia Thiar Phort Láirge an t-aon iarratasóir ó Chontae Phort Láirge.

Fine Gael has run out of ideas for Irish Farming – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Fine Gael has run out of ideas for the Irish agriculture sector and for rural communities.  Speaking in response to the Fine Gael agriculture ‘proposals’ this week McGuinness said: “Fine Gael are promising more of the same at a time when many farmers fear for theirContinue reading “Fine Gael has run out of ideas for Irish Farming – McGuinness”

Planning permission for UHW cath lab welcome but staffing issues remain – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the decision of Waterford Council to grant planning permission to the HSE to the second cath lab at University Hospital Waterford, but warned that without serious action on staffing 24/7 cardiac care will remain a pipe dream. McGuinness is a member of the Regional Health Forum. “IContinue reading “Planning permission for UHW cath lab welcome but staffing issues remain – McGuinness”

McGuinness calls for all-of-Waterford submission on Wind Energy Guidelines

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called for all Waterford councillors to work together and make a joint ‘all-of-Waterford’ submission regarding the review of the Government’s Wind Energy Development Guidelines that is currently underway.  McGuinness said: The 2006 guidelines are almost a decade and a half out of date. There has been significant advancesContinue reading “McGuinness calls for all-of-Waterford submission on Wind Energy Guidelines”

Waterford Councillor to represent Ireland in Europe on EU Committee of the Regions

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness will represent Ireland on the EU body tasked with giving local government a voice at European level. The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is comprised of 350 councillors from across Europe and is oneof the democratic institutions of the the European Union. It plays a part in the formulationContinue reading “Waterford Councillor to represent Ireland in Europe on EU Committee of the Regions”

‘Improvement Works in Lieu’ scheme can help relieve housing pressures in rural Waterford

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called for Waterford Council to promote the Improvement Works In Lieu scheme (IWIL), which allows local authorities to improve or extend privately owned houses as an alternative to providing a council house. The local authority carries out the work and the occupier pays the council back over aContinue reading “‘Improvement Works in Lieu’ scheme can help relieve housing pressures in rural Waterford”

Huge reaction to homeless Dignity Packs appeal

West Waterford Sinn Féin has received a huge response to its dignity packs for the homeless appeal. The project sought to gather toiletries and essential personal items for homeless people and thanks to the generosity of all who contributed 100 packs have been made and will be distributed via homeless charities over the coming days. Continue reading “Huge reaction to homeless Dignity Packs appeal”

McGuinness slams 600k cut to Council’s housing budget

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has slammed a cut of at least €600,000 to the Council’s Housing Department in the 2020 Budget.  McGuinness said:  “The Council took in €600,000 extra in rents in 2019 and the same amount has been budgeted for next year, but this money is being cut from the housing budgetContinue reading “McGuinness slams 600k cut to Council’s housing budget”

Sinn Féin opposes rates increases for local SMEs – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has criticised the rates increase of 2.5% which will hit small and medium enterprises, and questioned the legal and administrative basis for a proposed rebate scheme.  McGuinness said: “Sinn Féin councillors were alone in their opposition to the rates increases, which will impact on small and medium enterprises acrossContinue reading “Sinn Féin opposes rates increases for local SMEs – McGuinness”

Time for bye-law to protect life saving equipment in public places – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that a new bye-law is required to combat vandalism and theft of essential life-saving equipment such as defibrillators and ring-buoys. McGuinness said: “Over the past twelve months we have seen several local instances of vandalism and theft of emergency life-saving equipment. Over recent days there have beenContinue reading “Time for bye-law to protect life saving equipment in public places – McGuinness”

McGuinness welcomes publication of legislation for domestic violence leave

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the publication of a bill that will provide for a statutory entitlement of up to ten days paid leave for persons experiencing domestic violence. The Bill was introduced in the Dáil this week by Sinn Féin, and is is being supported by a number of trade unionsContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes publication of legislation for domestic violence leave”

Sinn Féin Councillors hold firm and stand up for Waterford – McGuinness

Conor McGuinness, Sinn Féin council group leader, said this evening that the party did not, and could not, support the proposed austerity budget for Waterford tonight, adding that it is investment and not cuts that are needed. Councillor McGuinness said: “Since the May election Sinn Féin has worked constructively with a wide range of groupsContinue reading “Sinn Féin Councillors hold firm and stand up for Waterford – McGuinness”

McGuinness ‘disappointed’ with government failure to address budget crisis

Sinn Féin group leader on Waterford City and County Council Conor D. McGuinness has expressed his disappointment at the failure of Government to address the budget crisis facing the local authority. He made the comments following a meeting with local government minister John Paul Phelan this afternoon. “Government created this crisis and are content toContinue reading “McGuinness ‘disappointed’ with government failure to address budget crisis”

SF rejects savage Government cuts & rates increases for Waterford

Sinn Féin has rejected a proposed budget that includes cuts and rates increases as a result of the confidence and supply government’s fiasco on Irish Water rates, and instead reiterated the call for a meeting with the Minister responsible to seek a solution to the budgetary crisis he created. Sinn Féin group leader on WaterfordContinue reading “SF rejects savage Government cuts & rates increases for Waterford”

SF reject savage government cuts & rates increases for Waterford

Sinn Féin has rejected a proposed budget that includes cuts and rates increases as a result of the confidence and supply government’s fiasco on Irish Water rates, and instead reiterated the call for a meeting with the Minister responsible to seek a solution to the budgetary crisis he created. Sinn Féin group leader on WaterfordContinue reading “SF reject savage government cuts & rates increases for Waterford”

Cllr Conor McGuinness: full comments from Waterford Council budget meeting

A Mhéara,  I want to thank the finance team for their work, availability and professionalism over recent weeks. This Council however is a political institution, and we are tasked with Mmaking political decisions here, in the interest of  the people we are elected to serve.  The Sinn Féin council group will not be supporting theContinue reading “Cllr Conor McGuinness: full comments from Waterford Council budget meeting”

McGuinness: Sinn Féin seeks emergency meeting in wake of ‘weak and inadequate’ Government response

Sinn Féin council group leader Conor McGuinness has called for an Emergency Meeting of Waterford City and County Council to be convened ‘with the utmost urgency’ to discuss the ‘weak and inadequate’ response from Government to the cut it has made to the local authorities budget.   McGuinness said: “We met in emergency session whenContinue reading “McGuinness: Sinn Féin seeks emergency meeting in wake of ‘weak and inadequate’ Government response”

Government spending more on rent subsidies than house building – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ‘confidence and supply’ government will spend more money on rent subsidies than on house building in 2020. He made the comments at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Derry, where he secured the support of the party for an immediateContinue reading “Government spending more on rent subsidies than house building – McGuinness”

€15 cannabis convictions distracting from serious drug dealing in West Waterford – McGuinness  

Sinn Féin Councillor and Joint Policing Committee member Conor D. McGuinness has said that a focus on securing convictions for minor infractions is drawing scarce resources from tackling more serious drug dealing in West Waterford. He said that the failure by Government to adequately fund the National Drugs Strategy is contributing to a growing drugsContinue reading “€15 cannabis convictions distracting from serious drug dealing in West Waterford – McGuinness  “

McGuinness: South East ignored when it comes to marine planning

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the views of people in the South East must not be ignored by Government as it puts together a framework for marine planning.  McGuinness said: “The Government has formally launched the consultation on the Draft National Marine Planning Framework, which will underpin future development at seaContinue reading “McGuinness: South East ignored when it comes to marine planning”

McGuinness welcomes long awaited movement on Tree Management Plan

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed movement by Waterford City and County Council on the development of a Tree Management Plan. McGuinness said: “Earlier today the Council’s strategic policy committee on the Environment, Biodiversity and Climate Action discussed my proposal for a Tree Management Plan and agreed to begin work in developing thisContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes long awaited movement on Tree Management Plan”

I will continue to be a strong voice for Waterford and hard working families – David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has been unanimously selected as the Sinn Féin candidate to contest the next General Election. At a packed convention held in Waterford City, Deputy Cullinane was strongly supported by Sinn Féin members and local councillors. Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill addressed the convention. Speaking at the convention, Deputy CullinaneContinue reading “I will continue to be a strong voice for Waterford and hard working families – David Cullinane TD”

Lack of resources for community mental health to blame for Psychiatry Dept. overcrowding – McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that a lack of resources for community mental health services is to blame for the overcrowd in the Department of Psychiatry at University Hospital Waterford. He made the comments following a meeting with representatives of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) and in the wake of growing controversyContinue reading “Lack of resources for community mental health to blame for Psychiatry Dept. overcrowding – McGuinness”

Climate Action Charter meaningless unless accompanied by funding – McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness has given a guarded welcome to the new Climate Action Charter for Local Authorities, which commits the local government sector to driving forward meaningful climate action in their communities. He warned, however, that the charter is meaningless unless funding is made available to implement the measures it contains.  McGuinnessContinue reading “Climate Action Charter meaningless unless accompanied by funding – McGuinness”

Onus on government parties to fill €3.3 million budget gap – McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the onus is now on the confidence and supply Government parties of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to fill the gap in Waterford’s finances which has arisen as a result of their decisions at national level.  McGuinness said: “Waterford Council cannot be expected to do theContinue reading “Onus on government parties to fill €3.3 million budget gap – McGuinness”

Dysfunctional HAP scheme is failing families – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the Housing Assistance Payment scheme is dysfunctional and is failing families in West Waterford. McGuinness said: “There is a shortage of available and affordable accommodation in Dungarvan. Population growth coupled with economic growth has meant that rents and house prices and rents are rising faster thanContinue reading “Dysfunctional HAP scheme is failing families – McGuinness”

Regional economic strategy needs to include housing as a key priority – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES), which is currently being finalised, needs to include housing as a key priority. McGuinness said: “I have made a comprehensive submission to the Southern Regional Authority regarding their draft plan. My submission calls for the development of sufficient quantityContinue reading “Regional economic strategy needs to include housing as a key priority – McGuinness”

Development Plan update urgently required to protect communities from industrial turbines – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has hit out at plans to construct two 182m wind turbines in the Waterford Gaeltacht and has said that its now more urgent than ever that work begins on a new County Development Plan.  McGuinness said:  “It’s clear that there are advanced plans by a German-based investor to situateContinue reading “Development Plan update urgently required to protect communities from industrial turbines – McGuinness”

Council gives backing to school secretaries campaign – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed cross party support for a motion of support for school secretaries who are currently engaged in an industrial dispute for fairness when it comes to pay and conditions.  McGuinness said:  “School Secretaries play pivotal roles in our school communities. The country’s 3,500 School Secretaries are the firstContinue reading “Council gives backing to school secretaries campaign – McGuinness”

Dungarvan must not be afforded second class status in Regional Plan – McGuinness

Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Dungarvan must not be afforded second class status in the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) that is currently being developed. In a submission to the Southern Regional Assembly the Sinn Féin councillor also called for community and recreational infrastructure to be seen as a strategic priority forContinue reading “Dungarvan must not be afforded second class status in Regional Plan – McGuinness”

Submission – Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy

Submission to the Southern Regional Assembly in relation to the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Southern Region and the Public Consultation on the Proposed Material Amendments to same.   Cllr. Conor D. McGuinness Waterford City and County Council   I want to commend the members and officials of the Southern Regional AssemblyContinue reading “Submission – Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy”

Council votes for Local Property Tax freeze – McGuinness

A majority of Waterford City and County councillors have voted for no increase to the Local Property Tax (LPT) for 2020. The Council majority, made up of Sinn Féin, Independent, Labour and Green Party councillors, voted for a freeze on the LPT rate for the coming year. Council Chief Executive Michael Walsh had sought aContinue reading “Council votes for Local Property Tax freeze – McGuinness”

Time for Government to treat school secretaries with respect – McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called on the Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD to meet the very reasonable demands of School Secretaries who are fighting for respect and fairness in work. McGuinness made the call after joining school secretaries at the gates of St. Joseph’s and Scoil Náisiúnta na Rinne on Friday Morning.  SecretariesContinue reading “Time for Government to treat school secretaries with respect – McGuinness”

#MakeWayDay campaign gets Council backing – McGuinness

Waterford City and County Council has given its backing to the annual Make Way Day campaign that was initiated by the Disability Federation of Ireland in recent years. The support came on foot of a motion brought to Council by Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness.  McGuinness said:  “Make Way Day is a campaign thatContinue reading “#MakeWayDay campaign gets Council backing – McGuinness”

McGuinness welcomes HSE plans for Youghal Primary Care Centre

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed confirmation from the HSE that they are actively reviewing locations for a Primary Care Centre in Youghal. McGuinness was speaking at a meeting of the Regional Health Forum in Cork City where he raised the need to accessible health care services for rural communities in West Waterford.Continue reading “McGuinness welcomes HSE plans for Youghal Primary Care Centre”

Waterford united in opposition to Mercosur deal – McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed unanimous backing for his motion opposing the controversial Mercosur trade deal between the EU and a number of South American countries. McGuinness said: “There has been strong and vocal opposition to the proposed Mercosur Trade Deal over recent months, with serious concerns expressed by prominent environmental expertsContinue reading “Waterford united in opposition to Mercosur deal – McGuinness”

Waterford unanimous in opposition to Mercosur deal – McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed unanimous backing for his motion opposing the controversial Mercosur trade deal between the EU and a number of South American countries. McGuinness said: “There has been strong and vocal opposition to the proposed Mercosur Trade Deal over recent months, with serious concerns expressed by prominent environmental expertsContinue reading “Waterford unanimous in opposition to Mercosur deal – McGuinness”

McGuinness: It’s time for a public swimming pool in Dungarvan

There is a growing demand for a public swimming pool in Dungarvan to serve residents of the town and West Waterford more generally. I believe Dungarvan not only deserves, but also needs, its own 25m public swimming pool. A public swimming pool would provide an essential piece of sports infrastructure and a fantastic public amenityContinue reading “McGuinness: It’s time for a public swimming pool in Dungarvan”

Dungarvan Councillor backs cross-party letter of concern on Garda reform

Waterford’s Sinn Féin elected representatives have co-signed a letter to the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice calling for a rethink on proposed Garda reform plans that will be detrimental to policing and public safety in Co. Waterford. David Cullinane and Councillors Breda Brennan, Declan Clune, Jim Griffin, John Hearne and Conor McGuinness addedContinue reading “Dungarvan Councillor backs cross-party letter of concern on Garda reform”

McGuinness welcomes Bill on Beef Price Transparency

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the the publication this week of the Beef Price Transparency Bill 2019 by Sinn Féin. The Bill, if passed, will provide much needed transparency for Irish farmers with regard to beef pricing through the establishment of a beef market observatory designed to report on cattle prices onContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes Bill on Beef Price Transparency”

Youghal Pubs using Co. Waterford bottle banks to dispose of waste glass – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that a number of pubs in Youghal are using ‘bring banks’ in West Waterford to dispose of empty bottles and waste glass. McGuinness said: “It has become apparent over the past number of months that several pubs in Youghal have been making use of the glass recyclingContinue reading “Youghal Pubs using Co. Waterford bottle banks to dispose of waste glass – McGuinness”

McGuinness secures cross-party call for Minister to act on Heilbhic dredging

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness secured the unanimous support of Dungarvan-Lismore District Council for his motion calling for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make funding available for dredging at Cé Heilbhic fisheries harbour. McGuinness said: “Not only is Cé Heilbhic an important fishing harbour that provides employment locally, it alsoContinue reading “McGuinness secures cross-party call for Minister to act on Heilbhic dredging”

McGuinness Congratulates Waterford man on election as ICSA President 

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness lead Dungarvan-Lismore Council in congratulating Co. Waterford man Edmond Phelan on his recent election as President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association. McGuinness said: “I invite my fellow Councillors to join with me in congratulating a Co. Waterford man, who has recently been elected President of oneContinue reading “McGuinness Congratulates Waterford man on election as ICSA President “

HSE plans will see child psychology waiting times increase in Waterford – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has expressed grave concerns that children and families waiting up to twelve months for an initial autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnostic assessments and other initial consultations will be forced to wait considerably longer before being seen, as the HSE seek to merge the waiting list for Waterford into aContinue reading “HSE plans will see child psychology waiting times increase in Waterford – McGuinness”

McGuinness welcomes commitment by Energia to consult with fishermen on offshore wind farm

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed a commitment by Energia to consult with the local fishing industry before commencing any survey works off the West Waterford coastline. Energia Group have recently applied for a site investigation licence to carry out a preliminary survey regarding the possibility of locating an offshore wind energy farmContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes commitment by Energia to consult with fishermen on offshore wind farm”

Mental Health report shows system is failing Waterford – McGuinness

Sinn Fein Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has described the recently published Mental Health commission reports as a powerful indictment of a system that fails to meet the needs of patients or to protect their rights.    McGuinness said:   “The Mental Health Commission launched its annual Report for 2018 last week, which found a ‘significantContinue reading “Mental Health report shows system is failing Waterford – McGuinness”

Sinn Féin secures Progressive Council in Waterford – McGuinness

Sinn Féin group leader on Waterford Council Conor D. McGuinness has hailed the formation of a Progressive Alliance on Waterford City and County Council. The Alliance is made up of Sinn Féin, Labour, the Greens, and Independents. This follows a refusal by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to embrace the D’Hondt system to ensure fairContinue reading “Sinn Féin secures Progressive Council in Waterford – McGuinness”

Petition calls for immediate dredging in Heilbhic on safety grounds

Neasa de Paor, Aisling de Grás and Conor D. McGuinness A petition has been submitted to Waterford Council calling on the CEO to take immediate action to address the situation in Cé Heilbhic, where boats are prevented from entering or leaving the harbour at times due to a build up of sand. A public meeting wasContinue reading “Petition calls for immediate dredging in Heilbhic on safety grounds”

Achainí ag lorg dreidireacht i Heilbhic ar bhonn sábháilteachta

Tá achainí curtha isteach chuig an gComhairle ag iarraidh ar an bPríomhfheidhmeannach dul i ngleic leis an ngéarchéim i Heilbhic láithreach. Ní feidir le báid teacht nó imeacht ón gcuan ag brath ar an taoide. Pléadh an ábhar ag cruinniú poiblí ar an gcé tráthnóna dé hAoine agus nochtaigh iascairí agus a gclanne a mbuairtContinue reading “Achainí ag lorg dreidireacht i Heilbhic ar bhonn sábháilteachta”

McGuinness welcomes supports for Waterford farmers but maintains call for a Brexit relief fund

Sinn Féin area representative Conor McGuinness has welcomed the €50 million exceptional aid fund for Irish beef farmers announced by the European Commission, to be topped up to a total amount of €100m by the Irish government in order to compensate the sector for the negative impacts of Brexit. However, McGuinness cautioned that the crisisContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes supports for Waterford farmers but maintains call for a Brexit relief fund”

‘Forógra Gaeltachta’ seolta ag McGuinness

Tá ‘Forógra Gaeltachta’ seolta ag an iarrthóir Shinn Fein sna toghchán áitiúil Conor D. McGuinness lena mholtaí agus tosaíochtaí i dtaobh An Rinn agus an Sean Phobal. Dúirt McGuinness: “Táim tiomanta seasamh le muintir na Gaeltachta agus troid ar son chearta teangan do lucht labhartha na Gaelainne laistigh agus lasmuigh den Ghaeltacht. Dá dtoghfaí méContinue reading “‘Forógra Gaeltachta’ seolta ag McGuinness”

McGuinness sharply critical of ongoing broadband delay in Clashmore 

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has criticised the continued delay with the rollout of Eir’s 300k rural fibre broadband to Clashmore. “The target date for completion has been put back time and time again as Eir continues to shift the goalposts. Residents of the village are rightly frustrated and angry. “I haveContinue reading “McGuinness sharply critical of ongoing broadband delay in Clashmore “

McGuinness calls for Accessibility Audit for West Waterford 

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for an accessibility audit to take place across Dungarvan and West Waterford as a matter of urgency. McGuinness said: “Everyone should be able to use our public buildings and amenities, our footpaths and paved areas without facing barriers and obstacles, or the fear of falling.Continue reading “McGuinness calls for Accessibility Audit for West Waterford “

Policy paper on combatting rural crime shows the need for change in West Waterford – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has launched a policy paper aimed at tackling rural crime in West Waterford. The full paper, which was prepared by Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire and MEP Liadh Ní Riada, is available below and details the proactive policy measures that can be taken at localContinue reading “Policy paper on combatting rural crime shows the need for change in West Waterford – McGuinness”

McGuinness calls for Culture Strategy review and fairer allocation of funding to West Waterford

Sinn Féin election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for a mid-term review of the Culture band Creativity Strategy for Waterford City and County and for a fairer and more transparent allocation of funding to ensure West Waterford isn’t disadvantaged. “Waterford is blessed with a vibrant cultural and creative sector, from internationally recognised festivals, toContinue reading “McGuinness calls for Culture Strategy review and fairer allocation of funding to West Waterford”

Waterford Council falling short on energy efficiency targets – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has said that Waterford Council is falling far short of its Energy Efficiency targets and that the local authority is on course to miss its commitment of an energy saving of 33 percent by 2020. McGuinness said “This report, compiled from the Council’s own data, is aContinue reading “Waterford Council falling short on energy efficiency targets – McGuinness”

McGuinness requests works to address sight lines and speed at Tournore Park

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has written to Waterford Council requesting further works to improve sight lines for cars exiting the estate, and to consider additional traffic calming measures close the entrance. “There is an issue with line of sight when exiting the estate and the straight stretch from the entrance allowsContinue reading “McGuinness requests works to address sight lines and speed at Tournore Park”

Time to talk about anti-social behaviour and drug abuse in Dungarvan – McGuinness

Local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has said that the problem of drug abuse and anti-social behaviour needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. The Sinn Féin representative said: “Much has been said about the very real fear felt in rural communities due to an increase in thefts and the decrease in GardaContinue reading “Time to talk about anti-social behaviour and drug abuse in Dungarvan – McGuinness”

Neglect of Heilbhic Pier must end – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for urgent upgrade works to take place at Heilbhic Pier. He said: “The pier at Heilbhic has been neglected over the years in terms of investment and development, not only has this hampered the fishing industry locally, but it has also added more risk andContinue reading “Neglect of Heilbhic Pier must end – McGuinness”

Guth láidir don Ghaeltacht geallta ag McGuinness

Tá sé geallta ag Conor D. McGuinness, iarrthóir áitiúil de chuid Shinn Féin, go mbeidh sé mar ghuth nua agus guth láidir do mhuintir na Gaeltachta. Ag labhairt i ndiaidh crúinniú boird Fhoras na Gaeilge a reachtálfar i gColáiste na Rinne dúirt McGuinness go ndéanfaidh sé a ndícheall tacú le cur chun cinn na GaeilgeContinue reading “Guth láidir don Ghaeltacht geallta ag McGuinness”

Conflict belongs in the past. Irish Unity will only come about through dialogue  – McGuinness 

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has said that the vision of the 1916 proclamation has yet to be fulfilled. He made the comments at Heilbhic where he laid a wreath at the 1916 monument in honour of those who fought and died for Irish freedom. He said: “Every year Republicans pay tributeContinue reading “Conflict belongs in the past. Irish Unity will only come about through dialogue  – McGuinness “

McGuinness requests works to address sight lines and speed at Tournore Park

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has written to Waterford Council requesting further works to improve sight lines for cars exiting the estate, and to consider additional traffic calming measures close the entrance. “There is an issue with line of sight when exiting the estate and the straight stretch from the entrance allowsContinue reading “McGuinness requests works to address sight lines and speed at Tournore Park”

Rethink needed on Murphy Place configuration – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for a ‘rethink’ on the configuration of Murphy Place in Abbeyside. He said: “Many residents of Murphy Place have complained to me about problems in the estate caused by the installation of a raised footpath and parking spaces, which effectively divide the estate in two.Continue reading “Rethink needed on Murphy Place configuration – McGuinness”

McGuinness calls for local climate action at manifesto launch

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada and Conor D. McGuinness at the manifesto launch in Cork Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for action to be taken locally and at national level to tackle climate change, but warned against any imposition of increased carbon tax on households. He made the commentsContinue reading “McGuinness calls for local climate action at manifesto launch”

McGuinness expresses concern over Council dependence on contractors

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has expressed concern at the Council’s apparent dependence on contractors to undertake routine maintenance and repair works. McGuinness said: ‘It has become apparent that Waterford City and County Council is dependent on contractors to fulfil many of its routine maintenance and repair works in Dungarvan and surroundingContinue reading “McGuinness expresses concern over Council dependence on contractors”

Local action key to promoting positive mental health – McGuinness

 Speaking at the launch of his discussion document on mental health services and attitudes in Dungarvan, Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness said that communities in West Waterford are being failed by an inadequate and under-resourced mental health service. McGuinness said: “My research into mental health services and attitudes in West Waterford showsContinue reading “Local action key to promoting positive mental health – McGuinness”

McGuinness welcomes €562,000 flood works for Abbeyside

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed funding of €562,000 for a project in Abbeyside under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation and Coastal Protection Scheme. McGuinness said: “This funding is long overdue and will go towards new infrastructure aimed at reducing the risk of fluvial flooding occurring in the Tournore, Sallybrook, Monksfield,Continue reading “McGuinness welcomes €562,000 flood works for Abbeyside”

Caithfidh dreidireacht bheith mar thosaíocht agus €112,500 á chaitheamh ar Ché Heilbhic – McGuinness

Conor D. McGuinness and Liadh Ní Riada MEP   Chuir an ionadaí áitiúil de chuid Shinn Féin Conor D. McGuinness fáilte roimh mhaoiniú €112,500 chun oibreacha a bhaint amach ar Ché Heilbhic, ach dúirt sé gur cheart tús áite a thabhairt do dhreidireacht ar mhaithe leis an earnáil iascaireachta áitiúil. Dúirt McGuinness: “Tá sé tharContinue reading “Caithfidh dreidireacht bheith mar thosaíocht agus €112,500 á chaitheamh ar Ché Heilbhic – McGuinness”

Speakers announced for Mental Health public meeting and launch

Conor D. McGuinness has confirmed details of the guest speakers at the launch of his document on mental health service and attitudes in West Waterford. McGuinness said: “I am delighted that some interesting and inspiring individuals will attend the event on Monday to share their experiences and expertise with us. “Leslie Hughes is a childcareContinue reading “Speakers announced for Mental Health public meeting and launch”

McGuinness: Road re-surfacing must address need for remedial works at the Burgery

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for remedial works to address local concerns to be included in the planned road resurfacing at the Burgery. McGuinness said: “Numerous residents have complained about dangerous road alignment, subsidence, and blocked drains leading to spot flooding on the N25 at the Burgery. “There are plansContinue reading “McGuinness: Road re-surfacing must address need for remedial works at the Burgery”

Sinn Féin to stand 400 local election candidates across 32 counties – McGuinness

Local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has said that Sinn Féin has the ambition and drive to make local authorities work for citizens. The party will stand 400 candidates for local authorities across all 32 counties, including 11 candidates in Waterford. Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s local election campaign McGuinness said: “Local governmentContinue reading “Sinn Féin to stand 400 local election candidates across 32 counties – McGuinness”

McGuinness to publish report on mental health services and attitudes in West Waterford

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness is set to publish a research document into mental attitudes and services in West Waterford  next week. McGuinness said: “Mental health services have been under-resources and downgraded across the state by successive Governments over recent decades. The community and voluntary sector have stepped up in many casesContinue reading “McGuinness to publish report on mental health services and attitudes in West Waterford”

McGuinness proposes Autism empowerment strategy for Waterford  to mark World Autism Awareness Month

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for Waterford Council to adopt an Autism Empowerment Strategy for Waterford, which would seek to make the local authority more accessible and responsive to autistic people and their families. McGuinness said: “April marks World Autism Awareness Month and to mark the occasion Sinn Féin securedContinue reading “McGuinness proposes Autism empowerment strategy for Waterford  to mark World Autism Awareness Month”

Fáilte roimh mhaoiniú €112,500 do Ché Heilbhic ach iascairí i dteideal tús áite – McGuinness

Chuir an ionadaí áitiúil de chuid Shinn Féin Conor D. McGuinness fáilte roimh mhaoiniú €112,500 chun oibreacha a bhaint amach ar Ché Heilbhic, ach dúirt sé gur cheart tús áite a thabhairt d’iascairí. Dúirt McGuinness: ‘Tá sé thar ama roinnt infheistíocht a fháilt do Heilbhic agus cuirim fáilte roimh an maoiniú seo. Dúirt an tAireContinue reading “Fáilte roimh mhaoiniú €112,500 do Ché Heilbhic ach iascairí i dteideal tús áite – McGuinness”

McGuinness calls for local action on Climate Change

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for action to be taken locally and at national level to tackle climate change, but warned against any imposition of increased carbon tax on households. McGuinness said: “I attended the youth protest against climate change earlier this month, which saw tens of thousands of schoolContinue reading “McGuinness calls for local action on Climate Change”

McGuinness calls for repairs to Park Lane footpaths

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called on the Council to undertake repairs to footpaths in Park Lane in Abbeyside.    McGuinness said:   “Footpaths in Park Lane are in a terrible state. Many are cracked, chipped or subsided and constitute a trip hazard. The uneven surfaces are a challenge for peopleContinue reading “McGuinness calls for repairs to Park Lane footpaths”

McGuinness expresses concerns about gap in Highfield perimeter wall

  Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has expressed concerns about a gap in the perimeter wall in the new Highfield Estate, which he says posed a danger to children.   McGuinness said:   “There is a gap in the wall between the new Highfield Estate and the N25, which poses a veryContinue reading “McGuinness expresses concerns about gap in Highfield perimeter wall”

McGuinness calls for fencing panels to be replaced at Tournore Court

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called on Waterford City and County Council to replace loose and damaged fencing panels at Tournore Court.    McGuinness said:   “There are multiple loose and damaged fencing panels on the perimeter of Tournore Court, which pose a safety risk to people and property. especially in high winds.Continue reading “McGuinness calls for fencing panels to be replaced at Tournore Court”

McGuinness calls for audit of housing allocation system

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for an audit of the housing allocation system employed by Waterford City and County Council.    “I am contacted day-in day-out by people who are frustrated and disappointed by the housing allocation system employed by the Council.There is a lack of transparency in how housesContinue reading “McGuinness calls for audit of housing allocation system”

Cruinniú stairiúl Fhoras na Gaeilge le reachtál in Iarthar Phort Lairge – McGuinness

Chuir Conor D. McGuinness, iarrthóir toghcháin áitiúil de chuid Shinn Féin, fáilte roimh nuacht go mbeidh cruinniú ag Bord Fhoras na Gaeilge i nGaeltacht na nDéise  i mí Aibreáin. Is é Foras na Gaeilge an comhlacht atá freagrach as an nGaeilge a chur chun cinn ar fud oileán uile na hÉireann.   Dúirt McGuinness:  Continue reading “Cruinniú stairiúl Fhoras na Gaeilge le reachtál in Iarthar Phort Lairge – McGuinness”

Failure to provide emergency accommodation in West Waterford hurting families – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has said that the failure to provide emergency accommodation in West Waterford is scandalous and is hurting families. He called for Waterford City and County Council to live up to its name and make provision for emergency housing need in the West of the County. McGuinness said: “EmergencyContinue reading “Failure to provide emergency accommodation in West Waterford hurting families – McGuinness”

McGuinness commits to prioritising disability issues at local level

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has committed to prioritising disability issues if elected to Waterford City and County Council. McGuinness said: “16,675 people in Waterford have at least one disability, which equates to 14% of the population. People with disabilities are often doubly disadvantaged when it comes to employment, education and transport.Continue reading “McGuinness commits to prioritising disability issues at local level”

‘Caife agus Cainteanna’ i nDún Garbhán chun Seachtain na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh

Tá ócaid phoiblí chun Seachtain na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh fógartha ag Conor D. McGuinness, ionadaí áitiúil de chuid Shinn Féin. Dúirt McGuinness: “Tá áthas orm ócaid nua a fhógairt chun buaicphointe Seachtain na Gaeilge a chomóradh agus chun ár dteanga náisiúnta agus ár n-oidhreacht chultúrtha a cheiliúradh. Ócaid a chuireann cainteanna suimiúla agus caife maithContinue reading “‘Caife agus Cainteanna’ i nDún Garbhán chun Seachtain na Gaeilge a cheiliúradh”

Workers in Waterford to benefit from new laws initiated by Sinn Féin and trade unions – McGuinness

Local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has said that legislation that came into force this month will see zero-hour contracts banned, and provide a legislative basis for banded-hours contracts. McGuinness said: “This legislation enhances the rights and conditions of workers, especially those in unsecure, informal or precarious employment. It will see zero-hours contracts  become aContinue reading “Workers in Waterford to benefit from new laws initiated by Sinn Féin and trade unions – McGuinness”

McGuinness publishes Council report obtained under Freedom of Information

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the clarity contained in the report into the N25 Poplars commissioned by Waterford City and County Council. McGuinness obtained the report under Freedom of Information having called for it to be published in full in Autumn last year. Residents in Lisfennel Close and surrounding areasContinue reading “McGuinness publishes Council report obtained under Freedom of Information”

McGuinness calls for areas to be set aside for pollinators in Co. Waterford

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called on the Council to take further action to protect biodiversity in the county. McGuinness said: “There has been a worrying decline in biodiversity in Ireland and across the globe, most of it caused by the interaction of humans with the environment. We may be familiarContinue reading “McGuinness calls for areas to be set aside for pollinators in Co. Waterford”

Report into N25 Trees

I obtained the following documents from Waterford City and County Council under the Freedom of Information Act. I share them here in the public interest.   Report documents N25 Trees Exec Summary Nov 2018 N25 Trees Report Nov 2018 N25 Trees Schedule of Works Nov 2018 Maps Dungarvan Bypass-A3.1 Dungarvan Bypass-A3.2 Dungarvan Bypass-A3.3 Dungarvan Bypass-A3.4

Just one ambulance providing 24/7 cover for 30,000 people – McGuinness

West Waterford, with a catchment of over 30,000 people,  is currently receiving 24/7 emergency cover from just one ambulance. This is according to figures uncovered by Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness. McGuinness said: “Figures from the National Ambulance Service that I obtained show that there is just one ambulance to provide roundContinue reading “Just one ambulance providing 24/7 cover for 30,000 people – McGuinness”

Waterford figures prove that JobPath scheme has failed – McGuinness 

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for the discredited JobPath scheme to be scrapped by Government, labeling it as a ‘failure’. He made the comments after uncovering figures that showed the scheme resulted in only one in four participants in Waterford going on find to employment. McGuinness said: “Figures released toContinue reading “Waterford figures prove that JobPath scheme has failed – McGuinness “

Anti-social behaviour at Abbeyside Beach impacting on local club – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has raised concerns about anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of Abbeyside Beach. “I have written to Council officials and the An Garda Síochána to raise my concerns about ongoing anti-social behaviour and littering at Abbeyside Beach, which is having an impact on the nearby grounds of AbbeysideContinue reading “Anti-social behaviour at Abbeyside Beach impacting on local club – McGuinness”

McGuinness highlights potential for traffic calming measures at Ardmore NS

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for an assessment of the R673 road at Ardmore National School following suggestions that traffic calming measures are put in place. McGuinness said: “I have asked the Council to assess the current situation on the R673 at the national school in Ardmore from a safetyContinue reading “McGuinness highlights potential for traffic calming measures at Ardmore NS”

Uneven and damaged surfaces pose a risk at Abbeyside Playground – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has written to Waterford City and County Council in relation to loose and damaged safety mats and tiles at Abbeyside playground. He has called on the local authority to carry out works to replace these as a matter of urgency. McGuinness said: “Some of the play surfacesContinue reading “Uneven and damaged surfaces pose a risk at Abbeyside Playground – McGuinness”

Eir must stick to new broadband timeline for Clashmore – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has said that Eir must stick to their new timeline for the roll out of broadband in Clashmore. McGuinness said: “Initially we were told that the roll out of Eir’s 300k rural fibre broadband would be completed by the end of 2018, however that deadline has comeContinue reading “Eir must stick to new broadband timeline for Clashmore – McGuinness”

Traffic calming required to address increased traffic through Dungarvan estate – McGuinness

Sinn Féin local election candidate Conor D. McGuinness has called for traffic calming measures to be introduced in the Marquis Drive housing estate. The call comes as residents express concerns about increased traffic through the estate.   McGuinness said:   “Marquis Drive has gone from being a quiet cul-de-sac to a busy thoroughfare for aContinue reading “Traffic calming required to address increased traffic through Dungarvan estate – McGuinness”

Blog: Young people are bearing the brunt of the housing crisis in Waterford

Young people are bearing the brunt of the housing crisis in Waterford City and County as rents and house prices continue to soar. The rising cost of living and the growth of insecure work contracts is adding fuel to the fire. Last year saw a 7.5% increase in house prices across Waterford and an 11%Continue reading “Blog: Young people are bearing the brunt of the housing crisis in Waterford”

Tosaíocht níos airde do Bhóthar na Rinne ag teastáil i bplean leata grin an Chontae.

Dúirt Conor D. McGuinness, ionadaí áitiúil Shinn Féin, gur cheart tosaíocht níos airde a thabhairt don phríomhbhóthar ó Crosaire na Rinne go Ceann Heilbhic sa phlean leata grin reatha atá á chur i bhfeidhm ag Comhairle Cathrach agus Contae Phort Láirge. “De réir mar a sheastar tá an R674 liostaithe sa triú réimse de thosaíochtaíContinue reading “Tosaíocht níos airde do Bhóthar na Rinne ag teastáil i bplean leata grin an Chontae.”

McGuinness backs INMO strike action by nurses

Sinn Féin area representative Conor D. McGuinness has expressed his support for nurses taking part in today’s strike. McGuinness said: “The Government has failed to deal with the recruitment and retention crisis in nursing and midwifery and I wish to offer my support for the strike action that INMO nurses and midwives began this morning.Continue reading “McGuinness backs INMO strike action by nurses”

Co. Waterford households must be protected from Carbon Tax hikes – McGuinness

Sinn Féin area representative Conor D. McGuinness has said that households in Co. Waterford and across the state must not be hit with Carbon Tax increases, and that Government policy should focus on tackling corporate polluters and incentives for lower carbon use. McGuinness said: “It is well recognised at this stage that we all haveContinue reading “Co. Waterford households must be protected from Carbon Tax hikes – McGuinness”