Sinn Féin councillors seek talks with Mayor over treatment at September meeting

The Sinn Féin group on Waterford City and County Council have sought urgent talks with the Mayor of Waterford regarding their treatment at a recent meeting of the local authority. At one point Sinn Féin members withdrew from the chamber to protest being denied the opportunity to speak. The leader of the Sinn Féin groupContinue reading “Sinn Féin councillors seek talks with Mayor over treatment at September meeting”

McGuinness slams Government refusal to extend affordable housing to Co. Waterford

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has hit out at the refusal of the Minister for Housing to extend his affordable housing scheme to Co. Waterford. He raised the issue at the September meeting of Waterford City and County Council. McGuinness said: “It seems the Government’s affordable housing scheme is at a stand still. IContinue reading “McGuinness slams Government refusal to extend affordable housing to Co. Waterford”

McGuinness launches survey on Skatepark issues

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has launched an online survey to gather feedback from the public and from users of the Dungarvan Skatepark and nearby amentities. McGuinness said: “I have been inundated with calls and messages over recent weeks about the Dungarvan Skatepark and issues of littering, improper or inappropriate use of the amenity,Continue reading “McGuinness launches survey on Skatepark issues”

McGuinness to address Cost of Living Coaltion meeting in Waterford

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness is set to address a public meeting hosted by the Cost of Living Coalition Waterford. The meeting takes place at 7:45 on Thursday 1st September in the Tower Hotel. The Cost of Living coalition has been established to campaign for measures to ease the burden of spiralling costs thatContinue reading “McGuinness to address Cost of Living Coaltion meeting in Waterford”

EU confirms Irish Government to blame for failure to fund Heilbhic dredging – McGuinness

The European Commission has confirmed that the decision to deny funding to dredge Cé Heilbhic rests solely with the Irish Government. The EU has provided Ireland with €920.4 million under the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) fund – of which the Irish Government allocated €35 minion for fisheries ports and harbours.  The European Commission further confirmedContinue reading EU confirms Irish Government to blame for failure to fund Heilbhic dredging – McGuinness

Cost of not emptying Clonea bins needs to be considered – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the Waterford Council needs to consider the cost of not emptying the bins at Clonea strand when deciding whether or not to use additional resources to keep the popular seaside area clean over the weekend. McGuinness has raised the issue previously at council meetings, where theContinue reading Cost of not emptying Clonea bins needs to be considered – McGuinness

More needed to protect households from crippling energy costs – Cllr. McGuinness, Senator Boylan

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that proposals by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) to protect households against the worst impact of runaway fuel costs do not go far enough. He said a ban on disconnections needs to be introduced for all customers throughout the fuel allowance season, in line withContinue reading More needed to protect households from crippling energy costs – Cllr. McGuinness, Senator Boylan

Council needs to play greater role in managing new skatepark – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Waterford Council must play a greater role in managing the new amenities at Dungarvan’s linear park, including the Skatepark and ‘Learn to Cycle’ track. McGuinness said: “The Skatepark is a fantastic and popular amenity that has seen phenomenal use in the few months that it hasContinue reading Council needs to play greater role in managing new skatepark – McGuinness

McGuinness congratulates Tallow’s Ricky Kiely on European Bronze medal

Sinn Féin Councillor has congratulated Tallow boxer Ricky Kiely on taking a bronze medal in the European Schoolboys Boxing Championships in Turkey last week. Kiely fought in the 80kg division and secured bronze against Moldova’s Illia Hornet after a tightly contested fight with the result coming down to a split decision. Kiely went on toContinue reading McGuinness congratulates Tallow’s Ricky Kiely on European Bronze medal

Waterford at bottom of list when it comes to IDA visits – McGuinness

The leader of the Sinn Féin group on Waterford Council Conor D. McGuinness has hit out at what he calls an ‘embedded imbalance’ when it comes to IDA interventions. Figures provided by the South East Economic Monitor showed that Waterford received just eight site visits from the IDA in 2021, compared to 31 for Galway,Continue reading Waterford at bottom of list when it comes to IDA visits – McGuinness

McGuinness: Minister must outline how additional TB testing will be financed – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called on the Minister for Agriculture to outline how he intends to finance the additional TB testing required of farmers. McGuinness said “The failure of the Minister or his officials to engage with farmer representatives on how the extra mandatory testing would be finances is not good enough. Continue reading McGuinness: Minister must outline how additional TB testing will be financed – McGuinness

People across Waterford urged to have their say on mental health services – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has urged people across Waterford to have their say on mental health services. He made the plea as Sinn Féin launches an online survey to examine the experiences of people accessing – or attempting to access – mental health services. McGuinness represents Waterford on the Regional Health forum andContinue reading People across Waterford urged to have their say on mental health services – McGuinness

Children in Waterford will be ‘left high and dry’ unless Government acts on school transport – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that scores of children from across Waterford will again be turned away from school transport this year due to a failure by the government to recognise demand and invest in extra capacity. Sinn Féin has called 10,000 extra places to be funded and made available to helpContinue reading Children in Waterford will be ‘left high and dry’ unless Government acts on school transport – McGuinness

Public urged to have their say regarding proposed Tallow pedestrian crossing – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed progress on a proposed new pedestrian crossing adjacent to the Health Centre and Library in Tallow. The West Waterford representative encourage the public to voice their opinion on the proposed works during the public consultation period. McGuinness said: “The proposed pedestrian crossing will provide a direct andContinue reading Public urged to have their say regarding proposed Tallow pedestrian crossing – McGuinness

Urgent action needed to cut back-to-school costs – Conor McGuinness

Sinn Féin leader on Waterford City and County Council Conor McGuinness has called on the Government to take urgent action to help families across Waterford, who are struggling with back-to-school costs. He made the call following the recent publication of a survey by Barnardos that he said are ‘profoundly worrying’. Cllr McGuinness said: “The findingsContinue reading Urgent action needed to cut back-to-school costs – Conor McGuinness

Government must immediately end any prospect of Mercosur trade deal – Conor McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that it is unacceptable that the EU-Mercosur trade deal remains an open prospect in light of the current challenges facing Ireland’s agrifood sector. He called on the government to immediately end any further progress of the agreement, which would allow for the importation of 100,000 additional tonnesContinue reading Government must immediately end any prospect of Mercosur trade deal – Conor McGuinness

McGuiness welcomes public consultation on long-awaited Ballinroad footpath.

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the opening of a public consultation on the proposed footpath connecting Ballinroad Cross with the Clonea Roundabout. McGuinness said: “This is a very positive step forward in the long-running campaign to get a footpath built along this busy stretch of road. “Alongside local residents and other publicContinue reading McGuiness welcomes public consultation on long-awaited Ballinroad footpath.

AIB u-turn welcome but customers need certainty – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the announcement that AIB will not proceed with its decision to remove cash services from its Lismore, Tramore, Ardkeen and Carrick-on- Suir branches. The move was due affect a total of 70 branches across the state. The Sinn Féin council group leader warned that customers needed certainty that theContinue reading “AIB u-turn welcome but customers need certainty – McGuinness”

Minister sits on his hands as rental sector spirals further out of control.

The leader of the Sinn Féin group on Waterford Council has accused the Minsiter for Housing of ‘sitting on his hands’ while the situation in the private rental market continues to worsen. Cllr. Conor McGuinness said the recent Daft.ie report “is more bad news for renters” across Waterford City and County. “Does the government have any ideaContinue reading “Minister sits on his hands as rental sector spirals further out of control.”

McGuinness accuses AIB of abandoning Waterford communities

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has accused AIB of abandoning communities and criticised the its decision this week to remove cash services from its Lismore, Tramore, Ardkeen and Carrick-on- Suir branches. The move will affect a total of 70 branches across the state. The Sinn Féin council group leader has drafted a motion callingContinue reading McGuinness accuses AIB of abandoning Waterford communities

McGuinness extends condolences to family of late Cllr. James Tobin

The leader of the Sinn Féin group on Waterford City and Council has extended his condolences, and those of his party, to the family of the late Cllr. James Tobin who passed away recently. He also expressed his sympathies to Cllr. Tobin’s colleagues in the Fianna Fáil party, to his wide circle of friends andContinue reading “McGuinness extends condolences to family of late Cllr. James Tobin”

McGuinness slams Government ‘neglect’ of Bonmahon amid water outage

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Bonmahon has been ‘neglected’ by Irish Waterford and by successive Governments that have failed to invest in infrastructure for the seaside village. He made the comments as many families and businesses in the area faced their third day without water against the backdrop of sweltering temperatures.Continue reading McGuinness slams Government ‘neglect’ of Bonmahon amid water outage

Speech: Easter Commemoration 2022 – Portlaw, Co. Waterford

Go raibh mile maith agaibh a chairde, as ucht an cuireadh bhieth libh inniu i bPort Lách. Is mór an onóir domsa labhairt ag an gcomóradh seo.  Its a great honour to have been asked to speak at the Portlaw Easter Commemoration and to stand here where our dearly departed comrade Jackie Whelan so oftenContinue reading “Speech: Easter Commemoration 2022 – Portlaw, Co. Waterford”

Campaign to tarnish Dungarvan Pride ‘beyond pathetic’ – McGuinness

A Co. Waterford Councillor has branded an online campaign to tarnish the recent Dungarvan Pride festival as ‘beyond pathetic’. The festival organisers and local performer Lady FiFi Fondue, who fronted the event, were subjected to a barrage of homophobic trolling online in the wake of the inaugural event, which was held in Abbeyside’s Walton Park.Continue reading Campaign to tarnish Dungarvan Pride ‘beyond pathetic’ – McGuinness

McGuinness secures commitment from HSE on GP patient placement

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has secured a commitment from regional HSE management that the health service will take the circumstances of individual patients into account when assigning them to a new GP. The commitment was given to the Sinn Féin representative at a meeting of the HSE Regional Forum at which McGuinness hadContinue reading McGuinness secures commitment from HSE on GP patient placement

McGuinness: Waterford’s soaring house prices demonstrate Government failure to address affordability crisis

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the latest Daft.ie house price report shows that despite two years in office, the Fianna Fáil / Fine Gael / Green Party coalition has utterly failed to address the affordable housing crisis.  The report shows house price increased by almost 12% in Co. Waterford over theContinue reading McGuinness: Waterford’s soaring house prices demonstrate Government failure to address affordability crisis

Stradbally Volunteer Jack Cummins remembered

West Waterford Sinn Féin marked the 101st anniversary of John ‘Jack’ Cummins over the bank holiday weekend. Jack was an active Volunteer with the Stradbally Company, 4th Battalion, West Waterford Brigade of the Irish Republican Army. He was shot and killed on the 5th June 1921. He joined Sinn Féin because he believed an independent and unitedContinue reading “Stradbally Volunteer Jack Cummins remembered”

New Development Plan must work for rural communities – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Waterford’s new development plan must work for rural communities and address the hardships faced by so many families in securing planning permission under the old 2011 plan. McGuinness said: “Waterford has been subject to an outdated and inadequate development plan for five years or more. TheContinue reading New Development Plan must work for rural communities – McGuinness

McGuinness brings Heilbhic dredging cause to Brussels 

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has raised the failure by the Irish Government to provide the necessary funding to dredge Cé Heilbhic with the European Commission this week. McGuinness is in Brussels as part of a Sinn Féin-led delegation highlighting the negative impacts of the Common Fisheries Policy on the Irish fishing sector. TheContinue reading McGuinness brings Heilbhic dredging cause to Brussels 

McGuinness writes to HSE management over assignment of Dungarvan patients to Cappoquin

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has written to the HSE Head of Primary Care regarding the allocation of Dungarvan-based patients to a doctor in Cappoquin. The situation has arisen due to the retirement of a long-standing and much respected Dungarvan family doctor. McGuinness said: “Its not acceptable that patients based in Dungarvan would beContinue reading McGuinness writes to HSE management over assignment of Dungarvan patients to Cappoquin

Housing Minister’s announcement ‘too little, too late’ for Waterford – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Minister O’Brien’s changes to the homeless HAP rates for outside of Dublin are too little, too late for Waterford. He said the proposed changes demonstrate an ignorance of the realities facing cities, towns and villages outside the capital. McGuinness said: “Last week Minister O’Brien made twoContinue reading “Housing Minister’s announcement ‘too little, too late’ for Waterford – McGuinness”

Sinn Féin only party to oppose LPT increase for Waterford homeowners

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness was the only West Waterford political representative to vote against a 10% increase in the LPT. Sinn Féin had instead proposed a 10% reduction in LPT for Waterford homeowners. The vote took placee at the July meeting of Waterford City and County Council, and comes ahead of a re-valuationContinue reading “Sinn Féin only party to oppose LPT increase for Waterford homeowners”

McGuinness secures unanimous support for Cé Heilbhic dredging call

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness won the backing of all Dungarvan-Lismore District Councillors for his motion that calls on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to allow his Department fund the preparatory works required to carry out dredging at Cé Heilbhic. McGuinness brought a formal, written motion before the July meeting ofContinue reading “McGuinness secures unanimous support for Cé Heilbhic dredging call”

Lismore housing development may not go ahead – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor for West Waterford has said that action is required in relation to the proposed construction of 17 houses at Railway Gardens in Lismore. He made the comments after council officials confirmed to him that the developer is not in a position to proceed with the project as agreed, and that it isContinue reading “Lismore housing development may not go ahead – McGuinness”

McGuinness appointed Peace Commissioner for Waterford

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has been appointed as Peace Commissioner for Waterford and adjoining counties.  The powers and duties of Peace Commissioners consist primarily of taking statutory declarations, witnessing signatures on documents if required by various authorities and signing certificates and orders under various pieces of legislation.  It is an honorary position andContinue reading “McGuinness appointed Peace Commissioner for Waterford”

Update on Covid situation in West Waterford

05 July 2021 Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has given an update on the Covid-19 outbreak in West Waterford, and commended the community, the public health team, and the National Ambulance Service for their response to date. McGuinness said: “There has been a huge response from the community locally, with well over 10% ofContinue reading “Update on Covid situation in West Waterford”

New Sinn Féin cumann for Lismore LEA

West Waterford Sinn Féin has decided to establish a new cumann in the Lismore Local Electoral Area (LEA) to support the continued growth of the party in that area. Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness welcomed the decision and said that it demonstrates the appetite for political change that exists across Waterford.  McGuinness said: “SinnContinue reading “New Sinn Féin cumann for Lismore LEA”

Time to declare Waterford an ‘LGBT Freedom Zone’ – McGuinness

The leader of the Sinn Féin group on Waterford Council Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Waterford should be formally declared an ‘LGBT+ Freedom Zone’.  Cllr McGuinness said: “Waterford is an open, welcoming and tolerant place. The strong stand by the LGBT community itself as well as the outpouring of solidarity and support overContinue reading “Time to declare Waterford an ‘LGBT Freedom Zone’ – McGuinness”

Government must stand up for fishermen and end unfair treatment – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has urged the government to stand up for Irish fishermen and end the long-running injustices in the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. He made the comments at the demonstration by fishing families that took place on the Liffey and outside the Convention Centre in Dublin. All five of Waterford’s SinnContinue reading “Government must stand up for fishermen and end unfair treatment – McGuinness”

McGuinness welcome HSE move to open test centre in Dungarvan

20 June 2021 Sinn Féin Councillor and Waterford representative on the Regional Health Forum Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the move by the HSE to open a temporary test centre in Dungarvan in an effort to control the outbreak of Covid-19 in West Waterford. McGuinness said: “A ‘pop-up’ Covid testing site will open Dungarvan fromContinue reading “McGuinness welcome HSE move to open test centre in Dungarvan”

McGuinness comments on emerging Covid Situation in West Waterford

20 June 2021 Sinn Féin’s representative for West Waterford Cllr. Conor D. McGuinness has commented on the emerging situation in the area and has appealed for people to double down on the basic public health precautions. He also called on the HSE to open a test centre in Dungarvan to help address the situation locally.Continue reading “McGuinness comments on emerging Covid Situation in West Waterford”

House Price Increases hitting young families the hardest – McGuinness

Responding to the Daft.ie survey that showed a dramatic increase in house prices in coastal locations Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness said that young families and bearing the brunt of out-of-control inflation in the housing market. McGuinness said: “Young couples and families in Waterford are being priced out of their communities. This is especiallyContinue reading “House Price Increases hitting young families the hardest – McGuinness”

‘Restore the Right to Retire at 65’ – Waterford Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called for the right to retire at 65 to be restored by Government. He made the call as the Sinn Féin Council group submitted a motion to Waterford City and County Council that supports the campaign to overturn the Government’s unfair policies on retirement and pensions.  McGuinness said:Continue reading “‘Restore the Right to Retire at 65’ – Waterford Sinn Féin”

McGuinness welcomes European Commission competition charges against Insurance Ireland

Sinn Féin Councillor and EU Council of the Regions member Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed preliminary findings by the European Commission that Insurance Ireland broke competition rules by denying insurance companies and new entrants access to its claims data sharing platform. McGuinness had drafted the Sinn Féin submission to the European Commission that triggered theContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes European Commission competition charges against Insurance Ireland”

New CSO house price figures paint a hopeless picture for Waterford homebuyers – McGuinness

Sinn Féin’s leader on Waterford City and County Council Conor D. McGuinness has  said that the latest house price figures from the CSO paint an “increasingly hopeless picture for homebuyers”. McGuinness said: “The latest CSO house price index shows the average price increases outside of Dublin stands at 4.9% for houses, while apartment prices rose byContinue reading “New CSO house price figures paint a hopeless picture for Waterford homebuyers – McGuinness”

McGuinness calls for multi-agency mental health crisis team for Waterford

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called for the establishment of a multi-agency mental health crisis de-escalation team in Waterford.  McGuinness said “I am calling on the Government to establish a mental health crisis de-escalation team for Waterford. Such a team would involve mental health professionals and specially trained members of the Gardaí. TheContinue reading “McGuinness calls for multi-agency mental health crisis team for Waterford”

Waterford Sinn Féin condemns homophobic incidents

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane and Council Group Leader Conor D. McGuinness have condemned the removal and burning of pride flags on the Mall in WaterfordCity on two occasions this week. The flags were flown last weekend to mark International LGBT Pride month, and to coincide with the Pride of the Déise festival.  Deputy DavidContinue reading “Waterford Sinn Féin condemns homophobic incidents”

South East’s 6.5% house price increase illustrates Government failure on affordable housing – McGuinness

The Sinn Féin leader on Waterford City and County Council, Conor D. McGuinness has said the Government is continuing to fail on affordable housing. The West Waterford Councillor made the comments in response to the latest CSO Residential Property Price Index report, which shows that house prices have continued to rise. McGuinness said: “The latestContinue reading “South East’s 6.5% house price increase illustrates Government failure on affordable housing – McGuinness”

McGuinness: Córas Séarachais Nua ar na bioráin don Rinn

Chuir an comhairleoir de chuid Shinn Féin Conor D. McGuinness fáilte roimh roimh dhearbhú ó Uisce Éireann go bhfuil pleananna do chóras séarachais nua don Rinn i anois sa chéim dhearaidh. Siad McGuinness: “Tá géarghá leis an gcóras séarachais sa Rinn a uasghrádú agus táim tar éis stocaireacht a dhéanamh ar a son le bliantaContinue reading “McGuinness: Córas Séarachais Nua ar na bioráin don Rinn”

New Sewage System in the pipeline for An Rinn – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed confirmation from Irish Water that plans for a new sewage system for An Rinn have now entered the design phase.  McGuinness said: “I have been campaigning for a major upgrade to the sewage system in An Rinn for several years now. The existing system is not fit-for-purpose,Continue reading “New Sewage System in the pipeline for An Rinn – McGuinness”

Retrofit scheme for council houses should come West – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the limited energy retrofitting scheme for council houses that was announced recently should be used to improve the efficiency of council houses in West Wateford. Speaking at the plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council, McGuinness said:  “I am aware that the Council has beenContinue reading “Retrofit scheme for council houses should come West – McGuinness”

McGuinness: Government must legislate for disabled people’s right to independent living

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the Government should introduce legislation to ensure that Personal Assistance Services (PAS) is delivered for those that require it. He made the comments after Waterford Council passed a Sinn Féin motion in support of the Independent Living Movement’s PAS campaign.  McGuinness said: “Waterford Council has givenContinue reading “McGuinness: Government must legislate for disabled people’s right to independent living”

Survey on rip-off insurance premiums launched

Sinn Féin has launched a survey of people’s experiences with rip-off insurance premiums. The party’s leader on Waterford Council Conor D. McGuinness said: “We have launched a survey of people’s experiences with rip-off insurance premiums. “My party colleague Pearse Doherty TD has been battling to end the insurance rip-off and we want to know ifContinue reading “Survey on rip-off insurance premiums launched”

Council assistance requested to keep An Coinigéar clean

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has asked the Council’s Environment Department for its assistance in keeping An Coinigéar clean. The sand spit that stretches across Dungarvan Bay is popular with walkers and runners alike.  Speaking at the May meeting of the Dungarvan-Lismore District Council, McGuinness said: “An Coinigéar is a wonderful and very popularContinue reading “Council assistance requested to keep An Coinigéar clean”

McGuinness calls for accessibility audit on outdoor seating schemes

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called on Waterford City and County Council to undertake an ‘accessibility audit’ of its 2021 outdoor seating scheme to ensure that it doesn’t impede on people with disabilities or those with reduced mobility. McGuinness said: “The 2021 outdoor seating scheme is going ahead and will provide a reliefContinue reading “McGuinness calls for accessibility audit on outdoor seating schemes”

McGuinness calls for traffic management plans, community consultation ahead of summer season

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness called on the Council’s Roads Department to put traffic management plans in place for popular amenities and visitor attractions across Co. Waterford ahead of the sumer tourist season. He made the call at the May plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council.  McGuinness said: “Last year we sawContinue reading “McGuinness calls for traffic management plans, community consultation ahead of summer season”

Heilbhic dredging funding anomaly raised with Minister – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has raised the anomaly regarding funding for dredging works with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine during an online meeting on fisheries issues.  Speaking after the meeting McGuinness said: “I met with Minister Charlie McConalogue this evening and raised the urgent need for dredging at Cé Heilbhic.Continue reading “Heilbhic dredging funding anomaly raised with Minister – McGuinness”

Road safety measures for St. Mary’s NS

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has asked the Council to install enhanced road safety measures at both the Mitchell St. and Youghal Road entrances to St. Mary’s National School in Dungarvan. He raised the issue at the May meeting of the Dungarvan-Lismore District Council.  McGuinness said: “I have received representations from several quarters inContinue reading “Road safety measures for St. Mary’s NS”

Waterford mortgage holders left behind by government’s refusal to secure Covid-19 payment breaks – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has criticised the government for refusing to provide relief for hard-pressed mortgage holders, despite the European Banking Authority allowing for the reactivation of Covid-19 payment breaks since 2nd December. McGuinness is a member of the European Committee of the Regions and has been following the authorisation of mortgage breaksContinue reading “Waterford mortgage holders left behind by government’s refusal to secure Covid-19 payment breaks – McGuinness”

Public lighting contract out for tender – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed confirmation from Council management that the local authority’s public lighting maintenance contract is currently out for tender. McGuinness has consistently raised concerns about value for money, responsiveness and other performance indicators in relation to the maintenance of public lighting in the Dungarvan-Lismore district. McGuinness raised the issueContinue reading “Public lighting contract out for tender – McGuinness”

Government must fund dredging works – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the refusal by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to fund dredging works in local authority fisheries harbours is penny wise but pound foolish. He made the comments after the February meeting of Waterford Council, where he had raised the issue of funding harbourContinue reading “Government must fund dredging works – McGuinness”

McGuinness welcomes N72 surface works and N25 safety improvements.

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the inclusion of significant road surface improvement works along the N72, and the long-awaited safety improvement works on the N25. The works are included in the Annual Service Plan that was approved at the February meeting of Waterford City and County Council. McGuinness said: “I was gladContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes N72 surface works and N25 safety improvements.”

Development Contribution Scheme provide opportunity to incentivise eco-friendly homes – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the pending review of the Council’s development contribution scheme provides a useful opportunity to introduce measures to make investment in eco-friendly methods and specifications more attractive to developers and self-builders alike. He made the comments at the February meeting of Waterford City and County Council, whereContinue reading “Development Contribution Scheme provide opportunity to incentivise eco-friendly homes – McGuinness”

Casual trading shake-up passes Council – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has thanked fellow councillors for giving their unanimous backing to the new Casual Trading Byelaws that he helped to draft. The new regulations were formally adopted at the February meeting of Waterford City and County Council. McGuinness said: “As a member of the Economic Development and Enterprise Committee IContinue reading “Casual trading shake-up passes Council – McGuinness”

Roadworks funding delay causing concerns – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness questioned the ongoing delay affecting the allocation of Department of Transport funding for the annual Road Works Programme at the February meeting of Waterford City and County Council. “A series of workshops were to take place across the three council districts this week to discuss the Road Works ProgrammeContinue reading “Roadworks funding delay causing concerns – McGuinness”

Public must be consulted on sustainable transport projects roll-out – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the public must be consulted at all stages and on all projects as part of the roll-out of the sustainable transport projects that have been announced by the National Transport Authority. McGuinness raised a number of questions regarding recent transport announcements during the February meeting ofContinue reading “Public must be consulted on sustainable transport projects roll-out – McGuinness”

Dáil must legislate on use of CCTV to tackle illegal dumping – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called on all parties to work together to address the legal issues surrounding the use of CCTV by local authorities to detect illegal dumpers. McGuinness raised the issue at the February meeting of Waterford City and County Council, where he asked that the Council write to each politicalContinue reading “Dáil must legislate on use of CCTV to tackle illegal dumping – McGuinness”

McGuinness secures backing for Wind Turbine submission

Sinn Féin’s leader on Waterford City and County Council has secured cross-party support to hold a single-purpose meeting of Waterford City and County meeting to prepare a submission to An Bord Pleanála regarding the proposed Lyrenacarriga wind farm outside Knockanore. The Councillor raised the issue at the February meeting of Waterford City and County Council.Continue reading “McGuinness secures backing for Wind Turbine submission”

Causeway Tennis Club saga finally resolved – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the resolution of the long-running saga regarding the property occupied by the Causeway Tennis and Bowls Club in Dungarvan. McGuinness secured the backing of the full Council for his proposal to offer the club a 75 year lease on the land. McGuinness said: “This very complicated issueContinue reading “Causeway Tennis Club saga finally resolved – McGuinness”

Sinn Féin calls for Council submission on Lyrenacarriga wind farm application

Sinn Féin has called on Waterford City and County Council to make a formal submission to An Bord Pleanála regarding the Lyrenacarriga wind farm application. Group leader Cllr. Conor D. McGuinness has requested that a special meeting is called for Councillors to have their say on the proposed development, and to draft a formal submissionContinue reading “Sinn Féin calls for Council submission on Lyrenacarriga wind farm application”

Níor cheart seirbhísí stáit i nGaelainn a dhiúltú don Ghaeltacht – McGuinness

Dúirt Conor McGuinness, Comhairleoir de chuid Shinn Féin, go bhfuil deis ag an rialtas beart de réir a bhriathar a déanamh i dtaobh seirbhísí stáit sa Ghaeltacht, agus Bille na dTeangacha Oifigiúla á phlé sa Dáil faoi láthair. Dúirt McGuinness: “Tá Oifigigh Pleanála Teanga na hÉireann, maraon le go leor eagrais agus guthanna Gaetachta eile,Continue reading “Níor cheart seirbhísí stáit i nGaelainn a dhiúltú don Ghaeltacht – McGuinness”

Green Cert Places must be increased for Young Farmers – Conor McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that the Government must intervene to address the disruption seen in the Green Cert applications system. Conor McGuinness said: “Students were told that they had secured places on Green Cert courses. Only after paying their fees were they informed that a mistake had been made. “Refunds haveContinue reading “Green Cert Places must be increased for Young Farmers – Conor McGuinness”

McGuinness: Uncertainty over Leaving Certificate cannot continue

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said the Government must listen to students, and give them an input on how their Leaving Certificate will take place. McGuinness said: “The past year has been very difficult for everyone, including children and young people in education. Leaving Cert students have been hit with uncertainty and confusion.Continue reading “McGuinness: Uncertainty over Leaving Certificate cannot continue”

Increased state investment in homes is the only way to address Waterford’s housing supply crisis – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has expressed his dismay at the Central Bank’s most recent financial outlook, which projects that 23,000 fewer homes will be built across the state between 2020 and 2022 due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.  McGuinness said: “The Central Bank has warned that with fewer homes being delivered, combined withContinue reading “Increased state investment in homes is the only way to address Waterford’s housing supply crisis – McGuinness”

Littering increase during pandemic restrictions – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that littering is on the increase locally, and that reports published this week by An Taisce and the Irish Business Against Litter group shows that this is part of a national trend of increased littering due to the pandemic. The West Waterford representative said there was aContinue reading “Littering increase during pandemic restrictions – McGuinness”

Bad landlords should face sanctions, not their tenants – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that HAP tenants are bearing the brunt of sanctions that are supposed to tackle the issue of bad landlords renting sub-standard or dangerous accommodation. Speaking at the January Plenary meeting of Waterford Council, McGuinness said that HAP tenants were being put in a Catch-22 situation. He said:Continue reading “Bad landlords should face sanctions, not their tenants – McGuinness”

McGuinness: Consultation on micro-generation scheme welcome, but supports must be available to all household types

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has given a cautious welcome to the public consultation on a proposed new micro-generation scheme. He made the comments at the January meeting of Waterford City and County Council. He said any micro generation scheme brought forward by Government mush be accessible to low and middle-income families as wellContinue reading “McGuinness: Consultation on micro-generation scheme welcome, but supports must be available to all household types”

West Waterford Sinn Féin put best foot forward for 2021

West Waterford Sinn Féin is putting its best foot forward for 2021 and will seek to build on the large increase in activity and membership in 2020. The West Waterford cumann held its AGM via Zoom on Thursday and elected a strong officer board that is set to ‘hit the ground running’ for the yearContinue reading “West Waterford Sinn Féin put best foot forward for 2021”

Young people must be consulted in Development Plan process – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called for young people’s views to be listened to in framing the new City and County Development Plan for Waterford. McGuinness made the comments as the Council debates the direction the plan should take.  McGuinness said: “Children and young adults must consulted as we prepare this plan. AContinue reading “Young people must be consulted in Development Plan process – McGuinness”

McGuinness welcomes €350k investment in West Waterford towns and villages

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed an inward investment of over €350,000 for five community improvement projects across West Waterford. The funding is awarded under the Town and Village Renewal project and will fund projects put forward by community groups and Waterford City and County Council. McGuinness said: “This investment is great newsContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes €350k investment in West Waterford towns and villages”

McGuinness: Waterford’s Public Lighting Contract must be reviewed

Sinn Féin councillor has said that Waterford City and County Council’s public lighting contract should be reviewed in in the wake of serious service interruptions and delays in addressing faults.  McGuinness said: “The recent blackout that affected Caseyville, St. Patrick’s Crescent and Byrneville is a case in point, and sums up the shortcomings that weContinue reading “McGuinness: Waterford’s Public Lighting Contract must be reviewed”

Expand Covid Supports to protect Waterford SMEs through January Lockdown – McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor McGuinness has said the Covid Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS) needs to be expanded to ensure businesses are protected during the new lockdown. McGuinness said: “The new lockdown has been driven by the immediate need to protect public health, and that must always be the priority. “That said, these restrictions will placeContinue reading “Expand Covid Supports to protect Waterford SMEs through January Lockdown – McGuinness”

Mental Health road map urgently needed – Conor McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness, has said a road map for mental health support provision must be put in place, following the introduction of new Covid-19 restrictions. McGuinness said said: “I have been inundated with calls and messages from people who are unsure, worried and scared about the increase in infections of Covid-19 andContinue reading “Mental Health road map urgently needed – Conor McGuinness”

Waterford’s coastal communities need a champion, but not a hide-and-seek champion – McGuinness

Sinn Féin councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called on the Taoiseach and the Minister for the Marine to stand up for Irish coastal communities and to immediately seek a re-negotiation of access to Irish fishing waters following the outcome of the Brexit trade deal. Councillor McGuinness said: “The outcome of this Brexit trade deal amountsContinue reading “Waterford’s coastal communities need a champion, but not a hide-and-seek champion – McGuinness”

Plea to restore Burgery Monument ahead of ambush centenary

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called on the Council’s Roads Department to restore the area around the Burgery monument, which as been disrupted during the ongoing N25 resurfacing works nearby.  “This coming March marks the 100th anniversary of the Burgery Ambush. This engagement was part of a campaign of attacks against British forcesContinue reading “Plea to restore Burgery Monument ahead of ambush centenary”

McGuinness queries progress on Cé Heilbhic works

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness posed a series of questions regarding repair and maintenance works at the fisheries harbour at Cé Heilbhic in An Rinn during the December Dungarvan-Lismore District meeting.  McGuinness noted that dredging the harbour remained a priority but queried why works to repair the breakwater had stopped, with a considerable amountContinue reading “McGuinness queries progress on Cé Heilbhic works”

McGuinness welcomes €230 million multi-year Capital Plan for Waterford

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed the publication of the Council’s multi-year capital plan this month. The plan will see a total investment of €230 million across Waterford City and County to the end of 2024.  McGuinness said:  “Its important for us to take a strategic approach to capital investment and planning theseContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes €230 million multi-year Capital Plan for Waterford”

Irish Water cannot remain unaccountable – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has criticised the inability for public representatives to hold Irish Water to account, and re-iterated his call for the utility to be invited to attend Council meetings. McGuinness had raised a number of issues regarding waste water and sewage treatment systems at the December meeting of Dungarvan-Lismore District Council. Continue reading “Irish Water cannot remain unaccountable – McGuinness”

McGuinness calls for dedicated homeless services for West Waterford

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has appealed for homeless services to be made available in West Waterford. Speaking at a meeting of the Dungarvan-Lismore District Council McGuinness called for the Council’s homeless services, which are based in the City, to have a presence in Dungarvan.  McGuinness said: “Homelessness has become endemic in Irish society.Continue reading “McGuinness calls for dedicated homeless services for West Waterford”

Waterford needs 570+ additional houses per year to keep up with demand – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Waterford needs an additional 570 homes per year just to keep up with growing demand for housing across the city and county. McGuinness made the comments as the ESRI launched a major new research paper examining housing demand over the coming two-decades, entitled Regional Demographics and StructuralContinue reading “Waterford needs 570+ additional houses per year to keep up with demand – McGuinness”

McGuinness welcomes €1.26 million Waterford Festival grants for 2021

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed funding for festivals across Waterford City and County under the Council’s 2021 funding scheme. McGuinness proposed the allocations at the December meeting of Waterford City and County Council.  McGuinness said: “I was glad to secure the unanimous support of the full Council for my proposal to allocateContinue reading “McGuinness welcomes €1.26 million Waterford Festival grants for 2021”

Government must address unmet mental health needs of older persons – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has said that Ireland is heading towards an “unprecedented mental health crisis for older people”, with existing services for the elderly “under resourced, inadequate and not connected with each other”. Speaking after a publication of a report “Mental Health Services for Older Persons” by the Mental Health Commission, CllrContinue reading “Government must address unmet mental health needs of older persons – McGuinness”

McGuinness: Government exploitation of Waterford student nurses is shameful

The leader of Sinn Féin on Waterford Council has branded the Government’s refusal to pay student nurses a fair wage as shameful. Councillor Conor McGuinness represents Waterford on the HSE Regional Forum.  McGuinness said:  “Despite the huge stress and pressure of working on the frontline at the heart of this unprecedented health crisis, thousands ofContinue reading “McGuinness: Government exploitation of Waterford student nurses is shameful”

‘Pathetic’ Vacant Sites Levy returns demand action – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called on the Minister for Housing to urgently engage with the local authorities about reforming the Vacant Sites Levy. Waterford was one of only four local authorities that reported collecting revenue since the scheme. Less than 2% of the total amount owed to Waterford for 2019 has actuallyContinue reading “‘Pathetic’ Vacant Sites Levy returns demand action – McGuinness”

McGuinness: Government prefers to squander money on carbon credits than to retrofit housing stock

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has criticised the government for squandering €50 million on carbon credits instead of using it for real climate action. He said money would be better spent on retrofitting schemes for older council housing stock, and measures aimed at improving the energy efficiency of public buildings and homes.  McGuinness said:Continue reading “McGuinness: Government prefers to squander money on carbon credits than to retrofit housing stock”

Sinn Féin votes to protect Irish Lobster Fishers – McGuinness

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor McGuinness has criticised an EU plan to eliminate customs duties on certain products, citing the negative implications the deal would have on Irish lobster fishers. McGuinness said: “My party colleague MEP Chris McManus has voted against this flawed proposal in the European Parliament. Sinn Féin is committed to supporting Ireland’s inshoreContinue reading “Sinn Féin votes to protect Irish Lobster Fishers – McGuinness”

Sinn Féin backs Council Budget for Waterford

The Sinn Féin group on Waterford City and County Council has given its support to the local authority’s budget for 2021.Group leader Councillor Conor McGuinness said:“Following careful consideration, and acting in the best interests of the people that we are privileged to represent, the Sinn Féin team has voted in support of the budget asContinue reading “Sinn Féin backs Council Budget for Waterford”

Homesavers workers caught in the middle

Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness met the workers at the steps of the Civic Offices and accepted a letter from them to be delivered to Council management. McGuinness said: “These workers have been caught in the middle of a planning issue between their employer and Waterford City and County Council. Through no fault ofContinue reading “Homesavers workers caught in the middle”