Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Jim Daly, has described as disingenuous comments made by former MEP Kathy Sinnott in relation to the upcoming Children’s Referendum. [Read more...]
THE son of former MEP and disability rights campaigner Kathy Sinnott has drowned in the United States.
Twenty-two-year-old Kevin Sinnott who was a final year student at the Southern Catholic College in Dawsonville, Georgia was with a group who got into difficulties swimming in a lake near the town. Mrs Sinnott flew out to the US with two of her other sons on Tuesday morning.
A close family friend who spoke to Mrs Sinnott just before she left for the US said that she was “understandably very upset”.
by Kathy Sinnott
School building in Ireland, is an unnecessarily torturous process whether it is the building of a new school or the extending, repairing or renovating of an existing one. The slow bureaucratic stages from first application to the Minister for Education to the official opening by his or her distant successor, means that thousands of children spend their education in inadequate, sometimes even dangerous, environments.
Last week, I received a response from the current Minister for Education, Batt O’Keefe about one of the schools that I have been supporting in their building application. His response really worried me. He indicated that in the current economic crisis the long school building process would be even longer.
May I take the opportunity to reply to the minister publicly as the overcrowded situation that children face again in September in primary schools like Passage West, Ballygarvan, Rathcormac, in special units like Midleton and in secondary schools like Kinsale are a matter of public concern.
Minister, these and other schools like them have experienced nothing but delay for many years, if by more delay you mean that they should no longer expect to get the buildings they need then please say so in plain language.
And if you are not able to provide the nation’s children with appropriate school buildings then will you at least step aside, lift your policy restrictions so that these communities can provide school buildings for themselves.
The cost to the taxpayer of a completed school building under the present system is incredibly high. Add to that the cost of a decade or more of renting prefabs while waiting to build and an even higher level of cost emerges. Now that money is scare, we should be spending what we have in the most cost effective manner and that means making the system of school building much more efficient and flexible.
THE EUROPEAN Parliament has finally declared the 1million4disabilty petition as admissible.
The petition had been taken by Kathy Sinnott, outgoing MEP for Munster, on behalf of the 1, 364,984 European citizens who signed the 1million4disability pan-European petition back in 2007.
OUTGOING MEP for Ireland South, Kathy Sinnott has pledged that she will continue her support for carers despite failing to retain her seat at this week’s elections.
The Cork based MEP said that she will be continuing to work as a carer at home and will also keep working to support carers in Ireland.
“I have been a carer for over 30 years and understand the many challenges facing carers. I have worked on behalf of carers during my term in the Parliament, especially in founding and chairing the European Parliament Interest Group on Carers and Caring. One of the achievements of the Carers Group was getting carers included in the Workforce for Health.
WHILE this week’s elections no doubt brought much heartache to the European candidates who failed to secure seats in Brussels, some may take solace in the fact that the odds are already on that they will secure seats in the next Dáil.
Despite saying that he is not planning on contesting the upcoming General Elections, Paddy Power is offering odds of 2/1 on Colm Burke being elected to the next Dáil.
Just behind Colm is Kathy Sinnott at 3/1 and sitting Senator Dan Boyle at 5/1.
Assuming her father Martin stands down, Sinn Fein’s Toireasa Ferris is odds-on at 1/3.
INDEPENDENT MEP Marian Harkin spoke out this week of her regret that her colleague in Munster, outgoing MEP Kathy Sinnott, has lost her seat in Brussels.
The two independents had worked closely on a range of issues, particularly in the setting up of a special interest group for carers in the European Parliament.
“Kathy and myself didn’t always agree on everything, but she was a very, very hardworking MEP,” said Ms Harkin.
Kathy Sinnott’s failure to retain her spot in Europe leaves Marian Harkin as the only Independent Irish MEP.
The shock of unemployment is no different for a politician than it is for any other worker who loses their job, and outgoing MEPs Colm Burke and Kathy Sinnott were still reeling from the recent elections when contacted by Eurolink this week.
Despite widespread recognition as two of the most hardworking Irish MEPs, they failed to retain their seats in the European Parliament in the face of overwhelming competition from Fine Gael favourite Sean Kelly and Labour poster boy Alan Kelly.
But these workaholics are unlikely to be idle for long. “It’s hard to do nothing when you’re used to working 100 hours a week, but I wasn’t in Europe long enough to claim a pension so I’ll have to join the unemployment queue,” said Colm Burke.
The former Lord Mayor of Cork has ruled out running in the next general election, but says he may resume his legal practice part time. He’s also committed to helping Fine Gael promote the Lisbon Treaty ahead of a second referendum. [Read more...]