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Kilkenny TD says she’s been contacted by families concerned over Camphill developments.

There’s uncertainty for their future after HIQA cancelled the registration last week


Kathleen Funchion says she has spoken to family of residents at the Camphill Community in Ballytobin and will do what she can to help.

There’s uncertainty for their future after HIQA cancelled the registration last week citing serious concerns over safety and the quality of the service there.

The HSE is taking over the running of the facility but Deputy Funchion says there is a fear that things will change.

She says even though there is a commitment to keeping it open, people are concerned.

While Deputy Funchion appears to be concerned like the rest of us , this type of cashing in on crises by TDs and other politicians is to be roundly condemned as predatory upon the disabled and the vulnerable for purposes of political gain.
Much to be preferred is the politician who works away quietly without publicly signalling her virtue in such matters.
Better still is the politician who brings such matters up in the Dail by way of parliamentary question and objection to the relevant minister instead of deliberately making a selfish PR issue of it at local level but without ever doing anything about the matter complained of so loudly, piously and profusely. 


Voting for next leader of Fine Gael to start today

The 1,200 local members in Carlow and Kilkenny can vote in the Lord Bagenal in Leighlinbridge on Tuesday evening from 6pm.


Voting starts later in the Fine Gael leadership election.

21,000 party members will cast their votes over the coming days – The 1,200 local members in Carlow and Kilkenny can vote in the Lord Bagenal in Leighlinbridge tomorrow (Tuesday) evening from 6pm to 10pm.

Elected members will vote separately.

Carlow-Kilkenny Dail Deputies Pat Deering and John Paul Phelan and the rest of the parliamentary party will vote on Friday before counting starts.



Health Minister says 10-year plan needed to fix overcrowding at St Luke’s Hospital

Last month there were 319 people waiting on trolleys in the hospital for Carlow/Kilkenny


Minister for Health Simon Harris TD said that there’s three crucial ingredients to fixing the problem of overcrowding at St Luke’s Hospital.

This follows the INMO figures for last month which show there was a total of 319 people waiting for a bed in St Luke’s Hospital.

The cumulative figures for January to April are also the highest they’ve ever been at the local hospital.

Minister for Health Simon Harris TD told local news that a ten-year plan is needed to fix the situation, as well as more recruitment, and more beds.

However , Minister Harris ignored the principal hospital filler over the past twenty years -  uncontrolled Mass Immigration into Ireland.
Whether you're white or black or brown or yellow you need health and hospital services for you and your family - mass immigration has never been taken into account or planned for in Ireland. It's like planning outdoor activity without taking the weather into account , it is that foolish .
And YES, our government, our ministers, our civil service and especially our planners are indeed that foolish.
That's why Irish people miss out on their procedures and operations more and more as time goes by and mass immigration continues uncontrolled. 

And that's why Simon is speaking through his (H) arris. 

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is facing a backlash after allowing a former councillor to rejoin the party in Kilkenny though he had defected to Lucinda Creighton's new party, Renua Ireland. 
Eight senior members of the Kilkenny FF Comhairle Cheanntair  resigned en masse from their positions last Monday after it was made clear from party headquarters in Dublin That Councillor Patrick McKee had been accepted back into the party as a full member.  Fianna Fail councillors on Kilkenny County Council also voted to block McKee, although a minimum of three councillors voted to have him back and these included CLlr. Pat Fitzpatrick, Cllr. Pat Millea and Cllr Mick McCarthy. 

"Micheal ( Martin)  is telling people he has to accept applications at face value , well someone should ask him why he isn't taking Bertie Ahern's application at face value!" , one board member angrily declared . And there was talk of how Micheal Martin had  thrown the party's MEP Brian Crowley out for a lot less than McKee had done. There was talk too  of howPatrick McKee, an attractive young gay man,  has always been the apple of Micheal Martin's eye since his Cork Uni days canvassing for Micheal. 

McKee quit the party in a sudden move that surprised everybody before the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election ( to replace Phil Hogan) in 2015 and joined Ms. Creighton's Renua to run against Fianna Fail's Bobby Aylward after he, McKee, failed to get the FF nomination. Bobby easily won the seat for Fianna Fail coming back in from the wilderness himself and was re-elected in last year's general election. 

It is understood that Bobby Aylward raised objections against McKee's re-admittance directly with Micheal Martin as well as with Fianna Fail's general secretary Sean Dorgan. The majority of the councillors opposing McKee's return are supporters of Mr. Aylward, though John McGuinness supporters don't favour him either. 

The members of the FF officer board who stepped down included the chair, vice-chair, secretary, assistant secretary and two treasurers. Bobby Aylward said that there should have been a consultation with local members rather than a diktat from above. However fellow members of the local Police Authority that Cllr. McKee chairs supported the prodigal councillor on his return,  as did popular figures in Kilkenny city such as Liam Chunkey O'Brien , the great Kilkenny hurler, who is a loyal neighbour of Patrick McKee in Fiacre's Place. 

Yesterday Councillor McKee said that he was genuinely disappointed that the board members had chosen to resign because he was accepted back into the party: " I haven't had the opportunity with speak to any of them but they took the decision to step down and I am very disappointed that they felt the need to do so."  

He continued: "I am not aware of the internal workings or memberships of the party at the moment. I made the decision to rejoin and that's my only concern. Anything to do with the internal workings of the party is a matter for those in positions of power locally.  I have expressed my desire to rejoin over the past months and that has always been my intention.  I spoke to other councillors on the matter over the last weeks and months and at no time was I told that I would be stopped or that anybody had anything against my return."

Mr. McKee polled very well in the by-election receiving 9.5 per cent of the vote, but got just 3.5 per cent of the vote in last year's general election as a Renua candidate. He had been in line for the FF nomination in the by-election until Mr. Aylward had decided to return to electoral politics after he had lost his seat in the disastrous 2011 general election and after a subsequent spell of bad health from which he is since fully recovered. 
Patrick McKee at 28 is often looked upon as a young politician in a hurry in Kilkenny with it said about him that "he wants to be Taoiseach before thirty". He was roundly and widely condemned previously in a bitter public harangue over local radio by local Sinn Fein TD Kathleen Funchion. That said he is a warm, friendly and personable young politician who quietly takes it all in his stride.  He can still do well as a Fianna Fail candidate in future. 

Patrick McKee was leader of Fianna Fail at WIT, also as a law student at UCD. He was an apprentice solicitor at Smithwicks solicitors, Kilkenny.  He is now the Chairman of the Kilkenny Policing Board. He is the elected councillor for Kilkenny City West. 


The new mayor of Kilkenny in a couple of weeks' time is to be the diminutive councillor from the farmlands of the Rower-Inistioge, Councillor Michael Doyle. He is a very nice fellow but it's a farce. It's a farce created by Phil Hogan that we citizens of this city have to live with, where our mayor for the second year running is not a citizen of this city.  This could only happen in Ireland, as the saying goes , it could only emanate from the ingenious brain of the said Phil Hogan. 

And even worse, as Councillor David Fitzgerald recently pointed out, most of the funds for city roads are now being deployed out into the county rural areas under the new Hogan "municipal" arrangement that simply does not make any sense at all. There is no logic to it whatsoever. The other local media , the KP and KCLR won't open their mouths about this farce because they are paid off in Council advertising to shut their gobs and tell you nothing.  They would far prefer to advertise the wonderful diversity of multiculturalism here in a city that they have transformed into a little Baghdad by the Nore. 

We wish the new mayor well, we are not getting at him. He is a wonderful representative for his farmer constituents below in the Rower - which must be 16 miles south of Kilkenny city. He is a solid worker and a faithful servant of his party Fine Gael. Most important he is a hell of a nice fellow.  But the question must be asked, is there nobody qualified for mayor of this city amongst the citizens? Surely Fine Gael and Fianna Fail should confine the highest civic office to those born or resident in the city? Would that be too much beyond them? 

The electoral division of Kilkenny simply does not make sense with the city no longer having control over its own spending, but now at the mercy of rural councillors grabbing the available funds to spend on their own rural backwaters. That's the Hogan Plan, and it has already failed as assuredly as his water charges have. 

The tragedy that happened to Kilkenny city was done under both Fianna Fail/Green/PD governments and under Fine Gael/Labour - almost all the political parties were involved in our downfall. First Minister Noel Dempsey downgraded the old historic Kilkenny Corporation to Borough Council and then Hogan stepped in and finished that off , creating what he termed a "municipal council" combining the city with large tracts of the rural county of Kilkenny - and with the huge loss to the city of all its revenue from its ratepayers. The ratepayers money is now going for the repair of backwater roads below in Inistioge where the next mayor is to come from. It hasn't and it can't work or this city will go to rack and ruin without a cent of its own. We are a city without a bob to our names and it is up to rural councillors mostly, like Michael Doyle, to determine what pittance the city falls in for from the county council.  

The answer is , of course, that our city status be restored to that of full corporation as we had up to a few years ago and that the age-old borough boundaries be extended out to include the whole city.  This would restore full funding to the city and the power to decide how and where in the city that funding would be spent. 

Trump Tells 'Confidants' US Will Leave Paris Climate Deal

Image: Axios: Trump Tells 'Confidants' US Will Leave Paris Climate Deal
President Donald Trump at the G7 Summit.

Saturday, 27 May 2017 08:39 PM


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U.S. President Donald Trump has told "confidants," including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge.

On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support the Paris climate deal next week.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A source who has been in contact with people involved in the decision told Reuters a couple of meetings were planned with chief executives of energy companies and big corporations and others about the climate agreement ahead of Trump's expected announcement later in the week. It was unclear whether those meetings would still take place.

"I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week!" he tweeted on the final day of a Group of Seven (G7) summit in Italy at which he refused to bow to pressure from allies to back the landmark 2015 agreement.

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The summit of G7 wealthy nations pitted Trump against the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan on several issues, with European diplomats frustrated at having to revisit questions they had hoped were long settled.

Trump, who has previously called global warming a hoax, came under concerted pressure from the other leaders to honor the 2015 Paris Agreement on curbing carbon emissions.

Although he tweeted that he would make a decision next week, his apparent reluctance to embrace the first legally binding global climate deal that was signed by 195 countries clearly annoyed German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"The entire discussion about climate was very difficult, if not to say very dissatisfying," she told reporters. "There are no indications whether the United States will stay in the Paris Agreement or not."

Many Kilkenny people going to England for fame and for fortune over the last century went to Manchester. So many ended up there that they had a  Kilkenny "Manchester Association" formed there for years which held Annual Dinners visited by Kilkenny politicians - at their own expense, of course, unlike the carry-on of the twinnings today that should be scrapped.

Kilkenny emigrants had this penchant for Manchester, fellows like my old pals Seanie and Tosh Connors and Romeo Whelan, all now gone to their eternal rewards. The Kilkenny community over there became huge, most of them looked after each other and married and settled down and today we would be talking about their English grandchildren of an age of the poor innocents massacred in this evil Islamic bombing. 

Manchester wasn't spared the horror of Sinn Fein/IRA bombings either that brought shame and embarrassment to our Kilkenny Manchester community, though none of the RA bombings were anyway as murderous as this. And for what we'll never know, except to further the careers of Shinner politicians here and in the North and recruit the fools that vote for the Shinners out of ignorance of the really evil people that they are. Some people are inclined to view the IRA as some sort of heroes who devoted their lives to "Ireland". They did no such thing. They were monsters just the same as these Islamic bombers are now!  We had friends who were in the IRA and jailed for it, and rightly so as they had to be kept out of harm's way for the safety of society as well as for their own good , and the same must be done to these Islamics, they must be jailed and interned. We had fellows here in Kilkenny caught making up barrels of fertiliser explosive - thank God they were caught and large-scale bloodshed prevented, and we say that even about men we were friendly with , because they had to be prevented from exercising their own madness. And the same is true of these Islamic terrorists today, they have to be rounded up and locked up until whenever all this madness of theirs stops.

Manchester champion says , "It's time to put political correctness out the fuckin window!"  
He says it's easy for the politicians and the media to talk , it's alright for us to talk but we're not the ones suffering!" 

Fine Gael enjoy massive boost as Fianna Fail suffers badly in latest poll

The party has soared five points and is now at 29pc in the latest opinion poll.

Fianna Fail has suffered badly in the latest poll - dropping a massive seven points to 21pc. Micheal Martin’s party is now trailing Fine Gael by a huge gap of eight points.

The Independent Alliance which is in Government with Fine Gael has increased its support by one point to 3pc. Sinn Fein dropped three points to 15pc in the Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion poll.

Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar22Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar

The Labour Party is unchanged at 6pc, the Social Democrats are also unchanged at 4pc and Solidarity-People Before Profit is down one to 3pc The Green Party is unchanged at 3pc and Renua is at 1pc. Independents are up four points to 14pc.

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