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'Pylons 'would devalue property by €600m' says campaigners.'

The Green Party believes that the failure to develop interconnection between the North and South of Ireland shows how far we are away from achieving an ambition of becoming a world leader in renewable energy.

Learning from the mistakes of the past, the Green party believes that

- it is essential that Government bring together a variety of civil society, community organisations, academic, business and government interests to solidify a public consensus around our long-term energy strategy.

- ensure full or partial local ownership of new energy assets through taxation measures.

- Provide financial instruments that match local pension and other saving vehicles with long-term energy investment opportunities

Read the Green Party's Submission to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources public consultation on the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland here:…/Green-Party-submission-to-DCENR-Gre…

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Sligo Leitrim Green Party are glad to support this tourism initiative for Sligo and the North West.

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We support the Chambers call for greater investment in Sligo and Leitrim in the context of Government formation.

- 300 job reduction in Sligo and Leitrim over the last 5 years due to lack in investment seen in desperate roads and broadband infrastructure.

- In the absence of a structured and resourced plan to address rural decline there will be a continuation of migration from this region.

- The effects of this such as rising house prices in Dublin and greater commute times is not good for society.

With rapid changes in communications and renewable energy technologies, there is no reason why this region cant take advantage of what is happening at a Europan level and globally in order to ensure our region grows and thrives for the benefit of all.

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Media Release
Monday 4th April 2016

Green Party support INMO call for expanded community healthcare

The Green Party today supported the call from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) to examine the rollout of enhanced primary care, as its report, Missed Care – Community Nursing in Ireland, revealed that community nursing is under severe strain in the country.

Speaking following the publication of the report, Green Party Spokesperson on Health, Oisín Ó hAlmhain said: “The INMO report published today provides a worrying insight into the challenges facing community nursing in Ireland. The focus in the health service should be on keeping people healthy, rather than simply on the treatment of symptoms. That cannot happen without effective community healthcare.

“Primary care, done effectively, will save the HSE money, will reduce waiting times in our A&Es, and lead to a healthier, happier population. Community nirses have a vital role to play in that. That’s why it is so concerning that 50% of respondents admitted missing care in their previous working week, specifically citing health promotion, and chronic disease management as problem areas for missed care.

“It is also worrying that the report shows disadvantaged groups are more likely to miss care.

“We need a serious re-examination in how we provide care in this country. That’s why we’re backing the INMO’s call to establish a Commission to examine and develop all aspects of primary care services. It needs to be a top priority for the incoming Government.”

Read the report here:

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This is a welcome development with 70,000 new seats annually to and from the region.

We are calling for the development of more routes to and from European destinations in order to increase visitor numbers to the region.

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We support this call for greater park and ride facilities throughout the region in order it more attractive for people to make greater use of public transport.

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"Broadband infrastructure outside of Sligo town is a disaster," said Cllr Maguire.

The Sligo Leitrim Green Party is calling on someone in Sligo County Council or the department of communications energy and natural resources to reach out to the Google loon project, telecom companies or other such universal internet provision initiatives in order to explore the possibility of addressing broadband issues in rural areas in the Northwest.

Project Loon is a network of balloons travelling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas and help fill coverage gaps.

It is in beta stage but if it can work in Canterberry in New Zealand, it can work in the North West of Ireland .

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Disappointed that Sligo County Council is putting digital road signage on the long finger. 5 years for infrastructure that is required now due to funding constriants is simply too late for this region.

The Sligo Leitrim Green Party are calling on any new Government to firstly address the existing legacy debt (thought to be in excess of 100 million euro) of Sligo County Sligo ( and secondly to invest in projects that offer a sustainable funding model for the County Council going into the future.

Without it, the council simply cannot adequately perform its constitutional or legislative role.

Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution

“The State recognises the role of local government in providing a forum
for the democratic representation of local communities, in exercising and
performing at local level powers and functions conferred by law and in
promoting by its initiatives the interests of such communities.”

Local Government Act 2001 says that the role of local authorities is to

“take such measures, engage in such activities or do such things in
accordance with law (including the incurring of expenditure) as it
considers necessary or desirable to promote the interests of the
local community”


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While we welcome this initiative, (where the Housing Finance Agency and the Government are going to support the purchasing of new homes by the voluntary housing association, Tuath), we believe it is a drop in the ocean when compared to the scale of the housing and homelessness crisis in Dublin.

To put it into context, 117 new homes are being purchased in a city where the housing waiting list is 44,000 ( Sligo has a housing waiting list of 1,000 people (

A new vision in relation to funding a sustainable social housing model is needed and its needed quickly. 
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