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HOW DOES THE EU IMPACT ME AND MY FAMILY

 

The fundamental belief of my campaign has consistently been that West needs an experienced MEP to achieve impactful results in Europe. Seán Ó’Neachtain was Galway’s last MEP in 2009 but the time has now come for the West to once again have its voice represented at a European level.  We need to make sure that we are positioned as the main hub for the western region and there are a number of ways we can strengthen this through the European Union. If we get this right, the benefits for the West of Ireland cannot be underestimated.

Over the course of my short snappy five-week campaign, I’ve focused on three core issues which I believe are key to the future of the constituency.

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

It is vital that both people and goods can be physically transported with ease across the county and city. We need to ensure that we have the basic infrastructure in place to build an integrated network across our rail, roads, and ports. The InvestEU Fund, which is backed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group, will have a budget of €650 billion to be spent between 2021 and 2027. We need to ensure we have a seat at the table to leverage such funding and invest it back into the West of Ireland, bringing modern connectivity across villages, towns, cities.

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

It goes without saying that education plays a pivotal role in securing well-paid jobs in the region. There are already numerous medical technology companies, multinationals and research centres across Galway but there is so much more we could do for Small and Medium Enterprises across the Midlands North West. Horizon Europe and the EU’s soon-to-be-launched €100 billion research and innovation programme could change the landscape of the West over the coming years. There’s so much untapped potential that SMEs in small and large towns we could draw upon which could provide a much-needed boost to businesses that are seeking to expand, which in turn creates jobs, bolstering the local economy in the process.

TOURISM

From Blueways to Greenways to cycleways, I’ve always been passionate about what the West has to offer when it comes to tourism. The lifeblood for many people across the constituency, it’s essential we now diversify the range of tourism products and services available and do so in a sustainable way. From the bridge in Portumna to Arranmore Island off Donegal, my goal from the outset of this campaign has been to target EU investment to

The EU is at a pivotal junction in its history and Ireland plays an important role in the direction it now takes. The EU impacts all our lives across areas such as education, agriculture, jobs, enterprise, and the environment. 

We are more than capable and ready to welcome this industry to the West.  And I believe I am the perfect accomplished candidate, ideally positioned geographically, to capture the imagination of the electorate in my area.

 

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Rabbitte To Introduce Bill Which Will Remove Commercial Rates For Childcare Providers

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs and MEP candidate for the Midlands-North-West, Anne Rabbitte TD, is set to introduce a Bill which will make childcare providers exempt from commercial rates.Deputy Rabbitte commented:The cost of doing...

Rabbitte once again highlights major funding shortfall in the west’s road networks

Fianna Fáil MEP candidate in the Midlands-North-West Anne Rabbitte TD has said that major underfunding of the roads network in the western region is impacting on investment in the area. Figures have shown that there is a funding shortfall...

Rabbitte calls for establishment of an EU mortgage market

10 May 2019 Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East and European Parliament candidate for Midlands-North-West Anne Rabbitte has called for the establishment of an EU mortgage market. At present European average mortgage interest rates are significantly higher than...

Delay with broadband having knock-on effect for Jobs – This is not the Wild West!

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East and Midlands-North-West European Parliament candidate Anne Rabbitte has warned that the ongoing delay with the rollout of the National Broadband Plan is causing businesses to consider their employment options. Deputy Rabbitte commented:...

Goverment Miss Target As Another Delay For Thousands Without Access To High Speed Broadband

Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East and Midlands-North-West European Parliament candidate Anne Rabbitte has called on the Minister for Communications to outline his timeline for the National Broadband Plan as it appears the plan has been delayed once again. Deputy Rabbitte...

Govt. Must Support Families As Childcare Fees Forecast To Rise

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs and European Candidate for Midlands-North-West Anne Rabbitte TD has warned that potential increasing childcare costs will see many families unable to meet childcare fees, resulting in families relying on relatives...

Neglect of West highlighted by low Garda numbers

 7th March 2019 Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte has slammed the government’s approach to law and order in County Galway as figures from the Department of Justice reveal the county received 36 probationer Gardaí from January 2015 to January 2019....

School students lead the way on climate change

15th March 2019 Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte TD has praised the thousands of Irish children and those around the world who joined the climate change protests to highlight the need to act on climate change. The global...

643 waiting over one year for physio appointments in the West

14th March 2019 Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte has described the waiting list times for physiotherapy assessments as shocking and a complete neglection of the west. Figures provided to Deputy Rabbitte reveal that there are 8,527 people on waiting lists...

National Broadband Plan decision cannot be delayed further

12th March 2019 Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte says a decision on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) cannot be subjected to any further delays. Deputy Rabbitte commented: Four months have passed since we were told that a recommendation on the National...

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