Monthly Archives: January 2013

Today I received a response from O2 following my meeting yesterday in regards to coverage problems in Castlecove and Caherdaniel. They have assured me they will continue to work on this problem and invest in south Kerry. I will be meeting with representative from Vodaphone and Comreg next week to continue work on this issue

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Senator Mark Daly calls for a debate on the Undocumented Irish in the United States following President Obama’s calls for comprehensive immigration reform

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Today I met with an official from O2 regarding persistent mobile phone coverage problems in Kerry. I will be meeting with representatives from other mobile networks and ComReg in the near future as I continue to work on this issue

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Daly calls on FG and Labour to reverse decision on Kerry garda station closures

Kerry Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has appealed to Fine Gael and Labour to reverse their ‘dangerous decision’ to shut down 9 garda stations in Kerry this week.

Senator Daly was speaking ahead of a Dáil debate on a Fianna Fáil motion calling on the Justice Minister not to shut down 100 garda stations nationwide tomorrow. The motion also opposes the underhanded reduction in garda numbers and cuts to specialised garda units.

“I have spoken to so many people here over the past number of weeks who just cannot understand how the Government’s response to the surge in burglaries, thefts and violent attacks here in Kerry is to close another 9 local garda stations and further cut our garda numbers,” said Senator Daly.

“The Justice Minister Alan Shatter needs to open his eyes and see what is going on here. People are fearful in their homes. They need a strong and visible garda presence in their communities to deter criminals and support vulnerable householders – not another slash and burn of community resources. Even Fine Gael representatives have themselves been forced to admit that this crazy policy will not result in significant savings.

“The unjust cut to garda numbers must stop. It creates dangerous gaps in our community policing and puts enormous pressure on local gardaí. If the Government allows garda numbers to dwindle below 13,000, our force will be watered down to its lowest level in over a decade.

“Let’s be clear about it. These cuts are Minister Shatter’s own political decisions and are not as a result of an agreement with the Troika or anyone else. No one is forcing him to shut down 100 garda stations. No one is forcing him to make such significant cuts to garda numbers. I am also surprised Labour has remained so passive about the cuts, they and their Fine Gael colleagues need to step up and put pressure on the Minister to reverse this wrong decision. The Government needs to admit they have made a mistake and support Fianna Fáil’s motion this week.”

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Obama calls for overhaul of laws on immigration

Including “the Irish who left behind a land of famine” who made up the “huddled masses” who arrived in the US through Ellis Island on the US east coast and Angel Island on the west

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2013/0130/1224329431259.html

SIMON CARSWELL, Washington Correspondent

President Barack Obama has called for “comprehensive” reform of US immigration laws in a landmark speech, following up on an inaugural pledge just over a week ago to put the issue at the top of his second-term agenda.

He laid out ambitious plans to overhaul immigration laws that will put more than 11 million illegal immigrants, including thousands of undocumented Irish, on the road to citizenship.

“The time has come for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform – the time is now,” he said to applause in a speech at a high school in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mr Obama said that all people who came to the US were immigrants once. He named many nationalities including “the Irish who left behind a land of famine” who made up the “huddled masses” who arrived in the US through Ellis Island on the US east coast and Angel Island on the west.

The president’s speech came a day after a cross-party group of Democratic and Republican senators offered their own proposals for immigration reform.

Mr Obama acknowledged the rare alignment of the White House and the bipartisan group of senators on plans to change the laws in a highly contentious issue in American politics and society.

The proposals from the bi-partisan group of senators were “very much in line” with his own principles, he said.

Immigration reform, the president said, must not be based on “us and them”.

Obstacles on the way

The president acknowledged that there would be obstacles to immigration reform in Congress on the way to legislation passing. “The closer we get the more emotional this debate will become,” he said.

He again showed he would act on his own if he didn’t secure bipartisan support in a politically divided Congress, saying that he would present his own bill if both houses did not pass legislation.

Mr Obama said there were economic reasons for reforming the laws Many illegal immigrants tried to go out and earn a living every day, often in “a shadow economy” which was bad for the entire economy. “We’ve got to bring the shadow economy into the light.”

Addressing Republican and conservative concerns that reforms would go too far, he said the US had to strengthen enforcement and security at borders and crack down on businesses that employ people illegally.

He said that the legal system around immigration should be brought into the 21st century so that citizens “should haven’t to wait years” before their families could join them in the US. He also spoke about reforming laws to help foreign students work in the US and foreign entrepreneurs start businesses and create jobs in the country.

‘Significant speech’

Ciarán Staunton, president of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, said that the speech was significant because it laid down a marker of the president’s intentions.

“The most important thing is that President Obama is saying that immigration reform is the next priority of his administration and the US government,” he said.

‘I cannot get myself too excited and say we are booking flights home’

Bridget, who is originally from Co Kerry, has been living in the United States since 1990. Even though she qualified fully as a registered nurse in New York, her illegal status prevents her from working.

The 45-year-old woman, who didn’t want to be identified, is married to an English man who is also illegal in the US. They live in Yonkers, New York, and have two children, aged three years and nine months.

She used to travel home every year until 2002, when tighter travel and immigration controls after 9/11 stopped her from returning to Ireland.

The last time she was back in Co Kerry was in February 2002.

Bridget decided not to risk travelling home since then, fearing that she might not be allowed back into the US.

She has missed many family weddings and funerals in Ireland over the past decade.

She recognises that the motivation for the bipartisan push for immigration reform is the Hispanic demographic, of which 71 per cent voted for Obama in last year’s election, sealing his re-election.

“It is not an Irish vote, it is the Hispanic vote that is pushing Congress,” said Bridget.

She is not getting her hopes up about immigration reform like she did six years ago when a Bill was voted down.

“I am very hopeful and optimistic but I cannot get myself too excited and say we are booking flights home,” she said.

“A proposal was only announced in the Senate yesterday.

“It is a long road and there are a lot of peaks and valleys and opposition to overcome.”

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