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Daly calls on Minister to restore fodder transport scheme

Emergency funding needed from EU solidarity fund

As Kerry farmers continue to struggle with the unprecedented fodder crisis, Kerry Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly, has called for an immediate restoration of the fodder transport scheme, which ended last Friday.

Senator Daly has also called for Minster Simon Coveney to again apply for support from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), which has emergency funding available to assist regions that experience a disaster.

“Minister Coveney must immediately restore the fodder transport scheme, which ended last Friday,” said Senator Daly.

“The scheme was originally extended by 2 weeks with a promise by the Minister to review it on an on-going basis. If Minister Coveney paid a visit to the hundreds of farms in Kerry still under water, he would soon realise the fodder crisis is nowhere near an end.

“The weather in Kerry has not improved over the past number of weeks; farms are still flooded in many parts of the county, grass is not growing and silage is not being made.

“Fianna Fáil has raised this with the Minster continuously since March and so far his response has been completely underwhelming. Local co-ops and marts in Kerry that import fodder from the UK and France would tell the Minister that demand is exceeding supply. The plan to saturate the market with bales of hay has not worked; farmers in Kerry are only surviving on a week to week basis.

“Minister Coveney must insist that the EUSF caters for a prolonged crisis similar to what farmers have experienced in Kerry over the past 12 months. It has been a disaster for farmers and there needs to be adequate support provided.

“The Minister must also be proactive in ensuring there is some respite for farmers. The cuts to payments under the Disadvantaged Area Scheme (DAS) should be reversed and also the cut to the Farm Assist payment is another area which the Government needs to review.”

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Connect Ireland an initiative to connect Diaspora and job opportunities in Ireland brings 70 jobs to Meath

Connect Ireland announce their first major deal for Ireland with 70 jobs

Initiative seeks to connect Diaspora and job opportunities in Ireland


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Connect Ireland, the group seeking to win jobs for Ireland through connecting with Diaspora groups, announced its first major employment achieved with 70 new jobs being created in Meath.

Sources say that there are many other jobs in the Connect Ireland pipeline including some major initiatives which will be announced over the summer. Details of the initiative and how it works are at Terry Clune, founder of, is also founder of Connect Ireland.

Jobs are sourced through Irish based or Diaspora members telling Connect Ireland about interest from business owners in expanding in Ireland.The person who identified the company that sets up in Ireland gets a fee of at least $2,000 per job

In this case it was a local businessman Hugh Morris, “I have worked very closely with Connect Ireland in a bid to get a project off the ground. I have a huge interest in promoting North Meath and I really believe our region has a lot to offer any business,” he stated.

Minister Richard Bruton said: “The innovative Succeed in Ireland initiative s is about marshalling all the resources of our community and our diaspora to tackle the jobs crisis and attract new multinational companies who would not otherwise come to Ireland.

“Today’s announcement that Mafic is establishing a facility in Kells with the creation of 70 new manufacturing jobs is great news for Meath and an example of precisely what we are aiming to achieve with this initiative.”

Mafic will produce basalt fibre from a single material, crushed basalt, which is being sourced from the Ukraine. The manufacture of basalt fibre requires the melting of the crushed basalt rock. This will be done in specially commissioned and imported furnaces to be installed in Kells in the coming months.

The Kells operation will start with three furnaces, extending to six furnaces within 18 months. These furnaces will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition there are already plans in the pipeline to have a pultrusion line to produce composites using the basalt fibres.

The facility will become Mafic’s manufacturing centre of excellence and production headquarters. Brian Dougan, Director and Secretary of Mafic S.A and Managing Director of Mafic Ireland will be based in Kells.

Brian said, ‘It is a very exciting time for our company, as we establish our production facility in Kells. We believe that we have found a perfect location for our business, with a strong supportive local community. That coupled with the availability of workers and Ireland’s proximity to the European and North American markets was a huge draw for us. We are confident that Ireland, and specifically the historical town of Kells, offers us all the necessary components to help make our business a success.’

Mafic will commence recruitment of Production Supervisors and Manufacturing Technicians immediately. The recruitment process for Production Operatives will take place throughout June and July with successful candidates for these roles commencing employment in August. A recruitment fair/evening will take place in Kells in June with advanced notice published in the local media.

Mafic stated that it would like to acknowledge the significant role played by ConnectIreland in helping it to decide to choose Ireland as a location or their production facility. Mafic would also like to extend their thanks to Meath County Council.

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May 28, 2013 · 9:05 pm

Tonight I will be appearing on Coleman at Large on Newstalk from 10pm – 12 with Michael Clifford. Previously Michael criticised my use of parliamentary privilege to name an alleged child abuser during a Seanad Debate which I spoke about in my Article regarding the use of this privilege

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Senator Mark Daly Spokesperson for the Irish overseas :Top ten facts you need to know about the E3 Schumer visas for Irish Immigration

Senator Mark Daly Spokesperson for the Irish overseas :Top ten facts you need to know about the E3 Schumer visas for Irish
Immigration push includes visa program for Irish based on Aussie model

1. Where did the E3 initiative come from?

The E3 initiative was first proposed for Ireland by the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform after the failure of Kennedy/McCain immigration bill.

The only country at present with E3 visas is Australia. South Korea are also seeking a version of E3.

The E3 visas were first presented at a critical meeting in the Bronx at an ILIR event with Senator Charles Schumer attended by ILIR founders Ciaran Staunton, Niall O’Dowd, Hugh Meehan, Debbie McGoldrick and Kelly Fincham.

Senator Schumer agreed to study the ILIR initiative and now has become its greatest champion.

Informally, the visas are known as Schumer visas and are strongly supported by the Irish government.

2. How many visas are being proposed?

10.500 E3 visas are called for in the new Senate bill. The visas are non-immigrant but allow the recipient and his or her spouse to work in America renewing the visa every two years in perpetuity. Senator Schumer has said recently a path to a green card will also be discussed.

3. Who would be eligible for the E3 visa?

The E-3 visa classification would apply to nationals of Ireland as well as their spouses and children. Children could not work under current rules.
The spouse and children need not be Irish citizens. As a spouse you would need a marriage certificate from the Department of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

4. What is the educational qualification at present?

At present it is high school graduate or equivalent or equivalent trade experience and training

5. Will you need a job offer?

You will need to have a job offer from a sponsoring employer in the United States before you can apply for the E-3 visa.

6. How will that work?

In practice in the Australian experience this means that a potential E3 visa recipient would travel to the U.S. before applying for the E3 and secure an employment offer. The person could not apply from the United States but could at any U.S. Embassy or consulate outside the US.

7. What does the employer have to file?

The Australian experience is that the employer files for labor certification. The E3 recipient brings all the necessary documentation to an embassy interview and once approved can come to the US within a few days

8. Can the E3 recipient change employers?

Yes the E3 recipient can change employers but a new Labor certificate has to be filed by the employer

9. How successful has the E3 been in Australia?

Remember they still have a booming economy and close to full employment. In practice a little over 2,000 Australians a year apply and receive an E3.

10. How likely is it that E3 will form part of the final bill?

Hard to say but the E3 initiative received a huge boost when Senator Schumer announced he would embrace the concept and make it one of his priorities. He is quite simply the major force behind the new bill.

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