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As your local Senator I have been working hard to represent the people of Cork in Seanad Éireann. In recent years we have moved from economic uncertainty to stability, the maintenance of which requires continual work.

Some of the national issues I will be prioritising are tourism, job creation and public infrastructure, of housing, roads and amenities, in order to sustain such growth.

 

21st June 2019 Comments are off Alesha Clarke
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Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance

Cork-based Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard has highlighted that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be paid in early July and has also encouraged families who don’t receive an automatic payment to make an application for the allowance. Senator Lombard said: “My colleague, Minister for Social Protection, Regina Doherty, has confirmed to me that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be made available again this year. “The Back to School Clothing and Footwe

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13th June 2019 Comments are off Alesha Clarke
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It’s vital we raise awareness of skin cancer prevention

Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard has said the publication of a new Government policy will help raise awareness of skin cancer. “I am very pleased that Minister Harris has published the new policy on skin cancer. I have been petitioning the Government to reduce the VAT rate on sun cream products for months. “Hopefully now the policy is in place the Government will be able to reduce the VAT rate for sun cream and launch an awareness campaign to help drive down the 11,000 diagnoses we have here

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13th June 2019 Comments are off Alesha Clarke
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Local authorities must take action on the scourge of dereliction

Local authorities must take action to deal with the scourge of derelict buildings in our towns and villages, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard raised the matter in the Seanad this week highlighting public health concerns arising from dereliction of privately owned buildings and noting a particular example in Bandon Co Cork which presented a local health and safety risk. Senator Lombard said: “Dereliction of urban areas is an issue we all need to address and local

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Facebook ads promoting website targeting Maria Walsh need to be investigated

Facebook ads promoting a website designed to target and discredit European Election candidate Maria Walsh on the grounds that she is an LGBTQI activist, need to be fully investigated, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Tim Lombard, who sits on the Oireachtas Communications Committee, was responding to sponsored posts from an individual promoting a website that targets the Midlands North West candidate. Fine Gael has contacted Facebook to request the ad be removed. Senator Lombard said: “Soci

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Access to Spinraza welcome news for families and children affected

The approval of access to Spinraza for children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is such welcome news for families and children affected. Cork Senator Tim Lombard has welcomed the decision of the HSE to approve access for Nusinersen (Spinraza) for children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type I, II or III on an exceptional and individualised basis, stating: “Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed the decision was made by the HSE leadership team on Tuesday morning. "This is suc

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Carers in Cork to benefit from Support Grant

Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has said that 12,685 carers in Cork will benefit from the Carer’s Support Grant. “The Carer’s Support Grant is worth €1,700 and is available to all carers providing full-time care to an older person or a person with a disability, regardless of their means or social insurance contributions. “Furthermore, carers who are providing care for two or more people will receive a grant in respect of each person being cared for, to take account of the additional costs

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€20 million Sláintecare Integration Fund

Fine Gael Senator for Cork South West, Tim Lombard, has said that the publication of the €20 million Sláintecare Integration Fund will support the delivery of community healthcare in Cork. The Fund will be open to applications from both the public and voluntary sectors and will focus on testing new models of care with a focus on community care. Successful applications will facilitate a shift in care to the community or provide measures to help people avoid hospital. Senator Lombard said: “

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New Law to Protect Children Online

A new law is set to protect our children online, a Fine Gael Senator has said. Cork South West Senator Tim Lombard said “My colleague the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D., has today (Monday the 4th of March) announced that he will introduce a new Online Safety Act to improve online safety and ensure that children can be protected online. “For the first time we will have a law setting a clear expectation for service providers to tak

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GHG Emissions Tax an ineffective solution

Cork Senator Tim Lombard has stated that specific agriculture emissions need to be addressed in Ireland in order to combat Climate Change. Senator Lombard said: “As a member of the Special Oireachtas Committee for Climate Action I have been involved in numerous discussions and briefings the past year which have examined carbon emissions in Ireland. “Agricultural emissions account for a disproportionately large portion of Ireland’s total emissions due to the fact that our agricultural secto

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BEEP pilot will target the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves

Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, has confirmed the new Beef Environmental Efficiency Pilot will receive €20 million funding in 2019 and is encouraging all eligible Cork farmers to apply to funding. The scheme will target the weaning efficiency of suckler cows and calves - measuring the live weight of the calf at weaning as a percentage of the cow's live weight. Senator Lombard said: “Prior to the Budget I made continued representations to the Department on behalf of farmers and I am very pl

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