Eugene Murphy

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Eugene Murphy said : “It is my belief that at last we will open up North, East and West Roscommon with this N5 project and it will provide an extra economic bounce once completed,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 2:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I know some towns and villages will be concerned about the loss of passing traffic but we will have to market those areas with vigour and enthusiasm. I am hopeful that the project will commence in the coming months. It should also lead to some local employment. This is again a clear sign that this Government is providing an unprecedented level of funding for County Roscommon and I am most happy to be part of that process,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 2:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “A number of projects which were committed to creating a green and sustainable economy for the region were allocated funding under the Just Transition Fund but the problem is much of this funding is dependent on match funding or part funding being supplied by the various community groups,” External link

agriland Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy stated : “This is absolute lunacy. We are importing moss peat from Germany for the horticultural industry here in Ireland when in fact the peat deposits from Mount Dillon could instead be used,” “Hundreds of jobs in the horticultural industry here in Ireland are in jeopardy… There’s no joined-up thinking here at all,” External link

agriland Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Mr Pether’s wife Desree is distraught- she and her three children are Irish citizens and they have been living in the old Convent in Elphin for the past number of years and often travel to be with Mr Pether at his job sites while he also visits his family in Co Roscommon. Mr Pether is held in high regard in the Elphin community, and everyone is anxious to see him released,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, April 26, 2021 3:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I understand that while working on site in Dubai, Mr Pether and his manager were contacted by the Central Bank of Iraq, which demanded they return immediately for a meeting to resolve a dispute about a new building project in Baghdad. When they arrived, they were immediately taken into custody and I understand that both men are now in solitary confinement but are being treated well. It seems to be some sort of contractual dispute and Mr Pether has unfortunately become caught in the middle,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, April 26, 2021 3:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Mr Pether had a habit of calling his wife and children several times a day and after several days without contact, Ms Pether was finally able to talk with her husband's company, who told her that Mr Pether and his associate had both been detained,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, April 26, 2021 3:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : "This funding will help support locally based projects and it’s all about empowering local communities, looking for opportunities in the sustainable projects, supporting remote working and the digital transformation, developing outdoor amenities and helping to create employment in rural areas" External link

leitrimobserver Friday, April 9, 2021 3:04:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “So many farmers put their land into ash plantations as part of a nest egg for when they reached pension age and they invested in this for their future- many of them were of modest means and they are now left with a worthless product. A large section of land is affected by this disease- I am grateful to Minister Hackett for outlining details of the new ash dieback scheme which was put in place in June 2020 and I would urge any farmers affected to apply for this scheme,” External link

leitrimobserver Saturday, February 27, 2021 5:14:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I dealt with Bernice in relation to school matters and on every occasion, one was instantly impressed with her strong desire to have the best facilities for all her students,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy added ( about Community College ) : “From her time growing up in the Moyne region and right up to her passing, whether on the football field with Dromard Ladies or the classroom in Columba College, Killucan or Lanesboro Community College, Bernice was leading and helping others,” “I can only describe her as a lovely person always smiling and always dedicated to her family and school pupils. To Eric, and his very young children, Ella, Ava and Conor, and the extended Martin and Treacy families, I again extend my deepest sympathies” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I will be passing on the pay rise to a charity in my region and I will make the name of that charity public in due course. I just don’t think it’s right or appropriate that politicians should accept pay rises at a time when people are struggling to make ends meet and out of work due to Covid - we must show leadership and stand in solidarity with the people,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Further details have yet to be ironed out but I am confident that the location for a Covid vaccination centre in Roscommon Town will soon be announced. This is most welcome news as there had been concerned expressed in the national press that rural areas would be left without vaccination centres. I had a number of calls about this issue and I confident that a vaccination centre for the county town will soon be announced. It is my understanding that vulnerable people or older people who cannot travel to the vaccination centre will be contacted by their GP for alternative arrangements,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 4:40:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I would like to see the phased re-opening of the hospitality sector over the summer months but it really does depend on the level of virus in circulation and the roll out of the vaccine but there will have to be continuing support for businesses throughout this period,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 4:40:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “These people have no respect for the regulations, and they are blatantly flouting the law when there are still 5km travel restrictions in place- it’s a very selfish thing to do in the middle of a pandemic,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 4:40:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I visited the area at the weekend and to say that this flooding has had a severe impact in the area is an understatement; people are in a desperate situation,” External link

agriland Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:49:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “It’s simply not good enough to leave things in limbo in this manner,” External link

agriland Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:49:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I am hopeful that both the Minister for the OPW Patrick O’Donovan and the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue will visit Lough Funshinagh and meet with a representation from the area,” External link

agriland Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I have invited Minister O’Donovan and Minister McConalogue to visit Lough Funshinagh in a bid to keep the pressure on to find a solution and I am hopeful that a ministerial visit to the area is imminent. It’s simply not good enough to leave things in limbo in this manner,” External link

agriland Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Barry McGuigan ) : "Barry McGuigan a truly broken hearted man over the death of his daughter in 2019. RIP.A sad story,i just wish I could ease his pain" External link

irishmirror Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Growing up in the 1970s and 80s there were plenty of protests about other issues and I attended many political meetings during those decades and yet we never heard anything about the abhorrent treatment of Irish mothers and babies. It was all brushed away out of sight in a culture of shame and secrecy,” External link

westmeathindependent Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “However, I understand that scrutiny on the new laws will only begin towards the end of the year- we need this to be fast tracked- this legislation must be brought in as soon as possible- it is the very least that the survivors deserve,” External link

westmeathindependent Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “If the schools reopen it is inevitable that there will be staffing problems as teachers or staff may be isolating after the Christmas period or if positive cases arise in schools, we will have classes in and out isolating for two-week periods. I think it makes more sense to leave the schools closed and possibly tighten up restrictions with a circuit break lockdown for a few weeks to tackle these escalating Covid19 numbers- I believe that is preferable to constantly going in and out of these revolving lock downs,” External link

longfordleader Monday, January 4, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I believe a circuit breaker type lockdown for the next few weeks would be a better approach as we cannot keep going in and out of these revolving lockdowns and the vaccine programme also needs to be accelerated in line with this. If we can get the numbers reduced, we could then look at doing county or regional lockdowns rather than having to shut the whole country down and keep going in and out of revolving lockdowns which is devastating for the economy and mental health of our people,” External link

longfordleader Monday, January 4, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It might be unsafe for you to come to a theatre to see me, so I’m going to come see you this Christmas, online,” “We all need to keep that human connection to one another, especially during the holiday season” External link

citynews-ca Monday, December 7, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : "It might be unsafe for you to come to a theatre to see me, so I’m going to come see you this Christmas, online," "We all need to keep that human connection to one another, especially during the holiday season" External link

timescolonist Monday, December 7, 2020 5:20:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Ireland West Airport Knock is a vital life link for the west and north west region from both a business and tourism point of view. It provides an essential connection to global markets for regional businesses and also provides a gateway for much needed tourists and in attracting foreign direct investment into the region,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I believe additional Government funding is vital to sustain Ireland West Airport Knock through this crisis. It should also be remembered that a number of Local Authorities including Roscommon County Council contributed a total of some €8 million in funding towards Knock Airport in recent years which signals the importance of the airport to the western region,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded ( about Commission ) : “The impetus for this Bill derives from the necessity to secure an urgent bespoke solution to protect the complete records of the Commission, including the database, before its expected dissolution by the end of this month,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 26, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Irrespective of what further restrictions are announced later today I think the GAA needs to postpone inter-county games for a number of weeks. I think it was a grave mistake allowing those games to go ahead over the weekend. I am one of the most avid sports fans in County Roscommon including GAA, soccer and rugby but I fear that we may look back with regret in a few weeks’ time when we see the results of allowing these games to go ahead,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 19, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “Politicians of all sides have to be brave and sometimes we have to say unpopular things. I would appeal to the GAA even at this late stage to postpone these games for a number of weeks. Squads all over the country have doctors, frontline workers, teachers etc and you have to take into account referees, umpires, media also attending the games and I would just fear that we will see the knock on effects of allowing these games to go ahead in a few weeks’ time when it’s too late,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 19, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I do not want to take from Roscommon’s great win at the weekend and I realise the great joy and wellbeing these games brought to so many people but Covid-19 is out of control, numbers are increasing every day. I think it is outrageous and unacceptable that we could not ask the GAA to postpone these matches for a few weeks,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 19, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Lough Funshinagh was the case of the disappearing lake but now it’s the ever-expanding lake and we are acutely aware of the ongoing flooding issues in the area,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:38:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “We CAN bring down the numbers if we all work together, reduce our contacts, wear our face masks, wash hands and continue to social distance,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I know a lot of young people are adhering to the rules but for those that are not please avoid house parties or large gatherings if not for yourselves do it for your grandparents or elderly neighbours..small changes CAN make a big difference,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I want to commend Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD for establishing this Commission, along with Minister Catherine Martin TD. Chairperson of the Commission Prof. Brian MacCraith and his colleagues have my full support and I look forward to reading their findings,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “In rural Ireland in particular thousands of families will be left without a wage packet if we don’t deal with this issue,” External link

longfordleader Friday, September 25, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I understand that the department has recently written to all farmers to outline the timetable for payments under various schemes in the coming months and the minister has indicated that his focus remains on delivering these payments on schedule,” External link

agriland Monday, September 21, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “In County Galway ANC payments worth €20.7 million will be issued to 9,758 farmers while in County Roscommon some 4,752 farmers will receive ANC payments worth over €9.7 million. The farming community has faced so many challenges during 2020 so the timely delivery of payments under the ANC scheme are extremely important. These payments represent a timely and significant financial boost for farmers and for the wider rural economy,” External link

longfordleader Monday, September 21, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I understand that the Department has recently written to all farmers to outline the timetable for payments under various schemes in the coming months and the Minister has indicated that his focus remains on delivering these payments on schedule,” External link

longfordleader Monday, September 21, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “There has been a blacklisting of farmers with the TB Herd Risk letters and there is real anger amongst farming families about this issue and I believe these letters need to be withdrawn. "Such letters are exerting pressure and strain on farming families and these letters are asking farmers to get rid to older cattle despite the fact that the animals did not fail a test- it is causing widespread anger and distress among the farming community,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “The Department is eager to support eradication efforts through investment in disease-reducing initiatives, but we also need to withdraw these Herd Risk letters and work with the farming community to eradicate TB,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The past five to six months have been a very difficult time for everyone and I am conscious of the struggle for many publicans whose doors have remained shut for such a long time. I know the guidelines will be challenging and difficult to operate but it is a positive step in the right direction,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, September 7, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I have been in contact with the Taoiseach about this issue and I must say as a Government representative it is very difficult to deal with this situation and maintain a balance. It is very easy for the Opposition to shout and roar, but the Government is dealing with unchartered territory and the focus had to be on tackling Covid 19. It was extremely important to get the schools back and now that the reopening of schools seems to be going well so far, we can progress with the re-opening of wet pubs,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, September 7, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It’s not about abusing alcohol, the rural pub is a place to meet, to connect with friends and neighbours to engage and debate and have a chat over a few pints. I would be very concerned for the mental health of many older people in particular as many of them might not see one person from one end of the week to the next and the local pub was an important community focal point for them,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, September 7, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I am confident that publicans will find a way to make this work and in fairness the draft guidelines for ‘wet pubs’ only contain a few additional restrictions than those currently imposed upon premises serving food. Publicans are desperate to reopen and I believe they can make this work,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, September 7, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy added : “The transition [from peat production] was to occur over an eight-year period but has happened virtually overnight,” External link

agriland Friday, July 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “decarbonisation is no longer a buzzword; it’s a reality” External link

agriland Wednesday, July 22, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “The Minister for Education, my Fianna Fail colleague Norma Foley has only been in the post for a short time and I am confident that she will along with all the relevant sectors/stakeholders will come forward with a solution to ensure that students commence going back to school in September as it is vital for the economic recovery of the country,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Micheal Martin ) : “I received a phone call from An Taoiseach Michéal Martin on Saturday evening requested me to take on the Rural and Community Affairs portfolio in Seanad Eireann. I was delighted to accept the offer and I assured the Taoiseach I would put my best effort into this area. The Taoiseach spoke about the importance of delivering the programme for Government to the people and as the sole Government representative in County Roscommon and one of only two Government representatives in Roscommon/Galway, I will endeavour to use every opportunity to work and deliver to rural communities but also acknowledging the fact that my role is also to deliver to the wider region,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The West in particular will bear the brunt of the fallout in the aftermath of Covid19 and it is vital that the July jobs stimulus package places particular emphasis on recovery for this region,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Catherine Martin ) : “One of my first priorities will be meeting with Minister Catherine Martin to ensure a speedier delivery of broadband to rural localities and to ensure the quick establishment of broadband hubs,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “So many sectors of society need help including the SME sector and farming community. Housing will also be a top priority along with getting the country back to work,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Dara Calleary ) : "It's really concerning that Dara Calleary was not given a full Cabinet position" External link

herald-ie Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:04:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Audrey and all the team at The Hub in Strokestown really do fantastic work for young people with intellectual disabilities and I wanted to help support them in whatever way I can,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy explained : “Jackie Daly and all the volunteers at the East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support Centre are a fantastic group and the number of people attending weekly has now reached over 200. All the support they offer is free of charge. They have also become a member of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) which gives them a political and medical voice in Europe and they provide a full-time drop in centre as well as a 24 hour phone service,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It’s definitely a case of having eyes in the back of your head, I hope people from all over the country will consider making a donation for these two very worthy causes” External link

longfordleader Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Audrey and all the team at The Hub in Strokestown really do fantastic work for young people with intellectual disabilities and I wanted to help support them in whatever way I can,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy explained : “Jackie Daly and all the volunteers at the East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support Centre are a fantastic group and the number of people attending weekly has now reached over 200. All the support they offer is free of charge. They have also become a member of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) which gives them a political and medical voice in Europe and they provide a full-time drop in centre as well as a 24 hour phone service,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It’s definitely a case of having eyes in the back of your head, I hope people from all over the country will consider making a donation for these two very worthy causes” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Eugene Murphy ) : “The CEO of Roscommon County Council Eugene Cummins has indicated that a report on the future of the fire station in Castlerea is expected to be ready for July and while I don’t want to pre-empt what will be in the report, I think it’s important to stress that I am totally opposed to any plans to regionalise the fire service in the county and I would be fearful for the future of other smaller fire stations in the county,” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “Castlerea fire station has been closed now for the past three and half years and the people of Castlerea deserve better- this situation has been allowed to drag on indefinitely and we need concrete plans to secure the future of the station. I welcome the fact that the station has been used as a drive through testing centre for Covid 19 but once the building is no longer needed as a test centre, we need to reignite our focus on the need to re-open the fire station. We cannot leave Castlerea without a fire station and I plan to re-engage with all the county councillors in a bid to rectify this ongoing and pressing matter,” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “A number of construction workers have been in touch with me in recent weeks in relation to the difficulties due to out of date Safe Passes – these workers have been offered jobs in the past week but they had to turn down job offers as they cannot return to work because of out of date Safe Passes. "These workers are ready and willing to go back to work but cannot due to the fact that the Safe Pass courses are not running. A lot of these workers are in the construction industry for years and have undertaken and passed Safe Passes courses in the past and they know the Health and Safety requirements on sites-surely there is some way to allow these workers to return to work in the current times,” External link

longfordleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I am also aware of situations where young men who are currently on the Covid 19 unemployment payment and are willing to work and have been offered construction jobs but they are left with no choice other than to remain on the Covid payment because they cannot undergo a Safe Pass course to get a new pass. It’s a catch 22 situation,” External link

longfordleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I understand that the Solas.ie website already has a portal to allow workers to gain a replacement pass if it is lost or stolen, so surely they can provide an online method of addressing expired Safe Passes,” External link

longfordleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The timespan is short, but I would hope that we can all work together to bring forward proposals that would be viable and most of all lead to job creation,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about River Shannon ) : “The story of the ESB and Bord na Móna is intrinsic to the history and culture of the midlands region. I have stated this on numerous occasions over many years. This idea is workable in my view and could bring at least 50,000 visitors annually to the region and could be linked into other tourism related attractions such as hill walking on Sliabh Bán or boat trips on the River Shannon. I am conscious of the fact that huge job losses have also been suffered as a result of the closure of the Shannonbridge power plant and the huge fall out in the wider Ballinasloe area and I hope that this plan will also recognise the need to also take the situation of these workers into account. At least we now have an opportunity to work on such projects with the publication of the First Report on Just Transition,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “Retraining of former Bord na Móna workers is vital and this needs to happen quickly. I hope we would have clarification on that issue in the programme for Government. We went from a 10 year just transition phase to only 12 months and now possibly an even shorter time frame, so time is really of the essence. Indeed, this is a point which I have raised with the Fianna Fáil negotiating team in the discussions for a formation of Government as it is vital for the future of the midlands region,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “In effects this means that women who are returning from paid maternity leave would be earning less than their normal pay package, and women who are on unpaid maternity leave wouldn’t be eligible for the scheme at all. This is a totally unjust anomaly and it would also affect people who are on illness benefit and I believe it must be amended. I have been contacted by a number of women in my constituency who are absolutely distraught – it is difficult enough to be caring for new baby in these isolating Covid times and not being able to see family and friends but on top of all that these women are being unjustly penalised by this unfair loophole and it needs to be urgently addressed,” External link

leinsterexpress Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Paschal Donohoe ) : “Many of the women and families I have spoken to are in serious financial difficulty and while they may have the option of taking a break from their mortgage, many do not wish to do this as they fear it will only come back to haunt them down the road. We are only entering into Phase One of the relaxing of Covid restrictions and many people will not be able to return to work until August or September or possibly later and these kind of wage subsidy schemes are vital for people. It is unjust that women on maternity leave are being left out in the cold on this issue and I call on the Minister for Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to address the matter urgently. I understand that there are around 20,000 recipients of maternity benefit on an annual basis and a fraction of those women will fall victim to this discriminatory operation of the scheme,” External link

leinsterexpress Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “In effects this means that women who are returning from paid maternity leave would be earning less than their normal pay package, and women who are on unpaid maternity leave wouldn’t be eligible for the scheme at all. This is a totally unjust anomaly and it would also affect people who are on illness benefit and I believe it must be amended. I have been contacted by a number of women in my constituency who are absolutely distraught – it is difficult enough to be caring for new baby in these isolating Covid times and not being able to see family and friends but on top of all that these women are being unjustly penalised by this unfair loophole and it needs to be urgently addressed,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:39:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Paschal Donohoe ) : “Many of the women and families I have spoken to are in serious financial difficulty and while they may have the option of taking a break from their mortgage, many do not wish to do this as they fear it will only come back to haunt them down the road. We are only entering into Phase One of the relaxing of Covid restrictions and many people will not be able to return to work until August or September or possibly later and these kind of wage subsidy schemes are vital for people. It is unjust that women on maternity leave are being left out in the cold on this issue and I call on the Minister for Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to address the matter urgently. I understand that there are around 20,000 recipients of maternity benefit on an annual basis and a fraction of those women will fall victim to this discriminatory operation of the scheme,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:39:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The travel limit also remains at 5km for phase one, and people are advised to avoid all unnecessary journeys,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I also welcome the fact that a number of businesses have re-opened this week and I commend the efforts of so many employers in making efforts to secure the safety of workers in the workplace from Covid-19 infection but this is only possible through collaborative efforts of employers and employees and we must all work together to tackle Covid 19,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It is great to see people being able to visit places like Strokestown Park, Lough Key and Sliabh Bán for exercise and enjoying the outdoors but it’s important that people still adhere to social distancing guidelines. Considerable progress has been made in recent months to flatten the curve and we don’t want to undo all the good work now and I would be fearful that complacency would set in so I would urge people to keep adhering to the guidelines. Unfortunately, Covid 19 will be with us for some time so social distancing is now the new normal,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : "I don't think it's possible for me to pull back the amount" "There's 2,200 votes there. It'd be great if I could, yes it might be tight in the end, but I still would call it for Claire Kerrane. I think she will get over the line" External link

RTERadio Monday, February 10, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “We are committed to solving the housing crisis. Under Fine Gael there is no end to crisis and things have only become worse. It is time for a change,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Larry Gogan ) : “Larry Gogan was a legend throughout Ireland and was particularly popular with radio listeners in rural Ireland. I was fortunate enough to meet Larry Gogan on one occasion during my twenty years working as a former radio presenter and producer. The respect that Larry had for all genres of music was a tribute to the man’s sense of fairness. Whether it was country, rock or trad, Larry would always spin the discs- he was without doubt a legend and a most valuable asset to RTE,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:02:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy warned : “The transition fund of €6 million, allocated from carbon tax revenue this year, was envisaged to help and assist annually as transition progressed towards 2027. Even if it is combined with the €5 million the ESB has pledged, it is simply not adequate and will not go far enough to meet the pace of transition and widescale job losses,” External link

agriland Monday, November 11, 2019 6:09:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Minister McGrath informed us that the Irish Wheelchair Association received almost €40 million in funding nationally from his Department in 2019. "This beggars belief – if the Irish Wheelchair Association received this level of funding in 2019 combined with their own fundraising efforts surely they have enough money available to carry out the necessary upgrading and repair works which is estimated at €1.2m to keep the Cuisle Centre in Donamon open,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The Minister was also critical of the very short notice given to workers in Cuisle and I also understand that some IWA members and services users only learned of the shock announcement through media reports which is outrageous,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The Cuisle respite centre provides essential services to wheelchair users from Roscommon, Galway and right across the country. It has been facilitating respite and short breaks for people with disabilities and their families for over 20 years and has been described as Ireland’s leading wheelchair accessible resort” External link

longfordleader Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “The Minister indicated that he must clarify certain issues and will revert back to us in a few days and I look forward to further engagement with the Minister in a bid to save this vital facility” External link

longfordleader Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I welcome the news that over the next week the plant will gradually re-commence generation at prudent levels to ensure compliance with their environmental licence obligations. It is not yet clear how this will impact on Bord na Móna workers - we await further updates in that regard,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The minister held a constructive meeting this week but in order for talks to resume properly all legal threats must be dropped by the meat processors and it is vital that retailers also come around the table for the next round of talks” External link

agriland Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Ian ) : “It is very negative news and I am alarmed to see that Ian Lumley [advocacy officer] from An Taisce appears to be putting roadblocks in the way of getting the power station up and running again,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy asked ( about Ian ) : “Where does Ian Lumley expect the people affected to find work?” External link

agriland Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT



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Eugene Murphy said : “It is my belief that at last we will open up North, East and West Roscommon with this N5 project and it will provide an extra economic bounce once completed,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 2:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I know some towns and villages will be concerned about the loss of passing traffic but we will have to market those areas with vigour and enthusiasm. I am hopeful that the project will commence in the coming months. It should also lead to some local employment. This is again a clear sign that this Government is providing an unprecedented level of funding for County Roscommon and I am most happy to be part of that process,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, May 31, 2021 2:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “A number of projects which were committed to creating a green and sustainable economy for the region were allocated funding under the Just Transition Fund but the problem is much of this funding is dependent on match funding or part funding being supplied by the various community groups,” External link

agriland Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy stated : “This is absolute lunacy. We are importing moss peat from Germany for the horticultural industry here in Ireland when in fact the peat deposits from Mount Dillon could instead be used,” “Hundreds of jobs in the horticultural industry here in Ireland are in jeopardy… There’s no joined-up thinking here at all,” External link

agriland Thursday, May 20, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Mr Pether’s wife Desree is distraught- she and her three children are Irish citizens and they have been living in the old Convent in Elphin for the past number of years and often travel to be with Mr Pether at his job sites while he also visits his family in Co Roscommon. Mr Pether is held in high regard in the Elphin community, and everyone is anxious to see him released,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, April 26, 2021 3:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I understand that while working on site in Dubai, Mr Pether and his manager were contacted by the Central Bank of Iraq, which demanded they return immediately for a meeting to resolve a dispute about a new building project in Baghdad. When they arrived, they were immediately taken into custody and I understand that both men are now in solitary confinement but are being treated well. It seems to be some sort of contractual dispute and Mr Pether has unfortunately become caught in the middle,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, April 26, 2021 3:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Mr Pether had a habit of calling his wife and children several times a day and after several days without contact, Ms Pether was finally able to talk with her husband's company, who told her that Mr Pether and his associate had both been detained,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, April 26, 2021 3:55:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : "This funding will help support locally based projects and it’s all about empowering local communities, looking for opportunities in the sustainable projects, supporting remote working and the digital transformation, developing outdoor amenities and helping to create employment in rural areas" External link

leitrimobserver Friday, April 9, 2021 3:04:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “So many farmers put their land into ash plantations as part of a nest egg for when they reached pension age and they invested in this for their future- many of them were of modest means and they are now left with a worthless product. A large section of land is affected by this disease- I am grateful to Minister Hackett for outlining details of the new ash dieback scheme which was put in place in June 2020 and I would urge any farmers affected to apply for this scheme,” External link

leitrimobserver Saturday, February 27, 2021 5:14:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I dealt with Bernice in relation to school matters and on every occasion, one was instantly impressed with her strong desire to have the best facilities for all her students,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy added ( about Community College ) : “From her time growing up in the Moyne region and right up to her passing, whether on the football field with Dromard Ladies or the classroom in Columba College, Killucan or Lanesboro Community College, Bernice was leading and helping others,” “I can only describe her as a lovely person always smiling and always dedicated to her family and school pupils. To Eric, and his very young children, Ella, Ava and Conor, and the extended Martin and Treacy families, I again extend my deepest sympathies” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I will be passing on the pay rise to a charity in my region and I will make the name of that charity public in due course. I just don’t think it’s right or appropriate that politicians should accept pay rises at a time when people are struggling to make ends meet and out of work due to Covid - we must show leadership and stand in solidarity with the people,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, February 22, 2021 6:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Further details have yet to be ironed out but I am confident that the location for a Covid vaccination centre in Roscommon Town will soon be announced. This is most welcome news as there had been concerned expressed in the national press that rural areas would be left without vaccination centres. I had a number of calls about this issue and I confident that a vaccination centre for the county town will soon be announced. It is my understanding that vulnerable people or older people who cannot travel to the vaccination centre will be contacted by their GP for alternative arrangements,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 4:40:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I would like to see the phased re-opening of the hospitality sector over the summer months but it really does depend on the level of virus in circulation and the roll out of the vaccine but there will have to be continuing support for businesses throughout this period,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 4:40:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “These people have no respect for the regulations, and they are blatantly flouting the law when there are still 5km travel restrictions in place- it’s a very selfish thing to do in the middle of a pandemic,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, February 15, 2021 4:40:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I visited the area at the weekend and to say that this flooding has had a severe impact in the area is an understatement; people are in a desperate situation,” External link

agriland Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:49:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “It’s simply not good enough to leave things in limbo in this manner,” External link

agriland Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:49:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I am hopeful that both the Minister for the OPW Patrick O’Donovan and the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue will visit Lough Funshinagh and meet with a representation from the area,” External link

agriland Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I have invited Minister O’Donovan and Minister McConalogue to visit Lough Funshinagh in a bid to keep the pressure on to find a solution and I am hopeful that a ministerial visit to the area is imminent. It’s simply not good enough to leave things in limbo in this manner,” External link

agriland Wednesday, January 20, 2021 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Barry McGuigan ) : "Barry McGuigan a truly broken hearted man over the death of his daughter in 2019. RIP.A sad story,i just wish I could ease his pain" External link

irishmirror Sunday, January 17, 2021 11:15:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Growing up in the 1970s and 80s there were plenty of protests about other issues and I attended many political meetings during those decades and yet we never heard anything about the abhorrent treatment of Irish mothers and babies. It was all brushed away out of sight in a culture of shame and secrecy,” External link

westmeathindependent Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “However, I understand that scrutiny on the new laws will only begin towards the end of the year- we need this to be fast tracked- this legislation must be brought in as soon as possible- it is the very least that the survivors deserve,” External link

westmeathindependent Thursday, January 14, 2021 2:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “If the schools reopen it is inevitable that there will be staffing problems as teachers or staff may be isolating after the Christmas period or if positive cases arise in schools, we will have classes in and out isolating for two-week periods. I think it makes more sense to leave the schools closed and possibly tighten up restrictions with a circuit break lockdown for a few weeks to tackle these escalating Covid19 numbers- I believe that is preferable to constantly going in and out of these revolving lock downs,” External link

longfordleader Monday, January 4, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I believe a circuit breaker type lockdown for the next few weeks would be a better approach as we cannot keep going in and out of these revolving lockdowns and the vaccine programme also needs to be accelerated in line with this. If we can get the numbers reduced, we could then look at doing county or regional lockdowns rather than having to shut the whole country down and keep going in and out of revolving lockdowns which is devastating for the economy and mental health of our people,” External link

longfordleader Monday, January 4, 2021 4:24:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It might be unsafe for you to come to a theatre to see me, so I’m going to come see you this Christmas, online,” “We all need to keep that human connection to one another, especially during the holiday season” External link

citynews-ca Monday, December 7, 2020 7:06:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : "It might be unsafe for you to come to a theatre to see me, so I’m going to come see you this Christmas, online," "We all need to keep that human connection to one another, especially during the holiday season" External link

timescolonist Monday, December 7, 2020 5:20:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Ireland West Airport Knock is a vital life link for the west and north west region from both a business and tourism point of view. It provides an essential connection to global markets for regional businesses and also provides a gateway for much needed tourists and in attracting foreign direct investment into the region,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I believe additional Government funding is vital to sustain Ireland West Airport Knock through this crisis. It should also be remembered that a number of Local Authorities including Roscommon County Council contributed a total of some €8 million in funding towards Knock Airport in recent years which signals the importance of the airport to the western region,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, October 28, 2020 7:21:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded ( about Commission ) : “The impetus for this Bill derives from the necessity to secure an urgent bespoke solution to protect the complete records of the Commission, including the database, before its expected dissolution by the end of this month,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 26, 2020 2:49:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Irrespective of what further restrictions are announced later today I think the GAA needs to postpone inter-county games for a number of weeks. I think it was a grave mistake allowing those games to go ahead over the weekend. I am one of the most avid sports fans in County Roscommon including GAA, soccer and rugby but I fear that we may look back with regret in a few weeks’ time when we see the results of allowing these games to go ahead,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 19, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “Politicians of all sides have to be brave and sometimes we have to say unpopular things. I would appeal to the GAA even at this late stage to postpone these games for a number of weeks. Squads all over the country have doctors, frontline workers, teachers etc and you have to take into account referees, umpires, media also attending the games and I would just fear that we will see the knock on effects of allowing these games to go ahead in a few weeks’ time when it’s too late,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 19, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I do not want to take from Roscommon’s great win at the weekend and I realise the great joy and wellbeing these games brought to so many people but Covid-19 is out of control, numbers are increasing every day. I think it is outrageous and unacceptable that we could not ask the GAA to postpone these matches for a few weeks,” External link

longfordleader Monday, October 19, 2020 4:27:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Lough Funshinagh was the case of the disappearing lake but now it’s the ever-expanding lake and we are acutely aware of the ongoing flooding issues in the area,” External link

agriland Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:38:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “We CAN bring down the numbers if we all work together, reduce our contacts, wear our face masks, wash hands and continue to social distance,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I know a lot of young people are adhering to the rules but for those that are not please avoid house parties or large gatherings if not for yourselves do it for your grandparents or elderly neighbours..small changes CAN make a big difference,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 6:05:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I want to commend Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD for establishing this Commission, along with Minister Catherine Martin TD. Chairperson of the Commission Prof. Brian MacCraith and his colleagues have my full support and I look forward to reading their findings,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, September 30, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “In rural Ireland in particular thousands of families will be left without a wage packet if we don’t deal with this issue,” External link

longfordleader Friday, September 25, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I understand that the department has recently written to all farmers to outline the timetable for payments under various schemes in the coming months and the minister has indicated that his focus remains on delivering these payments on schedule,” External link

agriland Monday, September 21, 2020 7:08:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “In County Galway ANC payments worth €20.7 million will be issued to 9,758 farmers while in County Roscommon some 4,752 farmers will receive ANC payments worth over €9.7 million. The farming community has faced so many challenges during 2020 so the timely delivery of payments under the ANC scheme are extremely important. These payments represent a timely and significant financial boost for farmers and for the wider rural economy,” External link

longfordleader Monday, September 21, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I understand that the Department has recently written to all farmers to outline the timetable for payments under various schemes in the coming months and the Minister has indicated that his focus remains on delivering these payments on schedule,” External link

longfordleader Monday, September 21, 2020 6:41:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “There has been a blacklisting of farmers with the TB Herd Risk letters and there is real anger amongst farming families about this issue and I believe these letters need to be withdrawn. "Such letters are exerting pressure and strain on farming families and these letters are asking farmers to get rid to older cattle despite the fact that the animals did not fail a test- it is causing widespread anger and distress among the farming community,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “The Department is eager to support eradication efforts through investment in disease-reducing initiatives, but we also need to withdraw these Herd Risk letters and work with the farming community to eradicate TB,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, September 17, 2020 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The past five to six months have been a very difficult time for everyone and I am conscious of the struggle for many publicans whose doors have remained shut for such a long time. I know the guidelines will be challenging and difficult to operate but it is a positive step in the right direction,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, September 7, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I have been in contact with the Taoiseach about this issue and I must say as a Government representative it is very difficult to deal with this situation and maintain a balance. It is very easy for the Opposition to shout and roar, but the Government is dealing with unchartered territory and the focus had to be on tackling Covid 19. It was extremely important to get the schools back and now that the reopening of schools seems to be going well so far, we can progress with the re-opening of wet pubs,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, September 7, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It’s not about abusing alcohol, the rural pub is a place to meet, to connect with friends and neighbours to engage and debate and have a chat over a few pints. I would be very concerned for the mental health of many older people in particular as many of them might not see one person from one end of the week to the next and the local pub was an important community focal point for them,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, September 7, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I am confident that publicans will find a way to make this work and in fairness the draft guidelines for ‘wet pubs’ only contain a few additional restrictions than those currently imposed upon premises serving food. Publicans are desperate to reopen and I believe they can make this work,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, September 7, 2020 5:22:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy added : “The transition [from peat production] was to occur over an eight-year period but has happened virtually overnight,” External link

agriland Friday, July 31, 2020 8:39:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “decarbonisation is no longer a buzzword; it’s a reality” External link

agriland Wednesday, July 22, 2020 1:34:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “The Minister for Education, my Fianna Fail colleague Norma Foley has only been in the post for a short time and I am confident that she will along with all the relevant sectors/stakeholders will come forward with a solution to ensure that students commence going back to school in September as it is vital for the economic recovery of the country,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, July 9, 2020 3:54:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Micheal Martin ) : “I received a phone call from An Taoiseach Michéal Martin on Saturday evening requested me to take on the Rural and Community Affairs portfolio in Seanad Eireann. I was delighted to accept the offer and I assured the Taoiseach I would put my best effort into this area. The Taoiseach spoke about the importance of delivering the programme for Government to the people and as the sole Government representative in County Roscommon and one of only two Government representatives in Roscommon/Galway, I will endeavour to use every opportunity to work and deliver to rural communities but also acknowledging the fact that my role is also to deliver to the wider region,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The West in particular will bear the brunt of the fallout in the aftermath of Covid19 and it is vital that the July jobs stimulus package places particular emphasis on recovery for this region,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Catherine Martin ) : “One of my first priorities will be meeting with Minister Catherine Martin to ensure a speedier delivery of broadband to rural localities and to ensure the quick establishment of broadband hubs,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “So many sectors of society need help including the SME sector and farming community. Housing will also be a top priority along with getting the country back to work,” External link

leitrimobserver Monday, July 6, 2020 2:11:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Dara Calleary ) : "It's really concerning that Dara Calleary was not given a full Cabinet position" External link

herald-ie Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:04:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Audrey and all the team at The Hub in Strokestown really do fantastic work for young people with intellectual disabilities and I wanted to help support them in whatever way I can,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy explained : “Jackie Daly and all the volunteers at the East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support Centre are a fantastic group and the number of people attending weekly has now reached over 200. All the support they offer is free of charge. They have also become a member of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) which gives them a political and medical voice in Europe and they provide a full-time drop in centre as well as a 24 hour phone service,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It’s definitely a case of having eyes in the back of your head, I hope people from all over the country will consider making a donation for these two very worthy causes” External link

longfordleader Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:04:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Audrey and all the team at The Hub in Strokestown really do fantastic work for young people with intellectual disabilities and I wanted to help support them in whatever way I can,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy explained : “Jackie Daly and all the volunteers at the East Galway and Midlands Cancer Support Centre are a fantastic group and the number of people attending weekly has now reached over 200. All the support they offer is free of charge. They have also become a member of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) which gives them a political and medical voice in Europe and they provide a full-time drop in centre as well as a 24 hour phone service,” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It’s definitely a case of having eyes in the back of your head, I hope people from all over the country will consider making a donation for these two very worthy causes” External link

leitrimobserver Wednesday, June 24, 2020 3:12:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Eugene Murphy ) : “The CEO of Roscommon County Council Eugene Cummins has indicated that a report on the future of the fire station in Castlerea is expected to be ready for July and while I don’t want to pre-empt what will be in the report, I think it’s important to stress that I am totally opposed to any plans to regionalise the fire service in the county and I would be fearful for the future of other smaller fire stations in the county,” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “Castlerea fire station has been closed now for the past three and half years and the people of Castlerea deserve better- this situation has been allowed to drag on indefinitely and we need concrete plans to secure the future of the station. I welcome the fact that the station has been used as a drive through testing centre for Covid 19 but once the building is no longer needed as a test centre, we need to reignite our focus on the need to re-open the fire station. We cannot leave Castlerea without a fire station and I plan to re-engage with all the county councillors in a bid to rectify this ongoing and pressing matter,” External link

longfordleader Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:32:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “A number of construction workers have been in touch with me in recent weeks in relation to the difficulties due to out of date Safe Passes – these workers have been offered jobs in the past week but they had to turn down job offers as they cannot return to work because of out of date Safe Passes. "These workers are ready and willing to go back to work but cannot due to the fact that the Safe Pass courses are not running. A lot of these workers are in the construction industry for years and have undertaken and passed Safe Passes courses in the past and they know the Health and Safety requirements on sites-surely there is some way to allow these workers to return to work in the current times,” External link

longfordleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “I am also aware of situations where young men who are currently on the Covid 19 unemployment payment and are willing to work and have been offered construction jobs but they are left with no choice other than to remain on the Covid payment because they cannot undergo a Safe Pass course to get a new pass. It’s a catch 22 situation,” External link

longfordleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I understand that the Solas.ie website already has a portal to allow workers to gain a replacement pass if it is lost or stolen, so surely they can provide an online method of addressing expired Safe Passes,” External link

longfordleader Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:36:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The timespan is short, but I would hope that we can all work together to bring forward proposals that would be viable and most of all lead to job creation,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about River Shannon ) : “The story of the ESB and Bord na Móna is intrinsic to the history and culture of the midlands region. I have stated this on numerous occasions over many years. This idea is workable in my view and could bring at least 50,000 visitors annually to the region and could be linked into other tourism related attractions such as hill walking on Sliabh Bán or boat trips on the River Shannon. I am conscious of the fact that huge job losses have also been suffered as a result of the closure of the Shannonbridge power plant and the huge fall out in the wider Ballinasloe area and I hope that this plan will also recognise the need to also take the situation of these workers into account. At least we now have an opportunity to work on such projects with the publication of the First Report on Just Transition,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “Retraining of former Bord na Móna workers is vital and this needs to happen quickly. I hope we would have clarification on that issue in the programme for Government. We went from a 10 year just transition phase to only 12 months and now possibly an even shorter time frame, so time is really of the essence. Indeed, this is a point which I have raised with the Fianna Fáil negotiating team in the discussions for a formation of Government as it is vital for the future of the midlands region,” External link

longfordleader Monday, May 25, 2020 5:15:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “In effects this means that women who are returning from paid maternity leave would be earning less than their normal pay package, and women who are on unpaid maternity leave wouldn’t be eligible for the scheme at all. This is a totally unjust anomaly and it would also affect people who are on illness benefit and I believe it must be amended. I have been contacted by a number of women in my constituency who are absolutely distraught – it is difficult enough to be caring for new baby in these isolating Covid times and not being able to see family and friends but on top of all that these women are being unjustly penalised by this unfair loophole and it needs to be urgently addressed,” External link

leinsterexpress Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Paschal Donohoe ) : “Many of the women and families I have spoken to are in serious financial difficulty and while they may have the option of taking a break from their mortgage, many do not wish to do this as they fear it will only come back to haunt them down the road. We are only entering into Phase One of the relaxing of Covid restrictions and many people will not be able to return to work until August or September or possibly later and these kind of wage subsidy schemes are vital for people. It is unjust that women on maternity leave are being left out in the cold on this issue and I call on the Minister for Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to address the matter urgently. I understand that there are around 20,000 recipients of maternity benefit on an annual basis and a fraction of those women will fall victim to this discriminatory operation of the scheme,” External link

leinsterexpress Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “In effects this means that women who are returning from paid maternity leave would be earning less than their normal pay package, and women who are on unpaid maternity leave wouldn’t be eligible for the scheme at all. This is a totally unjust anomaly and it would also affect people who are on illness benefit and I believe it must be amended. I have been contacted by a number of women in my constituency who are absolutely distraught – it is difficult enough to be caring for new baby in these isolating Covid times and not being able to see family and friends but on top of all that these women are being unjustly penalised by this unfair loophole and it needs to be urgently addressed,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:39:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Paschal Donohoe ) : “Many of the women and families I have spoken to are in serious financial difficulty and while they may have the option of taking a break from their mortgage, many do not wish to do this as they fear it will only come back to haunt them down the road. We are only entering into Phase One of the relaxing of Covid restrictions and many people will not be able to return to work until August or September or possibly later and these kind of wage subsidy schemes are vital for people. It is unjust that women on maternity leave are being left out in the cold on this issue and I call on the Minister for Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to address the matter urgently. I understand that there are around 20,000 recipients of maternity benefit on an annual basis and a fraction of those women will fall victim to this discriminatory operation of the scheme,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:39:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The travel limit also remains at 5km for phase one, and people are advised to avoid all unnecessary journeys,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I also welcome the fact that a number of businesses have re-opened this week and I commend the efforts of so many employers in making efforts to secure the safety of workers in the workplace from Covid-19 infection but this is only possible through collaborative efforts of employers and employees and we must all work together to tackle Covid 19,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “It is great to see people being able to visit places like Strokestown Park, Lough Key and Sliabh Bán for exercise and enjoying the outdoors but it’s important that people still adhere to social distancing guidelines. Considerable progress has been made in recent months to flatten the curve and we don’t want to undo all the good work now and I would be fearful that complacency would set in so I would urge people to keep adhering to the guidelines. Unfortunately, Covid 19 will be with us for some time so social distancing is now the new normal,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : "I don't think it's possible for me to pull back the amount" "There's 2,200 votes there. It'd be great if I could, yes it might be tight in the end, but I still would call it for Claire Kerrane. I think she will get over the line" External link

RTERadio Monday, February 10, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “We are committed to solving the housing crisis. Under Fine Gael there is no end to crisis and things have only become worse. It is time for a change,” External link

leitrimobserver Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:50:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Larry Gogan ) : “Larry Gogan was a legend throughout Ireland and was particularly popular with radio listeners in rural Ireland. I was fortunate enough to meet Larry Gogan on one occasion during my twenty years working as a former radio presenter and producer. The respect that Larry had for all genres of music was a tribute to the man’s sense of fairness. Whether it was country, rock or trad, Larry would always spin the discs- he was without doubt a legend and a most valuable asset to RTE,” External link

longfordleader Wednesday, January 8, 2020 2:02:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy warned : “The transition fund of €6 million, allocated from carbon tax revenue this year, was envisaged to help and assist annually as transition progressed towards 2027. Even if it is combined with the €5 million the ESB has pledged, it is simply not adequate and will not go far enough to meet the pace of transition and widescale job losses,” External link

agriland Monday, November 11, 2019 6:09:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “Minister McGrath informed us that the Irish Wheelchair Association received almost €40 million in funding nationally from his Department in 2019. "This beggars belief – if the Irish Wheelchair Association received this level of funding in 2019 combined with their own fundraising efforts surely they have enough money available to carry out the necessary upgrading and repair works which is estimated at €1.2m to keep the Cuisle Centre in Donamon open,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The Minister was also critical of the very short notice given to workers in Cuisle and I also understand that some IWA members and services users only learned of the shock announcement through media reports which is outrageous,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The Cuisle respite centre provides essential services to wheelchair users from Roscommon, Galway and right across the country. It has been facilitating respite and short breaks for people with disabilities and their families for over 20 years and has been described as Ireland’s leading wheelchair accessible resort” External link

longfordleader Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “The Minister indicated that he must clarify certain issues and will revert back to us in a few days and I look forward to further engagement with the Minister in a bid to save this vital facility” External link

longfordleader Thursday, November 7, 2019 4:23:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy concluded : “I welcome the news that over the next week the plant will gradually re-commence generation at prudent levels to ensure compliance with their environmental licence obligations. It is not yet clear how this will impact on Bord na Móna workers - we await further updates in that regard,” External link

longfordleader Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:33:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said : “The minister held a constructive meeting this week but in order for talks to resume properly all legal threats must be dropped by the meat processors and it is vital that retailers also come around the table for the next round of talks” External link

agriland Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:07:00 PM EAT

Eugene Murphy said ( about Ian ) : “It is very negative news and I am alarmed to see that Ian Lumley [advocacy officer] from An Taisce appears to be putting roadblocks in the way of getting the power station up and running again,” External link

agriland Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT

Eugene Murphy asked ( about Ian ) : “Where does Ian Lumley expect the people affected to find work?” External link

agriland Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:59:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
deputy77.78%EN08/24/201724/08/2017
minister11.11%EN11/18/201618/11/2016
boyle municipal district councillor11.11%EN08/25/201425/08/2014
Names Lang Count
Eugene MurphyEN98.78%
Eugene MurphySA1.22%


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