European Single Market needed for Mortgages – O’Rourke

Frank O’Rourke TD has called on the Government to press for the formation of a European Single Market for mortgages, as Ireland’s mortgage rates continue to be significantly higher than the average EU mortgage rate.

“The average standard variable rate for a mortgage in Ireland is currently 3.26%. This is nearly 1.5% higher than the average Eurozone rate which stands at 1.83%.  In my view the Government have let down Irish customers as recent reports indicate that Irish first-time buyers will pay up to €61,641 more in interest costs over the lifetime of their mortgages than anywhere else in Europe.”

“For example, an Irish borrower with a mortgage of €200,000 is paying around €250 per month more than they would be paying in the average Euro area country,” stated Deputy O’Rourke. Continue reading “European Single Market needed for Mortgages – O’Rourke”

Coleman delighted with new bollards outside Scoil Na Mainistreach

Cllr Michael Coleman has said he is “delighted” to see safety bollards installed this week outside Scoil na Mainistreach. This is a project that Cllr Coleman and Deputy O’Rourke have worked to deliver on after the issue of safety was raised with them by concerned parents.

“Deputy O’Rourke and I are committed to ensuring school safety is of paramount importance in the community and the installation of these bollards is another positive step forward.”, said Cllr Coleman.

“Other successful school safety projects that we have delivered include signage and flashing lights being placed adjacent to Scoil Mochua and rebuilding an accessible footpath outside Primrose Hill National School. Thanks to the parents and schools for continuing to bring school safety issues to our attention and to our KCC local area engineer and his team for their continued support in keeping our schools safe”

Fianna Fáil to introduce Bill to protect rights of Community Employment participants

Frank O’Rourke TD has said that Fianna Fail is to introduce a Bill to prevent Jobpath from denying participants from taking up a place on a Community Employment (CE) Scheme, the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) or the Tús Scheme.

“In recent years, I met with both the former Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar TD, and the current Minister for Employment and Social Protection Regina Doherty TD, and made strong representations to them, to have the CE and Tus Schemes made more flexible.”

“In effect, many people feel that they are being unfairly coerced into Jobpath and would prefer to take up a place on a CE, RSS or Tús scheme. In many instances, this would be more appropriate and suitable to the needs of both the community and the individual concerned. I also want to ensure that we facilitate older people on the scheme.” Continue reading “Fianna Fáil to introduce Bill to protect rights of Community Employment participants”