Local Media Reports for the week ending 3 February 2018 by Tim Ryan

Local Media Reports 


Evening Echo

  • O’Laoghaire questions value of Rent Pressurised Zones
  • Costs of becoming a secondary school teacher too expensive - Martin
  • Barry concerned at lack of fact-based sex education
  • Eight Amendment debate should be approached as a matter of public health policy
  • Call for independent chairperson to sort out new GP contracts

Southern Star


  • Collins seeks action on West Cork roads
  • Update sought on flood relief scheme for Bandon
  • Lack of SouthDoc service in Kinsale highlighted



  • Increasingly difficult to get planning for one-off houses
  • Call to ensure ongoing funding for Buttevant Heritage Group
  • Eight Amendment about women having the right to decide what to do

Dublin Mid West

Liffey Champion

  • Lack of mental health services in Kildare criticised
  • Incumbent to show political leadership to women during pregnancy
  • O’Rourke seeks reason for delay in approving diabetes device


Connacht Tribune

  • Nobody in charge on the night of Storm Eleanor - Connolly
  • Grealish proposes novel scheme for rural pubs



  • Road safety issues in Co Kerry in need of urgent attention
  • Call for reduction of high rate of income tax on rental income
  • Plight of sub-contractors who do not get paid highlighted.


Kildare Nationalist

  • Minister confirms 23 cases of overholding in the Curragh Camp
  • Threat of homelessness now Number One issue at TD’s clinic
  • O’Loughlin welcomes asylum seekers’ access to the labour market

Kilkenny People

  • Abortion available up to 12 weeks problematic for John Paul Phelan
  • Eight Amendment impacts on the provision of Health care for pregnant women
  • Teachers in Carlow-Kilkenny struggling to pay rent

Connaught Telegraph

  • Mayo people seek immediate action on flooding
  • Mother and baby cannot be equal at all times during pregnancy - Chambers
  • Ring’s Department had total spend of €136m in 2017
Laois / Offaly

Tullamore Tribune

  • Urgent need to repair Offaly’s road network
  • Cowen calls for immediate action to ease rising rents
  • Women’s health should have no place in the Constitution

Limerick Leader

  • Referendum on the Eight Amendment must be held in May – O’Sullivan
  • 11 per cent of children still living in poverty – O’Dea
  • Expression of sympathy on death of Dolores O’Riordain
Longford / Westmeath

Westmeath Examiner

  • Burke seeks details on compulsory retirement age for civil servants
  • Many hospital admissions could be taken care of in community setting

Waterford News and Star

  • Lack of psychological services for children criticised
  • Cullinane introduces Bill to strengthen trade union representation
  • Butler opposed to repealing the Eight Amendment