Senator Mark Daly reports…

Minister refuses to fully staff Kenmare hospital
Despite repeated requests to the Minister for Health to open up all bedrooms and facilities at our hospital, he has failed to do so. Our community and those in need of care deserve to have a hospital that is fully staffed. The new Kenmare hospital, despite officially being opened for over a year now, is still waiting on the government to provide more funding to ensure that a full range of healthcare services is available there. I will keep working on this important issue.

Tidy Towns Committee needs assistance from the Council for extra bins in the town
The Tidy Towns committee does excellent work for our community and needs every assistance from Kerry County Council in order to ensure provisions are put in place for extra bins in town. I was disappointed that the Council has decided not to go ahead with providing extra bins on the streets but I will continue to liaise with them to ensure these bins are put in place for the benefit of our tidy town efforts.

Railway Road footpath continues to be a danger to pedestrians and students
The footpath between the primary and secondary school along Railway Road has been a concern for years regarding the danger it poses to Kenmare’s school communities and families living in the area. The narrow footpath beside the busy road is a very clear risk to all users due to the lack of a safety barrier. I was disappointed with the recent response from Kerry County Council on addressing this matter but I will continue to work with the schools and residents in the area to ensure a satisfactory conclusion to these long awaited improvements.

Community and voluntary organisations
There are many community and voluntary organisations that do great work for the local area and anyone who would like to organise a raffle prize of a dinner or lunch voucher in the Leinster House Members Restaurant, please contact my office on 01 618 3830 or email me at

Grant funding for 2016 commemorations of Easter Rising is now open for applications
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Commemoration Fund for community groups and organisations in Kerry. To download an application form, simply visit the Kerry County Council website and you will find a link to the form on the homepage. Alternatively, you can call me and I will send you the form in the post. The closing date for receipt of completed forms is the 14th July at 4pm.

Call my mobile on 086 803 2612, my office on 01 618 3830 or email me at to arrange a time that suits you.
If you are a member of the deaf community and would like an Irish Sign Language interpreter for your meeting, you can text or email me to arranged this for you.
Assistance for those in mortgage difficulty
I have a team of accountants and legal advisers who are willing to help with any mortgage or debt difficulties so please do not hesitate to contact my office on 01 618 3830 or email me at

Need assistance with your passport?
A passport is usually issued within 10 working days if posted through our post office’s passport express service on account that all appropriate documents are in order. If you are due to travel within the coming weeks and are concerned about your passport renewal being with you on time, please feel free to contact my office on 01 618 3830 or email me at

A tour of Leinster House
Leinster House is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. The building is rich in history and visitors get to experience the vibrant atmosphere on busy sitting days. If you are ever in Dublin and would like to take a tour of Leinster House, please feel free to contact Mark’s office on 01 618 3830 or email at and we would be delighted to help plan your visit.