Self-employed people in Mayo to benefit from free dental and optical exams for the first time – O’Mahony

Self-employed people in Mayo to benefit from free dental and optical exams for the first time – O’Mahony

Self-employed people in Mayo can now benefit from free dental and optical exams through the Treatment Benefit Scheme for the first time ever.

That’s according to Fine Gael Senator John O’Mahony who has welcomed the move by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar to extend these PRSI benefits to 450,000 self-employed people and their spouses across the State.

“Thanks to our recovering economy, the Treatment Benefit Scheme covering free dental and optical exams has been restored to employees, and crucially is now also being extended to self-employed people for the first time ever".

O’Mahony welcomes launch of new on-line renewal for Passports

O’Mahony welcomes launch of new on-line renewal for Passports

Fine Gael Senator John O’Mahony had welcomed from this Thursday onward you will be able to renew your passport online. 

 The new service will allow adult Irish citizens around the world to apply to renew their passports via the Department’s website using their PC’s, tablets or smartphones.  

The facility is for adults who are over 18 only - first-time applicants and children will not be able to apply online.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the service will be convenient, secure and will offer faster and more predictable turnaround times. 

Irish Citizens can apply from Thursday 30th March 2017 onward via the Department of Foreign Affairs website using their desired electronic device. 

The initiative is part of the government's passport reform programme which aims to modernise Ireland’s passport systems and controls something which I have raised on many occasions in the past number of years.

Senator O’Mahony said it will bring further benefits to Irish citizens at home and abroad in the coming years.



Conor Cresham


Increase in payments to Mayo social welfare recipients begin this week- O’Mahony

Increase in payments to Mayo social welfare recipients begin this week- O’Mahony

“The economic progress has been hard won over the last 6 years and we cannot afford to throw it all away on other parties who would risk our recovery. As your Local Fine Gael Senator, I am working day and night to ensure that every single family in Mayo sees the benefits of an economy that is growing strongly once again.” O'Mahony

Fine Gael will continue to support a strong CAP – O’Mahony

Fine Gael will continue to support a strong CAP – O’Mahony

Mayo farmers should make their voice heard
— Senator O'Mahony

Fine Gael Senator, John O’Mahony. has said that Fine Gael will continue to support a strong CAP in light of the European Commission’s new consultation process on the future of the CAP post-2020, which was announced this week by EU Agriculture Commissioner, Phil Hogan.

“The European Commission has launched a new consultation process on the future of CAP post-2020. Mayo farmers can rest assured that Fine Gael will continue to support a strong CAP for the benefit of all. Mayo farmers can make their voice heard by completing the European Commission’s questionnaire at:

 “The Minster for Agriculture, Michael Creed, is going to engage with the European Commission and with other Member States throughout this consultation process, to ensure that our farmers are well represented.

“Minister Creed’s Department is already conducting a detailed policy analysis on the future shape of the CAP, taking into account potential challenges ahead. These include: supporting the sustainable growth of food production; implementing modern and innovative measures to help mitigate the impact of increased global market volatility; and more effective promotion of and support for generational renewal.

As Minister Creed has highlighted, our Beef Data and Genomics Programme is a good example of how we can simultaneously enhance both sustainability and production efficiency for farmers here.  Similarly, our support for knowledge transfer initiatives, which help to encourage on-farm innovation in the drive towards more sustainable forms of production, is something that can be built upon by the future CAP. The use of more modern, and more innovative, measures should also be pursued, to help farmers make provision for volatile incomes, something I know has been difficult for some farmers here in Mayo.

“Commissioner Hogan intends to hold a stakeholder conference in July, and to present a communication on the future CAP in November of this year.

“In the meantime, Mayo farmers should get involved and have their say and they should note that the public consultation questionnaire is open on the European Commission website until the 2nd of May 2017.”





Conor Cresham


Remember to make sure your passport is in order before you travel – Senator O’Mahony

Remember to make sure your passport is in order before you travel – Senator O’Mahony

With many Mayo people planning foreign holidays at this time of year, local Fine Senator John O’Mahony is reminding everyone to make sure their travel documents are in order before they travel.

“Before you book your trip it is important to look at your passport and check its expiry date. If you’re booking for your children, remember to check their passports too.”

 “When applying, allow at least six weeks for your passport application. Delays are often encountered when forms are incorrectly completed and the six weeks allows time for any issues to be dealt with.


“Turnaround times for passports can vary depending on demand volumes but the Department of Foreign Affairs recommends allowing 3 weeks for renewals & 4 weeks for first time applicants.


“For genuine emergencies there is a Rapid Renewal Service. Certain specific documentation is required for this and candidates have to go to the Passport Office on Lower Mount Street in Dublin. There are, however, limitations to this service, so it’s best to check your passport now and get your application in on time.

“It’s also important to familiarise yourself with the visa requirements of the country you are visiting.

“Visa requirements differ from country to country outside the European Union, so it’s best to check with the country’s embassy or consulate prior to making your travel arrangements.

“Remember, if something goes wrong when you’re travelling abroad and you need help, you can contact your local Irish Embassy or Consulate.

In general, in the provision of consular care, the Department of Foreign Affairs can:

·         Issue emergency passports/travel documentation (if certain criteria are met).

·         Advise and support you in the case of an accident, serious illness or death.

·         Help liaise with local police or other authorities, particularly if there is a language barrier.

·         Contact your family or friends on your behalf.

·         Visit you in prison if you have been detained.

·         Advance cash to you in an emergency situation provided that the amount you need has been lodged in advance with us at our offices in Dublin or Cork or at a Garda Station.

·         Provide a list of English-speaking lawyers, doctors or interpreters in a country.

·         Provide a list of local undertakers in the event of a death.


“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides regularly updated travel advice for every country in the world and I strongly encourage you to visit it before making travel plans.


This is all available on the website - - and through a special free Smartphone App called TravelWise.”


Conor Creshan




Let’s welcome Syrians with open arms – Senator O’Mahony

Let’s welcome Syrians with open arms – Senator O’Mahony

Ballaghaderreen-based Senator John O’Mahony is confident the people of the town will welcome Syrian refugees ‘with open arms’. 

The Mayo-Roscommon border town has been in the spotlight after the announcement last Friday that 80 Syrians will move into the currently closed Abbeyfield Hotel in the town over the coming weeks. 
A lack of local consultation led to a lot of local angst, but John O’Mahony feels there is little local objection so long as support services are adequate. 
“As the days pass, I think there has been a general calming,” Senator O’Mahony told The Mayo News yesterday (Monday). “Certainly nobody needs to be put under any more pressure, so if the schools or the GPs are at full capacity, supports need to be made available. We need to welcome our new visitors with open arms and support them in whatever way. 
“Ballaghaderreen has a great history of inclusion. We have had a Pakistani population in this town for 30 or 40 years, and that was evidenced in our Mayo All-Ireland Under-21-winning team this year with Shairaoze (Akram) on the team. 
“I think everyone has a lot of compassion for the Syrians. You could not [but have compassion] from anytime you looked at TV in the last couple of years and saw the plight of these people,” Senator O’Mahony added. 

O'Mahony the special guest for Supporters Club launch in Croke Park

O'Mahony the special guest for Supporters Club launch in Croke Park

Via Leitrim Observer

Leitrim’s 1994 Connacht championship winning manager, John O’Mahony, will be the special guest at the annual Leitrim Supporters’ Club launch in the Celtic Suite of Croke Park on Thursday, January 19.  

The night has become a must-attend event for anyone with a Leitrim connection in the capital and surrounding counties, while the quality of entertainment over the past two years has also attracted a large crowd from home.

Organised by the Dublin Branch of the Leitrim’s Supporters Club, last year’s event drew 160 attendees who were entertained by Dessie Dolan Jr’s remarkable recollections of his All Star football career. The night was capped with some wonderful musical entertainment from Ben Lennon and friends.

This year an equally large crowd is expected to hear why O’Mahony has come back to the promised land to assist in his role of selector the new Leitrim senior team manager Brendan Guckian. Their backroom team is completed by selector and former Leitrim All Star Seamus Quinn and coach Michael Moyles.

While John O’Mahony will forever hold a special place in Leitrim hearts for steering the county to only their second Connacht championship in 1994, he went on to guide Galway to All-Ireland titles in 1998 and 2001.

His recent biography, ‘Keeping the Faith’ reveals the man’s passion for football in the West. MC on the night, Colin Regan, one of his former players, will talk to ‘Johnno’ about his life in the game, and the secret to unlocking Leitrim’s potential.

Prior to the interview, Brendan Guckian will outline his plans for the year ahead while County Chairperson, Terrence Boyle, will offer an update on all Leitrim GAA activities. Joe Leydon will also outline the ambitious plans of B.U.I..L.D. - an initiative designed to support Leitrim GAA in reaching its full potential.

The night will conclude with a special performance from some of Leitrim’s finest Scór performers, entertaining the audience with some home-grown talent and hospitality.

The night, of course, kick-starts a fundraising campaign without which the Leitrim County Board simply couldn’t continue its high level of work and investment in Leitrim teams on and off the field.

The event will take place on Thursday, January 19, in the Celtic Suite of Croke Park with parking available in the Cusack Stand car park (accessed through the GAA museum entrance off Clonliffe Road.

Doors will open at 7.30 with the speeches and entertainment starting at 8pm sharp. Light refreshments will be provided at the interval with the night concluding at 9.45pm sharp. All are welcome to this free event.

Sky deal is about money, not promoting GAA - Senator O'Mahony

Via Irish Independent

A new five-year TV deal covering 2017 to 2021, which will see RTÉ and Sky show 31 and 20 games respectively each year, has been agreed.

The deal which also includes TG4 and Eirsport will bring in around €60m to the GAA.

Former Mayo and Galway manager Senator John O'Mahony has hit out at the GAA for "discommoding" its elderly and rural supporters.

He said the deal is about revenue rather than promoting the games.

"The old idea of promoting the GAA doesn't really stand up and it's now about revenue," he said.

"If it's just for revenue, the danger is - maybe not with the current people involved - that down the road it will become more and more pay per view," he added.

GAA deal with Sky Sports to be raised at Galway County Council

GAA deal with Sky Sports to be raised at Galway County Council

Via Irishtimes

Last July the GAA-Sky Sports deal was raised in the Seanad by former Mayo, Galway and Leitrim county football manager, Senator John O’Mahony.

A former chairman of the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee, Senator O’Mahony said he was doing so “because all hell broke loose three years ago when the broadcasting rights to certain GAA games were sold to Sky Sports”.

At the time “ordinary supporters believed they had not been consulted” and “they fear the number of pay-per- view games will increase in this round of negotiations.”