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Budget 2015: Driving Growth

Budget 2015: Driving Growth

When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to grow the economy and to get people back to work.

48th British Irish Parliamentary Assembly Plenary- Joe McHugh TD

48th British Irish Parliamentary Assembly Plenary- Joe McHugh TD

On behalf of Laurence Robertson MP and myself, I am delighted to welcome the 48th British Irish Parliamentary Assembly plenary in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Minister of State Donohoe on Albania's progress towards EU membership

Minister of State Donohoe on Albania's progress towards EU membership

My first Ministerial visit of this year took me to Albania. I’ll admit it’s not a country I have encountered much but coming home I’ve learned that we do have some important things in common.

Exiting the EU/IMF Programme- Minister Michael Noonan

Exiting the EU/IMF Programme- Minister Michael Noonan

Upon taking office this Government committed to taking the necessary steps to bring stability to the economic and fiscal affairs of the Country and to return the Country to growth and job creation. Exiting the EU/IMF Programme represents a key milestone on this path to recovery.

Why you should vote YES to abolish the Seanad

Why you should vote YES to abolish the Seanad

The choice facing the Irish voting public on October 4th is a very simple one; do you want to abolish the Seanad, yes or no? A Yes vote will save €20 million a year, reduce the number of national politicians by a third, and bring us into line with other European countries of our size, all of which have just one chamber of parliament.

Busy and productive few months for the Agri/Food and fisheries industry

Busy and productive few months for the Agri/Food and fisheries industry

Securing long-term, sustainable livelihoods for farmers and fishermen, a booming food exports industry, and a horse meat and fodder crisis, sum up the last six-months in my Department. It’s been a very busy and productive few months for the Agri/Food and fisheries industry with Ireland completing hugely significant deals in Agriculture and Fisheries during the EU Presidency.

Reflections approaching the half-way point in Government

Reflections approaching the half-way point in Government

The government has focused on fixing the fundamentals of our economy, restoring our fiscal sovereignty, and enhancing our international competitiveness. In this regard, it is vital we have a modern, fit-for-purpose legal system.

An overview of my work- Minister Deenihan

An overview of my work- Minister Deenihan

Ireland is a great place to make films and television programmes, a point that An Taoiseach and I made to Stephen Spielberg and Daniel Day Lewis when we met at Government Buildings in January, and a matter I also discussed with Tom Cruise when he was in Dublin recently.

Reflection on 15 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement

Reflection on 15 years since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement

Marking the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement is an opportunity to reflect on progress and to plan ahead with a sharp focus on a shared society.

Why should you vote for me?

Why should you vote for me?

Working directly on the issues that matter to the people of Meath East has given me a passion and determination to work hard on behalf of the constituency. I have campaigned on a range of local issues like getting a fair deal for people in pyrite homes, to fighting for the people of Slane who have campaigned long and hard to get a bypass for their village.