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3,073 less on live register since February 2013- O'Dowd

Fine Gael TD for Louth, Fergus O’Dowd, has welcomed the decrease in the number of people on the live register, both nationally and locally.

D’Arcy welcomes removal of power to administer ECT where a patient can give consent but is unwilling to do so

Fine Gael Senator for Louth, Jim D’Arcy has welcomed the outcome of an expert group review of mental health legislation which calls for the removal of power to administer electroconvulsive therapy where a patient can give consent but is unwilling to do so.

Time for mandatory introduction of “Traffic Light” calorie labels – Noone

Senator Catherine Noone has today called on the Government to consider making it mandatory to have food and drinks manufacturers display “traffic light” calorie labels. Her comments come after it was revealed that a major soft drinks manufacturer will be tailoring their products to include the “green, amber, red” system on all of their Irish beverages later this year.

Real progress for Cork airport with new Cardiff service announced – Buttimer

Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central and Chairperson of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, has welcomed the announcement of a new twice-weekly all year round Cardiff service to Cork airport with FlyBe.

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy welcomes new Cork- Cardiff route

Fine Gael, Cork North Central TD and Minister for European Affairs, Dara Murphy TD, has warmly welcomed today's announcement by DAA Cork Airport, that UK airline Flybe will operate a new Cork – Cardiff route.

HSE statement ends ill-founded speculation Athlone Hospice is closing – McFadden

Fine Gael Longford/Westmeath TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed a statement issued by the HSE which has put an end to the ill-founded speculation that the Hospice in Athlone is facing closure.

Rural communities set to benefit most from dairy investments - Collins

“Rural communities are set to benefit most from the recent significant investments in the dairy industry”, says Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins.

Burke welcomes ongoing discussions on inclusion of Fampyra as part of the Drug Payment Scheme- Burke

Fine Gael Senator for Cork North Central and the party’s Spokesperson for Health in the Seanad, has today welcomed ongoing discussion between the HSE’s Corporate Pharmaceutical Unit and the manufacturer of Fampridine (brand name Fampyra) about its inclusion on the Drug Payment Scheme. Senator Burke was speaking after he raised a Commencement Motion on the matter in the Seanad with Minister Kathleen Lynch.

€ZERO funding increase for drugs in FF’s 2015 Budget plan - Varadkar

Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has advised Billy Kelleher TD to consider his own party’s lack of focus on drugs, before throwing cheap shots at Government policy and trying to politicise an area involving the most vulnerable patients.

Neville urges Minister for Health to take action on Lyme disease

Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Party Chairperson and founder of the Irish Suicidology Association, Dan Neville, this week in Dáil Éireann raised the very important issue of Lyme disease with the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD.