Fine Gael Limerick TD, Kieran O’Donnell, is encouraging local entrepreneurs and businesspeople to attend the ‘Taking Care of Business’ event which takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) in the Strand Hotel from 8.30am to 2.30pm. A total of 25 Government agencies will be on hand at the event to offer advice on how small businesses can access the supports they need to expand and create jobs.
Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, has today (Monday) welcomed an announcement from the Department of Education that three new classrooms and a new technology room are to be built at Scoil Mhuire in Trim.
Fine Gael Cork Senator and candidate for Ireland South, Deirdre Clune, has today (Monday) welcomed the news that Trustev, a Cork tech company that specialises in fraud prevention, has won the Enterprise and Big Data category in the South by Southwest (SXSW) Accelerator competition in Austin, Texas. The competition is one of the biggest tech start-up events in the world.
Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire TD and Chair of the Fine Gael Internal Education Committee, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Monday) said that the latest revelations about the HPAT (Health Professionals Admissions Test) raise yet more questions about the medical school entrance exam, which must be completed by Leaving Certificate students hoping to study medicine at third level.
Fine Gael Wicklow TD and Candidate for Ireland South, Simon Harris, has said that the EPP Congress, which is being held in Dublin, illustrates the benefit of electing a strong team of Fine Gael MEPs to the largest political grouping in the European Parliament.
Commentators who label Ireland a 'poster boy for austerity' insult the efforts of the Irish people – Donohoe
Speaking this morning (Thursday) at the European People's Party Congress at the Convention Centre Dublin, Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe TD, said that the recovery that is being felt in the Irish economy is a work in progress and that the Government will not rest until our people are back to work and our country returns to prosperity (see full speech below).
Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and European Parliament Candidate for Ireland South, Simon Harris today (Wednesday) welcomed the launch of a new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on the world’s biggest-ever survey on violence against women. More than 42,000 women across the 28 member-states were asked about their experiences.
Fine Gael Meath West TD and Chair of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Damien English, has secured the support of the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, to set up an informal working group to tackle the black economy. Deputy English has suggested that the group could include representatives from the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Finance and members of the Oireachtas.
Fine Gael Laois/Offaly TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has today (Wednesday) welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte TD, that a full cost benefit analysis is being carried out to look at whether it is mutually beneficial for Ireland and the United Kingdom to reach an agreement to facilitate trade in renewable energy.
Fine Gael Cork Senator and candidate for Ireland South, Deirdre Clune, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the creation of 150 new jobs in Cork by the tech company, VCE. The Research and Development (R&D) positions are being created at the firm’s international headquarters, with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.