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Keane is campaigning for a second free pre-school year

2nd free pre-school year would represent up to €3000 free childcare for parents and would generate thousands of new jobs, says FG bye-election candidate and Senator

Fine Gael MEPs welcome significant increase in new EIB lending to Ireland

Fine Gael MEPs have welcomed the news that €850 million in new European Investment Bank (EIB) lending will be made available to Ireland this year. In 2010, it was €210 million. MEPs Sean Kelly (South), Mairead McGuinness (Midlands North West), Brian Hayes (Dublin) and Deirdre Clune (South) requested this afternoon’s meeting with the EIB to discuss the instrumental role the EU’s bank will continue to play in restoring growth and prosperity to Member States such as Ireland.

Certified craft butchers leading the way for food retailers - McEntee

Fine Gael Meath TD, Helen McEntee, has hailed the Certification Programme introduced by the Association of Craft Butcher in Ireland (ACBIO) in driving standards for traceability and quality in our food retail business. Deputy McEntee was speaking at the recent Certified Craft Butchers Award ceremony.

Ireland is a world leader in the fight against smoking - Doherty

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty has welcomed the news that France is to introduce standardised packaging for cigarettes, saying that Ireland is a world leader in the fight against smoking.

Hopkins welcomes funding for two new classrooms at Knockcroghery NS

Fine Gael candidate in the Roscommon/South Leitrim bye-election, Maura Hopkins, has warmly welcomed substantial funding for two new classrooms at St Marys NS in Knockcroghery.

Byrne welcomes positive steps to address housing need in Dublin South Central

Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne, has welcomed the positive steps being taken to address the housing need in Dublin South Central. Deputy Byrne was speaking during a Private Member’s Motion on housing in the Dáil this week and highlighted and what is being done alleviate the current demands on housing and to address the difficulties being experienced by people who simply cannot afford high rents or a mortgage.

Corcoran Kennedy’s anti child grooming Bill to protect vulnerable children

Fine Gael TD for Laois Offaly, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, speaking this week in the Dáil on the First Stage of the Criminal Law (Child Grooming) Bill 2014, a Bill which she herself put forward, explained why making child grooming for sexual exploitation an offence is necessary.

Conway welcomes publication of the General Scheme of Children and Family Relationships Bill

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, of the publication of the General Scheme of the Children and Family Relationships Bill.

Hayes calls for a special EU Ambassador to deal with Ebola Crisis

Fine Gael MEP for Dublin and member of the European Parliament`s Development Committee, Brian Hayes has today (Friday) said that the EU needs to respond to the Ebola crisis in a similar way to the USA.

Rising car sales injects €145.5 million extra into the Exchequer – Griffin

Fine Gael Kerry TD and Member of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications, Brendan Griffin, has welcomed a major boost to the exchequer provided by an increase in VRT and VAT as a result of a sharp increase in car sales.