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SF criticises housing policy here but they are cutting housing budgets in Northern Ireland – Coffey

“Earlier this week in the Dáil Sinn Féin criticised the Government’s housing strategy that will see €3.8 billion invested in housing over the next six years. But in Northern Ireland, where Sinn Féin are in government, the department responsible for housing has had its budget cut by 10% this year,” said Minister Paudie Coffey.

Exemption from new mortgage rules for those in negative equity – Heydon

Fine Gael Kildare South TD, Martin Heydon, has said that the new mortgage guidelines issued by the Central Bank this week do not apply fully to those who already own a house and are in negative equity.

Affordable Housing must be reinstated for Dublin area in new planning and development legislation- Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has called on Minister of State with responsibility for Housing, Paudie Coffey, to re- instate an affordable housing provision for the Dublin area in newly proposed planning legislation. Senator Keane was speaking after the presentation of various Irish planning stakeholders to the Joint Oireachtas Environment, Culture and Gaeltacht Committee meeting this week where the general scheme of the Planning and Development (no. 1) Bill 2014 was discussed. Social housing provision, development contributions, a vacant site levy and planning permissions were the main issues addressed at the meeting.

€9m FF airstrip white elephant a classic example of their approach to Govt - McFadden

“Two unused airstrips built on the west coast at a cost of €9 million is a classic example of the Fianna Fáil ‘if we have it, we spend it’ approach to government,” says Gabrielle McFadden, Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath and member of the Public Accounts Committee.

Time for talking on PNH drug price is over – McEntee

“The time for talking about providing the drug Soliris, which is used to treat the rare blood disorder paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PNH) is over. We must urgently find a solution and provide it to those who are currently in desperate need of it,” says Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Helen McEntee"

Strong focus on young people in Action Plan for Jobs - McEntee

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Helen McEntee, has highlighted the positive measures for young people in the Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) for 2015 which was announced today.

HSE must to come to a decision on Solaris drug price - Doherty

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) called on the HSE to accept or reject the new pricing offer from the pharmaceutical company Alexion for the drug eculizumab, or Soliris, which is used to treat paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (PHN).

Over 300 consultants required - Burke

The Health Service Executive must prioritise the recruitment of hospital consultants according to Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke.

Retail figures show growth in confidence - Collins

Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins, has said that retail sales figures for 2014 show that confidence has returned to our economy.

€25m competitive fund will benefit Midlands as part of Govt’s Regional Enterprise Strategy – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has said that a new €25 million competitive fund will benefit the Midlands as part of the Government’s Regional Enterprise Strategy.