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National Narcolepsy Support Coordination Needed – Stanton

“A structured support package and advocate is needed for people who developed narcolepsy as a result of receiving the swine flu vaccine in 2009 and 2010” says Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton. National figures show that 74 young people and children developed the condition after they received the Pandemrix vaccine.

Medical card for cancer patients under 18 provides relief for parents - Butler

Fine Gael TD for Meath West, Ray Butler, has welcomed the confirmation from the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD that children under 18 with a cancer diagnosis will be issued with a medical card for five years.

Unemployment rate now at 9.7% and firm plan in place for regional jobs growth – Corcoran Kennedy

Fine Gael TD for Laois/Offaly, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has said that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June of 9.7% is very encouraging and that the trend of decreasing unemployment should continue with the new Midlands Action Plan for Jobs.

O'Donovan welcomes €3m EU funding for Shannon Foynes Port

Fine Gael Limerick TD, Patrick O'Donovan has welcomed the announcement of €3 million in funding from the EU for development works in Foynes Port. The funding comes from the EU's Trans European Transport Network (TEN-T) and will be used on the construction of the East Jetty in the Port together with support for a feasibility study on the use of the railway line into the Port.

Roaming charges to be abolished in June 2017 - Hayes

Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Tuesday) welcomed confirmation that roaming charges across the EU will be abolished by June 2017. The decision comes following agreement reached yesterday between the Commission, the Council and the Parliament.

What's happening in Calais is a tragedy in the making - Clune

Fine Gael Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune, the only Irish member on the EU Transport committee, has called on the French Government to protect Irish lorry drivers passing through the French port of Calais, and has put a parliamentary question to the European Commission asking them to take immediate action to tackle what is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis on our doorstep.

HSE should write to patients on waiting lists and advise they have right to procedures abroad – Hayes

Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes, has today (Monday) called on the HSE to inform those on waiting lists about their right to have treatment in another EU Member State. As part of the Cross-Border Healthcare Directive patients have the right to receive medical treatment in another EU Member State and the right to have some or all of the costs re-paid.

Coveney Launches New €50m Dairy Equipment Scheme

Opening of the new TAMS II Dairy Equipment Scheme which is the second of the new Targeted Modernisation Schemes (TAMS II) to be launched under the new Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020.

50 new jobs and €40m investment in Ballytivnan - McLoughlin

Fine Gael TD for Sligo/Leitrim, Tony Mc Loughlin TD, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD of a €40 investment and 50 new jobs for AbbVie in Ballytivnan.

Government must support credit unions who play a central role in our community - Neville

Fine Gael Party Chairperson and TD for Limerick, Dan Neville has said that some level of regulation is needed to support credit unions but that this regulation should not interfere with their voluntary ethos.