Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has today (Friday) welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, that the recruitment competition for An Garda Síochána will open next Thursday, 12th December.
Fine Gael Kerry TD, Brendan Griffin, has today (Friday) suggested that the Government should consider launching a drive to boost domestic tourism figures in 2015, using the successful model of the Gathering.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD tonight paid tribute to Nelson Mandela saying that, with his passing, 'a great light has been extinguished'."
O’Donovan calls for all Govt departments to review payments to organisations following top-up controversy
Fine Gael Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan, has today (Thursday) called for all Government departments to examine organisations under their remit to ensure they are in compliance with public pay policy. Deputy O’Donovan was speaking during Topical Issues in the Dáil on the on-going controversy over unsanctioned top-ups to health chiefs.
Speaking today (Thursday) at the Oireachtas Committee on Health on the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013, Fine Gael Cork Senator and the Party’s Health Spokesperson in the Seanad, Colm Burke, said that not only will someone benefit from a health perspective by giving up smoking but that kicking the habit will have considerable financial rewards as well.
Parking promotion in Dun Laoghaire brings welcome reprieve for shoppers and local businesses – Mitchell O’Connor
Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Thursday) welcomed the decision by Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to introduce a parking promotion during the holiday period which will ease the burden on shoppers and help to stimulate business for local enterprises, who are the engine of our economy.
Provision of nicotine patches for pregnant women would save health service money in long run – Byrne
Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne has today (Thursday) raised the matter of smoking during pregnancy with the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, and stated that the cost of providing low dose nicotine patches to pregnant women would save the State money, as well as improving health for mothers and babies.
Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee, Pat Breen, has today (Thursday) said that Ireland’s ranking as the best country in the world in which to do business by the magazine Forbes, is a ringing endorsement of the Government’s determination to rebuild and enhance our reputation abroad.
Fine Gael Senator, Deirdre Clune, has welcomed a commitment from the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD, that he will introduce legislation early in the New Year to regulate clamping by private operators on private property. Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Alan Kelly TD, was responding to a request by Senator Clune for a progress update on the Programme for Government commitment to legislate to regulate the vehicle clamping industry.
Fine Gael Seanad Chief Whip and Kerry Senator, Paul Coghlan, has today (Wednesday) called for offices to be developed along the border, which would be used jointly by the Gardaí and the PSNI in the fight against crime. Senator Coghlan made the suggestion while speaking during Order of Business in the Seanad on the publication of the Smithwick Report.