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Sinn Féin’s plan to increase income tax by 8% and tax assets would destroy the economy – O’Donovan

Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Patrick O’Donovan, has today warned farmers, the self-employed and people with savings accounts to be aware of Sinn Féin’s planned policies of tax and spend, which would directly impact on assets.

Lynch & Varadkar announce ten key actions for Medical Card System

Minister of State for Primary and Social Care Kathleen Lynch and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar have welcomed steps by the HSE to enhance the operation of the medical card scheme and make it more sensitive to people’s needs, especially arrangements relating to the issuing of medical cards on a discretionary basis.

McFadden hopeful for flexibility on 21 year army retirement rule

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has said she is hopeful of some flexibility on a mandatory rule forcing the retirement of hundreds of soldiers after 21 years of service.

New jobs for Ennis demonstrates the recovery is strengthening - Breen

Fine Gael TD for Clare, Pat Breen, has today (Monday) welcomed plans by TTM Healthcare to create 100 new jobs, mostly in Ennis. Deputy Breen said the new positions were further evidence that the economic recovery is strengthening.

We know what opposition are against but what are they for? – Harris

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow and Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris, has today (Sunday) called on the opposition to spell out their alternatives.

Griffin condemns felling of cross on Carrauntoohil as an act of shameless vandalism

Fine Gael TD for Kerry, Brendan Griffin, has today (Saturday) condemned the cutting down of the cross at the summit of Carrauntoohil as an act of shameless vandalism.

Murphy calls on opposition parties to clarify their inconsistent positions on water charges

Dara Murphy TD, Minister for European Affairs and Data Protection, has called on opposition parties to clarify inconsistent and contradictory statements they made today on water charges.

Ireland must exert its influence on Juncker's €300 billion plan - Hayes

Brian Hayes MEP today said that Ireland must make its voice heard on Jean-Claude Junker's proposed €300 billion investment plan for Europe which is due to be decided by the European Commission next week.

Shop local this Christmas - McEntee

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Helen McEntee, has encouraged Meath people to shop local this Christmas, saying that the festive period is a great opportunity to support local retailers.

Be vigilant for signs of domestic abuse – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has highlighted the importance of everyone being aware of the risk factors for domestic abuse in their homes and communities. Deputy McFadden was speaking after observing the minute’s silence at the Dáil this week for Women’s Aid.