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Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade speaks to Israeli Ambassador: Calls for immediate end to violence

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charlie Flanagan, T.D., spoke earlier today with the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Boaz Modai, in order to condemn yesterday’s attack on a UN- run school in Gaza and reiterate the very grave concerns of the Irish Government and people at the current situation in Gaza and Israel.

COVENEY MEETS O’NEILL TO DISCUSS BEEF

Building on previous discussions, Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney invited his Northern Irish counterpart Michelle O’Neill to Dublin to discuss issues currently facing the beef sector on both parts of the island.

We must push ahead with plain packaging and stand up to tobacco industry lobbying – Noone

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has said that the Government must push ahead with plain packaging for cigarettes and stand up to lobbying from the well funded tobacco industry.

Min for Agriculture to meet NI counterpart to discuss Beef sector – D’Arcy

Fine Gael Senator, Jim D’Arcy has welcomed the invitation placed by Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD to his Northern Irish counterpart Michelle O’Neill to discuss the beef sector.

Focus on healthy lifestyle needed to combat obesity - Fitzpatrick

Fine Gael TD for Louth, Peter Fitzpatrick TD has, today (Thursday), called for a greater focus on healthy living in Louth following an Irish Examiner article in which Louth is listed as one of the worst counties for obesity.

Address by the Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. Publication of the Courts Service Annual Report 2013

Chief Justice, members of the Judiciary, members of the Board, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen; I am pleased to be here today to accept the Courts Service Annual Report for 2013.

Jobs the top priority as Government commits to establishing National Health Innovation Hub in 2014

Minister Flanagan meets Palestinian Ambassador

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, today met the Palestinian Ambassador, along with Ambassadors from Morocco, Saudi Arabia and representatives from the Egyptian and UAE Embassies. Their discussions focused on the current crisis in Gaza.

Let’s act on existing recommendations to stop senseless civilian slaughter - Lawlor

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has said we need accountability in any investigation of the senseless slaughter of innocent civilians in the Gaza conflict. Over the last 16 days almost 700 Palestinians, mostly civilians; and 34 Israelis, the majority of which were soldiers, have been killed. Thousands more have been injured and displaced from their homes during this time.

Discounted school uniforms good news for parents – Noone

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has welcomed the introduction of budget school uniform ranges in a number of supermarkets in an attempt to ease the financial burden on parents at back to school time.