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Heydon welcomes new option for Grid Link

Fine Gael TD for Kildare South, Martin Heydon, has welcomed the announcement by EirGrid this morning (Friday) of a new option for Grid Link.

We need to have a radical debate about effective corporate tax rates – Hayes

Brian Hayes MEP today took the opportunity during a European Parliament debate to state that the European Commission should investigate effective corporate tax rates employed by countries rather than focusing on harmonising tax policies.

Simon Coveney announced as Director of Elections for Fine Gael’s Marriage Equality Referendum campaign

Fine Gael has announced that Minister Simon Coveney TD will be the Director of Elections for Fine Gael’s campaign in support of a yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum on 22nd May.

Cheaper loans over longer periods a boost to farm development – Doyle

“Cheaper loans for farmers and others involved in rural development will boost farmers’ ability to develop their business by assisting with development of farm buildings and provide for further investment in equipment”, says Andrew Doyle, Chairman of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee and Fine Gael TD for Wicklow. This funding has been made available as a result of a new memorandum of understanding agreed between the EU and the European Investment Bank this week.

Butler welcomes long overdue supports for children with Down syndrome

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, has welcomed what he terms “long overdue supports for children with Down syndrome”, following the announcement by Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan of an allocation of resource teacher support to children with Down syndrome.

It is frustrating that our Consumer and Competition Authority won't address the 'biggest issue facing Irish consumers' – Hayes

Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes, has today (Wednesday) expressed disappointment that the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has refused to conduct an inquiry into excessive variable mortgage rates charged by Irish banks.

Cheaper loans over longer periods to boost farmers’ finances – O’Donovan

“Cheaper loans for farmers and others involved in rural development will boost farmers’ finances, assist with development of farm buildings and provide for further investment in equipment”, says Patrick O’Donovan, Fine Gael TD for Limerick. This funding has been made available as a result of a new memorandum of understanding agreed between the EU and the European Investment Bank this week.

Stobart Air to recommence flights between Shannon and Birmingham – Breen

Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen, has warmly welcomed the news that Stobart Air is to recommence operating flights between Shannon and Birmingham. He said that this decision is a vote of confidence in the airport’s future. Deputy Breen had been making representations to both Shannon Airport and the Department of Transport on this issue and is delighted that Stobart Air has returned to serve the Mid-West Airport.

Government’s new tourism policy will benefit the Midlands – McFadden

Fine Gael Longford Westmeath TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the launch of the Government’s new tourism policy, ‘People, Place and Policy – Growing Tourism to 2025’, saying it will benefit tourism in the Midlands.

European access to credit will assist dairy farmers to capitalise on the abolition of quotas – Collins

Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins, has welcomed the announcement by the EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, of model guarantee system ensuring access to credit for farmers, as a result of a new memorandum of understanding agreed between the EU and the European Investment Bank this week.