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Fine Gael launches campaign for Yes vote in Marriage Equality Referendum

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, today (Monday) launched Fine Gael’s campaign calling for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum on Friday, 22nd May. An Taoiseach launched the event alongside the Director of Elections for Fine Gael’s Marriage Equality Referendum campaign, Minister Simon Coveney TD as well as Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister Leo Varadkar TD and the Chair of the Fine Gael LGBT Group, Jerry Buttimer TD. The event was also addressed by two members of the public, Enda Morgan and Edel Tierney, who spoke about the importance of the Referendum passing to their own lives.

Deal with Turkey will boost Shannon Airport - Breen

Fine Gael TD for Clare and Chairman of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Pat Breen, said today (Monday) that a new bilateral agreement between Ireland and Turkey giving fifth freedom rights for Air Cargo Services, will pave the way for airlines like Turkish Airlines to have pick up rights for Cargo at Shannon. This represents a significant boost, both for Shannon Airport and the wider region.

EU Single Digital Market should not be about targeting large US businesses for political purposes - Hayes

Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes, today (Sunday) said that the EU should not make the Digital Single Market about targeting large US tech companies for political means. The Dublin MEP said that the priority should be to make communication and technology services work better for consumers.

Same old Fianna Fáil health policy: high taxes & low ambition - Buttimer

Fine Gael Cork South Central TD and Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Jerry Buttimer, has said that this weekend’s Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis, and especially its health policy, proves that it’s the same party of high-taxes, ever higher-spending, and low ambition.

Europe Minister Dara Murphy welcomes report confirming SMEs will benefit from EU-US trade deal

Fine Gael Cork North Central TD, Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy, has welcomed a European Commission report published this week which confirmed that the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would remove significant barriers currently faced by SMEs when trying to trade with the US.

No country for young women under Fianna Fáil - Collins

Ahead of the Fianna Fáil Ard Fhéis this weekend, Fine Gael Cork North-West TD, Áine Collins, has questioned the party’s position on the issue of women candidates, saying “it would be no country for young women under Fianna Fáil.”

Ballot paper layout could influence election results – Stanton

The need for changes to the layout of ballot papers used in elections has been raised in Dáil Éireann, today, by Cork East Fine Gael TD David Stanton. In response to Deputy Stanton’s suggestions, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD said that he would examine the issue.

Fine Gael will end discrimination against the self-employed - Neville

Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Chairperson and TD for Limerick, Dan Neville, has said that “there is an urgent need to end discrimination against the self- employed and Fine Gael will do it.”

New Drugs Minister could examine option of supervised injection centres- Byrne

“The newly appointed Minister for Drugs could examine the option of medically supervised injection centres”, says Fine Gael TD for Dublin South Central, Catherine Byrne.

McFadden welcomes news that HSE to honour pledge to fill 90 posts at Mullingar Hospital

Fine Gael TD for Longford/ Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the news that the HSE is to honour its commitment to fill 90 posts at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Mullingar