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Statement by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD Publication of Interim Report of Commission of Investigation (Certain Matters relative to An Garda Siochána and other persons)

Yesterday I received the final draft of the Interim Report of the Commission of Investigation that focused on the events leading up to the retirement of then Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan in March of 2014, and on the handling of a letter of 10 March 2014 from the then Commissioner to the Department of Justice.

Statement by Olivia Mitchell TD

“After a long and difficult period of reflection, I have decided that I will not contest the upcoming Fine Gael selection convention for the Dublin Rathdown constituency.

Clune pushes EU to increase youth unemployment budget by a half billion euro

Fine Gael Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune, a negotiator on the EU employment budget team, is pushing for a half a billion euro increase in the EU budgets to tackle youth unemployment across the EU. Speaking after a budgets meeting in the European Parliament today, MEP Clune described the funding as critical to getting our young people back to work.

Juncker's €315 billion plan could fund major projects for Ireland - Hayes

Fine Gael Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes, has today (Monday), highlighted the opportunities for Ireland from European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker's €315 billion investment plan for Europe. Mr Hayes said he will seek a meeting with the European Investment Bank to promote Ireland’s projects.

Lower taxes support work and strengthen the recovery – Harris

The Minister of State at the Department of Finance and Fine Gael TD for Wicklow, Simon Harris, said today (Monday) that lowering the tax burden on ordinary workers and families will strengthen the economic recovery that is taking hold.

Great news for students in direct provision-Conway

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Friday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan that students in the asylum protection system will have access to student supports from September 2015.

Perry welcomes widening of student support services to asylum seekers

Fine Gael TD for Sligo, John Perry, has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Education that students in the asylum protection system will have access to student supports from September 2015.