2012

Reform of the health service will not happen overnight - Buttimer

Speaking this morning (Thursday) at the Abbott Breakfast Briefing (speech below), Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy and Chair of the Oireachtas Committee of Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, said that reform of the healthcare service will take time and that during the reform process we must ensure that sight is never lost of those who rely most heavily on the healthcare system.

Minister should consider every available option in tackling consultants’ pay - Keating

Fine Gael Dublin Mid West Deputy and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, Derek Keating TD, has given the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, his full support in his attempts to reduce costs by tackling consultants’ pay.

Children’s Referendum will be an important step for our children and for our society – Henry

Fine Gael Senator for Sligo/North Leitrim, Imelda Henry, has today (Tuesday) said that the Children’s Referendum, due to be held later this year, will be an important step for our children and our society. Senator Henry was speaking at the end of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party meeting in Mayo, where the issue of the Referendum was discussed at length.

Barry calls for extension for slurry and fertilising spreading

Fine Gael Cork East TD, Tom Barry, has urged the Minister for the Environment to consider extending the time period allowed for the spreading of fertiliser and slurry in an effort to give farmers a chance to recover from one of the worst years for agriculture in recent times.

Martin attempts to rewrite history with claims over corporation tax – Buttimer

Fine Gael Cork South Central TD, Jerry Buttimer, has today (Tuesday) accused Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of trying to rewrite history by suggesting that our corporation tax rate was never under threat.

New guide will provide small businesses with invaluable advice – Butler

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, has today (Monday) said that a new Government-produced guide will provide small businesses with invaluable advice on surviving in a very tough trading environment. ‘Managing Out of the Crisis’ aims to give help and advice to local businesses in difficulty.

New €900,000 mooring facility another major addition to array of top class leisure facilities at Lough Key Forest Park - Feighan

Roscommon/South Leitrim Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan says the new mooring and services facility at Lough Key Forest Park, launched yesterday (September 6th) by Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan, is yet another significant addition to the array of top class leisure facilities at the Park.

Census shows homelessness affecting 3,808 people across Ireland

Fine Gael Dublin Central Deputy, Paschal Donohoe TD, has today (Thursday) welcomed the Census count which has identified, for the first time, the extent of the problem of homelessness in Ireland.

Deputy Feighan reveals €640,000 compensation paid to date to Roscommon turfcutters

Fine Gael TD for Roscommon, Frank Feighan, has said that the €640,000 in Government compensation paid to date to Roscommon Turfcutters is testament to the clear co-operation and goodwill on all sides in efforts to adequately recompense those affected by the EU Habitats Directive

Mortgage advice initiative will help find solutions for distressed mortgage holders - Mitchell O' Connor

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O' Connor, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, that free, independent professional financial advice will be provided to borrowers in mortgage distress. The initiative, which is being funded by the banks and other lending institutions, will involve the provision of advice to distressed mortgage holders by accountants from independent accountancy institutes.