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€850 million in new European Investment Bank (EIB) lending will be made available to Ireland this year- Irish MEPs

Fine Gael MEPs have welcomed the news that €850 million in new European Investment Bank (EIB) lending will be made available to Ireland this year. In 2010, it was €210 million. MEPs Sean Kelly (South), Mairead McGuinness (Midlands North West), Brian Hayes (Dublin) and Deirdre Clune (South) requested this afternoon’s meeting with the EIB to discuss the instrumental role the EU’s bank will continue to play in restoring growth and prosperity to Member States such as Ireland.

New Investigations Division will raise standards and protect Ireland’s reputation – Corcoran Kennedy

Fine Gael TD for Laois/Offaly, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has today (Wednesday), welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD, that a new Investigations Division is to be established in the Department of Agriculture.

Conway welcomes jobs boost for Mid-West

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Wednesday), welcomed the announcement by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, Richard Bruton TD that Optel Vision, a leading Canadian, company is to create 140 new jobs in Limerick as part of a new European expansion.

Irish exporters should seize the opportunity of a weak Euro with strong growth in Britain and the US - Hayes

Fine Gael Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes, has today (Wednesday), said that Irish exporters should seize the opportunity of a weak Euro with strong growth in Britain and the US.

Statement from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD

I wish to address a number of issues in relation to the appointment of John McNulty to the Board of Directors of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA).

Keane urges community to get on board and support local mental health organisations

Fine Gael candidate in the Dublin South West bye-election, Senator Cáit Keane, has called on people to support the local mental health organisations, saying the work they do is often unacknowledged.

Statement from John McNulty

I have informed the Taoiseach that under the circumstances, I am withdrawing my name and asking the Members of the Oireachtas not to vote for me in the upcoming Seanad bye-election.

Amendment to Electoral Act to allow people on holidays to vote - Stanton

Fine Gael TD for Cork East, David Stanton, has today (Tuesday), put forward an amendment to the Electoral Act 1997, to give people who are away on holidays the facility to vote by post in elections.

We must extend Breastcheck - Doherty

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty has today (Tuesday) said that it is imperative we extend the successful Breastcheck programme to women over 65 in order to save more lives.

Keane is campaigning for a second free pre-school year

2nd free pre-school year would represent up to €3000 free childcare for parents and would generate thousands of new jobs, says FG bye-election candidate and Senator