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Government announces additional €1 million to tackle Ebola

The Government is to provide an additional €1 million to the UN to fight Ebola in West Africa, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan and Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion, and North-South Co-operation Sean Sherlock, announced today.

Corcoran Kennedy appeals to banks to make funding available to SMEs

Fine Gael TD for Laois/Offaly and Chair of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has today (Friday), urged banks to make funding available to SMEs through the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) after the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD announced the formal release of €800 million in funding.

New funding opportunity for SMEs - Collins

Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins, has advised SMEs to apply for funding from their bank following news that €800 million in funding is being made available to lenders through the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI).

Halloween clean-ups cost a lot. We need to make polluters pay – Noone

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin, Catherine Noone, has spoken about the true cost of littering to Dublin and the need to make polluters pay.

Gerry Adams has no regard for the wellbeing of children in his own constituency – Fitzpatrick

Fine Gael TD for Louth, Peter Fitzpatrick, has demanded that Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams expose suspected child sex abusers who were expelled out of Northern Ireland by Sinn Féin / IRA and moved into border counties, including Co. Louth, in order to avoid publicity and the full rigours of the law.

Hogan resigns Dáil seat to take up EU Commission role

Fine Gael TD for Carlow Kilkenny and former Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government Phil Hogan TD has today formally submitted his resignation from the Oireachtas, to take up his appointment as EU Commissioner.

Time for a real Dublin City commercial rates cut – Noone

Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone today (Thursday) highlighted the real scope for Dublin City Council to cut commercial rates by as much as 2% in their upcoming budget.

FF criticism of broadband to 500,000 homes confirms their policy paralysis – Phelan

Fine Gael TD for Carlow Kilkenny, John Paul Phelan, today (Thursday) said the Government’s National Broadband Plan is delivering, as demonstrated by announcements this week which will see broadband provided to at least 500,000 homes and businesses across the country.

HSE must maintain high level of respite care – Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke, has today (Thursday), called on the HSE to maintain the high numbers of people receiving respite care. Senator Burke was speaking after the release of HSE figures showing that 6,208 people benefitted from residential centre based respite services last year.

Areas of population growth should be prioritised by the Department of Justice - Farrell

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal and member of the Oireachtas Justice Committee, Alan Farrell, has today (Thursday), called for an increased focus on justice in rapidly growing areas as more resources become available.