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Obesity highlighted as key priority to EU Health Commissioner – Fitzpatrick

The EU Health Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis came before the Oireachtas Health Committee this week and as rapporteur, Peter Fitzpatrick, Fine Gael TD for Louth and Member of the Oireachtas Health Committee took the opportunity to highlight the obesity problem in Ireland as a key issue.

Urgent action needed to protect Bose work force – Conlan

“I am very sad to hear of the closure of the Bose plant in Carrickmacross due to their global restructuring plan” says Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan, Seán Conlan.

Draghi's QE programme doesn't go far enough - Hayes

Brian Hayes, Fine Gael MEP for Dublin today (Thursday), said that the ECB's Quantitative Easing programme does not go far enough due to the low level of risk-sharing associated with the programme.

Keane calls for cross-departmental approach to improve standards in the childcare sector

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has called on the Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD, to introduce a strong cross departmental approach in order to improve standards in the childcare sector. The Senator made her comments in the context of the Seanad debate on 'Improving the Quality of Early Years Education' today (Thursday).

2,840 medical negligence claims may cost €1.159 billion – Burke

“Currently €1.18 million in medical negligence claims is covered by the Medical Protection Society (MPS) and the State pays the remainder. The Government must review this cut off point, to keep the consultants who cannot afford their insurance premiums in this country “, says Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, Colm Burke.

Central Bank must find a workable solution for house hunters - Collins

“The Central Bank must find a workable solution for house hunters as a 20% deposit is completely unrealistic for young first time buyers,” says Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins.

McFadden welcomes expansion of PPD operations in Athlone

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, has welcomed the continued growth of Pharmaceutical Product Development’s (PPD) operations in Athlone with the news it is to add a new, state-of-the-art laboratory to its Athlone facility.

Funding for the non-Gaeltacht islands confirmed for the remainder of 2015 - Harrington

Fine Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the news that funding for the Development Offices on non- Gaeltacht islands is confirmed for the remainder of 2015, while a longer term plan is worked out.

Taoiseach to attend Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD will today travel to Davos to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Government announces wording for Marriage Equality referendum

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, has today announced the wording agreed by the Government for the constitutional amendment on Marriage Equality.