Fine Gael Wicklow TD and Candidate for Ireland South, Simon Harris, has said that the EPP Congress, which is being held in Dublin, illustrates the benefit of electing a strong team of Fine Gael MEPs to the largest political grouping in the European Parliament.
Commentators who label Ireland a 'poster boy for austerity' insult the efforts of the Irish people – Donohoe
Speaking this morning (Thursday) at the European People's Party Congress at the Convention Centre Dublin, Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe TD, said that the recovery that is being felt in the Irish economy is a work in progress and that the Government will not rest until our people are back to work and our country returns to prosperity (see full speech below).
Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and European Parliament Candidate for Ireland South, Simon Harris today (Wednesday) welcomed the launch of a new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on the world’s biggest-ever survey on violence against women. More than 42,000 women across the 28 member-states were asked about their experiences.
Fine Gael Meath West TD and Chair of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Damien English, has secured the support of the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, to set up an informal working group to tackle the black economy. Deputy English has suggested that the group could include representatives from the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Finance and members of the Oireachtas.
Fine Gael Laois/Offaly TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has today (Wednesday) welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte TD, that a full cost benefit analysis is being carried out to look at whether it is mutually beneficial for Ireland and the United Kingdom to reach an agreement to facilitate trade in renewable energy.
Fine Gael Cork Senator and candidate for Ireland South, Deirdre Clune, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the creation of 150 new jobs in Cork by the tech company, VCE. The Research and Development (R&D) positions are being created at the firm’s international headquarters, with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
The function of Visiting Committees is to visit the prison to which they are appointed and hear any complaints which may be made to them by any prisoner. The Committees play a vital role in ensuring the quality of accommodation and catering, medical, educational and welfare services and recreational facilities.
Fine Gael Kerry Senator and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan, has today (Tuesday) commended the Government on the progress it has made since taking Office three years ago. Speaking during Order of Business in the Seanad, Senator Coghlan paid particular tribute to the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, and his role in bringing about our economic recovery.
Fine Gael Chairman and Laois/Offaly TD, Charlie Flanagan, has this evening (Tuesday) said that the Government must push ahead with its programme of political reform. Deputy Flanagan was speaking during a Dáil debate on Government priorities for the year ahead.
Fine Gael Wicklow TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee, Simon Harris, has today (Tuesday) said that steady progress is being made on ensuring that all Section 38 organisations are in compliance with public pay policy. Deputy Harris was speaking after he received an update on the matter from the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD.