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Cummins calls on Sinn Féin to distance itself from comments that Palestine needs a “Canary Wharf”

Fine Gael Waterford Senator and the Party’s Leader in the Seanad, Maurice Cummins, has today (Friday) called on Sinn Féin to distance itself from comments made by Sinn Féin Councillor and Leader on Waterford County Council, John Hearne, that a Canary Wharf type incident is needed to resolve the conflict in the Middle East. Senator Cummins was speaking after the Seanad was reconvened yesterday to discuss the conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.

New Credit Union to service the Beara Peninsula to open today - Harrington

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington today (Friday) welcomed the decision taken by the Board of Bantry Credit Union at their meeting last night, to provide Credit Union services for the people of the Beara Peninsula.

Two state solution the only answer for Middle East - Coghlan

Fine Gael Kerry Senator and Government Chief Whip in the Seanad, Paul Coghlan, has stressed that a two state solution is the only answer to the Israeli Palestinian crisis. Senator Coghlan was speaking after the Seanad was reconvened yesterday to discuss the conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.

Corcoran Kennedy calls on SF and opposition not to misinform people re water charges

Fine Gael TD for Laois/Offaly, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has called on Sinn Fein and in particular its Environment Spokesperson, Brian Stanley, to stop misleading people on the issue of water charges. Deputy Corcoran Kennedy also welcomed confirmation that the average annual charge per household will not exceed €240.

Farrell shocked by FF’s criticism of the CER, an agency it created

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has strongly criticised Fianna Fáil and its Environment Spokesperson, Barry Cowen, after he launched a stinging attack on the CER, an agency Fianna Fáil created.

Government approves drafting of legislation to provide for replacement for Registered Employment Agreements – Minister Bruton

New legislation to provide certainty for staff and businesses tendering for contracts, promote industrial peace, and ensure Irish firms are not placed at competitive disadvantage.

50,000 Irish students could study or train abroad under the EU funded Erasmus+ programme by 2020 – Hayes

Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes, today (Friday) urged Irish students to give serious consideration to participating in the EU-funded Erasmus+ programme which enables students to study or train abroad. MEP Hayes estimates that up to 50,000 Irish students could have the opportunity to participate in the programme by 2020.

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan T.D. welcomes return to profitability by Bank of Ireland in the first half of 2014

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan T.D. today (1 August 2014) welcomes the return to profitability by Bank of Ireland in the first half of 2014. Commenting on the Bank of Ireland – 2014 Half Year Results

Current Gaza conflict is a replica of 2009 - Burke

Fine Gael Cork North Central Senator, has said that the current conflict in Gaza is a replica of what happened in 2009, when he visited the region, and that it is time for the EU to show the Palestinians it is serious about a peaceful solution. Senator Burke was speaking today in the Seanad which was reconvened to discuss the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East.

The EU must do more to resolve international conflicts – Noone

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, and the Party’s Seanad Spokesperson on European Affairs, Catherine Noone, has said that the EU must do more to resolve international conflicts. Senator Noone was speaking in the Seanad today (Thursday) which was reconvened to discuss the situations in Gaza and Ukraine.