News Archive: January 2012

High rents paid by State agencies must be tackled – Coffey

Greater efficiencies and value for money needed to reduce Govt costs Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has called on the Government to focus on the high levels of rent being paid by State Agencies. Deputy Coffey made the call as a result of information garnered through a series of Parliamentary Questions, which revealed that

Byrne calls for tighter regulation of money lenders

Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne, has called for tighter regulation of money lenders by the Central Bank. Deputy Byrne made her comments following an RTE documentary highlighting the difficulty facing those who have turned to money lenders for extra cash. “I raised this issue before Christmas, following reports which suggested that

Clinical leadership and local staff key to continued health reforms – Doherty

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Wednesday) said that clinical leadership and the commitment of local staff will be key to the continued deliverance of major health reforms over the coming year. Deputy Doherty was speaking following an update from the Department of Health on the progress to date made by the

Personal insolvency legislation key step in solving mortgage debt crisis – English

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Damien English, has said that the Personal Insolvency Bill published today (Wednesday) is a key step in solving our mortgage debt crisis. The Heads of the Bill have been published by the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, and the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan. “This draft Bill puts forward

Griffin welcomes job creation investor programmes

Fine Gael Kerry TD, Brendan Griffin, has today (Wednesday) welcomed two new initiatives launched by the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, aimed at encouraging foreign entrepreneurs to invest here and create jobs. “As we tackle the jobs crisis we need to be looking at new and innovative ways to encourage people with money to

Oireachtas alcohol report provides blueprint for tackling our drink problem – Doherty

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Wednesday) said that the report on alcohol and drug misuse published by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, provides a blueprint on how we can tackle our national drink problem. “As a society, we cannot continue to ignore our chronic drink problem and

Figures suggest high no. of student solicitors unable to secure apprenticeships – Mitchell O’Connor

Students being exploited by high exam fee and no chance of training after Speaking on the Legal Services Bill this evening (Tuesday), Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said the current system of training and education for solicitors is unfair, with many trainees apparently unable to secure apprenticeships and complete their training

Reinstatement of Louise Bayliss welcome – Keating

Legislation needed to protect whistleblowers Fine Gael TD for Dublin Mid-West, Derek Keating, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the reinstatement by the Irish Advocacy Network, of Louise Bayliss, whose contract had recently been terminated following media appearances she made detailing the conditions of some patients at St. Brendan’s Hospital, Grangegorman, where she worked. “From the outset

Access to credit and open procurement key to job creation – Coghlan

Advisory service could help businesses secure credit Fine Gael Kerry Senator and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan, has said that opening up the public procurement process and improving access to credit will be key to tackling the jobs crisis. Senator Coghlan also proposed the establishment of an advisory service to help businesses put together credit

Women must be encouraged to lookafter their health during Cervical Cancer Prevention Week – Burke

Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson for Health,Senator Colm Burke has today (Sunday) highlighted European Cervical CancerPrevention Week which begins tomorrow and runs from the 22nd – 28th January,with awareness events taking place nationwide. “I fully support the Irish Family PlanningAssociation and CervicalCheck’s combined efforts to actively raise awarenessabout cervical cancer. All women aged between 25 and