News Archive: January 2012

Taoiseach and Tanaiste congratulate Mary Robinson on her appointment as UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Climate Change

I was delighted to learn earlier today that Mary Robinson has been appointed the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Climate Change. Mary is an individual of enormous stature internationally with a strong passion for all human rights issues.

Opening remarks by Ms Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality: Ireland’s appearance before the UN Human Rights Committee on International Convention on Civil and Political Rights

Thank you Chairperson. I would like to thank you for your words of welcome and Ambassador Patricia O Brien who is our Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, for her words of introduction. I very much welcome the opportunity to be here.

Statement by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Announcement of Government Priorities 11th July 2014

Good afternoon everyone. This morning the Tanaiste and I announced a new Cabinet to drive forward our agenda for the economic and social recovery of Ireland. This afternoon we are publishing a new Statement of Priorities for the remaining 21 months of this Government’s term.

New Defence Minister Coveney Welcomed - Heydon

Fine Gael TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon has today (Friday) welcomed the appointment of Minister Simon Coveney as the new Minister for Defence in addition to his role as Minster for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. He follows in the footsteps of his father former Minister Hugh Coveney, who served as Minister for Defence and Minister for the Marine from 1994 to 1995

Speech by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the Nomination of the New Cabinet

I wish to inform the House that the President, acting on my advice, has accepted the resignations of Deputy Pat Rabbitte, Deputy Ruairi Quinn, Deputy Eamon Gilmore, Deputy Phil Hogan and Deputy Jimmy Deenihan as members of the Government.

Speech by the Minister for Justice & Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D. - Court of Appeal Bill 2014, Second Stage, Dáil Éireann

Deputies will recall that the Programme for Government indicated that the necessary steps to create a permanent Court of Appeal would be taken during the lifetime of the Government. On foot of that commitment, a Referendum was held on 4 October 2013 and the proposal to establish a Court of Appeal was agreed to by the people.

Speech by Frances Fitzgerald T.D, Minister for Justice and Equality re the need to ensure the full disclose by the British Government of Documentation regarding the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings

Only a few short weeks ago we saw the 40th anniversary of the savage bombings in Dublin and Monaghan and the tragic loss of life and injuries that resulted.

Speedy solution on Garda safety cameras is possible - Collins

Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins, today (Thursday) suggested a practical solution to ensure the sustainability of our national speed camera network. Deputy Collins was speaking after her questioning of the Garda Síochána Commissioner at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today (Thursday), on the management and effectiveness of Go Safe Cameras.

Legislation published to ease the burden on families of Irish people who die abroad - Kyne

Fine Gael TD for Galway West/Mayo South, Sean Kyne, has welcomed the publication today (Thursday) of the Civil Registration Amendment Bill 2014. The Bill contains an array of changes to the Civil Registration Act of 2004 which were previously called for by Deputy Kyne, including the creation of a new register of Irish persons who die abroad and the provision of a new Irish-issued certificate of death.

Welcome efficiencies in workplace relations - Heydon

Fine Gael TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon, has welcomed this week’s announcement by Minister Richard Bruton TD, of Government approval for the Workplace Relations Bill 2014, which will reduce from five to two, the number of workplace relations bodies in the State.