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Landlords and tenants to benefit from change to rent supplement system - Heydon

Fine Gael TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon, has today (Friday) welcomed the fact that the new Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) to be administered by Local Authorities will be paid directly to landlords by the Councils. He was speaking after the Housing Miscellaneous Bill 2014 made its way through the Dáil this week.

McGuinness proves he is not an impartial chair with PAC outburst – Doherty

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Friday) strongly criticised Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness for his outburst at two HSE chiefs during a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday, saying his comments prove he is not an impartial Chairman.

Byrne welcomes increase in free college places for the unemployed

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South Central, Catherine Byrne, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, this week that 6,100 new free higher education places are to be made available to jobseekers through Springboard.

€148 million for Ireland under the Common Fisheries Policy - Harrington

Fine Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has today (Thursday) welcomed the news that Ireland is to receive €148million from the EU under the Common Fisheries Policy over the next six years. This represents a significant increase in the amount of EU funding available to assist Ireland’s seafood industry in implementing the new reformed Common Fisheries Policy.

Heydon Questions draft NRA Service Area Policy

Fine Gael TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon, has today (Thursday) raised questions in the Dáil about the Service Area Policy of the National Roads Authority (NRA), questioning why it is taking a state led approach to the provision of online service areas, which are the service stations directly accessible from motorways.

Folic acid food fortification should be mandatory - Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) called on the Food Safety Authority, to introduce mandatory folic acid food fortification and to have a renewed public health campaign to promote the importance of taking folic acid pre pregnancy. The Senator made her calls in response to the findings of a new study carried out by the UCD centre for human reproduction and the HSE Eurocat Registers, which reveals that there has been a rise of 10% in neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly in babies since 2009.

Buttimer and Doherty urge HSE to allow patients to continue to receive vital MS drug

Fine Gael TDs and members of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Jerry Buttimer and Regina Doherty, have urged the HSE to take action to ensure Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients can continue to receive a new drug which is significantly improving their condition. The TDs were speaking after they met with MS sufferers using the drug.

MINISTER COVENEY SECURES €148 MILLION EU FUNDS FOR SEAFOOD INDUSTRY

Following months of intense lobbying and negotiation, Minister Coveney today secured €148 million from this fund for the period 2014 to 2020 for the development of the Irish seafood industry.

2014 on target to be another year of growth in tourism - Varadkar

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has welcomed strong growth in the number of overseas visitors and those coming to Ireland for holiday purposes in the first three months of the year, as revealed in the today’s CSO figures.

€148 million for Ireland under the Common Fisheries Policy - McHugh

Fine Gael Donegal TD, Joe McHugh, has today (Thursday) welcomed the news that Ireland is to receive €148 million from the EU under the Common Fisheries Policy over the next six years. This represents a significant increase in the amount of EU funding available to assist Ireland’s seafood industry in implementing the new reformed Common Fisheries Policy.