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Statement by Ministers Leo Varadkar and Ciaran Cannon

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar, Minister of State for Commuter & Public Transport Alan Kelly, and Minister of State for Training & Skills Ciaran Cannon have considered the story in today's Mail on Sunday regarding school transport tenders operated by Bus Eireann.

Planning applications for wind farms should be put on hold until the new guidelines are in place- Deering

Fine Gael Carlow TD, Pat Deering, has called for the freezing of all planning applications for wind farms, until the review by Minister of State for Housing Jan O’Sullivan TD, of the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines is complete. Deputy Deering was contributing to a Dáil debate on the matter this week.

Byrne welcomes EPA report on the Ballymount fire

Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne, has welcomed the report of the Environmental Protection Agency on the matter of the recent fire in the Ballymount Industrial Estate.

Legal letters from banks cannot be considered a ‘sustainable solution’ – Doherty

Fine Gael Meath East TD and member of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) called on the Central Bank to clearly redefine what it considers a ‘sustainable solution’ in terms of mortgage arrears. Deputy Doherty was speaking after representatives from Bank of Ireland appeared before the Finance Committee this morning.

Sinn Féin’s approach to wind energy is based on preying on people’s concerns – Mulherin

Fine Gael Mayo TD, Michelle Mulherin, has strongly criticised Sinn Féin’s Private Members’ Bill on wind turbines, saying the Party’s approach to wind energy is based on preying on people’s concern. Deputy Mulherin also highlighted the conflict between Sinn Féin’s national policy, which supports wind energy, and its local approach, where the Party’s objects to every wind turbine proposal.

Govt approves game changing €3.4 million tourism development for Kerry – Griffin

Fine Gael Kerry TD, Brendan Griffin, has today (Thursday) warmly welcomed €3.4 million in funding announced by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Alan Kelly TD, to allow for the development of a cycling and walking greenway along the old railway line from Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen/Renard in Co. Kerry.

Speech by Minister Alan Shatter T.D., Minister for Justice and Equality, at the Children’s Rights Alliance’s Information Seminar on the Children and Family Relationships Bill

I would like to thank the Children’s Rights Alliance for the invitation to speak at its information seminar on the draft Children and Family Relationships Bill. I would like to acknowledge the pivotal role played by the Children’s Rights Alliance in championing the rights of children in our society.

Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 completes its passage through the Houses of the Oireachtas

Mr Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, today welcomed the completion of the passage of the Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 through both Houses of the Oireachtas.

Feighan welcomes €400,000 in funding to upgrade two Roscommon nursing homes

Fine Gael Roscommon/South Leitrim TD, Frank Feighan, has today (Thursday) warmly welcomed a total allocation of €400,000 in HSE funding for the upgrade of two nursing homes in Co. Roscommon.

Irish Sports Council Publish 2013 Anti-Doping Testing Figures

The Irish Sports Council today published their Anti-Doping figures for 2013. Last year, the Council conducted 868 tests across 32 sports including 192 blood tests, a 44% increase on 2012.