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New Housing Assistance Payment will help low income families to get suitable accommodation - Lawlor

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has today (Friday) welcomed the new Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme which he feels will assist working families on low income to find suitable accommodation.

More people with disabilities set to benefit from Local Property Tax relief

Fine Gael TD for Laois Offaly, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has, today (Friday), welcomed the extension of Local Property Tax (LPT) relief available to people with disabilities. Deputy Corcoran Kennedy first raised this issue with the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD last year.

Funding allocated for two new classrooms in Patrician High School, Carrickmacross

Fine Gael TD for Cavan Monaghan, Seán Conlan TD, has today (Friday), welcomed the news that funding has been allocated for the Patrician High School in Carrickmacross.

Midlands in prime position to benefit for another year of bumper tourism – McFadden

Fine Gael Longford/Westmeath TD, Gabrielle McFadden, has today (Friday) said that the Midlands are in a prime position to benefit from another year of bumper tourism. Deputy McFadden was speaking after the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that the number of tourists coming to Ireland rose by a further 7.5% in the first three months of this year.

Great day for consumers and concert goers as credit cards fees come a cropper – Noone

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has said that today (Friday) is a great day for consumers and concert goers as a new EU directive comes into effect which will ban credit card surcharges and hidden fees.

Apply now for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance - Byrne

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South Central, Catherine Byrne, has highlighted this week’s opening of the online application process for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance and encouraged parents to apply now. The application forms are available at www.welfare.ie

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.