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Minister Donohoe travels to Strasbourg to advance Ireland’s priorities within the European Parliament

Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe TD, is this morning (Tuesday) travelling to Strasbourg for a series of meetings with key members of the European Parliament, including Irish and Northern Irish MEPs and the Commissioner for Enlargement, Stefan Fule.

Stronger regulation of mental health professionals is urgently required - Neville

Fine Gael Limerick TD and President of the Irish Association of Suicidology, Dan Neville, has today (Friday) welcomed the warning from Gerry Raleigh from the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) about the dangers of using services offering suicide and mental health counselling services which are not vetted and may be unsafe.

Conway welcomes European Day for victims of crime

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Martin Conway, has said that victims’ rights should be central to the operation of the criminal justice system in Ireland. Senator Conway made his comments in advance of the European Day for victims of crime, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday).

Shatter Statement on Confidential Recipient

Speaking today, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD said, “Yesterday, I found it necessary to relieve the Garda Confidential Recipient Mr Oliver Connolly of his position.

Private Member’s Bill - Thirty-Fourth Amendment to the Constitution (Judicial Appointments) Bill 2013

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD, has asked me to convey to the House his regret at not being in attendance today. He is in Greece at a meeting of the EU Defence Ministers, a matter of considerable importance in the context of his work as Minister for Defence.

Long term flood prevention must be prioritised for Cork - Buttimer

Fine Gael Cork South Central TD, Jerry Buttimer, has said that a long term flood prevention plan to protect Cork must be prioritised. Speaking on the matter in the Dáil, Deputy Buttimer also welcomed the commitment of funding for the project by Minister of State at the OPW, Brian Hayes TD.

Government Appoints Retired High Court Judge John Cooke to Conduct The Independent Inquiry into Reports of Unlawful Surveillance of the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission

The Government has appointed retired High Court Judge John Cooke to conduct the Independent Inquiry into Reports of Unlawful Surveillance of the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission.

App users must be vigilant about their personal data - Clune

Fine Gael Cork Senator, Deirdre Clune, has today (Wednesday) urged all phone app users to exercise vigilance with their own personal data when using so-called 'leaky apps' on their smart phones. Senator Clune was speaking after she raised the issue in the Seanad with the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD, who agreed that current data protection Directives need to be updated.

Female entrepreneurs are increasingly breaking through the glass ceiling – Collins

Fine Gael Cork North West TD, Aine Collins, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement that the amount of female-led start-up companies winning State investment has almost trebled in 12 months. Deputy Collins was speaking after the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton TD, announced that 1,850 jobs will be created over the next three years by 122 High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) companies.

Minister Donohoe calls on all sides in Ukraine hostilities to desist from violence

Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe TD, has today (Wednesday) deplored the outbreak of violence in Ukraine, calling on all sides to refrain from hostilities.