Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government today (3 April, 2014) announced improvements to the Seniors Alert Scheme. The improvements are designed to facilitate greater community support and improved security for the elderly and are scheduled to come into effect in 2015.
Fine Gael Cork North Central TD, Dara Murphy, has said that he has been in touch with the GAA in Cork, who have confirmed that Páirc Uí Chaoimh is available to host the Garth Brooks concerts which have been cancelled in Dublin after Dublin City Council refused to grant licences for two out of the five planned gigs.
Fine Gael Meath East TD, Helen McEntee has urged the Minister for Health, James Reilly TD, to extend the BreastCheck programme to include women aged 65-69 years old, which is a commitment contained in the Programme for Government. Deputy McEntee raised the issue with the Minister during a Topical Issue in the Dáil this week.
Statement by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs Update on Mother & Baby Home Commission of Investigation
Today (Tuesday), Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs briefed Cabinet on the interim report of the Cross Departmental Review Committee. The Committee, comprised of senior officials from eight government departments and a number of State agencies, was asked to scope the issues relevant to a Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes and to report by the end of June.
Fine Gael Cork North Central TD and Chair of the Party’s Internal European Affair Committee, Dara Murphy, has today (Wednesday) said that Fine Gael’s team of MEPs has secured a number of key positions on European Parliament Committees, ensuring they will have an influential role in the Parliament.
Fine Gael Meath West TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Damien English, has said that the positive Exchequer returns and Live Register figures published today (Wednesday) show that our economic recovery is taking hold.
Dublin Senator Catherine Noone today welcomed the announcement by Diageo that Arthur’s Day, the annual event which celebrated the anniversary of Guinness, will not be taking place this year.
Fine Gael Cork South Central TD, Jerry Buttimer, has called for changes to legislation to allow marriages and civil partnerships take place at a wider range of venues. Deputy Buttimer raised the restrictive interpretation of the Civil Registration Act 2004 as a topical issue in the Dáil.
Government Chief Whip and Kerry Senator Paul Coghlan has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaelteacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, that a new Rhododendron control intiative will be put in place to bring the invasive species under control in Killarney National Park. Senator Coghlan was speaking on the order of business in the Seanad.
The Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament has secured membership of the most sought-after European Parliament committees, as the new parliamentary term officially began in Strasbourg this week.