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Statement by the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs re 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.

Hogan announces funding of over €8m for the Community and Voluntary Sector

Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, today announced funding of €8.015m over the coming two years to 55 national community and voluntary organisations.

Harrington welcomes major jobs boost for Cork after series of positive announcements

Fine Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has today (Monday) welcomed the series of announcements made earlier which will result in hundreds of new jobs being created in Cork city and county. In the largest of the announcements, 260 new jobs will be created at SouthWestern, which is headquartered in Clonakilty.

Is Fianna Fáil intent on scaring old people? – Harris

Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Simon Harris, has today (Monday) questioned Fianna Fáil’s motives and accused the Party of trying to scare older people over the free travel pass.

Speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD at the Launch of Fourth Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2013

I am delighted to join you here today to launch the Fourth Annual Monitoring report on Integration 2013. I would like to begin by thanking Killian Forde, CEO of The Integration Centre, for his kind invitation to me to launch the report.

Varadkar welcomes Dublin Port Company €8m Dividend to the State

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar has announced that Dublin Port Company has paid a dividend of €8 million to the State based on its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2013. The payment is in line with the company’s commitment to making a dividend payment of 30% of profit after tax, annually.

Feighan welcomes €200,000 funding for flood mitigation works in Four Roads

Fine Gael Roscommon/South Leitrim TD, Frank Feighan, has warmly welcomed the OPW’s allocation of €202,677 to Roscommon County Council for flood mitigation works to be carried out in Four Roads in South Roscommon.

State should provide structured contracts to help keep medical graduates in Ireland – Burke

Fine Gael Cork Senator Colm Burke has today (Saturday) proposed a major reform to our medical education system here in a bid to encourage more newly qualified doctors to remain in Ireland after graduation. Senator Burke was speaking at the Intern Conference at UCC.

Fine Gael looking forward to Dublin Pride

Chairman of Fine Gael’s LGBT Group, Jerry Buttimer TD, has today (Friday) said the Group is looking forward to a bumper turnout for this year’s Dublin Pride Parade, which takes place tomorrow. The Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, will join other TDs and Senators, Party members, and Young Fine Gael who are all coming out in support of the LGBT community.

Lawlor calls for international marketing campaign to brand Irish beef as a high quality, grass-fed product

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, is calling for an international branding campaign for Irish beef to be established, which would highlight the fact that Irish cattle are grass-fed, giving our beef a better flavour. Deputy Lawlor has suggested that the campaign could be styled on the Kerrygold marketing drive, which pitches the product as ‘the one and only Irish butter’.