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50,000 Irish people to be protected against deportation from America - Perry

Fine Gael Sligo North Leitrim TD, John Perry has welcomed President Obama’s announcement to protect up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying that 50,000 Irish Americans are set to benefit.

Announcement on U.S. immigration reform gives hope to some undocumented Irish – Breen

Fine Gael TD for Clare and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee, Pat Breen, has today (Friday) welcomed President Obama’s announcement on changes to the U.S. immigration system

Tax relief to help elderly people remain in their homes – Doherty

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has welcomed the introduction of a new tax relief to help elderly people remain in their homes in their later years. Deputy Doherty was speaking after Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, introduced an amendment to the Finance Act this week to assist families to care for elderly relatives at home by employing a nurse or carer.

Simple and affordable plan for water provides certainty and secures investment – Twomey

Fine Gael TD for Wexford, Liam Twomey has said the Government’s water charges package provides a fair, simple and affordable plan for people ahead of the introduction of water charges next January. Deputy Twomey welcomed the announcement that addresses the concerns expressed over the last few months.

Community not-for-profit childcare to be exempt from commercial rates - Coughlan

Fine Gael Senator Paul Coughlan has today (Thursday) said that a rates exemption will benefit services available to children in not-for-profit childcare facilities.

Sports drinks are misleading consumers - Noone

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone today (Thursday) called for the revaluating of the term ‘sports drinks’, following reports that many sports drinks had over 10g of sugar per serving and doctors were recommending they be avoided.

Community not-for-profit childcare to be exempt from commercial rates - Deering

Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny (Thursday) said that a commercial rates exemption will benefit services available to children in not-for-profit childcare facilities.

Keane welcomes change to valuation legislation

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) said she is very pleased that for not-for-profit community childcare providers are to be exempt from commercial rates. Senator Keane was speaking after the Minister of State in the Department of Finance, Simon Harris TD, with the agreement of the majority of Seanad members introduced an amendment to the Valuation (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2012, which will exempt up to 1,000 Community Childcare providers.

Be aware of signs of domestic abuse – Mitchell O’Connor

Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, today (Thursday) calls for all women to be aware of the risk factors of domestic abuse in relation to themselves or close friends and family, in order to improve response times and prevent future deaths.

Community not-for-profit childcare to be exempt from commercial rates - Farrell

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has today (Thursday) said that a rates exemption will benefit services available to children in not-for-profit childcare facilities.