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Speech by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the Nomination of the New Cabinet

I wish to inform the House that the President, acting on my advice, has accepted the resignations of Deputy Pat Rabbitte, Deputy Ruairi Quinn, Deputy Eamon Gilmore, Deputy Phil Hogan and Deputy Jimmy Deenihan as members of the Government.

Speech by the Minister for Justice & Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D. - Court of Appeal Bill 2014, Second Stage, Dáil Éireann

Deputies will recall that the Programme for Government indicated that the necessary steps to create a permanent Court of Appeal would be taken during the lifetime of the Government. On foot of that commitment, a Referendum was held on 4 October 2013 and the proposal to establish a Court of Appeal was agreed to by the people.

Speech by Frances Fitzgerald T.D, Minister for Justice and Equality re the need to ensure the full disclose by the British Government of Documentation regarding the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings

Only a few short weeks ago we saw the 40th anniversary of the savage bombings in Dublin and Monaghan and the tragic loss of life and injuries that resulted.

Speedy solution on Garda safety cameras is possible - Collins

Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins, today (Thursday) suggested a practical solution to ensure the sustainability of our national speed camera network. Deputy Collins was speaking after her questioning of the Garda Síochána Commissioner at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today (Thursday), on the management and effectiveness of Go Safe Cameras.

Legislation published to ease the burden on families of Irish people who die abroad - Kyne

Fine Gael TD for Galway West/Mayo South, Sean Kyne, has welcomed the publication today (Thursday) of the Civil Registration Amendment Bill 2014. The Bill contains an array of changes to the Civil Registration Act of 2004 which were previously called for by Deputy Kyne, including the creation of a new register of Irish persons who die abroad and the provision of a new Irish-issued certificate of death.

Welcome efficiencies in workplace relations - Heydon

Fine Gael TD for Kildare South Martin Heydon, has welcomed this week’s announcement by Minister Richard Bruton TD, of Government approval for the Workplace Relations Bill 2014, which will reduce from five to two, the number of workplace relations bodies in the State.

Smartply announcement is a great boost for Kilkenny – O’Neill

Fine Gael Kilkenny Senator Pat O’Neill, has today (Thursday) welcomed the Government’s approval of a €59 million investment in Kilkenny company SmartPly based in Belview, Waterford Port, South Kilkenny. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, today announced the approval, with the agreement of his colleague, Brendan Howlin TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Ambitious approach to exposing Irish firms to new markets is working – English

Enterprise Ireland’s ambitious and determined approach to exposing Irish firms to new export markets is working, according to Fine Gael Meath West TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Damien English. Deputy English was responding to the Enterprise Ireland (EI) Annual Report for 2013, which shows that its client companies achieved a record €17.1 billion in export sales last year and the largest net increase in employment in a decade.

Conway calls for nationwide rollout of Small Areas Policing Programme

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Disability Martin Conway, has urged the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, and the Garda Commissioner to consider a nationwide extension of the Small Areas Policing currently operated by An Garda Síochána in Dublin.

Fianna Fáil is undermining the independent role of regulator in setting water charges – Coffey

Fine Gael Waterford TD and member of the Oireachtas Environment Committee, Paudie Coffey, has today (Thursday) criticised Fianna Fáil for undermining the independence of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER). Deputy Coffey was responding to a Bill published by Fianna Fáil’s Barry Cowen which calls for exemptions from water charges for those subject to boil water notices.