Childhood obesity gives our children a poor start in life and stores up problems for the future – Mitchell O’Connor
Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has welcomed news that a number of consultant posts are currently being filled, with additional posts to be filled over the coming period at Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH). Deputy Coffey was informed of this by the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD, and has said that these posts will help to reduce outpatient waiting lists at WRH in the short, medium and long term.
Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has welcomed news from the Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Jan O’Sullivan TD, that where remediation works need to be carried out on septic tanks, no planning permission will be necessary. Deputy Coffey said this is a sensible move that will allay the fears of many people around the country and will put to bed the scaremongering that has gone on in recent months by opportunistic Opposition politicians.
'Todays’ decision by cabinet, approving the Bill, comes in the wake of extensive work between the Government partners. We have produced what we consider to be a balanced set of proposals aimed at meeting the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights.'
Fine Gael Dublin Mid West Deputy, Derek Keating, has today (Wednesday) said the current debate on the abolition of the Seanad has been strengthened by the behaviour of the Sligo Fianna Fáil Senator, Marc McSharry, following his abusive and offensive outburst against the Taoiseach yesterday.
Fine Gael Dublin Central Deputy, Paschal Donohue, has said the announcement of 50 high-value jobs to be created by Citrix at East Point Business Park, Dublin 3 is further proof of our success in building and developing Ireland as an ICT hub.
Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said the opening of a Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Dun Laoghaire will enhance the tourist experience for those visiting the area, while providing a forum for local businesses to promote themselves to visitors.
Women’s Aid report highlights the pressing need to support victims of domestic abuse – Mitchell O’Connor
Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said the launch today (Wednesday) of the Women’s Aid Annual Report 2012 demonstrates the pressing need to support the victims of domestic violence by putting the structures in place to allow them to get out and stay out of abusive relationships.
The report released by Women’s Aid today shows that domestic violence continues to be a blight on the life of many women, children and men in Ireland and shows the importance of the community and voluntary sector in the provision of appropriate responses to social problems in Ireland.
Fine Gael TD for Wicklow, Simon Harris, has today (Wednesday) called into question the judgement of the Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin TD, in hand-picking Deputy John McGuinness and appointing him to the position of Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), given that Deputy Martin had been his senior Minister and knew about the various revelations that have been made about Deputy McGuinness in recent weeks.