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Speech by Minister Varadkar at the Tourism Ireland dinner for delegates to the Tourism Summit, Aras an Uachtarain on Monday 23rd June

I trust that this evening’s hospitality is a fitting finale to your busy day here in Dublin. I want to thank Tourism Ireland for organising the event and giving me the opportunity to say a few brief words to you on the eve of the Tourism Summit.

Minister Donohoe in Luxembourg for EU talks ahead of the European Council

The Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe T.D., will attend the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg tomorrow (Tuesday, 24 June) in advance of accompanying the Taoiseach at the European Council later this week (Thursday and Friday).

Sinn Féin proposed wealth tax would penalise vulnerable farmers

Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Patrick O’Donovan has, today (Monday), highlighted how Sinn Féin’s proposed wealth tax would hit vulnerable farmers.

Crowley defection yet another blow to Martin’s leadership

Fine Gael TD for Cork North Central and Vice Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affaris, Dara Murphy, today (Monday), described Brian Crowley’s defection to the European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) group as yet another blow to Micheál Martin’s leadership.

Half an hour of daily PE should be mandatory in primary schools - Noone

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Monday) urged schools to consider making a half an hour of Physical Education (PE) a mandatory daily requirement for primary pupils. Her comments come after a Safefood Ireland survey showed 90% of parents believe 30 minutes of school time should be devoted to PE every day.

Adams’ complete lack of detail exposes holes and hypocrisies in Sinn Féin policies – Harris

Fine Gael Wicklow TD, Simon Harris, has today (Monday) said that Gerry Adams’ evasive interviews on radio this morning and his complete lack of detail expose the many weaknesses, holes and hypocrisies in Sinn Féin’s economic policies.

Minister quells rumours of Custume Barracks closure – McFadden

Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden, this week questioned the Minister of State at the Department of Defence, Paul Keogh TD, in the Dáil about widespread concerns relating to the possible closure of Custume Barracks.

Feighan welcomes additional teaching posts for small schools in Roscommon

Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Frank Feighan, has welcomed the news that Cloverhill NS and Carrick NS, Curraghboy in Roscommon will each receive an additional teacher following successful applications.

Counselling services available to those affected by Mother and Baby Homes

Fine Gael TD for Cavan/Monaghan, Joe O’Reilly, today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Children, Charlie Flanagan TD, that wide ranging counselling services have been made available for those affected by the Mother and Baby Homes issue.

South Kerry Greenway highlights potential of disused railways

Fine Gael Kerry TD and Member of the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee, Brendan Griffin has, today (Friday), welcomed the sod turning on the Cahersiveen to Renard Greenway.