News Archive: February 2012

Flanagan encourages constituents to have a say in Fingal Heritage Plan

Plan will help deliver far-reaching benefits for local communities and the wider economy Fine Gael Deputy for Dublin North East, Terence Flanagan TD, has today (Tuesday) encouraged constituents in the Fingal area to have their say in the Heritage Plan for Fingal by attending local meetings prior to the drafting of the plan or by

Doherty pays tribute to pioneering work of journalist Mary Raftery

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has expressed her sympathy at the death of journalist Mary Raftery and paid tribute to her pioneering work. “It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death of Mary Raftery this morning. Her work as a journalist is unparalleled in this country, and I believe

Coffey welcomes appointment of 2 new Superintendents for Waterford

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has welcomed the news from Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD, that there will be two new Garda Superintendents appointed to Tramore and Dungarvan. “Outside of Waterford city, Tramore and Dungarvan are the two largest urban centres in Waterford. As well as covering these two urban centres

Criminalisation of FGM sends out a clear message internationally – Mulherin

Fine Gael TD for Mayo, Michelle Mulherin, has today (Thursday) welcomed the completion of Committee Stage for the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Bill in the Houses of the Oireachtas. “FGM is an horrific procedure that is inflicted on young women and girls. It is prevalent in certain regions and cultures and the reasons used

Big Fish jobs a boost for Cork – Buttimer

Speaking this evening (Thursday) following the announcement of 485 IDA supported jobs to be created nationally, Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy, Jerry Buttimer, said an additional 30 jobs at Big Fish Games in Mahon, Cork city will act as a welcome boost for the region. “Big Fish Games have gone from strength

Reform of local government procurement process will bring significant savings – Farrell

A centralised procurement process for local government agencies will be a key cost saving measure to achieve public service reform, according to Fine Gael TD for Dublin North Alan Farrell. As chairperson of the Fine Gael Internal Committee for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Farrell said the changes being introduced are essential if we are

Get your household charge forms in on time – Doherty

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, is encouraging local residents in Ratoath and others from across Co. Meath to pick up their household charge forms at her office, if they have not already registered for the charge. “You have until the end of March to register your details and pay for the household

Significant step in defining FGM in Irish law – Buttimer

Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy and Chairman of the Dáil Select Committee on Health and Children, Jerry Buttimer, has said that the completion of Committee Stage for the Female Genital Mutilation Bill is a significant step in defining FGM in Irish law. “Today was a significant step in defining FGM for the

Unlocking pensions before retirement age could help boost economy – Mitchell O’Connor

Speaking today (Thursday) during Topical Issues Debates, Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said that a provision to allow people to unlock their pensions before retirement age could give a boost to domestic economic activity. The Deputy has submitted a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, asking

Extra teaching hours should be used in the classroom – Twomey

Fine Gael TD for Wexford, Liam Twomey, has called for the additional working hours being carried out by second-level teachers under the terms of the Croke Park Agreement, to be used in the classroom. Deputy Twomey said the move could help to alleviate pressure on class sizes, and on the provision of guidance counsellors and