News Archive: February 2012

Autism Awareness Day provides chance to celebrate uniqueness – Mitchell O’Connor

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said we should use Autism Awareness Day tomorrow (Tuesday) as an opportunity to celebrate uniqueness, while also raising awareness about the challenges faced by those with the condition. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor also called for a standardised approach to early intervention across the country.

Barry welcomes publication of new legislation to ensure fair playing field for consumers and suppliers

Fine Gael Cork East TD, Tom Barry, has welcomed the publication of the Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014, which will offer greater protections to both consumers and suppliers. The long awaited piece of legislation has been published today (Monday) by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD.

New legislation on groceries sector a welcome development for farmers - McEntee

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Helen McEntee, has welcomed the Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014, which has been published today (Monday) by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD. Deputy McEntee said that the new legislation will offer greater protection to consumers and create a fairer playing field between suppliers and major retailers.

Minister Shatter welcomes evidence of real results for the community in the fight against crime

Speaking today on the publication of the Central Statistics Office recorded crime statistics for 2013, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, welcomed the fact that crime is continuing to fall across most crime categories, with a total reduction of more than 16,000 crimes over 2012.

Dublin Central to avail of more than €210k for the repair and restoration of protected structures – Donohoe

Funds will boost employment opportunities for builders and tradespeople in Dublin Central

Minister Bruton publishes Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014

Groundbreaking legislation will deliver on two Programme for Government commitments and introduce major reforms in consumer protection, grocery goods sector and media mergers

Speech to be delivered by Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, 31 March 2014, Citizenship Ceremony, Convention Centre Dublin

Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to be joining you on this special day for all those of you who will be granted Irish citizenship. It is a very important day in the story of your life and it is also an important day for Ireland, as the host nation bestowing this honour on you.

Byrne welcomes initiative on alcohol consumption during pregnancy

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South Central, Catherine Byrne has today (Monday) welcome a new Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) initiative aimed at reducing the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. The initiative, in cooperation with the National Maternity Hospital, the Rotunda Hospital and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, features a new information leaflet for pregnant women.

Varadkar & airlines welcome start of €0 Travel Tax tomorrow

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar has marked the reduction of the air travel tax to zero and welcomed the response of the airlines to the Government’s move in the last Budget.

New feasibility fund for Cork entrepreneurs will help boost new start-ups – Murphy

Fine Gael Cork North Central TD, Dara Murphy, has today (Friday) said a new €200,000 Enterprise Ireland fund for entrepreneurs in Cork will help to boost new start-ups and create jobs. The fund, which is specifically targeted at Cork businesses, will allow local entrepreneurs to explore the feasibility of their start-up ideas.