Áine was elected to Dáil Éireann to represent the Cork North West constituency. Áine is a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Vice-Chair of the Fine Gael Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.
Áine Collins TD
Speaking on the mortgage arrears debate in the Dáil, Fine Gael Cork North West Deputy, Áine Collins, said that banks must be discouraged from going after the low hanging fruit where customers in mortgage arrears are concerned and instead must offer reasonable and practical solutions to those in serious difficulty. “There is no doubt that the level of indebtedness, especially among many who purchased their homes during the boom, needs to be tackled. And this Government has taken the steps to do that in the form of enacting the Personal Insolvency Bill, setting up the Insolvency Service of Ireland and providing free and independent advice to those in mortgage distress.
Fine Gael TD for Cork North West, Áine Collins has today said the Party will be intensifying its campaign in the next two weeks to encourage as many people as possible to vote Yes to abolish the Seanad in the Referendum on October 4 th . Fine Gael has been holding a series of regional meetings as part of its national campaign for a Yes vote.
Áine Collins TD has strongly welcomed the decision by the EU Commission to bring forward the awarding of the Single Payment Scheme (SPS), following representations made to the EU Commission by the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD. Farmers will now be able to draw down 50% of their SPS from 16th October instead of having to wait until December as previously intended. The remaining 50% will be paid from December 1st.
Students in Liscarroll will benefit from improved school experience Fine Gael TD Áine Collins for Cork North West has welcomed today’s announcement by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) that 118 new classes for children with special needs are opening in schools across the country this month. These new classes will cater for over 700 children with special needs in 113 mainstream primary and post primary schools around the country. “I’m delighted that these new classes for children with special needs will be opened at Liscarroll School in my constituency of Cork North West.
In early October, you will be asked whether you think this is the right thing to do, when the Government holds a Referendum to abolish the Seanad. Ireland is the only small country in Europe with two chambers of parliament. In fact Ireland is unusual in the OECD in having a second chamber as it tends to be federal states or countries with large populations that have a bicameral system of parliament.