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-  Emma Hynes

€70 million for Energy Efficiency Fund can create 5,000 jobs - Fitzpatrick

Fine Gael TD for Louth, Peter Fitzpatrick, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, that the Cabinet has approved a €70 million investment to establish an Energy Efficiency Fund, which will provide project lending for energy efficiency works in the public and commercial sectors.

-  Deborah Sweeney

€2.6m in funding for Cork harbours - Harrington

Fine Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington, has welcomed the announcement of €2,632,000 in funding which is being made available for the maintenance and upgrade of a number of Cork harbours, as part of the agreement which sees the ownership of such transferred to local authorities.

-  Deborah Sweeney

Donohoe welcomes opening of state-of-the-art Mater Hospital A&E

Fine Gael Dublin Central Deputy, Paschal Donohoe, has welcomed the recent opening of a state-of-the-art A&E department at the Mater Hospital, saying it will lead to an improved hospital experience for the people attending there.

-  Sarah Meade

Progress being made on measures to combat social welfare fraud – O’Donovan

Fine Gael Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan, has today (Wednesday) said the Government is making progress on introducing reforms to the social welfare system to combat fraud. In a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, Deputy O’Donovan asked for an update on a number of measures aimed at combatting fraud, including ICT improvements and the introduction of bio-metric cards.

-  Sarah Meade

Anglo debt deal is brilliant feat of financial engineering – Coghlan

Fine Gael Kerry Senator and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan, has today (Thursday) described the deal to wind down the former Anglo Irish Bank which was struck by the Government last week as the most brilliant piece of financial engineering in the history of the State. Senator Coghlan was speaking during the Order of Business in the Seanad.

-  Deborah Sweeney

Collins welcomes provision of fuel rebate in Finance Bill

Fine Gael Cork North West Deputy, Áine Collins, has welcomed the provision in the Finance Bill, which was published today (Wednesday) which offers relief to the licenced passenger and transport sector and the haulage industry, in the form of a rebate of 7.5 cents in the litre on auto-diesel.

-  Emma Hynes

People with disabilities to benefit from changes to property tax - Deering

Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny, Pat Deering, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, that homes that have had work carried out for people with disabilities will receive special exemptions for the property tax.

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