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-  Deborah Sweeney

JobBridge is a proven pathway to full-time employment – Coffey

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has said that the JobBridge internship scheme is a clear and dependable pathway to full-time employment which has seen 36 per cent of intern graduates in Waterford moving directly into employment, while 61 per cent of interns nationally have secured employment five months after graduating from the scheme. Deputy Coffey obtained this information by way of a Parliamentary Question to Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD (see below).

-  Deborah Sweeney

4,000+ net jobs created in Cork by IDA and Enterprise Ireland since 2011 - Collins

Fine Gael Cork North West Deputy, Áine Collins, has today (Tuesday) said recent figures from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, which show that in excess of 4,000 net jobs have been created by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and IDA-supported companies since Fine Gael and Labour came to power, are proof that the Government’s jobs strategy is working. “In the last two years, the number of jobs being created in Enterprise Ireland and IDA-supported companies has resulted in thousands of people getting back to work. Over the last 15 months we have seen an increase of 1,000 jobs per month being created in the private sector, with 2012 registering the first annual increase in employment in five years.

-  Deborah Sweeney

Mallow General Hospital set to be busier under healthcare reform plans - Collins

Welcoming the reconfiguration of services at Mallow General Hospital (MGH), Fine Gael Cork North West Deputy, Áine Collins, said the reform plans set out by the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD, will ensure that smaller hospitals play a bigger role in meeting the healthcare needs of the people. Deputy Collins said the replacement of the Emergency Department at MGH with an Urgent Care Centre will see the structure of the hospital changed while the majority of people attending at the hospital will continue to be treated there.

-  Deborah Sweeney

Minister Hayes to come to Cork to meet with City Manager - Murphy

Fine Gael Cork North Central Deputy, Dara Murphy, has welcomed the fact that following a meeting today (Wednesday) between Members of the Blackpool Traders Association and the Minister of State for the OPW Brian Hayes TD, the Minister has agreed to come to Cork to meet with City Manager, Tim Lucey.

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