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-  Deborah Sweeney

Further progress for South East Technological University – Coffey

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy Paudie Coffey has said that further progress has been made in delivering a technological university for the South East Region. Deputy Coffey has said the process for creating technological universities has been on-going since this government came to office; the Minister has now instructed the Higher Education Authority (HEA) to start implementing a plan that will see WIT and Carlow IT (CIT) progress to becoming a technological university for the South East region.

-  Deborah Sweeney

400 jobs for Irish Water at Abtran will have enormous impact on Bishopstown - Buttimer

Fine Gael Cork South Central Deputy, Jerry Buttimer, has said the announcement of 400 new jobs to be created at the Abtran facility in Bishopstown, for Irish Water, will be a shot in the arm for the local area, which has struggled under the weight of high unemployment in recent years. This news comes on the back of figures released this morning by the CSO which show that the unemployment rate has fallen to below 14% to 13.7% for the first time since Aug 2010, demonstrating that the Government’s plan to get people back to work is starting to pay off.

-  Sarah Meade

Merger of Kilkee Marine Rescue and Irish Coast Guard will safeguard local unit - Breen

Fine Gael Clare Deputy, Pat Breen, has welcomed the formal merger of the Kilkee Marine Rescue and the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG), saying the local unit will benefit significantly by joining forces with the nationwide emergency service. Deputy Breen will address an event this evening (Wednesday) in Kilkee being held to mark the merger.

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