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-  Deborah Sweeney

Murphy welcomes upgrade of Inniscarra Water Treatment Plant

Fine Gael Cork North Central Deputy, Dara Murphy, has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, that Cork County Council’s proposals for the Inniscarra Water Treatment Plant and Sludge Treatment Upgrade contract have been approved.

-  Deborah Sweeney

Coffey requests Minister to sanction funding for Palliative Care Unit at WRH

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has asked the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD, to sanction the required funding for the Palliative Care Unit at Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH). Deputy Coffey made the request following on from assurances given by the Minister that cancer services would be retained at WRH in any regional reconfiguration that would take place.

-  Daniel Rowan

New youth leadership training programme honours the wonderful legacy of Dermot Earley – Feighan

Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Frank Feighan, has expressed his delight that a new youth leadership and development programme will honour the wonderful legacy of the late Dermot Earley, renowned Roscommon footballer and former Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces. The programme has been devised by NUI Galway and Foróige in partnership with the GAA and the Alan Kerins Project.

-  Deborah Sweeney

Landmark €300m investment in research will lead to high-end jobs in Cork - Harrington

Fine Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington, has said the landmark investment being made by Government and private industry into seven world-class research centres, represents the largest investment of its kind in the State which will lead to high-end jobs being created in Cork and across the country.

-  Sarah Meade

JobsPlus will provide major incentive for small businesses to create jobs - Barry

Fine Gael Cork East TD and Chair of the Fine Gael Internal Jobs Committee, Tom Barry, has today (Friday) welcomed the inclusion of the JobsPlus initiative in this year’s Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) 2013, saying it will make it much easier for small businesses to create new jobs. JobsPlus is one of seven Disruptive Reforms included in the APJ 2013, and it will see the Government covering 25% of the cost of hiring someone who is long-term unemployed.

-  Sarah Meade

Jobs Committee report tackles issues of youth and long-term unemployment - English

Fine Gael Meath West TD and Chair of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Damien English TD, has welcomed the publication of the Committee’s report, ‘Creating Policies that Work: Actions to Address Youth and Long-Term Unemployment’, which has recommended a range of measures to help young people and the long term unemployed get back to work. The report makes a specific recommendation that the Discovery Zone initiative, which started in Co. Meath, should be promoted as best practice.

-  Sarah Meade

Justice is finally delivered for Magdalene women – Butler

Fine Gael Meath West TD, Ray Butler, has today (Wednesday) said that justice is finally being delivered for the women of the Magdalene Laundries. Deputy Butler was speaking following the Taoiseach’s full State apology, which has been warmly welcomed by survivors of the Laundries.

-  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.

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