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-  Ken Gaughran

Positive start to tourism for 2014 - Varadkar

The tourism year has got off to a strong start and the positive impact from The Gathering in 2013 is still being felt, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar said following publication of the latest CSO visitor figures.

-  Sarah Meade

Corcoran Kennedy calls for one-stop public consultation website

Fine Gael Laois/Offaly TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has today (Wednesday) called on the Government to consider setting up a website to act as a hub for all issues subject to public consultation. Deputy Corcoran Kennedy received a positive response to her proposal from the Minister of State, Brian Hayes TD, when she raised the idea during Topical Issues in the Dáil earlier.

-  Sarah Meade

O’Sullivan report contains practical proposals on how to boost entrepreneurship – Collins

Fine Gael Cork North West TD and member of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Aine Collins, has today (Tuesday) said that the report from the Entrepreneurship Forum, chaired by Sean O’Sullivan, contains practical proposals on how to boost our number of successful entrepreneurs. Deputy Collins was speaking after the former Dragon’s Den star appeared before the Jobs Committee to discuss the report’s contents.

-  Ken Gaughran

Minister Shatter publishes General Scheme of the Court of Appeal Bill

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, TD, has today secured Government approval for the drafting of the Court of Appeal Bill 2014 and for the publication of the General Scheme of that Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to make the necessary legislative provision for the establishment of the Court of Appeal following on from the successful Referendum result of October 2013 which was passed by 65.2% of voters. The establishment of such a Court was one of the key commitments in the Programme for Government.

-  Ken Gaughran

Seanad Éireann, Private Members’ Business Tuesday 25 February 2014 Private Members’ Motion on Community Courts Response by Minister of State Joe Costello T.D on behalf of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter, T.D

I am speaking today on behalf of Minister Alan Shatter who would like to thank the Senators for raising this matter today. This is an important topic which Minister Shatter has been considering alongside the many other reforms of our court systems that are already underway.

-  Sarah Meade

Community courts provide a local solution to local problems - Conway

Fine Gael Seanad Spokesperson on Justice and Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has said that the roll out of community courts across the country could revolutionise our justice system and would provide a local solution to local problems. Senator Conway’s comments coincide with a Private Members’ Motion on the subject tabled by him in the Seanad today.

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