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-  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.

-  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.

-  Sarah Meade

Stronger regulation of mental health professionals is urgently required - Neville

Fine Gael Limerick TD and President of the Irish Association of Suicidology, Dan Neville, has today (Friday) welcomed the warning from Gerry Raleigh from the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) about the dangers of using services offering suicide and mental health counselling services which are not vetted and may be unsafe.

-  Sarah Meade

Conway welcomes European Day for victims of crime

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Martin Conway, has said that victims’ rights should be central to the operation of the criminal justice system in Ireland. Senator Conway made his comments in advance of the European Day for victims of crime, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday).

-  Ken Gaughran

Shatter Statement on Confidential Recipient

Speaking today, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD said, “Yesterday, I found it necessary to relieve the Garda Confidential Recipient Mr Oliver Connolly of his position.

-  Sarah Meade

Long term flood prevention must be prioritised for Cork - Buttimer

Fine Gael Cork South Central TD, Jerry Buttimer, has said that a long term flood prevention plan to protect Cork must be prioritised. Speaking on the matter in the Dáil, Deputy Buttimer also welcomed the commitment of funding for the project by Minister of State at the OPW, Brian Hayes TD.

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