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-  Sarah Meade

App users must be vigilant about their personal data - Clune

Fine Gael Cork Senator, Deirdre Clune, has today (Wednesday) urged all phone app users to exercise vigilance with their own personal data when using so-called 'leaky apps' on their smart phones. Senator Clune was speaking after she raised the issue in the Seanad with the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD, who agreed that current data protection Directives need to be updated.

-  Sarah Meade

Female entrepreneurs are increasingly breaking through the glass ceiling – Collins

Fine Gael Cork North West TD, Aine Collins, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement that the amount of female-led start-up companies winning State investment has almost trebled in 12 months. Deputy Collins was speaking after the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton TD, announced that 1,850 jobs will be created over the next three years by 122 High Potential Start-Up (HPSU) companies.

-  Susan Moss

Minister Shatter announces the appointment of a High Court Judge to review all matters of relevance to issues of controversy and concern relating to GSOC

"I have briefed Cabinet today on developments that have occurred in relation to the GSOC controversy following on from the Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions hearing last Wednesday. I have also briefed the Cabinet in relation to further information and documentation received from GSOC and further technical information I have received regarding the alleged surveillance of GSOC.

-  Sarah Meade

St Vincent’s Hospital must make clear statement on pay – Harris

Fine Gael Wicklow TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee, Simon Harris, has today (Wednesday) called on the board of St Vincent’s University Hospital to make an immediate statement on how it intends to bring itself into line with public pay rules. His call comes after it was revealed that St Vincent’s is the only hospital still in breach of public pay policy.

-  Susan Moss

Dáil Éireann Private Members' Motion calling for independent inquiry into reports of unlawful surveillance of Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Speech by Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence

A Cheann Comhairle Last Tuesday speaking in this House, I stated that the Garda Síochána and the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission are vital pillars in our democratic policing structures. The work of the Garda Síochána in fighting crime, combating terrorism, and protecting the public is of critical importance.

-  Susan Moss

Varadkar accepts Heydon’s proposal for derogation from height restrictions

Fine Gael TD for Kildare South and Chair of Fine Gael’s Internal Agriculture Committee, Martin Heydon, has today (Tuesday) said that he is very pleased that the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD, has agreed to his proposal to allow a derogation from vehicle height restrictions for the haulage of hay and straw. In response to a question from Deputy Heydon, Minister Varadkar confirmed today that he has asked his officials to draft regulations to allow for a narrow exemption for the haulage of agricultural fodder from the height limits brought in by the 2008 regulations.

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