HSE figures on Sec 38s & 39s show need for PAC to continue its work - Harris
Fine Gael Wicklow TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee, Simon Harris, has today (Wednesday) said that figures received by him from the HSE, detailing the level of taxpayers’ money being paid to Section 38 and Section 39 organisations, underline the need for transparency.
Speech delivered by Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence during Private Members’ Business on the Charities (Amendment) Bill 2014 (Second Stage)
We are all concerned at recent disclosures regarding certain charitable organisations. We are all concerned at the impact these disclosures are having on Ireland’s charities, many of which are excellently run and have nothing to fear from increased transparency and accountability. The Charities Act of 2009 provides for a system of regulation of charities in Ireland at the heart of which is the creation and support of strong trust and confidence in our charities. On the part of Government, we plan to support this through the phased introduction of the Charities Act.
Rehab revelations warrant further scrutiny – O’Donovan
Fine Gael Limerick TD, Patrick O’Donovan, has today (Wednesday) said that the revelations surrounding extremely low profit margins at Rehab Lotteries warrant further scrutiny. Deputy O’Donovan made his comments in the aftermath of a contribution by the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter TD, to a Dáil debate on charities last night.
Alan Shatter TD's speech at the Marriage Equality Conference
I am delighted to have been invited to speak at Marriage Equality’s LGBT Parenting in Ireland conference. I would like to congratulate Marriage Equality on today’s event and on its multi- faceted campaign to highlight the situation and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families. Marriage Equality has consistently expanded our knowledge of the experiences of LGBT parents. What is more, it has put a useful spotlight on the experiences and wishes of their children.
Minister Ring publishes Heads of Bill to merge Sports Council with Sports Campus
Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism & Sport has published the Heads of the Sport Ireland Bill following approval by the Government today.
Coghlan warmly welcomes reopening of Vatican embassy
Fine Gael Kerry Senator and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan, has today (Tuesday) warmly welcomed the Government’s decision to reopen the Irish embassy to the Holy See. Senator Coghlan was speaking during the Order of Business in the Seanad this afternoon.
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar's speech on the Road Traffic (No. 2) Bill 2013 in Seanad Éireann
The Road Traffic (No. 2) Bill 2013, which I am introducing to Seanad Éireann today, will build on the improvements in safety on our roads which were achieved over the past decade, and introduce measures which will contribute to improved road safety in the years to come.
New Rural Development Programme is a great deal for agri-food sector - McEntee
Fine Gael Meath East TD, Helen McEntee, has said that the new draft Rural Development Programme (RDP), as announced by the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, is a great outcome for the agri-food sector. Deputy McEntee added that Minister Coveney has managed to secure €1 billion more in funding than had been expected.
Breen welcomes re-opening of Vatican embassy
Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pat Breen, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the re-opening of an Irish embassy to the Holy See. The move has been announced as part of the establishment of a number of new embassies and consulates to support trade and aid.
EU offers best platform to advance Irish interests
Speaking at the Open Europe Conference for EU Reform, in London today, the Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe T.D., said that despite the challenges faced by the EU, the Union offers the best platform to our country to represent and advance our national interest.