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-  Ken Gaughran

Speech by Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe T.D., at the European Union Information Centre, Tirana

I am delighted to be here in Albania and to have the opportunity to address you. This forum follows a very productive set of meetings with members of the Government, including Prime Minister Rama, Ministers and members of Parliament and local government. Thank you for the hospitality we have been shown by everyone. I would like to extend special thanks to the EU Delegation and to Ambassador Sequi in particular for their support during our visit.

-  Sarah Meade

Another drop in Live Register figures a good start to the New Year – English

Fine Gael Meath West TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Damien English, has today (Wednesday) said the latest Live Register figures are a great start to the New Year on the jobs market. The figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the number of people on the Live Register has dropped for the 18th month in a row, and is now at its lowest level for four and a half years.

-  Ken Gaughran

Minister Shatter to Establish Charities Regulatory Authority by Easter this year

Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD, will issue a call next week for Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified persons who wish to be considered for appointment to the Board of a new Charities Regulatory Authority, with a view to making appointments before Easter to allow the Authority to come into operation at that time.

-  Sarah Meade

Fresh CRC revelations further highlight need for quality standard mark for charities - Noone

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Friday) called for the urgent introduction of a quality standard mark for charities, to help restore confidence in the sector. Speaking in response to the latest revelations concerning the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC), Senator Noone said it was clear that action must be taken to restore confidence in the charities sector.

-  Ken Gaughran

Ring urges Sports clubs to register for €40M Sports Capital Fund before 7th February

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has announced that the 2014 Sports Capital Programme will open for applications today, Friday at 12 noon and has urged all sports clubs and organisations to register as soon as possible to be in with a chance of accessing the €40 million in funding available.

-  Sarah Meade

Valuation Amendment Bill will create fairer playing field for town centres and out of town retailers – Coghlan

Fine Gael Kerry Senator and Seanad Chief Whip, Paul Coghlan, has today (Thursday) welcomed the acceptance of the Valuation (Amendment) Bill 2013 by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD. The Bill, which was put forward by Senator Coghlan and his colleagues Senators Maurice Cummins and Michael Comiskey, was supported unanimously by the Seanad.

-  Sarah Meade

New research shows we must debunk myths to attract more women into tech industry - Clune

Fine Gael Cork Senator, Deirdre Clune, has today (Thursday) said that new research shows that we need to debunk myths about studying science subjects if we want to attract more young women into the tech industry. The research, carried out as part of the Women Invent Tomorrow Initiative being run by Silicon Republic, is the first of its kind in Ireland and looks at why there are so few women qualified in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) skills.

-  Sarah Meade

Barry welcomes significant supports for tillage farming in RDP

Fine Gael Cork East Deputy, Tom Barry, has today (Wednesday) has said that two significant incentives contained in the new Rural Development Programme (RDP) will greatly aid Irish tillage farmers. The RDP, as unveiled by the Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD, includes more than €12.5 billion in funding for the agricultural sector up to 2020.

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