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-  Ken Gaughran

Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS)

The AAIU has published its Final Report into the fatal public transport accident that occurred at Cork Airport in February 2011. The AAIU recognises that this is a difficult time for those families who lost loved ones and the surviving passengers who suffered injuries in this tragic accident. Our deepest sympathies to all concerned.

-  Sarah Meade

Harris welcomes inclusion of children with ADHD in Long Term Illness Scheme

Fine Gael Wicklow/East Carlow, Simon Harris, has welcomed the news that the Health Service Executive (HSE) has accepted the recommendations of the Ombudsman, Peter Tyndall, in relation to the inclusion of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the Long Term Illness Scheme.

-  Ken Gaughran

Statement by the Minister for Justice, Equality & Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D., on penalty points

The Public Accounts Committee has a vital role to perform in our democracy. So too does An Garda Síochána. It is in no-one's interests that a situation be allowed to develop where either hampers the ability of the other to discharge their proper roles. I have no doubt that the vast majority of members of both have great respect for the work each of these institutions performs.

-  Sarah Meade

Byrne calls for EPA to review storage of toxic materials in residential areas

Fine Gael Dublin South Central TD, Catherine Byrne, has today (Monday) called on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, to conduct a review of the storage of toxic materials in residential areas following the fire at the Oxigen recycling plant in Ballymount.

-  Sarah Meade

New €30 million research centre will act as an innovation hub – Collins

Fine Gael Cork North West TD, Aine Collins, has today welcomed the launch of a new €30 million research centre being led by the Tyndall National Institute in collaboration with University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Dublin City University (DCU). It’s hoped 200 new jobs can be generated by the centre over the next six years.

-  Sarah Meade

Statement by Minister Alan Shatter TD on Mount Carmel Hospital liquidation application

“I am saddened to learn of the liquidation application that came before the courts today in respect of Mount Carmel Hospital. The hospital has provided caring medical and maternity services for many decades with a compassionate and dedicated staff of both doctors and nurses. I believe it has, over the decades, provided a valued service from which patients who not only live locally, but also from across the country, have benefitted.

-  Ken Gaughran

Freedom of movement set down by the EU creates the kind of Europe in which Ireland can flourish - Donohoe ‘We should not let difficulty lead to its dilution’

Speaking today (Thursday) at European Movement Ireland’s inaugural event of 2014, Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe TD, said the freedoms set down by the European Union, which allow for the free movement of goods, services, capital and people, enable Ireland to successfully compete on the world stage(see full speech below).

-  Sarah Meade

40 additional jobs at BioMarin proof of company’s major growth potential – Buttimer

Fine Gael Cork South Central TD, Jerry Buttimer, has today (Friday) said the announcement that 40 additional jobs are being created at BioMarin Manufacturing in Shanbally, Ringaskiddy is proof of the firm’s major growth potential. A further 65 construction jobs will be created in the next building phase at the facility, which will start in March.

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