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-  Sarah Meade

Use of old tyres could help prevent coastal and river erosion – Carey

Clare Fine Gael TD, Joe Carey, has suggested old car tyres should be used in port, coastal and river areas, to help prevent flooding and erosion. Deputy Carey added that the move could help to prevent the sort of damage caused by the recent storms in coastal areas around the country.

-  Sarah Meade

Buttimer welcomes extension of time for Constitutional Convention

Cork South Central Fine Gael TD and member of the Constitutional Convention, Jerry Buttimer, in welcoming the extension of time granted to the Constitutional Convention, has said that this will enable it to complete its work as delegated by the Oireachtas. Deputy Buttimer was commenting after Dáil Éireann approved a Resolution following a decision of Government to extend the mandate given to the Constitutional Convention to complete its programme of works until 31st March 2014.

-  Sarah Meade

Keane calls for review of commercial rates imposed on GAA, FAI and IRFU

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Cáit Keane, has today (Wednesday) called for a re-assessment of the new commercial rates set by Dublin City Council for Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium, after it was announced that rates will more than double on each stadium. Senator Keane added that the Government should re-examine the new Valuation Bill to include a derogation for sporting organisations.

-  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.

-  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.

-  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.

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