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-  Sarah Meade

English gets support of Finance Minister for informal working group to tackle black economy

Fine Gael Meath West TD and Chair of the Oireachtas Jobs Committee, Damien English, has secured the support of the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, to set up an informal working group to tackle the black economy. Deputy English has suggested that the group could include representatives from the Revenue Commissioners, the Department of Finance and members of the Oireachtas.

-  Sarah Meade

Clune welcomes creation of 150 new high quality jobs in Cork

Fine Gael Cork Senator and candidate for Ireland South, Deirdre Clune, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the creation of 150 new jobs in Cork by the tech company, VCE. The Research and Development (R&D) positions are being created at the firm’s international headquarters, with the support of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

-  Sarah Meade

Harris welcomes launch of world’s biggest ever survey on violence against women

Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and European Parliament Candidate for Ireland South, Simon Harris today (Wednesday) welcomed the launch of a new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on the world’s biggest-ever survey on violence against women. More than 42,000 women across the 28 member-states were asked about their experiences.

-  Ken Gaughran

Minister Shatter publishes Limerick Prison Visiting Committee Report

The function of Visiting Committees is to visit the prison to which they are appointed and hear any complaints which may be made to them by any prisoner. The Committees play a vital role in ensuring the quality of accommodation and catering, medical, educational and welfare services and recreational facilities.

-  Sarah Meade

Cost benefit analysis will help to outline pros and cons of windfarms - Corcoran Kennedy

Fine Gael Laois/Offaly TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has today (Wednesday) welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte TD, that a full cost benefit analysis is being carried out to look at whether it is mutually beneficial for Ireland and the United Kingdom to reach an agreement to facilitate trade in renewable energy.

-  Sarah Meade

Dáil reform must move up the national agenda – Flanagan

Fine Gael Chairman and Laois/Offaly TD, Charlie Flanagan, has this evening (Tuesday) said that the Government must push ahead with its programme of political reform. Deputy Flanagan was speaking during a Dáil debate on Government priorities for the year ahead.

-  Ken Gaughran

Government publishes plan to fill 44,500 jobs in ICT sector over years to 2018

Government, Education and Industry working together to make Ireland the most attractive location in the world for ICT talent Ministers Quinn and Bruton launch the ICT Skills Action Plan The Government today (Friday) published its plan to fill 44,500 jobs for ICT professionals over the years to 2018.

-  Ken Gaughran

Minister Donohoe travels to Belgium for St. Patrick’s Day

Minister for European Affairs, Paschal Donohoe, will travel to Belgium on Sunday morning to promote trade, tourism and investment links between Ireland and Belgium as part of the Government’s St. Patrick’s Day programme.

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