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-  Ken Gaughran

Minister Shatter promoting Irish trade, investment, tourism and culture in Mexico

Minister Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence today travels to Mexico to begin the Government’s St. Patrick’s Day Promote Ireland Programme. This is the first St. Patrick’s Day Ministerial visit to take place in Mexico, and follows the successful visits of President Higgins in October last, and the visit of the Lord Mayor of Dublin earlier this month.

-  Sarah Meade

EPP Congress illustrates benefit of electing FG MEPs - Harris

Fine Gael Wicklow TD and Candidate for Ireland South, Simon Harris, has said that the EPP Congress, which is being held in Dublin, illustrates the benefit of electing a strong team of Fine Gael MEPs to the largest political grouping in the European Parliament.

-  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

Steady progress being made on Section 38 compliance – Harris

Fine Gael Wicklow TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee, Simon Harris, has today (Tuesday) said that steady progress is being made on ensuring that all Section 38 organisations are in compliance with public pay policy. Deputy Harris was speaking after he received an update on the matter from the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD.

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