Address by An Taoiseach to the Confederation of British Industry Annual Conference
We are restoring the public finances, rebuilding our broken banking system and creating the environment to grow jobs. We are now budgeting for growth.
Dáil Question on Sale of AIB Shares
To ask the Minister for Finance if the proceeds from the sale of shares in Allied Irish Bankss can be better utilised for capital projects rather than to reduct the State’s debt; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Dáil Question on training courses for unemployed
To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will provide details of training courses available for unemployed persons who had been self-employed and now wish to upskill; her views that every opportunity should be provided to all persons wishing to upskill in order to re-enter the workforce; if there are plans to allow greater access to training courses to all unemployed persons, irrespective of their previous occupation; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
Lower VAT rate on eBooks would encourage greater use of iPads
Anthony Lawlor, Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, is again urging EU officials to abolish the 23% VAT service rate on eBooks in order to encourage greater use of iPads and electronic devices in school.
Ireland signs Istanbul Convention on combating violence against women – Corcoran Kennedy
Fine Gael TD for Laois/Offaly, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has said that Ireland’s signing of the Istanbul Convention reaffirms this Government’s commitment to implementing a zero tolerance attitude to violence against women.
Minister Coffey calls on Bank of Ireland to reconsider €700 withdrawal limit
Fine Gael Waterford Minister Paudie Coffey has called on Bank of Ireland to reconsider its new customer policy of only allowing withdrawals of more than €700 with tellers. Minister Coffey said that this policy should be looked at again and a practical approach should be taken, in particular for rural & elderly customers where branches exist.
Bank of Ireland slamming the door on many of its customers - O'Donnell
Fine Gael TD for Limerick City, Kieran O'Donnell, has strongly criticised Bank of Ireland for restrictions it is imposing on over-the-counter lodgements and withdrawals. The bank has announced that it will no longer handle cash withdrawals of less than €700 and lodgements of less than €3,000.
Increase sentences for drink drivers to 14 years – Noone
Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has called for tougher sentences for drink drivers. Senator Noone made the call following the tragic death of four-year-old Ciaran Treacy.