State purchase of 2,000 hectares of land in the Dublin Mountains to expand Wicklow Mountains National Park - Doyle
Fine Gael TD for Wicklow and Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle has welcomed the news that the state is buying 2,000 hectares of land in the Dublin Mountains, to expand Wicklow Mountains National Park.
Richmond repeats call for Ireland to offer to host UK's Presidency of the EU
Fine Gael Dublin Rathdown Senator, and Government spokesman on EU Affairs in the Seanad, Neale Richmond, has repeated his call for Ireland to be an alternative host for the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which was due to be hosted by the UK in July 2017.
Government should provide matching funds to new EU deal for farmers - Deering
Fine Gael Carlow Kilkenny TD, and Chair of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, Pat Deering, has said that the Government should consider providing matching funds to supplement a new EU deal worth €11.1 million to Irish farmers.
New deal on medicines to save taxpayers millions - Burke
Fine Gael Senator for Cork North Central and Seanad Spokesperson on Health, Colm Burke, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the new agreement reached between the Government and the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA).
Irish tourism will continue to thrive despite Brexit Vote – Coghlan
Seanad Leas Cathaoirleach and Fine Gael Kerry Senator, Paul Coghlan, has said that the Irish tourist industry will continue to thrive despite Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. Speaking during a commencement debate in the Seanad, Senator Coghlan asked the Minister for Tourism, Patrick O’Donovan, to outline the Government’s plans for the domestic tourist industry in light of Brexit.
Cost of applying for Irish citizenship should be reduced in wake of Brexit - Richmond
Fine Gael Senator and Government spokesman on EU Affairs in the Seanad, Neale Richmond, has called on the Minister for Justice and Equality to review the citizenship application process in the wake of the Brexit vote. Senator Richmond was speaking on the Order of the Business today (Tuesday).
Ireland must learn from European mistakes with new paternity leave – Richmond
Speaking during a Seanad debate on social protection this week, Fine Gael Dublin Rathdown Senator, Neale Richmond, has said that Ireland must learn from European mistakes with our new paternity leave laws, and ensure that fathers here in Ireland take up the opportunity.
Clarification needed on the circumstances of the closure of the Dundalk Resource Centre - Fitzpatrick
Fine Gael TD for Louth, Peter Fitzpatrick, has expressed concern over the closure of Dundalk People’s Centre for Information and Training, otherwise known as Dundalk Resource Centre. Deputy Fitzpatrick has said that clarity is needed on the circumstances of the closure.
Post Brexit, let's embrace the positives of Europe – Richmond
Addressing the Young Fine Gael Summer School this weekend, Fine Gael Dublin Rathdown Senator Neale Richmond has urged the Irish Government and Irish society to embrace the positives of Europe in the post Brexit age.
Special borrowing rates could aid farmers and small agri-food businesses through lean times - Burke
Fine Gael Senator Paddy Burke has said that special borrowing rates could assist farmers and small businesses with their finances at certain times of the year, when things are tough. Senator Burke was speaking on the matter in the Seanad this week.