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-  Senator Tom Sheahan

Minister agrees to back first ever Irish Autism Awareness Day – Sheahan

Fine Gael Senator for Kerry, Tom Sheahan has welcomed the agreement by the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Kathleen Lynch, to back the first ever Irish Autism Awareness Day, which will link in with International Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April. Government buildings, OPW buildings and Local Authority buildings will be invited to go blue in support.

-  Regina Doherty TD

Q: How many jobs did FF destroy in one year? A: 70,000+

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, said today (Wednesday) that Fianna Fáil has no jobs policy and wasted four and a half years in opposition taking populist and self-interested positions and failed to outline any alternative policies.

-  Regina Doherty TD

Funding boost for training of pre-school workers – Doherty

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said that the provision of €1.5 million to improve the qualifications of pre-school workers will help improve the quality of care and education provided to young children across the county.

-  Brian Hayes MEP

Consumers will have easier access to financial services in other countries – Hayes

Fine Gael Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes, has said today (Wednesday), that the European Commission's new proposals on retail financial services have the potential to create a real internal market for everyday financial products such as mortgages. EU Commissioner for Financial Services, Jonathan Hill, is due to launch the Commission's Green Paper on Retail Financial Services this Thursday 10th December.

-  ClionaDoyle

Cutting costs for retailers in time for Christmas – Collins

Fine Gael Cork North West TD, Áine Collins, has welcomed the reduction in fees for retailers accepting payment by debit and credit cards. The cost for retailers of accepting card payments is being halved from today (Wednesday), following the announcement by the Minister for Finance in the Budget 2016 speech.

-  Brian Hayes MEP

EU to step up fight against terrorism - Hayes

Fine Gael Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Thursday) said that the list of new anti-terror measures proposed by the Commission is an important step in the fight against terrorism. Mr Hayes was speaking in Brussels where the European Commission announced plans for a new Directive on Terrorism.

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