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-  Senator Neale Richmond

Women's Rugby World Cup an opportunity for a sporting legacy - Richmond

Ahead of the kick of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland today, Fine Gael Senator and keen rugby player, Neale Richmond, has said that the tournament provides a great opportunity for both the IRFU and the Irish Government to leave a real sporting legacy.

-  Fine Gael Press Office

Fine Gael is making life easier for families with more affordable childcare

Fine Gael is delivering on its election commitment to help ease the financial cost of childcare for hard-pressed working families. Parents are being encouraged to visit AffordableChildcare.ie to learn about new childcare supports coming on stream in September.

-  Joe McHugh

McHugh praises Community Champions behind Heritage Week

National Heritage Week locally is an integral part of European Heritage Days, celebrated in 50 countries across Europe. The principal aims of Heritage Week are to raise awareness of our heritage and encourage its preservation, conservation and promotion. There are over 2,000 events taking place nationally and there are well over 120 ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in County Donegal — the most events in any county in the country per head of population.

-  Joe McHugh

McHugh welcomes Government approval for new law allowing tourists a tipple at local craft brewery and distillery

The Government has decided to progress the Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016, by approving the drafting of a series of amendments to the Private Members Bill. “Under current legislation visitors to the local Kinnegar Craft Brewery sites in Rathmullan and Letterkenny couldn’t have a drink there,” said Minister McHugh. “The new laws will allow the brewery and the new Sliabh Liag distillery to operate tours and sell alcohol. This will help create extra employment and add a new destination for tourists to the county.

-  Peter Burke TD

Fianna Fáil re-writing history on the economy yet again

Fianna Fáil are re-writing history by asserting that they laid the foundations for Ireland’s recovery, says Fine Gael TD for Longford Westmeath, and member of the Public Accounts Committee, Peter Burke.

-  Joe McHugh

Minister McHugh welcomes €1.2M Government funding to Foyle Fishermen’s Co-operative

Three of the projects are in Donegal with the Greencastle-based organisation receiving the largest allocation of €1,284,045 as part of a €2.1M overall investment. This is important for the further development of Greencastle and will help support the sustainability of the work of the Foyle Fishermen’s Co-operative.

-  Joe McHugh

McHugh secures extra staff and extended worker contracts for Glenveagh National Park as visitor numbers soar

Last year saw a record number of visitors to Glenveagh to 176,444 and so far this year until the end of June there have been 94,809. The number of visitors in the first six months of this year is already 20,000 more than last year. “Having spoken to staff it was clear that additional resources were needed and I am delighted that an extra permanent visitor guide and an extra bus driver have now been appointed.

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