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Flanagan perturbed at plans to means test capital assets of farmers

Fine Gael Party Chairman Charlie Flanagan has said he is perturbed at reports suggesting that capital assets are to be taken into consideration for the assessment of income for third level students. Deputy Flanagan raised the matter in the Dail on Wednesday with the Minister of State at Department of Education, Sean Sherlock.

Flanagan calls on Minister to reopen AEOS Scheme

Laois Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan has called on Minister Coveney to reopen the Agri-Environmental Options Scheme. Deputy Flanagan met with the Minister last week and impressed upon him the importance of reopening a targeted scheme so that financial recognition is provided for farmers who are restricted in what they can do in obtaining a commercial return from their farm.

Flanagan hails new schools for Laois/Offaly

Laois Offaly T.D. Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the announcement by Minister Ruairi Quinn of the 5 year school building programme which will see a number of towns around the constituency receive new school buildings and extensions. The overall building plan will see €1.5bn of investment spent on school buildings between 2012 and 2016.