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Post Office closures to be discussed at Oireachtas Committee – Ó Domhnaill

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has confirmed that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture will request the attendance of the Chief Executive of An Post to discuss the persistent closures of rural post offices. Read More

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Cowen welcomes Tullamore Dew announcement

Laois-Offaly Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen has welcomed the announcement today that Tullamore Dew is to re-open a distillery in Tullamore, near the original site. The move will create 100 jobs during construction and 15 permanent full and part-time jobs. Read More

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Ó Domhnaill calls for re-opening of AEOS

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Minister for Agriculture to immediately re-open the Agri-Environment Option Scheme to new applications. The Donegal Senator moved an adjournment motion in Seanad Éireann this week, appealing to the Minister to extend the scheme. Read More

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McConalogue welcomes summer connection under Rural Broadband Scheme

Donegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has welcomed confirmation from the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte that people who successfully applied to the Rural Broadband Scheme will be provided with broadband access this summer. Read More

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Speech by FF Leader Micheál Martin, Dáil Statements on the Final Report of Mahon Tribunal

I welcome the final report of the Mahon Tribunal. I supported its establishment in 1997 and I believe that it has carried out important and valuable work. I have accepted the findings of every Tribunal of Inquiry which has reported during my membership of this House. I also accept the findings of Judge Mahon and his colleagues. Read More

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‘Naming and shaming’ errant financial service providers will improve practices and customer services

A Fianna Fáil Bill, published last December, empowering the Financial Services Ombudsman to publish the complaints record of financial service providers will be debated in the Dáil during private members’ time tonight and tomorrow night, according to the party’s Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath. Read More

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Collins criticises household charge ‘chaos’

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government Niall Collins has criticised plans to force local authority staff to go door to door checking on whether their neighbours have paid their household charge. He also criticised what he described as a growing sense of chaos surrounding the Government's collection strategy. Read More

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Mac Sharry shocked at serious ambulances deficiencies in the West

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Health Senator Marc Mac Sharry has expressed grave concern at shocking new figures revealing serious deficiencies within the ambulance service in the West. According to the statistics obtained by the Irish Independent, less than 30% of ambulances in the West of Ireland reach the scene within the target of 8 minutes for patients with life-threatening illnesses. Read More

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Troy calls for immediate legislation to reduce commercial rates

Fianna Fáil TD for Longford Westmeath, Robert Troy, has reiterated his call on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, to immediately introduce legislation to reduce commercial rates. Read More

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Deferral of 2012 promissory note payment must be catalyst for overall deal on banking debt – McGrath

The expected announcement this weekend of a postponement of the €3.06 billion payment due on March 31 under the IBRC promissory note arrangement must be used as a catalyst for concluding an overall deal that reduces Ireland’s banking debt, according to Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath. Read More

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