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Fianna Fáil Adoption Bill would transform lives of hundreds of children - McConalogue

Fianna Fáil is to bring forward a Private Members Bill in the Dáil this evening (Tuesday, 28 June) to run a Referendum on Adoption alongside the Presidential election. The Bill will allow for the adoption of hundreds of children who are currently in long term care and who cannot be adopted because of rules arising from the current position of the family in the Constitution. Read More

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Relief for students as Quinn finally announces details of student grants – Power

There is some relief this afternoon for thousands of students around the country facing delays in third level grant payments in the Autumn, according to Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Education, Senator Averil Power. Read More

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Fianna Fáil consults with members on education policy – Collins

Fianna Fáil consults with members on education policy – Collins

The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has told a conference of party members that education is a top priority for Fianna Fáil in the coming months and years. Deputy Martin was joined by local Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, among other members of the party’s front bench, for the party’s first policy conference since the general election in Birr, Co Offaly on Saturday (25 June 2011). Read More

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Roscommon County Councillors demand urgent meeting with Taoiseach

Fianna Fáil Roscommon County Councillors and the Independent Councillors Alliance Group have demanded an urgent meeting with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny today following his shock statement in relation to Roscommon County Hospital. Read More

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McGrath welcomes approval of new second-level school for Carrigaline

Local Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education that a new post-primary school is to be built in Carrigaline. Read More

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Speech of Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD, Party Conference on Education

I would like to welcome you and thank you for attending this policy conference. We have decided on education as the topic for our first conference since the election for two main reasons. First of all, education is and always has been a core priority for Fianna Fáil. Secondly, we believe that there remain serious challenges to be confronted in the education system and we intend to use every opportunity in the Oireachtas to promote a positive agenda to address them. Read More

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Kirk shocked and dismayed by possible new nuclear plant at Sellafield site

Louth Fianna Fáil TD Seamus Kirk has said he is dismayed by the British government’s plans to consider the Sellafield site among locations for the development of a next generation nuclear plant. Read More

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Shameless Fine Gael u-turn on orthopaedic services at St Mary’s Hospital – Kelleher

Cork North Central Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher has described as shameless and deeply cynical the revelation that the orthopaedic services at St Mary's Hospital are to move to the South Infirmary Victoria Hospital, Cork despite an election pledge to the community from the now Health Minister Dr. James Reilly. Read More

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Calleary welcomes planned reduction in term of bankruptcy

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Social Protection Barry Cowen has warned that thousands of students are facing major delays in receiving their third level grants for the next college year unless the Minister for Education publishes details of the grant scheme immediately. Deputy Cowen said: “There has been absolutely no progress in publishing details of the third level grants scheme for the next academic year. The application forms haven’t even been made available. Last year the grant scheme and application forms were published on 24th May. It is now 23rd of June and there is still no sign of the 2011/12 forms. Read More

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Kenny needs to clarify exact status of Irish negotiations - Martin

Responding to the publication of the conclusions of the European Council, Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD commented, "The only thing which is clear from the formal conclusions issued by the Council President is that the government continues to relentlessly spin every small development. Read More

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