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Rabbitte in the headlights over RTE pay – Ó Cuív

The Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte is allowing taxpayers to be bled by the exorbitant salaries of RTE's stars, according to Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Communications Éamon Ó Cuív. Deputy Ó Cuív has hit out at Minister Rabbitte for his refusal to tackle the excessive pay of certain presenters at the State broadcaster. Read More

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Was Bruton in Breach of Cabinet Handbook on Low Pay Proposals? - O’Dea

Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Willie O'Dea has questioned whether Jobs Minister Richard Bruton is in breach of the Cabinet Handbook following the Minister's 'solo run' on cutting wages of low paid workers. Read More

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Cowen Calls on Government to resist OECD right wing agenda

Fianna Fáil Social Protection Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has today criticised the OECD over its increasingly right wing agenda following comments by a senior official that unemployment payments should be reduced over time to encourage people back into the workforce. Speaking in Dublin yesterday senior OECD Official Patrick Lenain said, “In many countries unemployment benefits are high initially and then gradually decline over time. That increases the incentive on the unemployed to go back to the labour marker. Read More

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O’Dea calls for publication of Govt’s wage reform plans

Enterprise spokesperson Willie O’Dea has today called on the Government to immediately publish its proposals for wage reform and to provide clarity for thousands of concerned workers. Read More

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Government must back FF proposals supporting growth in the Agriculture sector – Moynihan

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture Michael Moynihan TD is urging all parties to support the Fianna Fáil private members motion prioritising growth in the agriculture and agrifood sector. Read More

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Ó Domhnaill named Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson on Agriculture

Donegal Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has outlined his priorities as Fianna Fáil Seanad spokesperson on Agriculture, Marine and Food. Naming his Seanad spokespeople today, the Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin said Senator Ó Domhnaill will play a leadership role in holding this Government to account and in the renewal of the Fianna Fáil party. Read More

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Government finally comes clean on the introduction of flat rate water charges - Collins

The Government has finally admitted that it plans to introduce a flat rate water charge next year, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on the Environment Niall Collins TD. The Taoiseach admitted to the Dáil today that the Government’s planned utility charge for 2012 is in effect a flat rate water charge – something that the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan TD has denied until now. Read More

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Major tourism launch hosted in the European Parliament by MEP Gallagher

Major tourism launch hosted in the European Parliament by MEP Gallagher

Last night, Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP hosted the launch of the Donegal based Earagail Arts Festival in the European Parliament, Brussels. Moya Brennan from Clannad was the guest of honour and she performed some of her best loved songs to over 250 guests bringing the chamber in the European Parliament to a hushed silence. Read More

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FF supports farmers’ calls for fair trade legislation– Moynihan

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture Michael Moynihan has called on the Government to introduce fair trade legislation that will put in place a mandatory code of practice governing the relationship between retailers and suppliers. Deputy Moynihan highlighted the urgent need for fair trade legislation in the Dáil last night, as he introduced a Fianna Fáil Private Members motion on Agriculture. Read More

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Major questions marks remain over “harsh” Pension Levy - Fleming

Speaking in the Dáil today, Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on public sector reform Seán Fleming said that there was “no option but to vote against the harsh pension levy” and called on the Finance Minister to clarify a number of issues in the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2011. Read More

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