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Hidden waiting lists raise serious questions about health service transparency – FF

Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Billy Kelleher says the Government must explain why delays in tens of thousands of diagnostic cases are not being disclosed in published reports. It’s emerged that some patients are waiting more than two years for potentially lifesaving tests, but these cases are not being recorded in official figures. Read More

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Smith demands guarantee the future of Longwave service

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith TD has welcomed the decision by RTÉ to extend their Longwave radio service until 2017 and is urging Minister Charlie Flanagan to progress research on maintaining a service on a more long term basis without delay. Read More

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Surge in mortgage approvals in November shows market in panic over new Central Bank rules – McGrath

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath has said new data on mortgage approvals point to an air of panic in the property market at the moment. Read More

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Reduced hospital spend poses further threat to services in New Year – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher is warning of a further deterioration of hospital services in 2015, following confirmation of a further spending cut. Figures published by the HSE in its operational division plans reveal that actual spending on acute hospitals will be less than €4bn – almost 1% lower than last year. Read More

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Collins Welcomes Establishment of Commission of Investigation

Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins TD has welcomed confirmation that a Commission of Investigation is to be established to investigate the allegations of malpractice made by Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Read More

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Another flawed set of estimates published by Howlin – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Sean Fleming has said the revised spending estimates for 2015 published by Minister Brendan Howlin today are again inherently flawed. Read More

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Govt compensation package falls short of what is required – McConalogue

Fianna Fáil Education spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said he’s disappointed with the compensation package offered by the Government to victims of child sexual abuse. Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan announced a cap of €84,000 as well as a range of conditions, which will exempt some victims from applying for the compensation measures. Read More

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Completion of Banking Inquiry terms of reference requires ECB participation – McGrath

The refusal of the European Central Bank (ECB) to participate in the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry is completely unacceptable and is a kick in the teeth for the Irish people, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath. Read More

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Motorists still paying excessive prices at the pumps – Calleary

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Dara Calleary has called for the newly constituted Competition and Consumer Protection Commission to make a statement on the operation of the retail market for petrol and diesel in the light of growing concern about persistent high prices at the pumps. Read More

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O’Brien Selected to Contest General Election

Fianna Fáil Senator Darragh O’Brien has tonight been selected to contest the upcoming General Election on behalf of his party in the Dublin Fingal constituency. Read More

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