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FF concerned at suspension of Irish-supported cardiac programme in Ukraine

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Brendan Smith has expressed his deep concern at the suspension of Chernobyl Children International’s programme in Ukraine, which provides life-saving cardiac surgery to children there. Read More

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Govt plans on water charges descend into political farce – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Environment Barry Cowen has accused the Government of playing political games over water charges at the expense of households across the country. Read More

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Fitzpatrick demands action to tackle cost of living crisis

Fianna Fail Leader on Dublin City Council Mary Fitzpatrick has highlighted the need for concerted action by the Irish Government and by Europe to tackle the falling living standards of middle-income families across Dublin. Read More

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Stability Programme Update highlights contradictory messages from Govt on economy - McGrath

Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath has said there now appears to be two totally contradictory messages coming from Government in light of the publication today of the Stability Programme Update (SPU). Read More

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Dooley demands more clarity on GAA deal

Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Sport Timmy Dooley says the GAA still has a lot of questions to answer over its deal with Sky Sports for TV rights. Under the agreement, Sky has been given exclusive rights to 14 games, including two All-Ireland Football quarter finals involving the Leinster and Ulster champions. Read More

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New report reveals jump in hospital waiting lists - Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has expressed his alarm at the jump in the number of patients waiting for over a year for an outpatient appointment at hospitals around the country. Read More

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Statement by Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP on adoption of Banking Union by the European Parliament

The European Parliament today approved a package of new legislation to monitor, supervise and regulate the banking sector in Europe. Read More

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MEP Gallagher - Irish food industry should target €883 million EU promotion fund

Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP is urging Irish food, drink and seafood companies to fully participate in a new EU food promotion fund worth €883 million for the period 2014 to 2020. The European Parliament will vote to approve the Herranz Garcia Report tomorrow (15 April 2014) on the promotion of agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries. Read More

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Irish farmers & the agri-food sector need strong & energetic representatives in Europe - Byrne

Senator Byrne was speaking at a well-attended meeting of farmers in Rathowen, county Westmeath. The meeting was organised by Fianna Fáil to discuss the party’s alternative proposals on EU CAP reform. Senator Byrne chaired the meeting. Other speakers included Eamon Ó Cuiv TD, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture, Robert Troy TD and Pat O’Rourke, former President of Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) and currently Chairman of the Northern Ireland Livestock and Meat Commission. Mr Donie Shine, from Mallow county Cork of the Farm Family Rights Association also spoke. Read More

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Dáil to debate FF motion on crisis in the ambulance service

The Dáil will this week debate a Fianna Fáil motion on the growing crisis in the ambulance service. The motion, tabled by Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher, calls for more resources for regional ambulance services following a series of alarming delays in the response time to emergencies in the past few months. Read More

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