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Govt must stand up for Ireland’s strategic national interests and veto Aer Lingus sale – Dooley

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley is calling on the Transport Minister to clarify the Government’s position on IAG’s bid to take over Aer Lingus. The airline’s Board confirmed that it has received an offer of €2.55 per share, which it says it is considering. Deputy Dooley has reiterated his calls for the Government to use its 25% stake in the company to block the buy-out in order to protect connectivity and jobs and to maintain a long term strategic interest in the airline. Read More

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European Union must take heed of Greek election result – McGrath

Fianna Fáil Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has stated that the European Union needs to take heed of the election result in Greece and ensure that action is taken to allow Greece to retain its position as a full member of the Eurozone. Read More

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Govt breaks another key Health promise – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has accused the Government of bowing to pressure from big business instead of focusing on public health, following a dramatic u-turn on banning alcohol sponsorship of sports. Instead of implementing a full ban, as had been promised in the Programme for Government, the Minister for Sport has vetoed the move, which will now be scrapped. Read More

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Minister must rule out any sale of Govt stake in Aer Lingus – Dooley

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD is calling on the Transport Minister to rule out any sale of the Government’s stake in Aer Lingus in order to protect Ireland’s strategic national interests. IAG has come forward with a third offer for the carrier, believed to be worth €2.50 a share. Any such sale could see Aer Lingus’ critical Heathrow slots siphoned off, risking future connectivity and jobs at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports. Read More

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FF calls on Ceann Comhairle to clarify his position

Fianna Fáil Party Whip Seán Ó Fearghaíl has called on Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett to clarify whether he intends to resign his position before the end of this Dáil term. It follows ongoing speculation and media reports that he may step aside before the General Election. Read More

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Legislation on universal GP care not the same thing as its delivery – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has raised questions about the Government’s promise to provide free GP care to under 6s and over 70s. It intends to bring forward legislation on the roll out of universal GP care for the over 70s during this Dáil term, however plans to provide primary care for the under 6s remain stalled. Read More

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Legislation on universal GP care not the same thing as its delivery – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher TD has raised questions about the Government’s promise to provide free GP care to under 6s and over 70s. It intends to bring forward legislation on the roll out of universal GP care for the over 70s during this Dáil term, however plans to provide primary care for the under 6s remain stalled. Read More

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Minister’s latest PR offensive more about dampening expectations than achieving results – FF

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has accused the Health Minister of launching another PR campaign rather than coming up with tangible measures to tackle the real problems facing our health service. On the very morning when we learn that the HSE has launched an investigation into serious deficiencies in maternity care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Minister Leo Varadkar chooses to relaunch the UHI kite and reheat a series of vague promises. Read More

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Draft EU Commission Report Confirms Govt’s Irish Water Fiasco

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has responded to the emergence of a draft EU Commission report on the establishment of Irish Water. Read More

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Quantitative Easing must be accompanied by fiscal measures - Martin

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has described the announcement by the ECB of a programme of quantitative easing as a potentially significant development but one which must be accompanied by measures to ensure that European economic stimulus is felt by ordinary families. Read More

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