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Red-line issue’ a distant memory as fees set to soar – Smith

The Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has displayed a complete lack of respect for students this week by casually announcing annual increases in college registration fees over the next four years, according to Fianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Brendan Smith. Read More

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Liam Aylward MEP: 116000 Missing Child Number licence to operate has been allocated

The 116000 Missing Child Hotline should soon be operational in Ireland as COMREG have confirmed that they have allocated the licence to operate the Hotline to the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Read More

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Minister’s Policies Driving Health Insurance Hikes – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has said the policies being pursued Minister for Health are leading directly to private health insurance price increases. Read More

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Who is telling the truth on debt write down: Taoiseach or Europe Minister? – O’Brien

Fianna Fáil Seanad Finance Spokesperson Darragh O’Brien has called on the Taoiseach to clarify the Government’s position on a debt write down for Ireland. His call follows comments of Europe Minister Lucinda Creighton on last night’s Tonight with Vincent Browne where she flatly contradicted the Taoiseach’s claim to Dáil Éireann that Ireland has not sought and will not seek a write down of the country’s debt. Read More

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Aylward secures support for expanding focus of EU Sports Policy on volunteerism & amateur sports

Aylward secures support for expanding focus of EU Sports Policy on volunteerism & amateur sports

The European Parliament Sports report voted in Brussels today proposes concrete actions for the European Commission and the Member States within three broad chapters: the societal role of sport, the economic dimension of sport and the organisation of sport. Read More

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Charities losing funds to tax man through SMS donations – Ó Cuív

Mobile phone providers have been incorrectly charging VAT on charitable donations made via text message. The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan admitted this in response to a Parliamentary Question from Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Éamon Ó Cuív. Read More

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FF protest outside Leinster House against FG/Lab cuts to small schools

FF protest outside Leinster House against FG/Lab cuts to small schools

Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators join Ógra Fianna Fáil outside Leinster House to protest against the Governments cuts to small schools. Read More

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Contingency plans for acute care staffing must be published as a matter of urgency – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has warned the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, that the Government will be held responsible for a failure to provide the necessary contingency plans to protect frontline services following the retirement of thousands of health service employees. Read More

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Senior garda posts must be filled immediately – Calleary

Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Dara Calleary has called for urgent action from the Justice Minister Alan Shatter to fill the senior garda posts that have been left vacant by retirements over the past six months. Deputy Calleary has said he is deeply concerned by the Minister’s failure to take any action to fill the posts of the most two senior gardaí in the Anglo investigation, who retired before Christmas. Read More

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Speech by FF Leader Micheál Martin, Statements on the European Council

Over the next few months there will be a lot of debate on the ratification of the Fiscal Treaty which the Taoiseach agreed to on Monday. This is already shaping up to be a destructive process solely focussed mainly on the form of ratification rather than on the future of Europe and our role in it. For the first time since we applied to join the Union fifty years ago, we begin this debate without basic information being publicly available and without even the most elementary consensus between parties who are positive to the EU. Read More

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