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Govt inaction leaving public exposed to rogue Debt Management firms – Byrne

The Government is failing to protect the public from rogue companies offering debt management services, Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Byrne has said. It follows the revelation that the Central Bank has written to hundreds of customers of such a company urging them to cancel all payments to the company. Read More

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Cowen Condemns Government Effort to Demonise Unemployed

Fianna Fáil Social Protection Spokesperson Barry Cowen TD has criticised the comments of Minister Joan Burton in today’s media presenting existing control measures as a ‘crackdown’ on the unemployed. Read More

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Noonan must press Draghi on timeline for conclusion on Anglo debt negotiations – McGrath

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan must press the President of the ECB Mario Draghi today on a timeline for a conclusion to be reached on the negotiations surrounding the debt associated with the recapitalisation of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society (now known as ‘Irish Bank Resolution Corporation’ or IBRC), according to Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath. Read More

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Regulation of Lobbyists Essential Before any Move on State Assets – Collins

Fianna Fáil Environment Spokesperson Niall Collins TD has today published his party’s Bill setting out a new regulatory regime to bring openness and transparency to the lobbying industry in Ireland. Read More

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Children’s Report Card must act as a wake-up call for the Government – McConalogue

The report card published by the Children’s Rights Alliance today is further proof that instead of protecting the most vulnerable children, Fine Gael and Labour have singled them out for the harshest of cuts, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children Charlie McConalogue. Read More

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Statement from Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Éamon Ó Cuív TD

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Reilly’s actions continue to drive up health insurance costs – Kelleher

Fianna Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher has called on the Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly to halt a dangerous policy which is continuing to drive health insurance costs upward and beyond the reach of thousands of families. Read More

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Ó Cuív & Kitt to address public meeting on cuts to rural schools

Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Éamon Ó Cuív and Galway East TD Michael Kitt will address a public meeting in Co Galway tonight about the closure of small rural schools across Ireland. The meeting takes place in Gullane’s Ballinasloe at 8.30pm tonight. Read More

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Govt seem unwilling to stop downgrade of mental health services in Ballina and Castlebar

The Minister with responsibility for Mental Health Kathleen Lynch has failed to provide any reassurance that the planned downgrading of mental health services in Co Mayo will not proceed by the end of February. Minister Lynch was questioned on the Dáil last week by Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary about fears that the in-patient mental health services at St Joseph’s District Hospital in Ballina and the stand-alone unit at Teach Aisling in Castlebar will closed at the end of February. Read More

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Speech by Micheál Martin at ‘Electing More Women’ conference, Dublin Castle

It’s important to start by recognising the spirit in which today’s conference has been held. For the last few years all parties have been working together to discuss gender equality in politics in an open and constructive way. The dialogue started by Mary White has been continued by Kathleen Lynch and I think we should thank them and the officials of the Department of Justice for their work. We should also acknowledge the all-party report which was published in the last Dáil by a committee chaired by my colleague Brendan Kennealy. Read More

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