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October 23rd, 2014

Opening Statement by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to the Joint Committee on Health and Children Quarterly Meeting, Thursday 23rd October

Chairman, members of the Committee, Thank you for the invitation to attend. I’m joined by Minister Kathleen Lynch and officials from my Department: Jim Breslin, the Secretary General and Fergal Goodman, Assistant Secretary, Primary Care…

October 22nd, 2014

Speech by Minister of State Jimmy Deenihan, TD on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD – Private Members’ Immigration (Reform) (Regularisation of Residency Status) Bill 2014, Seanad Éireann, Second Stage, 22 October 2014

I am pleased to have the opportunity to address the House to respond on behalf of the Government to the Immigration (Reform) (Regularisation of Residency Status) Bill 2014, which has been introduced by Senators David…

October 22nd, 2014

Taoiseach’s Address to the Grant Thornton Annual Property & Construction Conference

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to be here today to address the second annual Grant Thornton Property and Construction conference….

October 22nd, 2014

Taoiseach’s Address to the Grant Thornton Annual Property & Construction Conference

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to be here today to address the second annual Grant Thornton Property and Construction conference…

October 22nd, 2014

Second Stage Speech by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, Garda Síochána (Amendment) (No. 3) Bill 2014

A Cheann Comhairle, I move: that the Bill be read a second time. The 2013 Garda annual report which I recently laid before the Oireachtas is a document worth reflecting. It highlights how…

October 22nd, 2014

Minister Kelly PMB Speech

Go raibh maith agat a Cathaoirleach. I move amendment number 1. I’d like to thank Deputy Cowen for bringing this motion to the House and for providing us all with an opportunity to rationally debate the…

October 21st, 2014

Address by Michael Noonan TD, Minister for Finance – International Taxation and Economic Growth Conference

I echo the Secretary General’s welcome to all those who have come for what should be a very interesting conference which we hope will spark some discussion and debate both today and into the future…

October 17th, 2014

Address by Minister for Justice and Equality, Immigrant Council of Ireland EU Anti-Trafficking Day Event, 17 October 2014

Distinguished Guests, members of the Oireachtas, colleagues. I am very pleased to be here today at this event to mark EU Anti-trafficking Day, which falls tomorrow, the eighteenth (18th) of October….

October 17th, 2014

Speech by Minister Jimmy Deenihan announcing Emigrant Support Programme Funding for Britain 2014

I am delighted to be making my first official visit to Britain as Minister for the Diaspora. Growing up in Co. Kerry, with its long history of emigration and large Diaspora throughout the world, I have always felt deeply…

October 16th, 2014

Speech by Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald T.D: Topical Issues Debate – The need for zero tolerance policing in Dublin city centre to ensure adequate protection for its citizens, 16th October 2014

I am grateful to the Deputy for raising this important matter for debate today. I am of course very much aware of the concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour in the city centre, and the potential impact for all…

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