Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D, today welcomed the publication of the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill which will reform and streamline licensing laws to support and stimulate the night-time economy.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D, today has received the final report of the Food Vision Dairy Group. The Minister thanked the Group and its chair for the hard work and diligence in compiling the detailed report.

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has today received Cabinet approval for her draft Bill to reform Ireland’s antiquated licensing system.

A number of highly innovative initiatives to improve Local Authority services were showcased today at a seminar hosted by the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC), which was held both in-person and virtually in Kilkenny Castle.

The Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly TD has today announced that the State, through the HSE, has reached a deal with Bavarian Nordic for the supply of 15,000 monkeypox vaccines. The procurement provides a significant boost to the immunisation programme currently underway amid a global shortage of vaccine supply.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today announced the Apprentice of the Year.

he Minister for Justice is today announcing an amendment to the Short Stay Visa Waiver Scheme in respect of citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus.

The Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., today (24 October) reviewed the members of the 121st Infantry Battalion who will leave in the coming weeks for service with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The UNIFIL mission continues to represent Ireland’s largest overseas deployment.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today, 24th October, officially opened South East Technological University.