Minister for Community Development and Charities, Joe O’Brien TD, has today, (Thursday, 15 December 2022) announced funding of €10 million for Local Development Companies delivering supports to people arriving from Ukraine.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D., and Minister of State with special responsibility for research and innovation Martin Heydon T.D., today announced awards of over €3.6M for Irish researchers in four climate and agriculture research projects arising from the 2022 Ireland – New Zealand Joint Research Call.

The Government has agreed in principle, that a single application procedure for employment permits and immigration permissions should be developed and that an Inter Departmental Working Group should be established to develop an implementation plan for consideration by Government

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, has today signed regulations to provide for an increase to the earnings disregards for both the Disability Allowance and Blind Pension.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, has today announced his intention to put the National Biodiversity Action Plan on a statutory footing and introduce stronger biodiversity responsibilities for public bodies.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, today (Wednesday) published the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2023 (REV)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, today met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Ireland, Ms Larysa Gerasko, to announce that his Department will support up to 1,000 small family farms in Ukraine with funding.

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media Catherine Martin T.D., and the Minister of State for Gaeltacht and Sport Jack Chambers T.D. announced today Government have approved the preparation of legislation to give effect to a new approach in relation to how the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta is appointed.

The OECD has today published the Economic Survey of Ireland 2022 including, for the first time, a thematic chapter on health sector performance and efficiency.

Minister McGrath and Minister Humphreys announced that the first batch of Data Sharing Agreements developed under the Data Sharing and Governance Act 2019 (DSGA) have now fully completed the new governance process.