The Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler TD has welcomed the commencement of the Part 9 of the Regulation of Providers of Building Works and Building Control (Amendment) Bill 2022, which will increase the amount of rental income that nursing home residents can retain under the Fair Deal from 20% to 60%.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Charlie McConalogue TD, has announced he is introducing regulations under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 requiring flock keepers to confine all poultry and captive birds in their possession or under their control in a secure building to which wild birds, or other animals do not have access.

At its meeting today, the Government agreed to nominate the Hon. Mr. Justice Maurice Collins as an ordinary judge of the Supreme Court and Her Honour Judge Melanie Greally as an ordinary judge of the High Court for appointment by the President of Ireland.

The Passport Service today issued its one millionth passport in 2022. This represents the first time over one million passports have been issued in a calendar year.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is to address Ireland’s further and higher education students later this month. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 16th in Dublin City University, and be livestreamed to institutions across the country.

The Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Pippa Hackett, today received a study from COFORD on the economic activity and employment levels in the Irish Forest Sector

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD and Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler TD, welcome the start of a new contract for the continued delivery of the Patient Advocacy Service and the expansion of the service to private nursing homes.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris TD has today (Monday 31st October) urged students who have not already done so to apply to the Student Grant scheme.

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced a Double Child Benefit Payment will be paid this week to support 638,000 families with the Cost of Living.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today launched a national survey on student experiences of bullying in the higher education sector.