The Government has today agreed to a joint proposal from the Minster for Justice, Helen McEntee, T.D., and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, T.D., for Ireland to avail of the option to temporarily suspend the operation of the Council of Europe Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Refugees (Council of Europe) for a period of 12 months.

The Grassland farmer of the year competition for 2022 was officially launched today in Johnstown Castle Estate by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD. This is the sixth year of the competition which recognises farmers who are achieving high levels of grass utilisation in a sustainable manner.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue T.D. has issued advice to dog owners in relation to taking care of their pets during spells of hot weather.

The CSO published the final National Accounts for 2021 and revised estimates for the first quarter of this year

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has today welcomed the opening of the 2022 campaign for the position of Recruit Prison Officer in the Irish Prison Service. Minister McEntee urges people, especially those in minority and new Irish communities, to consider the Irish Prison Service as a career.

Grants of up to €1,000 towards the cost of medically required contact lenses are to be made available every two years for employees and the self-employed, under new measures announced today by Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin will travel to Japan and Singapore for an official visit next week, from 19 to 22 July.

The Government this week adopted new procedures for Government Departments in relation to the intended establishment of a new Seanad Éireann Select Committee by the Houses of the Oireachtas, which will have an oversight role in respect of Statutory Instruments to transpose EU Directives.