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.

Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys TD today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O'Brien TD of the new Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund.

The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, TD, today welcomed the outcome of the biggest expansion of employment services in decades.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, together with Ministers Darragh O’Brien Peter Burke T.D and Malcolm Noonan updated on progress of the implementation of Housing for All, including the launch of a new €50m Croí Cónaithe (Towns) Fund which will support bringing vacant and underused buildings in our towns and villages back into residential use.

Ministers Catherine Martin Jack Chambers announce funding of €3,663,280 will be provided for the language planning process for Foras na Gaeilge and Údarás na Gaeltachta this year

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee TD, has today announced that she is amending her approach to the forthcoming Incitement to Hatred and Hate Crime Bill - the Hate Speech and Hate Crime Bill - to make it easier to secure prosecutions and convictions for crimes motivated by hate.

At its meeting yesterday, the Government agreed to nominate Mr. John Martin, Barrister, for appointment as an Ordinary Judge of the Circuit Court by the President of Ireland.