Ministers James Browne and Helen McEntee will today join with partners from the National Rural Safety Forum in marking this year’s National Community Engagement Day. Hundreds of events are taking place in communities all over Ireland today, giving people the chance to get to know their local Gardaí and other community representatives from their local area.

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett today welcomed the high application rate for the organic farming scheme which closed last Friday.

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD, notes today’s announcement by Bank of Ireland Group Plc regarding the intention of Ms Francesca McDonagh to step down as Chief Executive and Director. Ms McDonagh joined Bank of Ireland in October 2017 as Group Chief Executive Officer having worked for HSBC for many years in a number of roles spanning various countries.

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has signed a Statutory Instrument, updating the membership of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) to include the President of the Irish Second Level Students’ Union (ISSU).

Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Sean Fleming TD today (Wednesday 27 April) launched Ireland’s first Women in Finance Charter at Euronext Dublin.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, TD, today (Wednesday) met his counterpart, US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarters in Washington DC, for a wide-ranging discussion.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D., will travel to the United States from 27 to 29 April for a number of meetings and engagements in Washington, D.C. and Boston.

“I am aware of allegations published in relation to a board member of An Bord Pleanála recently, allegations which have been denied by the member concerned.

The Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD has noted today’s publication of the latest statistics on victims and suspected offenders of serious crimes recorded by An Garda Síochána.

Following this morning’s Cabinet meeting, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien today provided an update on his Department’s work in relation to the Ukrainian crisis.