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Website Update

Category : Site News

Just a quick update to give a progress report on the website, and what still needs to be done:

  • The site will shortly be updated to more closely match the main Fine Gael stylistically.
  • At the moment, the news page is currently styled differently from the rest of the website; the reason for this is that the news section runs on WordPress, and, as such, the new design that will applied to the rest of the website needs to be modified to be made into a compatible WordPress theme. At the moment, it’s running a generic WordPress theme, until this work is completed.
  • The website is currently missing the constituency and branch maps; the maps for Local, Dáil, and European constituencies have to be licensed from Ordnance Survey Ireland, and will be uploaded once this has occurred.
  • The officer lists, and meeting locations, for some of the branches need to be added and/or updated, as the information becomes available.
  • The site will be further tested to ensure it meets compatibility and accessibility requirements.

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Private Members Business- 21st of January

Category : Joe O'Reilly

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Howlin, has just set out very clearly how the Government has dismantled the traditional appointment system to State boards, made it fair and open and took it away from being the preserve of political patronage and the traditional inner circle. He set out the situation lucidly and I do not propose to repeat those points.

In his remarks to Deputy Ross, Deputy Spring reminded me of the great biblical exhortation to let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Those two speeches have fulfilled their purpose. What I propose to do in this motion of confidence in the Tánaiste is to look at her extraordinary record in the face of the worst recession in the history of this State in maintaining a welfare system, a fair society and the dignity of those in need. Some points merit repetition. The core social welfare rates were maintained right through the recession. That is an achievement of the Tánaiste and the Government. Free travel was protected. The respite care grant has been fully restored to €1,700 and it was never less than approximately €1,400. Two weeks of paternity leave have been introduced. A modest but incremental increase has begun for the old age pension. Up to 75% of the Christmas bonus has been restored. Family income supplement has increased by €5 per week. The list goes on. The living alone allowance has been increased by €9 a week. School meals are of the utmost importance and an extra €3 million has been allocated for their provision. A second year of preschool care has been provided. One can see a complete package of welfare achievements by the Government in the midst of the deepest recession. That is the ultimate yardstick by which people with proper critical faculties will assess the performance of the Government and the role of the Tánaiste when they will look at the confidence motion tonight. There is no escaping those realities.

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The challenges that remain

Category : Enda Kenny

This spring, the Irish people will be asked to make a very important decision – whether to elect a government which will continue on our present path towards recovery or else to choose an alternative option that will take the country in a different and potentially very uncertain direction.

I genuinely fear that to take the second option would be to jeopardise all the hard work and sacrifices of the Irish people in recent years which have brought the country to a much more secure place than we were in five years ago. We are now in a position of ongoing recovery, a recovery which we wish to see completed.

I was joined by the Tánaiste on Monday to reflect on the progress we have made, and also the challenges that remain, for the launch of the final annual report on the Programme for Government agreed between the Fine Gael and Labour parties in March 2011.

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Your Hard Work Is Working

Category : Enda Kenny

Thanks to your hard work and resilience our economy is recovering.

The question now is who will keep this recovery going?

We have a long-term economic plan that offers people the stability and certainty needed to keep the recovery going. Find out what we have delivered and how we plan to keep the recovery going in your area here: www.finegael.ie/area.

The next election will be a choice between those with a plan to keep the recovery going, or those who will put it at risk through instability and chaos.

We are determined not to let Ireland go back to those who wrecked our economy and our country or hand it to those who would kill jobs with new taxes on work and put at risk all we have achieved together.

Let’s keep the recovery going.

Very best wishes,
Enda Kenny TD
Taoiseach


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Strengthening Ireland’s recovery

Category : Enda Kenny

I will leave Munich later this afternoon, concluding what has been a very successful trade mission to the Netherlands and Germany.

Over the past two days, this particular trip has been focused on strengthening Ireland’s economic recovery by working towards advancing trade opportunities and attracting investment to Ireland in what is an increasingly important market.

On Wednesday, I met with senior executives of a global food corporation with operations in Ireland and visited a major pharmaceutical construction project outside Amsterdam involving a number of leading Irish engineering and construction firms.

I also travelled to Düsseldorf, where my engagements included meetings with various Irish SMEs who are attempting to increase their German market exports. In total, 17 contracts were signed by Irish companies in the Netherlands and Germany valued at approximately €57m, which is obviously very welcome news indeed. We now hope to build on that success even further.

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Weekly Message From An Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Category : Enda Kenny

The final European Council meeting of 2015 has been dominated by two key issues- ongoing migration into Europe and Britain’s potential to remain a central member of EU. Yesterday evening was dominated by David Cameron putting forward his case in this regard to his political colleagues.

Despite the very strong levels of support there is in terms of this particular issue, there are some points of contention that need to be worked out and as long as the open and frank discussions on this very important issue continue in the coming weeks I certainly hope this will be the case.

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The Weekly Cavan Voice, 43rd Electronic Edition

Welcome to 43rd edition of the Cavan Voice. I hope that you are continuing to enjoy my updates.

Kindest Regards and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Joe O’Reilly TD

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Strong record on the economy

Category : Enda Kenny

Ahead of the General Election in the Spring, we had a very good and productive meeting in Leinster House involving Fine Gael TDs Senators and candidates on Wednesday. Our message to them was very clear – that the central focus for Fine Gael will be to keep the recovery going in light of the Party’s very strong record on the economy since taking office in 2011. Our focus will also be on the creation of more jobs, the reduction of taxes and the creation of better opportunities to invest in public services. Together, this will form the core theme for our Party in the General Election.

Deputy John O’Mahony’s book ‘O’Mahony: Keeping the Faith’ is now on sale in bookshops and online. Having read it myself, I can personally recommend it to you as a very good read and stocking filler if you happen to be buying for a GAA enthusiast this Christmas. John’s record as a manager speaks for itself, having guided Leitrim to their only Connaught title in 1994, and winning All-Irelands with Galway twice, in 1998 and 2001.

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Another boost today

Category : Enda Kenny

Dear Friend,

Ireland’s ever-increasing position as a major European digital hub received yet another boost today with the news that the working professionals’ social networking site, Linkedin, is to create a further 100 jobs here. This company already employs a very significant 900 here and I was invited earlier today to visit the site of its new building at Wilton Terrace in Dublin city centre where work has just commenced on the ‘above ground’ phase. It is expected to be complete at the beginning of 2017.

Of course, the Government is committed to maintaining Ireland’s attractiveness as a hub for new investment such as this, and for that reason, we prioritised many pro-growth and pro-job policies in the Budget for 2016. In order to make work pay we are tackling the marginal tax rates on middle income earners, and are reducing the marginal rate of tax to below 50% for all earners under €70,000. If re-elected for a second term, we will also continue to phase out the USC in future budgets, while also reforming the income tax system to cap benefits for the highest earners and to keep the income tax system broad. These measures, in turn, should help us to maintain Ireland’s position a dynamic, attractive place for big global players such as Linkedin to invest.

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Update From Michael, Richard & Simon

Category : Enda Kenny

Dear Friend,

As I told you last week I appointed Michael Noonan, Richard Bruton and Simon Harris to begin finalising a new long term economic plan to keep the recovery going.

This week they briefed me and our Ministers on their progress so far. They have identified three key steps to achieving this goal:

  • Continue the relentless focus on jobs by creating even more job opportunities all over Ireland. By protecting our 12.5% rate of corporation tax, lowering taxes on jobs and smaller Irish-owned businesses and investing in infrastructure, we will accelerate the pace of job creation, with employment levels to increase by almost 200,000 by 2020.
  • Ensure that a job always pays more than welfare and that those who want to work feel it’s really worth it. This means abolishing the USC over five years, further sensible increases in the minimum wage, welfare reforms designed to encourage work and additional measures to ease childcare costs.
  • Use increased revenues to fund affordable improvements in public services. More people at work means more tax revenues to provide frontline services such as nurses, guards and teachers. Unlike the reckless spending of Fianna Fail in the 2000s, we will cap the growth of Government spending below the underlying growth rate of the economy and eliminate the deficit by 2018.

Our long term plan will finish the job and bring the benefits of the recovery to every home in the country.

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