4% increase in number of people at work in Dublin – Keane

Fine Gael Senator and Dublin South West Bye Election candidate, Cáit Keane, has today (Tuesday), welcomed the publication of the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey which points to an increase in employment and a decrease in emigration in Dublin.
“Today’s figures show a continued improvement in the jobs market, with 31,600 jobs created in the last 12 months and over 70,000 since the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in 2012. This means employment is at its highest level since 2009.
“It is extremely encouraging to see that the jobs market continues to grow at pace. In Dublin there has been an increase of four percent in the numbers at work since this time last year; this means that almost 22,000 more people are back at work.

Funding restored to 30 organisations – Keane

Fine Gael Senator Cáit Keane has welcomed the announcement by the Government that funding has been restored to 30 organisations under the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO). This funding will last for 12 months before being reviewed by Pobal, and will cost €1.28 million. Just some of the organisations who will benefit include:

  • The Dyslexia Association of Ireland,
  • Irish Deaf Society
  • Arthritis Ireland,
  • The Irish Heart Foundation
  • Suas Educational Development.

€30 million in funding for dementia care & research – Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South- West Cáit Keane, has welcomed this week’s news that €30 million is to be made available for dementia care and research. Atlantic Philanthropies are to make grants of €14.7 million available to improve the care and wellbeing of people living with dementia in Ireland. This will be matched by funding from the HSE and the Department of Health.

“The news of €14.7 million in grants from Atlantic Philanthropies to improve the care and wellbeing of people living with dementia is very welcome. The HSE will providing matching funding of some €15 million for the three priority areas of intensive home care supports, GP education and training, and dementia awareness.

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My Seanad speech on the Government’s environmental protection policy, 9 July, 2014.

I welcome the Minister to the House. As was said, we must wake up to the problem. The Minister has been, and has been shown to be, very courageous and wide awake. He went into the Department with his eyes wide open and his actions have demonstrated courage. He could never be accused of not being courageous. He has been a very courageous Minister who took a stand where necessary and on issues where other Governments failed.

Today we are talking about the climate change Bill. Before I became a Senator I looked at things from the outside and had great faith and hope that something would done about climate change, particularly as the Minister at the time was John Gormley. Perhaps he got an anaesthetic and slept during his watch. However, I commend and compliment the current Minister, Deputy Hogan, on his assurances.

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