Keane calls on Courts Services of Ireland to reverse decision to close Tallaght courthouse

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Tuesday) called on the Courts Services of Ireland to reverse its plans to close the local Courthouse in Tallaght. Her calls were made in response to recent revelations by the Courts Services of Ireland of its plans to close four courts in Dublin including Dún Laoghaire, Tallaght, Swords and Balbriggan and to overhaul the capital city’s District Courts.
“I am urging the Courts Services of Ireland to reconsider the proposals it published recently, which include plans to abolish the courthouse in Tallaght. This is part of a proposed merger of the courts in Dún Laoghaire, Tallaght, Swords and Balbriggan into the Criminal Courts of Justice complex near the Phoenix Park and Blanchardstown courthouse.

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This post was written by on July 8, 2014

7 Dublin South-West clubs to receive funding under the Sports Capital Programme – Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has welcomed the announcement that 7 clubs in Dublin South-West will benefit from this year’s Sports Capital Programme, receiving €210,611 in total. Senator Keane was speaking as Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD, announced a total of €40.5 million in new funding for 880 sports community projects nationwide.  This represents a 33% increase on the last round of the Sports Capital Programme and brings the total figure granted since this Government came into office to €85 million.
“The announcement of €210,611 Sports Capital Programme funding for Dublin South-West is really great news.
“Local clubs and groups to benefit include:
· Padel Ireland, Edmondstown Road, Dublin 16- €25,000
· Sacred Heart FC, Ballyboden, Dublin 16- €51,583
· Ballyboden St. Enda’s GFC, Dublin 16- €56,045
· Greenhills Archers Club, Dublin 12- €21,000
· Fettercairn Youth Horse Project- €25,000
· Faugh’s GAA, Dublin 6w- €1,531
· Kilnamanagh AFC, Dublin 24- €30,452

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This post was written by on July 7, 2014

State must take action to improve childcare provision & assist working mothers- Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) called on Government to invest in childcare provision in the upcoming budget. The Senator made her call in response to a recent European Commission recommendation that Ireland take action in the period 2014 to 2015 to facilitate female labour market participation by improving child care facilities and having more affordable and full-time child care services, particularly for low income families.
“I am calling on the Government to take action to improve childcare provision in this country. A European Commission document prepared earlier this month for each EU Member State, which analyses each individual country’s economic situation and provides tailored policy advice on the measures each country should adopt over the coming 18 months, made eight recommendations about Ireland. One of the recommendations was that action be taken on facilitating and enabling female participation in the workplace through the provision of enhanced childcare facilities for women in the workforce.

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This post was written by on June 19, 2014

Folic acid food fortification should be mandatory – Keane

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South-West, Cáit Keane, has today (Thursday) called on the Food Safety Authority, to introduce mandatory folic acid food fortification and to have a renewed public health campaign to promote the importance of taking folic acid pre pregnancy. The Senator made her calls in response to the findings of a new study carried out by the UCD centre for human reproduction and the HSE Eurocat Registers, which reveals that there has been a rise of 10% in neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly in babies since 2009.

“I am raising this issue today to emphasise the importance of folic acid in a pregnant or pre-pregnant woman’s diet. Even before a woman becomes pregnant, what she eats is very important for the healthy development of her baby. This is even more important when you consider that many women may be unaware of their pregnancy I the first few weeks, a crucial time in the baby’s development.

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This post was written by on June 12, 2014