President Carter is right on the need to criminalise the purchase of sex – Keane

Fine Gael Senator and the Party’s candidate in the upcoming Dublin South-West bye-election, Cáit Keane, has today (Monday) welcomed the correspondence from President Jimmy Carter to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, detailing his views on prostitution and the need to criminalise the purchase of sex.
“I was heartened to see President Jimmy Carter’s correspondence to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the members of the Oireachtas on the matter of prostitution. I have prioritised the issues of prostitution and human trafficking since being elected to the Seanad. As a member of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, I was on the committee that published a report into human trafficking last October, and I was honoured to be one of the Irish representatives at the Parliamentarians Against Human Trafficking (PAHT) roundtable seminar hosted by the Lithuanian parliament last year.

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This post was written by on September 1, 2014

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.

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This post was written by on August 26, 2014

€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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This post was written by on August 19, 2014

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