Newsletter – 23rd May

This Week In The Seanad – We had statements on the Decade of Centenaries programme of commemorations, as well as debates on the Animal Health and Welfare Bill 2012, Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Bill 2013 and the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012. You can read more here:

€13 million Provided To Dublin Causes By Businesses – Business In The Community launched their Impact Map this week, which highlights businesses who are working on and contributing to civic and community projects across the country. In Dublin, this translated to €13m worth of investment by just 46 business. You can read more about it here:

Dublin Should Get Involved In Heritage Initiative – This week, I urged Dublin communities to get involved in the Friend of Irish Heritage initiative launched this week by the Minister of State at the Office of Public Works (OPW), Brian Hayes TD. In the year of the Gathering, I think it is especially important that we all get involved in the promotion and protection of our local heritage. You can read more here:

Grafton Street Redevelopment A Welcome Boost – I was delighted to welcome the launch of the €4m redevelopment of Grafton Street, which involves the 1980’s red brick street surface being replaced with a more aesthetically pleasing and durable paving material. I am delighted that the Council has acted on this issue. I know a great many businesses and business organisations have been working towards this outcome. You can read more here:

Time To Create A Clean Energy Hub – Given Ireland has binding EU targets in place to deliver 16% of its overall energy from renewable sources by 2020 and 40% of our electricity will be met from renewables. We need to get to work towards achieving these goals nationally and I believe a clean energy hub could help us with this goal. Read more here:

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