Weekly Update

This Week In The Seanad – This week in the Seanad a debate was held on the Protected Disclosures Bill 2013, the Housing Bill 2014 and the Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2014, which will introduce free GP care for all children under 6. You can read more here: http://catherinenoone.ie/2014/07/03/this-week-in-the-seanad-25/

Roaming Charge Reduction: Good News For Consumers and SMEs – On Tuesday, reductions in roaming fees which were implemented by the European Parliament came into effect. These reductions mean that people travelling abroad for business or leisure will be able to do a great deal more on their mobile phones than before without worrying about high roaming fees. This move comes ahead of the abolition of roaming fees, which is expected next year – http://catherinenoone.ie/2014/07/02/good-day-for-consumers-and-smes-as-roaming-charges-slashed/

Time to “Call time” on Arthur’s Day – This week Diageo announced that Arthur’s Day would not be continued this year. I think this is welcome news, given that Alcohol Action Ireland have shown that ambulance calls increase by 30% on Arthur’s Day, it’s clear that binge drinking was becoming synonymous with the day – http://catherinenoone.ie/2014/07/03/diageo-right-to-call-time-on-arthurs-day/

Walking For A Good Cause – I was happy to participate in the Annual Oireachtas Walk on Sunday, which took place in the Macgillycuddy Reeks in Co. Kerry, organised by Minister Deenihan and superbly led by Mountaineering Ireland. The walk was held in aid of CARI (Children at Risk in Ireland), who provide post assessment support and long term therapy to children who have experienced sexual abuse. It is a most worthy cause and one which I would encourage support for.



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