My Speech on the Need For Chefs to be added to the Critical Skills Employment List

The need for Chefs to be added to the Critical Skills employment permit list  The issue of the shortage of skilled labour in the hospitality sector – Chefs in particular, […]

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Response from the Minister to my call to Place Chefs on the Critical Skills Employment Permit List

Commencement Matter 3 October 2017 Senator Catherine Noone The need for the Minister of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation to consider placing Chefs on the critical skills employment permit list.   […]

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Minster John Paul Phelan Outlines Government Position on Councillor’s Pay and Conditions

  There is significant pressure on councillors with regard to their ability to do their job effectively while maintaining full time work or rearing a family. Accordingly, in January of […]

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Time To Introduce Detroit’s ‘Zero Suicide’ Model

On foot of the launch of National Office for Suicide Prevention’s annual report, I have called for the introduction of the ‘Zero Suicide Model’ in Irish hospitals and clinics. This […]

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13.5% VAT Rate on Sunbed Sessions and 23% on Sunscreen is an Unacceptable Discrepancy that Needs to be Addressed in Budget 2018

I have described the discrepancy between the 13.5% VAT rate on sunbed sessions and 23% VAT rate on sunscreen as both incomprehensible and unacceptable. Under the VAT Consolidation Act 2010 […]

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DAILY PE CLASSES SHOULD BE MADE MANDATORY IN ALL SCHOOLS

I am calling for the mandatory introduction of daily PE classes in all schools across the country. We all know the positive effects of exercise, regular physical activity helps children […]

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Going Dutch!

The British-Irish Parliamentary Report on Childhood Obesity is a welcome piece of research and it should be used by the Government to direct policies and actions to prevent the increase […]

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I have called for greater restrictions on junk-food promotions

The British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly’s report of childhood obesity was revealed a number of interesting findings. Two of the findings in particular jumped out to me, the first was that food […]

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The British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly has published its report on childhood obesity

British-Irish Parliamentary Childhood report, which was published today (19th July 2017), is a culmination of a ten-month long enquiry by the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, untaken with the intention of shedding […]

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I have renewed my call for ‘no fry zones’ following Temple Carrig’s failed attempt to overturn McDonald’s planning permission

The fight by Wicklow School, Temple Carrig, to overturn planning permission for chain fast food restaurant McDonald’s to build a drive through within 100metres of the school, has come to […]

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New study shows direct link between obesity during pregnancy and birth defects

I have  highlighted a major study which has found that women who are obese when they conceive are more likely to give birth to a baby with serious birth defects. […]

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Although sugar consumption has dropped among 11 – 15 year olds, obesity rates remain high

A recently released report from the WHO has found that sugar consumption of 11 to 15 year olds has decreased significantly between 2002 and 2014, although obesity has continued to […]

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Social media networks must take more responsibility for their users following worrying new report

A recent survey by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK, has revealed that four of the five most popular forms of social media are harming young […]

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Improved measures needed to address the online exploitation of children

A recent report released by Europol has suggested that crimes around the sexual exploitation and coercion of children online have increased. This is not the first time I have raised […]

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Whilst I welcome the end of roaming charges, I am calling on providers to inform users of data limits

Today (Thursday) I  called on network providers to text customers each time they travel in the EU with information on data allowances and surplus charges following the implementation of new […]

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Gardaí need new powers to combat child sexual exploitation

Currently Gardaí who have a reasonable suspicion about an individual do not have the power to seize and search the suspect’s mobile phone. The law as it stands does not […]

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My speech on the audit of the use of section 12 of the Child Care Act by An Garda Síochána

There is no disputing that Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s recent report has given rise to grave and understandable concerns. There are a number of criticisms of Tusla in the audit, moreover, […]

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My Speech on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017

There are numerous complex reasons why a gender pay gap exists, not only in Ireland but all over the world. Reasons include the fact that women are, in some cases, […]

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Genealogy Testing as a Tourism Initiative

I  came  across a very interesting community project in Kilkenny, which is connecting people abroad of Irish descent with their ancestral homelands by way of a simple DNA test. Last year 22 […]

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My Speech on the Commission on Mother and Baby Homes – Second Interim Report

The focus in this report is on children who were unaccompanied by their mothers in Mother and Baby Homes and County Homes. As such, it is an issue that must […]

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My Speech on the Adoption and Tracing Bill,

First and foremost this Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill will give adopted persons, birth parents and relatives a legal right to an information and tracing service. In my view, this […]

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Additional incentives for electric cars should be introduced here.

According to a report by the World Health Organisation, air pollution from particulate matter, from both petrol – but more so diesel engines – is causing serious respiratory and cardiovascular […]

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My Speech on Childhood Obesity

  As this House is well aware, I have long been a strong and vocal advocate for the urgent need to tackle the growing obesity epidemic – especially childhood obesity. […]

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My Speech on the Litter Pollution (Amendment) Bill 2017

The 2015 National Littering Monitoring System revealed that 62.8% of Ireland was slightly polluted. The reality that over 60% of our country is polluted to some level is not a […]

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My speech on the new report by the National Oversight and Audit Commission

I was struck by the new report released by the National Oversight and Audit Commission, released today which found that less than half i.e only 15 out of 31 local […]

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My Speech at the VotingRights.ie Press Conference

Emigration is a central part of Ireland’s history. Although it became particularly prominent during the Great Famine, emigration has continued throughout the decades in spite of Ireland’s evolution and development. […]

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I have called for at least one ASD unit to be introduced into every school nationwide that needs one

Currently in Ireland, approximately one child in 65 is diagnosed with autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is the name used for a specific set of behavioural and developmental problems and […]

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I have called for increased funding for subsidised cycle lanes and purchase schemes

  A report, carried out by experts from the University of Glasgow over five years, shows that 46% of those who cycled to work lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease […]

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My Speech on the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017

Ireland has developed considerably since the Intoxicating Liquor Act was passed into law in 1927, particularly with regards to economic and social aspects. The tourism sector has grown significantly, making […]

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I have renewed my call for hospital car parking guidelines to be rolled out, including two new proposals

I previously called for the nationwide rolling out of hospital car-park guidelines, to provide for a consistent service across the country. There is a need better facilitate patient groups that […]

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My IPU Speech on Female Equality in Politics and Business.

Women represent 50% of the world’s population –as such it follows they should have a 50% say in the decisions affecting them. In 2016- women sought to be among the world’s most […]

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We need to redouble efforts to combat drink driving

The Garda’s records on its PULSE database captured 1,995,369 breath tests carried out between 2012 and 2016. However, the bureau’s records show 1,058,157 tests during that period. When you calculate […]

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I am calling for a ‘blue card’ to be introduced in Ireland to tackle concussion in rugby

The Australia Rugby Union has begun trailing a ‘blue card’, aimed at senior and junior clubs, so the referee can send a player off if they show signs of a […]

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Hospitals should follow lead of Govt Depts on healthier vending machines

Today I called for changes made to vending machines in some Government Departments to offer healthier options to staff . I believe this is the way forward  – moreover, other workplaces, […]

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Education and awareness are key to narrowing the gap between cancer diagnosis and survival- Noone

Education and awareness are key to narrowing the gap between cancer diagnosis and survival- Noone Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has said education and awareness are key to narrowing […]

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We need to urgently address antibiotic resistance

The issue of antibiotics, and the fact that one day they will not work anymore, is one which must be addressed as a matter of priority. There has already been […]

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Irish Cancer Society’s Campaign to Reduce Hospital Parking Costs Needs to be Supported by Govt

Today, I called on the Minister for Health to support the Irish Cancer Society’s ongoing campaign to reduce exorbitant hospital car parking prices by issuing parking pricing guideline. I was […]

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My Speech On The Excavations on the site of former Mother and Baby Home Site – Tuam.

The discovery of a mass grave at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home is truly appalling.  The physical excavations by the Commission of Investigation have unearthed a true chamber of […]

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The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill needs to be implemented without further delay as alcohol consumption rose by 4.8% in 2016

According to provisional figures released by the Revenue Commissioners – alcohol consumption in Ireland rose by 4.8% in 2016. The figures show that per capita alcohol consumption was 11.46 litres […]

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I am calling for the expedition of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill to enable Gardaí to protect children from online grooming

I have called for the immediate commencement of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill, which was enacted yesterday, which will greatly help to protect children, particularly with the rise in […]

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My speech to the Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton, on his statements regarding the Action Plan for Education 2017

For our education system to be truly equal fair and inclusive  – every child must have the opportunity to fulfil their  potential, regardless of circumstances. Moreover, we must strive to […]

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My Speech on the subject of Statements of Clarification on Statements made by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Let me start by saying that the top priority in this matter is achieving justice for the McCabe family. I have not encountered one person- since the story broke- who […]

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A recently published study has revealed a significant gender gap in fitness levels among teenagers

Recently published results from the 2016 Irish Life Health Schools Fitness Challenge revealed a significant gender gap between the fitness levels of teenagers. What researchers found to be of concern […]

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Tougher measures need to be taken against those convicted of selling illegal synthetic drugs

An assistant state pathologist has recently revealed that synthetic drugs have become strikingly common as the cause for sudden unexpected deaths throughout the country. Furthermore, one particular synthetic drug, U-4, […]

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My Speech on The Derelict and Vacant Sites Bill 2017

Private Members Bill – Derelict and Vacant Sites Bill 2017 The Derelict and Vacant Sites Bill 2017 proposes to amend three existing Acts, the Derelict Sites Act 1990, the Urban […]

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My speech addressing Frances Fitzgerald on The Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017

The Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017 The Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017 is an important piece of new legislation which will give necessary financial security to those who require lifelong […]

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My speech addressing Minister Simon Coveney on the amendments to Councillor’s conditions

Statements on Amendments the Councillors Conditions (Minister Simon Coveney) For members of Seanad and Dail Eireann, there can sometimes be a tendency to underestimate the sheer dedication and immense workload […]

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Parents need additional support to protect their children from online dangers

Last month, I highlighted the issue of the Cyber Safe Ireland’s 2016 annual report which focused on minor’s cyber safety education in Ireland. 84% of teachers surveyed for that study […]

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The European Parliament has taken a considerable step towards ending EU data roaming charges

As previous European Spokesperson for the Seanad I was very interested to hear that the European Parliament has agreed a deal to cap the prices that telecoms operators pay for using […]

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There is a need to investigate the use of prescription medication nationwide

A recent documentary revealed some disturbing statistics regarding Ireland and prescription medication. Over 450,000 people in Ireland are on anti-depressants. Anti-depressants account for approximately 3.5 million prescriptions per year and they […]

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I have called for increased education on the dangers of alcohol consumption during pregnancy

I have raised the issue of alcohol consumption in this house a number of times as it is an issue that seems to affect Ireland at a higher level than […]

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My speech on the Adoption Amendment Bill 2016

This Bill is one which I broadly welcome – I believe it to be open and forward-thinking whilst ensuring a robust legislative basis for adoption. However, I do have some […]

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I have called for VAT reform in the interest of Ireland’s health

In 2015 the Royal College of Physicians warned that Ireland could become the most obese country in Europe by 2030 if urgent action is not taken. In light of such […]

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Politicians can help raise awareness during European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Every year approximately 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 90 lives are lost to this preventable disease. This week is European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, and men […]

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Increased Cyber-Safety Education Needs to be Introduced in Schools Nationwide

Cyber Safe Ireland’s recently published 2016 annual report gave considerable cause for concern for a number of reasons. The report focused on children between the ages of 11 and 13 […]

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My Speech on the Registration of Wills Bill 2016

The Registration of Wills Bill was considered in detail in 2006 by the Department of Health and Children (the then home of the GRO) and DJE. The then Minister of […]

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Hospital Car Parking Costs Need to be Reduced and Streamlined

Today, I called for the reduction and streamlining of exorbitant hospital car parking costs. Many relatives of patients with long term illnesses are being forced to fork out exorbitant costs […]

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More Spot Checks Needed To Clamp Down On Rogue Christmas Tree Vendors

Today I called for an increase in the amount of spot checks on unlicensed Christmas tree sellers following an rise in the number of rogue vendors selling Christmas trees illegally. […]

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OECD study whilst encouraging reveals a gap in gender performance levels in science and math

A new OECD study published this week has shown that Irish 15-year-olds are significantly above average when it comes to their performance in science, maths and reading. In the latest Programme […]

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Data sharing between Gardaí and insurance companies needed urgently to tackle fraud

This week, I called for data sharing between Gardaí and insurance companies to be prioritised, in light of reports that UK motor insurance fraudsters targeting our compensation culture. I was […]

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Reply by Deputy Damien English to questions posed in The Seanad concerning Councillors’ Terms and Conditions

Effective local government structures are an essential part of our democracy. In turn, effective local government cannot be achieved without the hard work and commitment of elected members who give […]

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I have called for the Minister to address the lack of low-protein food products on the long term illness list

Approximately 1 in every 45,000 babies born in Ireland is diagnosed with Phenylketonuria (PKU) and 1 in every 65,000 babies born in Ireland is diagnosed with Homocystinuria (HCU). Both are […]

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Pubs proposing the introduction of loyalty cards should be denied a licence

Today I protested the granting of a licence to a Cork publican who has proposed to introduce a loyalty card scheme for alcohol consumption –   despite Garda objections to the […]

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My Speech today on the Public Health Alcohol Bill

I would like to raise the issue of lobbyists from both the alcohol and advertising industries who are vigorously opposing various aspects of the Public Health Alcohol bill. Lobbyists from […]

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More can be done to alleviate the rental crisis in Dublin

I heard an interesting comment this morning concerning the strange irony that many visiting tourists to Dublin are now staying in apartments – whilst the homeless are in Hotels. We […]

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Vaping found to be 95% safer than smoking

This week I spoke on vaping in Ireland and the benefits it may provide to those looking to quit smoking. The Public Health England review, found that vaping is approximately […]

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I highlighted the issue of rural broadband blackspots

This week I spoke on the crucial issue of rural broadband, particularly the low quality or lack of broadband that a significant portion of the country experiences. A new study […]

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I called for the installation of easily identifiable phone box style defibrillator stations nationwide

Today I called for the installation of easily identifiable phone box style defibrillators stations in towns and villages nationwide. Teenager, Tom Geaney, whose life was saved through the use of a […]

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I am calling for the legalisation of medical cannabis and welcome the commitment by Minister Harris to examine the issue in January

Today I called for the legalisation of medical cannabis and welcomed Minister Simon Harris’ commitment to examine this issue in January. The legalisation of cannabis for medical use is something […]

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My Speech on the Heritage Bill 2016

The principal purpose of this Bill is to amend the Heritage Act 1995, on foot of the Report of the Critical Review of the Heritage Council, and to make provision […]

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My Speech on the Public Health Alcohol Bill 2016

Public Health Alcohol Bill 2016 – My Speech Whilst I strongly welcome the Public Health Alcohol Bill – I feel a more fundamental shift needs to occur when it comes […]

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Corporate Manslaughter Bill- 2016

I welcome the opportunity to debate this important issue and whilst I don’t oppose the Corporate Manslaughter Bill – I believe it requires amendments before being passed into law. Currently […]

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Alcohol Cheaper Now Than in 2002.

As part of my speech on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2016, I highlighted the fact that some alcohol products are cheaper today than they were fourteen years ago. It […]

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My Speech on the Affordable Childcare Scheme:

As a percentage of wages, net childcare costs in Ireland are among the highest in the EU, the second highest for couples and the highest for single parents. We have […]

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Crumlin Children’s Hospital Serving Sugar-laden Meals To Sick Children Is Unacceptable

In a speech in the Seanad this week, I highlighted the fact that Crumlin Children’s hospital is still serving sugar- laden foods such to children as young as 15- months. […]

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Legislation to criminalise revenge porn must now be introduced as a matter of urgency

Today, I welcomed new proposals from the Law Reform Commission, which would see the posting of naked images online, and the taking of intimate photos without consent, made criminal offences […]

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Active apps like Pokémon Go need to be supported by Government.

Today I called for Government support for active apps like Pokémon Go, which combine games with fitness. The video game Pokémon Go is currently sweeping the mobile gaming market in […]

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Childhood obesity to be examined by joint British-Irish study

A new joint British-Irish study on childhood obesity will be a very important piece of research. I recently attended the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Dublin, where as a member of […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July, 2016

Tuesday 12th: 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding appointments to the Seanad Committee on Procedure and Privileges – without debate Motion regarding appointments to the […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July, 2016

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July, 2016 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 16:45 – Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) […]

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Mobile phone Companies’ ‘cherry picking’ of Coverage Areas Needs To Be Addressed.

In the chamber today I highlighted the fact that mobile phone companies are cherry picking the areas they supply 4G coverage to and are thus leaving many areas- especially rural […]

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Cross party Group on Alcohol Harm.

This week I co-hosted the informal Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Alcohol Harm breakfast briefing on child protection in the context of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. Harmful parental drinking […]

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97% of parents surveyed want traffic light labelling to help them make healthy food choices for their children

Following a survey of 250 Irish parents conducted by my office, I have called for the introduction of a mandatory traffic light labelling system to help inform parents of the […]

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Faster broadband needs to be introduced as a matter of urgency!

Today I called for faster broadband to be introduced to Ireland as a matter of urgency. Ireland has one of the highest percentages of rural dwellers in Europe and one […]

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Some Potential Upside to Brexit.

While Ireland is deemed to have more to lose than fellow European Union member states by Britain’s decision to quit the EU, the possibility that firms keen to stay in […]

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Seanad Schedule

Commencement Debates 15:30 Order of Business 16:45 – 18:45 -Statements on UK referendum result [Minister for Foreign Affairs] Wednesday 10:30 – Commencement Debates 11:30 – Order of Business 12:45 – […]

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Shocking New Report On Alcohol Consumption.

New data compiled from the hospital in-patient reporting system has confirmed the impact of alcohol consumption on our health system. This report clearly illustrates how Irish peoples’ drinking patterns are […]

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Revenge porn must be criminalised

I was shocked to hear a victim of cyber harassment, or what’s more commonly known as revenge porn, talk about her ordeal on radio this week. The young woman endured […]

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Digital marketing of junk food to young teenagers needs to be regulated now

Today I called for urgent regulation of the digital marketing of junk food to young teenagers. The new report by the Irish Heart Foundation is very worrying. It has found […]

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Enforcement of ‘No Fry Zones’ around our schools should be seen as key step in the battle against obesity

Enforcing ‘No Fry Zones’ around our schools would be a very welcome step in the battle against obesity and should be viewed as an important part of health promotion. I […]

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Proposed new EU measures would improve online shopping for Irish consumers

I strongly welcome proposed new EU measures will greatly improve online shopping for Irish consumers. The European Commission has introduced proposed measures aimed at tackling geo-blocking. This is where the […]

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Ministers should come together to tackle childhood obesity

I have called on the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, the Minster for Health, Simon Harris and the Minister of State for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran Kennedy to come together […]

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FG-FF Agreement

Core Principles for the Confidence and Supply Arrangement for a Fine Gael Led Government This is a document that outlines the confidence and supply arrangement to facilitate a Fine Gael-led […]

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Schools and pre-schools should be sweet-free zones

Dublin Senator Catherine Noone, has today (Monday) backed a campaign to make Irish schools and pre-schools sweet-free zones. I have long highlighted the dangers of the growing childhood obesity problem […]

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MMA needs rules and guidelines if it is to continue in Ireland

I have called for  rules and guidelines to be put in place, and adhered to by Mixed Martial Arts, if the sport is to continue in Ireland. For some time now […]

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Ireland’s chronic obesity problem needs to be top of our priority list in the formation of a Government

Today, I reiterated my call for urgent action, including education for children in primary school; physical education as part of the curriculum; the introduction of a sugar-tax on soft drinks and measures […]

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Fine Gael is committed to supporting hotels and restaurants

The employment hotels and restaurants provide, is vitally important to the growth of local economies and Fine Gael is committed to supporting them. I have always campaigned for a special 9% […]

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Enforcing ‘No Fry Zones’ around our schools would be a very welcome step in the battle against obesity

Enforcing ‘No Fry Zones’ around our schools would be a very welcome step in the battle against obesity. This is something that I have campaigned for for some time and […]

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Inheritance Tax threshold increase would be huge relief for families in Dublin West

An increase in the threshold for inheritance tax would be a huge relief for families in Dublin West. The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, has outlined Fine Gael’s plan to […]

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Decision to publically fund fertility treatment very welcome move – Noone

Decision to publically fund fertility treatment very welcome move – Noone Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has welcomed the announcement today by the Minister […]

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New Burglary Act will help keep repeat burglars off the streets of Dublin West

 Today I strongly supported the new Burglary Act, which will help keep repeat burglars off the streets of Dublin West and improve the safety of our community. Yesterday the Minister for Justice and Equality, […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December, 2015 Tuesday 11:30- Commencement Debates 12:30 – Order of Business 13:45 – 14:45 Appropriation Bill […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th and Friday 11th December, 2015 Monday 13:00 – Prisons Bill 2015 – Order for Second Stage and […]

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Time to make calorie counts in take-aways mandatory – Noone

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Thursday) called for calorie counts on menus to be made mandatory in all take-away fast food outlets. […]

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Alcohol Legislation To Be Welcomed

This week, I welcomed the moves undertaken by the Minister for Health, and my constituency colleague, Leo Varadkar, to attempt to tackle the troubled Irish relationship with alcohol. As announced […]

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This Week In The Seanad

-SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd December, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 16:45 – 18:15 Motor Vehicles (Duties […]

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Weekly earnings have increased by 2.7%

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) welcomed recent data from the CSO showing average weekly earnings have increased by 2.7%. “This is […]

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Vital respite services to be restored for families of children with special needs

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has said today (Tuesday) that vital respite services for families of children with special needs are to be restored […]

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Home Carers Tax Credit

Noone encourages families to claim the home carers’ tax credit Tax credit for home carers increased in Budget 2016 Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Monday) encouraged families […]

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This Week In The Seanad

Revised SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th November, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding the Horse and […]

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Transparency On Electricity Costs Needed

Senator Catherine Noone today called for electricity companies across Ireland to come together and create an industry website which would clearly and simply allow people to compare packages between companies […]

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Time for Central Bank to intervene for banking customers

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Thursday) called on the Central Bank to publish a new document outlining the minimum service standards for […]

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Urgent need to update the Misuse of Drugs Act to tackle new dangerous drugs – Noone

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) called for the Misuse of Drugs Act to be updated urgently, in order to empower Gardaí […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th November, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Minutes Silence to remember the victims of Paris Terror […]

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Two new schools for Dublin West, with three more getting brand new buildings – Noone

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the announcement that a new primary school and a new secondary school are planned for […]

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This Week In The Seanad

REVISED SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th November, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 16:45 – Assisted Decision Making […]

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Time to implement an all-Dublin ‘No Fry Zone’ – Noone

Time to implement an all-Dublin ‘No Fry Zone’ – Noone Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) called on the four Dublin Councils […]

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Good value pledge needed for Dublin hotels

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) called on Dublin hotels to come together and sign a pledge that commits them to providing […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th November, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business Estimate provision for the Horse and […]

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Increase sentences for drink drivers to 14 years

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) called for tougher sentences for drink drivers. Senator Noone made the call following the tragic death […]

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Purpose Built Forensic Science Laboratory

Please see below my commencement motion and the response from the Minister: Senator Catherine Noone The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the position regarding the […]

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This Week In The Seanad

REVISED SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd October, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding the proceeds of […]

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Super Troopers

I have previously highlighted the fact that 80% of children are not achieving the daily recommended quota of exercise. As such, I am delighted a new schools physical activity program- […]

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New Garda Vehicles Welcome

I am satisfied to see that the Minister for Justice has announced, as part of our plans to tackle rural crime, an allocation of €5.3 million for the purchase of […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th October, 2015 Tuesday 13:00 – Commencement Debates 14:00 – 16.00 SOS 16.00— Order of Business 17:00 – 19:00 […]

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Revenue from any future sugar tax should be ring-fenced for dental care

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, has said that revenue from a sugar tax, if it is introduced, should be strictly ring-fenced to improve access […]

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Sugar tax on soft drinks would be a welcome step in the fight against obesity

Today I welcomed Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar’s  support for a sugary drinks levy. This is something that I have been hoping for and campaigning for, for some time. I believe […]

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Larger cigarette packets pose additional health risk

I have condemned the recent appearance of larger packets of cigarettes on shelves – some containing as many as 28 per packet. As far as I’m concerned, this is a […]

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IVF treatment should be funded under the medical health system

IVF treatment should be funded under the medical health system – Noone Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, Catherine Noone, is calling for IVF treatment to be […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th September and Thursday 1st October, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 17:00 – 19:00 Statements […]

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Longer Healthy Living Bill

Longer Healthy Living Bill Overall, I am supportive of the Longer Healthy Living Bill which proposes to ensure all those who are employees of the Department of Health – and […]

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Educate Together Update

Commencement Debate 29th September, 2015 The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update with regard to the Department of Education and Skills review of post-primary […]

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More food education needed to tackle Ireland’s growing obesity problem

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West Catherine Noone, says we need more of a focus on education surrounding food, if we are to tackle Ireland’s growing obesity […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th September, 2015 Wednesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 17:00 – 19:00 PMB – Motion “That Seanad […]

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Dublin Prices To Blame For Web Summit Exit – Noone

Senator Catherine Noone has today called on Dublin hoteliers and restaurateurs to “rein in the excessive price gouging and start offering value for money again” following yesterday’s decision by the […]

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Report raises fears that e-cigarettes could be disguising cannabis use – Noone

Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West Catherine Noone, has said today (Thursday) that a recent report in the US raises fears that some young people could be […]

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Leaving Cert PE Curriculum

Time for PE to become a Leaving Cert subject – Noone Fine Gael Senator, Catherine Noone is strongly supporting the idea of creating a Leaving Certificate curriculum for PE, to […]

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Excise Duty increase is not “the old reliable” – Noone

Fine Gael Senator, Catherine Noone, has today backed research undertaken by Alcohol Action Ireland which highlights that, despite what alcohol companies try to spin, beer is in fact not a […]

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Update From Senator Catherine Noone

This Week In The Seanad – This week in the Seanad we had a debate on the Children First Bill 2014 as well as the Children (Amendment) Bill 2015 and […]

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Children First Bill

First of all I would like to welcome the Minister to the House to discuss this Bill. As the Minister has outlined, this Bill will put elements of the Children […]

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This Week In The Seanad

Tuesday 10:30 – Order of Business 11:45 – 13:45 Children First Bill 2014 – Second Stage [Department of Children and Youth Affairs] 13:45 – 14:30 Children (Amendment) Bill 2015 – […]

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Children’s sugar intake is three times too high – time for urgent measures

Children’s sugar intake is three times too high – time for urgent measures – Noone Dublin Senator Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) called for anti-sugar consumption measures to be implemented […]

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Weekly Update From Senator Catherine Noone

This Week In The Seanad – This week in the Seanad we had on the Urban Regeneration and Housing Bill 2015 as well as the Defence Bill 2015 and the […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July, 2015 Tuesday 11:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding the appointment of the chairperson of […]

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Time For Real Poster Restrictions

Senator Catherine Noone has today called on poster restrictions of 400 per candidate per constituency to be imposed ahead of the next General Election. Her comments come on foot of […]

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Make Fitness Testing Compulsory in Schools

Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has today (Thursday) called for compulsory fitness testing to be introduced in all schools. Research has shown that almost 90% of Irish children in the 10-18 […]

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Seanad Eireann Schedule of Business Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th July, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 16:45 – 19:00 Industrial Relations (Amendment) […]

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We can halve childhood obesity by 2022

“Having long been vocal about the urgent need to tackle childhood obesity, I was even taken aback at the news that an increasing number of Irish seven-year-olds are being fitted […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 30th June, Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd July, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding the Education Research […]

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Growing Tourism Speech.

  For decades tourism has been a crucial element in the economic and social development in this country both nationally and regionally. Like many other visitor destinations the Irish tourist […]

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Over-consumption of energy drinks a health threat

Over-consumption of energy drinks can trigger heart attacks in young people – Noone Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has today (Wednesday) urged young people in particular, to exercise caution […]

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Update From Senator Catherine Noone

This Week In The Seanad – This week in the Seanad we had debates on the Health (GP Service) Bill 2015, as well as the National Minimum Wage (Low Pay […]

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Obesity Speech

I have long been a strong and vocal advocate for the urgent need to tackle the growing obesity epidemic – especially childhood obesity. A recent report compiled by the World […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 16th Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th June, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 16:45 – 19:00 Health (General Practitioner […]

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Time For Ireland To Consider Following U.S. On Trans Fats – Noone

Senator Catherine Noone has today said it is time for Ireland to “consider following the lead” of the United States when it comes to its treatment of trans fats. The […]

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Suspended Cent-ence? One and two cents to be shelved in national trial

The Government will consider tomorrow a trial abolition of one and two cent coins, which will see prices rounded to the nearest five-cent unit. This development came following Senator Catherine […]

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Weekly Update

Time For Tougher Mandatory Sentencing For Offences Against Gardai – This week alone, we have seen two dreadful incidents which hammer home both the daily difficulty of life as a […]

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Obesity and Childhood Discussion

Good evening, and thank you all for coming. I was delighted to be asked to speak here this evening by Cllr. McLoughlin-Healy, as the prevention of obesity is, I believe, […]

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Senate Update

Time To See Sense And Remove Cents – This week I called on Minister Noonan to consider the results of a Wexford trial which removed one and two cent coins […]

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Antisocial Behaviour Crackdown Needed

Senator Catherine Noone has today said that a “serious crackdown” in antisocial behavior is needed, after reports of antisocial behaviour near a school in recent weeks concluded with the disgraceful […]

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Time to see sense and scrap cents – Noone

Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has today (Thursday) called on the Central Bank to abolish one and two cent coins. She has written to the Minister for Finance, requesting […]

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Update From Senator Catherine Noone

This Week In The Seanad – This week in the Seanad we debated a number of issues including the Customs Bill 2015, the Statute Law Revisions Bill 2015, the National […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 26th Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th May, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding the Companies Act 2014 […]

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Sugary Beverages Should Carry Warnings

OOB – Warning Labels As we are all aware, the most recent WHO report found that Ireland is on course to be the fattest country in Europe by 2030. Meanwhile, […]

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Abolition of voucher expirations good for consumers

People who have purchased gift vouchers will no longer be caught out by expiration dates, under new laws from the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. Commenting on […]

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Roaming Abolition Delay And Compromise Is “A Bad Deal For Europeans” – Noone

Senator Catherine Noone has today spoken out against the ‘continued watering down’ of EU roaming blahblah. Senator Noone said: “Given that, in recent months, MEPs in all nations have been […]

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Sugary drinks are the ‘alcohol of childhood’ and should carry warning labels

Sugary drinks are the ‘alcohol of childhood’ and should carry warning labels – Noone Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone, has called for all sugary drinks sold in Ireland to […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 12th Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th May, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 16:45 – 18:15 Statements on ‘Alcohol […]

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Alcohol Debate

First of all, I would like to welcome this debate. I feel it often comes up in a fragmented format where sometimes a more holistic, cohesive approach can be absent. […]

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For Commuters, NRA M50 Charges Are A Heavy Toll – Noone

“I am disappointed to see that the tired idea of multi-point tolling on the M50 has been set forward by the NRA yet again as the supposed solution that nobody […]

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1,000 Dublin West Jobs Are “A Real Boost” – Noone

Senator Catherine Noone today welcomed the announcement of 1,000 jobs relating to Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ plans to expand its operations in Ireland by constructing the Company’s first ever biologics manufacturing facility […]

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Weekly Update

This Week In The Seanad – This week in the Seanad, we debated the Sport Ireland Bill 2014 as well as debating the Report on Seanad Reform, Statements on Europe […]

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WHO Report On Obesity

As the Chamber is fully aware, I have been calling for legislation to tackle the Irish obesity time bomb for a number of years now. Latest figures released by the […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 5th Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th May, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – 17:45 Statements on ‘Report of the Working Group […]

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Seanad Reform

First of all I would like to welcome former Senator Manning to the Chamber and welcome this report, which is comprehensive and has put forward a number of compelling suggestions. […]

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Europe Day

First of all, I would like to welcome the Minister to the House as we mark Europe Day and discuss both the challenges and opportunities that we face – as […]

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Consider supplying Gardaí with tasers

I have supported the call to supply frontline Gardaí with tasers. According to the GRA, 600 Gardaí were injured in the line of duty last year, 46% of which were […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 16:45 – Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) […]

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Early Years Capital Programme 2015

Catherine Noone this week encouraged local childcare services to assess if they may be eligible for Government funding. A capital fund of €7 million has been announced for Early Years […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th April 2015 Wednesday 14:30 Commencement Debates 15:30 Order of Business 16:45- Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2015- Second Stage [Department […]

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Dublin West Convention Speech

Good evening. First of all, I would like to thank my nominator and seconder Tony McBride and Eithne Loftus. Both have been an immense help as I got started in […]

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Airport Luas link could be good news for Ashtown residents

Airport Luas link could be good news for Ashtown residents – Noone Fine Gael Senator and Dublin West General Election Candidate Catherine Noone has said that she was encouraged to […]

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Diploma in Corporate Governance Scholarship

The 30% Club and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School are delighted to offer a full tuition fee scholarship to one female candidate wishing to enter the Diploma in Corporate […]

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Boost in Garda recruitment is good news for Dublin West

This week, I welcomed the announcement that Garda recruitment will be accelerated in 2015, saying it is good news for communities in Dublin West and a clear demonstration of Fine […]

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Establishment of Ministry Representing New Communities and Equality

First of all I would like to welcome this motion, as I believe it is an important issue to highlight and that it makes a number of worthwhile points. Ireland […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st, Thursday 2nd April, 2015 Monday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – Children and Family Relationships Bill […]

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Prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to children as a matter of urgency.

I have called for the promotion and sale of e-cigarettes to children under 18 to be prohibited as a matter of urgency. The call comes following a new UK study, released […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th & Friday 27th March, 2015 Tuesday 12:00 – Commencement Debates 13:00 – Order of Business Motion regarding proposal for […]

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Standing Up For Small Business

I would like to welcome this morning’s news that self-employed people and business owners could be treated the same as PAYE workers from the next Budget, as set out in […]

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ESRI indicates strong growth for 2015/16

I strongly welcome the new ESRI report predicting GNP growth of 4.1% in 2015 and of 3.5% in 2016. According to the report, the increased level of economic activity should […]

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Time For Vending Machine Regulation In Schools

Fine Gael Dublin West Senator, Catherine Noone has today (Wednesday) called on the Department of Education to consider rules regarding the installation and supply of vending machines in schools. “Schools […]

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Time to end the alcohol ‘hijack’ and reclaim St. Patrick’s Day

Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has called for the reclaiming of St Patrick’s day from its ingrained association with binge drinking and for the promotion of more alcohol-free events […]

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Time For Mandatory Introduction Of “Traffic Light” Calorie Labels

Senator Catherine Noone has today called on the Government to consider making it mandatory to have food and drinks manufacturers display “traffic light” calorie labels. Her comments come after it […]

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Noone calls for total figure of children admitted to hospitals for alcohol poisoning to be released

Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has today (Tuesday) urged the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to release the total figure of children treated for alcohol poisoning in Irish hospitals. […]

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European Roaming decision disappointing

Delay on abolition of roaming charges is shameful – Noone “Dithering, indecisive and too willing to give in to special interests”, is how Senator Catherine Noone has summed up the […]

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Need For New Policing Initiatives

I was disturbed to meet a number of elderly and vulnerable people yesterday out in the Navan Road area who felt very isolated in their own homes, particularly given the […]

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Slowing increase in rent prices an opportunity to reform the rental market

“Today’s news that rent inflation in Dublin is slowing presents an opportunity to reform the rental market and to stop treating tenants as second class citizens,” said Fine Gael Senator […]

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Tobacco lobby legal threats “disappointing”

Tobacco lobby legal threats “disappointing” – Noone Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone today urged the Government to hold firm on plans to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products in like […]

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Weekly Update From Senator Catherine Noone

This Week In The Seanad – This week in the Seanad, we had a discussion regarding the appointment of the Ombudsman for Children, we also debated the Garda Siochana Bill […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th February, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding the adoption of new […]

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Regional Action Plan For Jobs

I would like to applaud Minister Bruton on today’s launch of the government’s new Regional Action Plan for Jobs. Many have argued that the economic recovery is a Dublin-only phenomenon […]

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Recycling Rebate Dublin

Fine Gael Press Office Senator Catherine Noone Dublin Monday, 9th February 2015 Recycling rebate makes sense for our urban areas – Noone Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has today (Monday) […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th February, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding the early signature of […]

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Calorie Posting On Menus Part of Obesity Solution

Calorie Posting On Menus Part of Obesity Crisis Solution – Noone Senator Catherine Noone has today welcomed the announcement that the Government has approved Heads of Bill for calorie posting […]

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Noone Urges Government To Push Alcohol Minimum Pricing

What I am saying today, to my colleagues in both Fine Gael and Labour, is that this Government must hold tight to the pressure and continue to push ahead with […]

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Tenants should not be second class citizens

Tenants should not be second class citizens – Noone “Tenants should not be treated as second class citizens in the housing market,” according to Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone. Senator […]

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“Love Ulster” March Chaos Should Not Be Repeated

Senator Catherine Noone has today called on “Love Ulster” campaigner Willie Frazer to reconsider plans for a ‘Love Ulster’ march on O’Connell Street, fearing a repeat of the clashes seen […]

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Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th January, 2015 Tuesday 14:30 – Commencement Debates 15:30 – Order of Business 16:45 – 18:00 Motion regarding Draft Order for the Commission of […]

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Action Plan for Jobs 2015 “another step forward on Ireland’s recovery” – Noone

“Between the first launch of the Action Plan for Jobs and today, they the economic landscape has changed. Our relentless focus on job creation on the economy has brought about […]

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Two Hours A Week P.E. Needed To Stave Off Childhood Obesity – Noone

Senator Catherine Noone has today supported the call of Sean Cottrell, CEO of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network (IPPN), who has said that two hours of PE should be made […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st & Thursday 22nd January, 2015 Tuesday 15:30 – Order of Business 16:45 – Statements on the HSE National Service Plan 2015 […]

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Thoughts on The Year Ahead

This time last week I was in the line of fire for having questioned this sport and suggested we might be wise to ban it in this country. I’ve come […]

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Welfare Wednesday Promotion “irresponsible” – Noone

Fine Gael Press Office Senator Catherine Noone Dublin Thursday, 5th January 2015 Discounted spirits aimed at social welfare recipients “irresponsible” – Noone Fine Gael Dublin West Senator Catherine Noone has […]

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Eliminating inactivity could cut mortality rates by over 7%

Eliminating inactivity could cut mortality rates by over 7% – Noone Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has called for substantially more investment in the promotion of physical activity following a study […]

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Public Meetings: Mortgages and Lending

Noone calls for mortgage rules to be amended Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) called on the Central Bank to consider amending its draft regulations on mortgage […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th November, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 16:30 – 18:30 Statements on Water Sector Reforms [Department of […]

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Anti-Motorist City Council Needs To Reconsider Moves

Senator Catherine Noone has today criticised the decision of Dublin City Council to close off half of College Green to traffic in order to trial a pedestrian plaza, saying “this […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th November, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding Protocol No. 21 on the position of the […]

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‘Sports Drinks’ Are Misleading Consumers – Noone

Senator Catherine Noone today called for the protection of the term ‘sports drinks’, following reports that many sports drinks had over 10g of sugar per serving and doctors were recommending […]

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Make alcohol calorie labelling mandatory

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has urged the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, to make calorie labelling on all alcoholic beverages mandatory. Recent research conducted by the Royal […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th & Thursday 6th November, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – Statements on Health-[Minister for Health] Spokesperson Senator Colm […]

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Halloween Cleanups Cost A Lot – We Need To Make Polluters Pay

This cost, which is particularly prevalent given Halloween takes place tonight, is one which is carried by every rate payer and every property tax payer in the City. On this […]

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Time for a real Dublin City commercial rates cut

This week I highlighted the real scope for Dublin City Council to cut commercial rates by as much as 2% in their upcoming budget. Speaking on the issue, Senator Noone, […]

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Dublin Bus fare hitting most vulnerable – Noone

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin Bay South, Catherine Noone has expressed her concern at the announcement by Dublin Bus that they are to increase cash fares as this change may […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd October, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding appointment members of the Irish Human Rights and […]

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Ireland in Top 5 Countries to Visit – Lonely Planet

This morning, I was equally delighted and proud to hear that Ireland has been named among the top five countries in the World to visit in 2015 by The Lonely […]

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Could Smart Meters Move State Agencies Towards 2020 Goal?

It was recently reported that smart meters could both save energy and money for consumers by decreasing usage, in some cases up to €200 per annum. This is a remarkable […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th October, 2014 Tuesday 13:15 Order of Business 16:00 – Statements on Budget 2015 – [Department of Finance] Spokesperson […]

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Urging RTÉ to postpone closure of Longwave service

Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, is calling on the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White TD, to urge RTÉ to postpone the closure of their Longwave service beyond […]

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Time to bring back Operation Freeflow

Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone said today (Thursday) that Operation Freeflow should be restored in Dublin as a matter of urgency. “As the economy recovers, traffic in Dublin is […]

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Time To End Below-Cost Alcohol Selling

Yesterday we heard that the Government was coming under increasing pressure to ban below-cost sales of alcohol, as it was indicated that this was costing the exchequer approximately €21m per […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th October, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – Vehicle Clamping Bill 2014 – Order for Second […]

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Make IT skills a statutory part of the primary curriculum

Make IT skills a statutory part of the primary curriculum – Noone Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has urged the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, to make IT […]

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Call For “Healthy Vending”

The issue of vending machines in schools containing sugary and fatty snacks is one that concerns me. The results of the 2012 Lifeskills survey, which were published by the Department […]

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Arguments on Water Fluoridation

This is a highly contested debate right now in a number of Councils. It visited the Seanad chamber this week and I welcomed the comments on the matter. Below are […]

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Time for Ireland To Lead On EU Taxi Regulations

“I believe that, given the technology at our disposal, and Ireland’s leadership role in drafting EU legislation for taximeters in 2004, Ireland is now in a prime position to modernise […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 30th September, Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd October, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 16:15 – Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 – Committee […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th September, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014 – Committee Stage […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th September 2014 Wednesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – 17:45 Private Members Business –Justice –Indep-Senators That Seanad Éireann:- • […]

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Dublin City Council prefabs must be temporary

Dublin City Council prefabs must be temporary – Noone Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today responded to the proposal that the Sinn Fein-controlled Dublin City Council is “seriously […]

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Long haul tourism jumps 33%. We must work to continue growth

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Friday) welcomed the latest CSO figures, which show that spend by visitors from our long-haul markets is up a massive 33% for […]

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48% of young adults skipping breakfast regularly

48% of young adults skipping breakfast regularly – Noone A survey carried out by the IRFU has revealed that 48% of young adults aged 19-24 are skipping breakfast regularly. Speaking […]

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Draft SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th, July, 2014 Tuesday 12:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding the proposed Commission of Investigation into the […]

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Roaming Loopholes Must Be Closed

Senator Catherine Noone today called on the European Commission to work to ensure that recently-discovered loopholes in their roaming legislation are closed. The regulations which came into effect on July […]

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Decision reopens door for directly elected Dublin mayor

Fine Gael Senator, Catherine Noone, this week said that the possibility of a directly elected Dublin mayor is back on the agenda. She was speaking after Fingal County Council overturned […]

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Findings on eye tests for the early detection of Alzheimer’s

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) said new international research on ways to identify Alzheimer’s at an early stage is encouraging and worthy of further consideration. Trails […]

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Alcohol and Medicine: A Dangerous Mix

I am concerned to note that over 50% of older people in Ireland who are on prescription medication regularly consume alcohol, according to a new study from the RCSI. The […]

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Noone delighted to be appointed to Council of Europe

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has said she is delighted to have been been nominated by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, to take up a position on the Council […]

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Noone Private Members Bill Would Prevent Concert Chaos

Dublin Senator Catherine Noone, will this month propose a Seanad Private Members Bill to amend the outdoor licensing process and ensure that events with over 10,000 tickets will have to […]

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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 […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd  and Thursday 3rd July, 2014   Tuesday 14:30 –                         Order of Business Motion regarding the draft Protection of Young Person (Employment) […]

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Diageo right to call time on Arthur’s Day

Dublin Senator Catherine Noone today welcomed the announcement by Diageo that Arthur’s Day will not be taking place this year. “In the last two years in particular, we have seen […]

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Good day for consumers and SMEs as roaming charges slashed

Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on European Affairs Senator, Catherine Noone, has welcomed the introduction of reduced roaming charges across the EU, describing it as a good day for consumers and […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 24th , Wednesday 25th and  Thursday 26th June, 2014   Tuesday 14:30 –                         Order of Business 15:45 –                                   Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) […]

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High level of public support shows it’s time to reconsider a sugar tax

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has said the high level of public support for a sugar tax shows that it is time for us to reconsidering introducing the measure […]

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Noone calls on TDs and Senators to take up the 10,000 steps a day challenge

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) called on TDs and Senators to take up the challenge to walk 10,000 steps per day over the summer. Senator was […]

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Half hour of daily PE should be mandatory in schools

Half an hour of PE every day should be mandatory in schools – Noone Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Monday) urged schools to consider making a half […]

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Weekly Update

This Week In The Seanad – This week in the Seanad a debate was held on the Companies Bill 2012, as well as the Public Health (Packaging of Tobacco) Bill […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 17th , Wednesday 18th and  Thursday 19th June, 2014   Tuesday 14:30 –                         Order of Business 15:45 – 18:15                       Companies Bill 2012 – […]

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Noone welcomes new clamping laws

Fine Gael Press Office Senator Catherine Noone Dublin Monday, June 9th 2014 Noone welcomes new clamping laws to outlaw rogue practices Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) […]

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Irish Times Letter

Sir, – Further to Una Mullally’s article (“Getting hot under the collar about ice cream vans”, Opinion & Analysis, June 16th) regarding my recent comments in the Seanad, I feel […]

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Noone Speech To COSAC

COSAC is the Conference of Community and European Affairs Committees of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) is a conference of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and national Members […]

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Noone welcomes new clamping laws to outlaw rogue practices

Noone welcomes new clamping laws to outlaw rogue practices Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the publication of the Vehicle Clamping Bill 2014, by the Minister […]

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Decision to block female appointment to banking inquiry a missed opportunity

Decision to block female appointment to banking inquiry a missed opportunity Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Thursday) described the decision by the Opposition to block the appointment […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th June, 2014   Wednesday 14:30 –                         Order of Business 15:45 – 17:30                       State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill 2014 – […]

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Google tax dismissed by expert report

Good news for Ireland as Google tax dismissed by expert report – Noone   Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) welcomed an expert report delivered to the […]

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Time to kick schoolyard running ban

  Time to kick schoolyard running ban if we want to dash obesity – Noone   Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) called for the ‘ban’ on […]

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This Week In Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th May, 2014   Tuesday 14:30 –                         Order of Business 15:45 – 17:30                       State Airports (Shannon Group) Bill […]

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Obesity Timebomb Ticking

Obesity Timebomb Not Being Taken Seriously Enough – Noone Following publication of the authoritative Lancet analysis of obesity levels globally where Ireland was shown to be fifth in Europe for […]

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My speech on the Public Health (Sunbed Bill)

Sunbed Bill Despite warnings from The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) that sunbed users are 20% more likely to develop skin cancer and evidence linking tanning salons to a variety of […]

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Aspire to Better Business in Europe: my speech to members of Northern Ireland’s business community 15/05/14:

  Aspire to Better Business in Europe: Speech In order to appreciate the lessons learned by us in the South of Ireland, from our membership of the EU, it’s perhaps […]

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I call for a 20% sugar cap on treats & fizzy drinks

This week I called for sugar levels in treats and fizzy drinks to be capped at 20%. I proposed the measure following a World Health Organisation recommendation that no more […]

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SEANAD ÉIREANN- Schedule of Business Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th April 2014   Tuesday 14:30 –                         Order of Business 15:45 –                                   Merchant Shipping (Registration of Ships) Bill 2013 […]

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Ukraine Update

The situation in Ukraine poses a great many issues in both the short and long-term. In the aftermath of the internal unrest which arose following the then-Government’s decision to ally […]

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Crime Prevention Text Alert Service Should Be Expanded

Dublin Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone today raised the issue of community-based crime text alerts in the Seanad. Senator Noone said: “To date, trials of these in both urban and […]

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This Week In The Seanad

DRAFT SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 8th , Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th April 2014   Tuesday 14:30 –                         Order of Business 15:45 –                                   Building Control (Carbon […]

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AirBnBs 100 Jobs Welcomed

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Friday) welcomed the announcement from Airbnb that it is expanding its presence in Dublin with the creation of 100 new jobs, adding […]

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Claremorris: Fibre Powered Town

As we all know, many of our more rural towns and villages have been hit very hard in the last few years. Small enterprises, retailers and businesses in towns right […]

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Calorie Counts on Menus

Calorie counts on menus will help us to cut down on our bad eating habits – Noone Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) said that calorie counts […]

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This Week In The Seanad

Tuesday 1st, Wednesday 2nd  and Thursday 3rd April 2014   Tuesday   14:30 –                         Order of Business 15:45 –                                   Fines (Payment and Recovery) Bill 2013 – Committee and […]

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The Importance of Sport

Private Members Business- Gov. FG. Motion as follows:                              That Seanad Éireann:   recognises the central role of sport in Ireland and its enrichment of people’s lives both as active […]

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Every Little Helps For Local Charities

Time For Tesco To Offer Every Little Help To Communities – Noone   Senator Catherine Noone today said that it’s “time for multinational companies to begin contributing to our local […]

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Goodbye Roaming Charges! – Noone

Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on European Affairs Senator Catherine Noone today welcomed the European Parliament voting to eliminate roaming charges in the EU. Commenting on this, Senator Noone said: “The […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th March 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – Tributes to former Senator Martin J. O’Toole 17:00 […]

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Collectives give consumers better bargaining power

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Monday) said the success of the Big Energy Switch proves that by acting as a collective, consumers can greatly improve their bargaining […]

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We must face up to our dysfunctional relationship with alcohol

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has said today (Tuesday) that alcohol abuse is one of the greatest health threats of our generation and urged the new Oireachtas Cross Party […]

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Chinese tourists look to Ireland

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) welcomed an award by China’s largest online travel agent, CTrip, pronouncing Ireland as the ‘destination offering the most potential for Chinese […]

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Mid-Term Breaks The Bank For Families

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, today (Tuesday) proposed that Irish schools stagger their mid-term breaks, matching the German system of breaking up standard school breaks on a regional basis. […]

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Parental Leave Bill

First of all, I would like to say that I entirely agree with the intention of what is being put forward here – and agree with some of the calls […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – 17:45 “That Seanad Éireann: – recognises that consideration […]

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European Selection Convention Speech

Good evening MEP Mitchell, Ministers, Deputies, Senators, Councillors, members, friends! It’s great to see such a big crowd which shows how strong Fine Gael is in Dublin. I would like […]

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OECD Planned Action On Tax Must Be Viewed With Caution

Senator Catherine Noone, Seanad spokesperson on European Affairs, today sounded a cautionary note as the OECD plans to implement a shared taxation governance structure around BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 18th, Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th February, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – 17:30 Road Traffic (No.2) Bill 2013 – Report […]

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Suite of measures needed to deal with rising demand for residential property in Dublin

Suite of measures needed to deal with rising demand for residential property in Dublin Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has welcomed the recent announcement that AIB is establishing a […]

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This Week In The Seanad

Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding European Small Claims Procedure – Back from Committee without Debate-[Department of Justice and Equality] 15:45 – 17:30 Statements on Public Sector Reform […]

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UK vote in favour of car smoking ban should hasten Irish efforts

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) encouraged the Government to speed up legislation to ban smoking in cars carrying children, after the UK parliament voted in favour […]

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Regulation of ‘chuggers’ will help improve reputation of charity sector

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Monday) welcomed reports that pedestrians will no longer have to navigate around teams of ‘chuggers’ in the city centre, as new legislation […]

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Noone calls for higher online gambling tax rate

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) called on the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, to consider introducing a higher than proposed tax rate on online gambling, […]

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European Affairs Statement

Having recently taken the new portfolio of Seanad spokesperson on European Affairs, I have spent the last few months sitting on the European Affairs Committee, representing Ireland at COSAC and […]

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Charities Sector Statement

Naturally, we are all concerned at recent disclosures regarding charitable organisations – with one in particular capturing headlines and undermining confidence in a serious way. I know that all of […]

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This Week IN The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th February, 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding European Small Claims Procedure – Referral to Committee without Debate […]

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Seanad Reform PMB

Private Members Business -Seanad Reform Speech I would like to start by taking the time to commend the Taoiseach and Tánaiste who met the leaders of the various parties and […]

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Healthcare Identifiers Bill

This Bill seeks to establish a profile system of unique identifiers for individuals within the health system. To me, it makes makes perfect sense, as we can now track an […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 28th,Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th January 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – An Update on Youth Justice Policy Minister for Children […]

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Figures for arts funding show that Gabriel is talking guff

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) expressed her disappointment at recent comments by Gabriel Byrne relating to the Government’s commitment to the arts. Senator Noone, who has […]

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Concert goers need friends in low-priced places

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Thursday) strongly criticised what she described as the exorbitant rates being charged by some city centre hotels for accommodation for the weekend […]

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Road Traffic Bill

First of all Minister, I would like to commend you in being highly progressive in the legislation you have presented since assuming office. This is the fifth road traffic bill […]

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GPs And Government Need To Come To Understanding

Senator Catherine Noone has today expressed her concern about the low-level of intended uptake among GPs in relation to the Under6 free treatment scheme. “The scheme, which is intended to […]

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This Week In Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 21st,Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd January 2014 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding amendments to Seanad Éireann Standing Orders 60 and 62 […]

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Fishy Tale Raises Doubts About What We Eat

Dublin Senator Catherine Noone today spoke about the “confusing ambiguity which is prevalent on many take-away menus” following the revelation that over 40% of that which is labelled cod on […]

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This Week In The Seanad

DRAFT-SEANAD -ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Wednesday 15th, and Thursday 16th January 2014 Wednesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45- 21:00 Local Government Reform Bill 2013- Report & Final Stages [Minister […]

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Lidl Goes A Long Way In Obesity Battle

Every Lidl helps in fight against obesity – Noone Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has today praised the supermarket chain Lidl as showing leadership and putting the health of […]

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CRC Undermiming Charity Sector Confidence

Quality standard mark for charities would help restore confidence in the sector – Noone Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) proposed the establishment of a quality standard […]

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M50 Multiple Tolls Unacceptable

Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has today spoken out against the potential introduction of multiple tolls on the M50, saying that “for the hard-pressed commuters currently using the M50, this simply […]

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Prompt Signing of Ukraine EU deal Needed

Senator Catherine Noone, Fine Gael’s Seanad Spokesperson on European Affairs, has today (Tuesday) outlined her concern at the impasse surrounding the trade agreement between the Ukraine and Europe. Senator Noone […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th & Friday 20th December Monday 14:00 – Order of Business 15:00 – 19:00 Local Government Reform Bill […]

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Quality standard mark for charities needed

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) proposed the establishment of a quality standard for charities, to help restore confidence in the sector. Senator Noone added that this […]

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This Week In The Seanad

Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 -21.00 Water Services (No.2) Bill 2013 – Committee Stage [Minister of State with responsibility for the NewEra Project] Spokesperson Senator Cait Keane 21:00- […]

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Top-ups Scandal Should Not Deter From Charitable Giving

Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has today spoken about the “need for people to continue giving” to charity following the top-ups scandals which have emerged in recent weeks. Senator […]

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Ukraine Situation Concerning

Fine Gael’s European Affairs spokesperson in the Seanad, Catherine Noone, has today reacted to the increasingly concerning situation in Ukraine, with protestors demanding the resignation of President Yanukovich. Senator Noone […]

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Political Reform Public Meeting

Tonight (Wednesday 10th December) I will be having a public meeting on political reform. We have a great panel lined up, including: Tom Arnold, Chairperson of the Constitutional Convention and […]

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91% Can’t Name Their MEP In Dublin

Survey Highlights A Dangerous Disconnect Between Electorate and Brussels More than 90% of people can’t name a single MEP in the Dublin region, according to survey results released today. The […]

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Seanad This Week – 21st November

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st November, 2013 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business Motion regarding the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund 2014 – […]

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Irish Food And Drink Boosted By Protections

Senator Catherine Noone says she’s happy to see Irish food being recognised in Europe for its uniqueness – with the Waterford Blaa today being given protected status from the Commission. […]

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More Must Be Done To Keep Women In Politics

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has today spoken about her concern at the relatively high number of women who are actively choosing to leave politics. Speaking on the issue, Senator […]

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Ryanair Puts Money Where Mouth Is And Gives 1,300 Job Boost

“The creation of 1,300 jobs is a shot in the arm for the tourism industry, for Irish workers, for our airports and for the economy”, Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th November, 2013 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business Motions regarding the Regulation of the European Parliament and of […]

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“Payday Loan” Cap Needed

“Payday Loan” Cap Needed – Noone Lending agencies invited to address finance committee as 360,000 borrow from moneylenders Senator Noone today welcomed the news that the finance committee are inviting […]

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This Week In Seanad – 24th Oct

Revised – SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th October, 2013 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – Statements on The One Percent Difference, […]

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Minimum pricing helps tackle our relationship with alcohol

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the news that a minimum price will be set for alcohol, saying that the move will help us to tackle […]

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Speech on Seanad Reform Debate

I would like to welcome An Taoiseach to the Seanad and thank him for coming today. The Seanad contributes to democracy in a big way and discourse and, throughout my […]

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Speech on EU Scrutiny In Government Bill

First of all I would like to thank Senator Daly for this considered contribution and for drafting the EU Scrutiny and Transparency in Government Bill. I believe that the intent […]

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Weekly Update

This Week In The Seanad – This week saw the Seanad debate the final stages of the Taxi Regulation Bill, as well as statements on the most recent budget, a debate […]

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Publication of 1926 Census

First of all, I would like to say that as somebody who is interested in our history, and particularly our social history, I welcome Senator O Murchu’s proposed amendment to […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October, 2013 Tuesday 13:00 – Order of Business Sos for Budget Announcement 16:45 – 19:00 Statements on Budget […]

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0% Travel Tax Receives One Million Passenger Seal of Approval

Fine Gael Senator and European Affairs Seanad spokesperson Catherine Noone today welcomed the news that Ryanair are to increase the number of passengers to Ireland by one million over the […]

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This Week In The Seanad

SEANAD ÉIREANN Schedule of Business Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th October, 2013 Tuesday 14:30 – Order of Business 15:45 – Private Members Business That Seanad Éireann: – Notes with concern that […]

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Time To Address Negativity Head On

This week I attended a business breakfast meeting where the main speaker was Peter Sutherland, the former Attorney General. During his speech he warned of the impact that media negativity […]

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Sugar Tax Needs To Offset Price of Healthy Foods

Senator Noone has today outlined how any potential sugar tax should be used in order to reclassify the VAT bracket for healthier foods and allow them avail of a lower […]

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Meaningful Seanad Reform Must Ensue – Noone

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone spoke today about the Seanad referendum result, saying that “the result is a clear endorsement for real, meaningful reform and has started the most meaningful […]

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This Week In The Seanad – 3rd October

We passed a motion regarding the Fourth Programme of Law Reform prepared by the Law Reform Commission We debated the Protected Disclosures Bill 2013 at Committee Stage We debated the […]

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Statement On Upward-Only Rent Reviews

Upward-only rent reviews are damaging for businesses, for our towns and cities, they erode confidence and they cause businesses to close unnecessarily. We know this to be true and, as […]

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Statement of Appreciation For Seamus Heaney

I would like take this opportunity to pay tribute to the late Seamus Heaney – a worthy Nobel Laureate and undisputedly, the most globally renowned of modern Irish poets. Comparisons […]

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Alcohol Has Claimed 1,700 Lives in Last 19 Months

I was shocked to discover this week that more than 1,700 Irish people have died from alcohol-related illnesses since February 2012. This is the month when the current recommendations to […]

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This Week In The Seanad – 26 Sept

This week, we debated the Residential Tenancies (Amendment)(No. 2) Bill 2012 – Second Stage We also heard Statements on the Directive 2011/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council […]

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Defibrillators in phoneboxes could save lives

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) proposed that City Councils consider working with Eircom to retrofit existing telephone boxes with defibrillator machines in towns and villages around […]

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European Boundaries Are Good News For Dublin

Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone today reacted to the release of the boundaries for 2014’s European elections by saying they were “good for Dublin” and “reflected the fairest way […]

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This Week In The Seanad – 19th Sept

This week in the Seanad we recommenced after the summer recess and debated the following: Motion regarding the arrangements for the address to the House by Mr David Begg, General […]

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Time To Stand Up To Tobacco Lobby

TIME TO STAND UP TO TOBACCO LOBBY AND EMBRACE PLAIN PACKAGING – NOONE Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has called on the Government to “push ahead urgently” with plans […]

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Lifestyle Changes Contribute To Cancer Prevention

The vast majority of cancers are clustered around four common areas: smoking, alcohol consumption, unhealthy food consumption and obesity. Our goal, as legislators, should be to attempt to influence people […]

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1 week until European constituency submission deadline

Fine Gael Dublin Senator and Seanad spokesperson for European Affairs, Catherine Noone, has highlighted the pending deadline for individual submissions for constituency boundaries which will affect the country ahead of […]

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Ireland fourth highest dream holiday destination.

Ireland fourth highest dream holiday destination. Let’s get to number one! – Noone Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has welcomed the results of a recent survey of 8,000 readers […]

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Time to recognise ‘Beacons of Irish Culture’ abroad

Fine Gael Dublin Senator and Seanad spokesperson on European Affairs, Catherine Noone, has today suggested that a mark of quality be established to reward and incentivise businesses and institutions abroad […]

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This Week In The Seanad

This week, we concluded the debate on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 – Report Stage as well as the Thirty Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of […]

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NTMA shows how to save energy

NTMA shows public sector how it is done by cutting energy usage by 22% Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the news that the National Treasury […]

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Noone welcomes passage of Construction Contracts Bill

Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has welcomed the passing of the Construction Contracts Bill 2010. The Bill will provide greater payment security to sub-contractors and other small operators in the construction […]

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Card Fees Cap Is Good For EU Consumers

Fine Gael Dublin Senator and Seanad spokesperson for European Affairs Catherine Noone has today welcomed the proposals which are due to be tabled by the European Commission on Wednesday which […]

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This Week In Seanad

We continued the debate on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 – Second Stage We had a Motion regarding the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament […]

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VAT review on unhealthy foods needed

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone has called on the Department of Finance to consider reviewing the VAT rate on certain unhealthy foods. Senator Noone has highlighted an anomaly which means […]

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Noone appointed Seanad Spokesperson on European Affairs

Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone today expressed her delight at having been appointed as the new Seanad Spokesperson on European Affairs. “European affairs, as we can see from our […]

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My Speech – Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill

I would like to welcome the Minister to the House for this vital debate on this very important piece of legislation. I wish to make it clear at the outset […]

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Garda Recruitment In Dublin Welcomed

Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Justice and Equality that recruitment to An Garda Siochana is to proceed shortly, with recruitment of new full […]

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VAT: Time To Change?

The Campaign for VAT Reform have published some statistics relating to the levels of VAT charged to certain items. If we look at foods, as below, we can see an […]

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This Week In The Seanad

Motion regarding the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 (Restricted Electrical Works) Regulations 2013 Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Bill 2013 Thirty Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill […]

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My Speech On Protection Of Life

I would like to welcome the Minister to the House for this vital debate. There is no question that this is a very important piece of legislation. I wish to […]

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National Youth Arts Showcase

Last week, I had the honor of attending the National Youth Arts Showcase, where I witnessed the sheer level of young talent in this country. This event illustrated the importance […]

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This Week Seanad – July 4th

We debated the Courts & Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013 at Report Stage as well as the Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) (Amendment) Bill 2013 which was also at Report […]

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Potential Bollywood bonanza in store for Ireland

Potential Bollywood bonanza in store for Ireland This week I welcomed a co-ordinated initiative by Tourism Ireland and the Irish Film Board, which will see six top Bollywood producers visit […]

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Dublin Tenement Experience – great addition to the city

I was fortunate to get a chance to preview the “Dublin Tenement Experience” yesterday, which gives you the chance to experience the tenements during the Lockout of 1913. The experience […]

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More tourists from emerging markets than ever

I’m delighted to welcome the latest tourism figures from the CSO, which must be seen as a vindication of the strategy being adopted by the Department of Transport, Tourism and […]

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€1.5m Integration Funds Should Be Released

I am urging the release of €1.5 million in EU allocated immigrant integration funding, following a new ERSI report revealing that negative attitude to immigrants have trebled. Alarmingly, the report […]

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Seanad This Week – 27th June

This week is an historic week in the Seanad given that we are debating the very existence of our chamber and what will be a profound change to our Constitution. […]

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Lobbyists and transparency in decisionmaking

The Private Members group in the Seanad proposed an interesting motion this week. The motion was: ““That Seanad Éireann: recognises that corporate and market forces can have a significant impact […]

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Abolition of Seanad Eireann Bill

My speech delivered on the Seanad Referendum is below: “First of all, I would like to welcome the Taoiseach into the house for what is a most important debate today. […]

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This Week In Seanad – 20th June

This week in the Seanad, we debated a motion regarding Cork Prison Resolution –Back from Committee [Department of Justice and Equality], we spoke about the Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013 – […]

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EPP Congress will bring 2,000 delegates to Dublin

Fine Gael Senator for Dublin, Catherine Noone, has warmly welcomed the news that the International Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) will take place in Dublin in March of […]

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Below-Cost Selling of Alcohol Must Stop

I was unsurprised but disappointed when I opened the papers this Sunday to see that supermarkets are still selling below-cost beer in an aggressive way. Incredibly, certain chain supermarkets are […]

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Roaming Charges To Finish In 2014

I would like to welcome the announcement that legislation which would abolish roaming charges would be put before the European Parliament before the next European elections in 2014, therefore ensuring […]

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Progress needed if we want to turn public sector green

I believe that we need to step up our efforts to reduce energy consumption in the public service. Senator Noone has expressed her concern on the progress being made after […]

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Alcohol Sponsorship – A temporary reprieve?

I today outlined my belief that the rumoured ban on alcohol sponsorship in sporting events should be stopped or, at the very least, delayed for a few years – possibly […]

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Current Account Charges Should Be Capped

This week I called on Bank of Ireland to cap the charges being imposed on its current account customers. Senator Noone described as ‘unfair’ the approach being taken by the […]

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Time For Plain-Packed Cigarettes

I recently welcomed the Government’s plans to become the second country in the world to introduce standard or plain packaging on tobacco products. This is a welcome move, and it’s […]

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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 […]

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This Week In The Seanad

We had statements on the Decade of Centenaries programme of commemorations We debated the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012 at report stage We debated the Animal […]

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Grafton Street Redevelopment Welcomed

Senator Catherine Noone today welcomed 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 […]

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Dublin should get involved in heritage initiative

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Thursday) urged Dublin communities to get involved in the Friend of Irish Heritage initiative launched this week by the Minister of State […]

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Time to create a clean energy hub

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, is urging the Government to work on implementing the Delivering Our Green Potential policy statement which was published in 2012. Senator Noone’s suggestion follows […]

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€13 million Provided To Dublin Causes By Businesses

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today spoken of the potential for companies to work together on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in order to make real changes in […]

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Prompt Payments From Public Sector Needed

Senator Catherine Noone today spoke out on the urgent need to assess how many public sector payments to private businesses were going into arrears of more than 15 days and […]

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This Week In Seanad

This week we discussed the Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 at Report Stage We heard statements on Wind Energy We heard statements on the OCED Review of the Irish Pensions System […]

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Seanad Bill 2013

First of all, I would like to welcome the Seanad Bill 2013 and commend both Senator Zappone and Senator Quinn for the work they’ve done here. This Bill ensures that […]

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Noone welcomes extension to Dublin Bike scheme

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) welcomed the news that Dublin City Council has agreed to treble the number of bikes available under the Dublin Bikes scheme […]

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Strokestown International Poetry Festival

I was delighted to be asked to come here this evening to launch this festival. The building in which we find ourselves strikes me as the perfect forum for the […]

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This Week Seanad – 9th May

We debated a motion regarding the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on protection of the Euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal […]

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Court clears way for minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Friday) noted a ruling by Scotland’s Supreme Civil Court, which has paved the way for the introduction of minimum pricing of alcohol. […]

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Transport networks’ telecoms potential could cut fares

Responding to the news that the operators of the Luas are marketing cables, bridges, stops and other infrastructure on the light rail network to telecoms operators, Fine Gael Dublin Senator, […]

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Time To Incentivise Electric Cars With Reserved Parking

Senator Noone today called on the Minister for Transport to work to expedite the implementation of the Smarter Transport Bill 2011 in order to ensure there are sufficient incentives for […]

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This Week Seanad – 2nd May

This week we were visited by three MEPs, Sean Kelly, Nessa Childers and Marian Harkin, all of whom brought varying perspectives on issues in Europe. We heard statements on “Beyond […]

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App Could Help Stop €691m In Illicit Cigarette Trade

Senator Catherine Noone today outlined in the Seanad how developing a smartphone app based on the Codentify technology could assist the Government in preventing the counterfeiting or smuggling of cigarettes […]

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UNESCO recognition for Irish music could boost tourism

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) suggested that we should aim to have Irish traditional music formerly recognised by UNESCO, by getting it added to its list […]

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Strong tourism figures show lower VAT rate should be kept

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Monday) urged the Government to maintain the lower VAT rate for tourism services, following the release of new figures which show an […]

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This Week In The Seanad

Motion regarding the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport Sectoral Plan and Section 31 of the Disability Act. Education and Training Boards Bill 2013 – Report Stage Motion regarding the […]

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Arts Therapy: A Successful Briefing

I was delighted to host a briefing by Creative Arts Thearpists in Leinster House on Wednesday evening. The speakers were: – Triona Mc Caffery is a Music Therapist and Lecturer […]

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Boosted B&B figures bode well for The Gathering

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today (Tuesday) said that the huge rise in B&B bookings since the start of the year bodes well for the success of The […]

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Ulster Bank fees are unfair and regressive

Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has urged Ulster Bank to reconsider its decision to introduce flat fees for its customers, describing the charges as unfair and regressive. Senator Noone’s […]

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This Week In The Seanad

This week we debated: Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 – Report Stage [Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport] Private Members Business —- This Motion sets forth that Seanad Eireann […]

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Borrowers Need More Financial Advice

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone today proposed that a public fund allowing for financial advice to borrowers in distress be extended. This extension would allow the advice to be given […]

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Speech On Mortgage Arrears Issues

The below is a speech in relation to Private Members Business in the Seanad on Wednesday 17th April: This motion is an important motion in many ways as it seeks […]

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History of the Seanad

If we go back into history, we can see that the Seanad – in addition to playing host to a cast of great Parliamentarians – has also had a fascinating […]

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700 New Technology Employment Permits

Introduction of 700 New Technology Permits Shows Ireland Is Open For Business – Noone 50% increase in number of permits and 33% decrease in waiting time will help job creation […]

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16K smartphones stolen in Dublin last year

Public awareness needs to be heightened about this growing danger in Dublin Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has today spoken out about her concern at the rise in petty […]

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Joined Up Approach Needed In Healthcare

Senator Noone today spoke about a concerning issue that has arisen in the Irish medical industry, highlighted by an undercover story in the Irish Examiner. Speaking on the issue, Senator […]

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Time To Say “Goodbye” To “Hello Money” In Supermarkets – Noone

Government code of conduct must stop certain sharp practices Senator Noone today spoke about the need to ensure a Government code of conduct is put together “urgently” in order to […]

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Philanthropy Initiatives – A Future For Arts?

I was happy to speak about the recent philanthropic initiative which have been undertaken by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Last May Minister Deenihan announced the introduction […]

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Time To Consider Levy on multiples

Levy would provide a more level playing field for under threat small retailers Fine Gael Dublin Senator, Catherine Noone, has called for the introduction of a levy on large ‘multiple’ […]

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This Week In Seanad – 28th March

We spoke about the Education and Training Boards Bill 2013 at the Committee Stage. We debated the Health (Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2013 in the Second Stage. We […]

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The Gathering: An Important Week

THE GATHERING IS VITAL TO 2013 AND BEYOND This weekend we have seen the huge impact that tourism and culture can have on both our economy and our national mood. […]

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My Column In The Mirror

I was happy to be invited to submit another column for The Mirror this week – and particularly to have it appear on such an important Bank Holiday Monday. This […]

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Time To Consider A Fizzy Drinks Tax

Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone today called on the Minister for Health to consider a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Following on from comments by the Irish Heart Foundation, Senator […]

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Time For Alcohol Industry Levy

Senator Noone today spoke out supporting the recent comments by the Alcohol Forum, who called for a levy on the drinks industry to combat the effects of harmful drinking. Senator […]

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This Week In The Seanad – 14th March

This week saw the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2012 – Committee and Remaining Stages pass through the House, in addition to the Water Services Bill 2013 – Report Stage […]

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Spring Newsletter

I am distributing my spring newsletter to various groups including Councillors and Fine Gael members. If you would like to receive one, please don’t hesitate to ask. Otherwise, you can […]

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Catherine Welcomes €1m Youth Café Funding

I am delighted to welcome the news that the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has announced details of the allocation of €1 million to support the development of new […]

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Empowerment through education for children online

Addressing a summit on ‘Responsible Internet’ at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels today, Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South, Catherine Noone, has today (Wednesday) highlighted the challenges […]

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Some multinational retailers still ripping off Republic

10 multinational retailers are heaping up to 40% extra cost on Irish customers to the price of their products Fine Gael Senator for Dublin South East, Catherine Noone, has today […]

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LauraLynn Mini Marathon Fundraising

I was delighted to take part in the launch of LauraLynn’s mini marathon fundraising bid this week. I think the work they do is very important, and I hope to […]

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This Week In Seanad – 7th March

We debated the Electoral Bill 2012 at second stage We debated the Finance (Local Property Tax) Bill 2013 at all stages We heard statements on Early Intervention and the Economic […]

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Some Multinationals Still Ripping Off Republic

Today I spoke out about against the cavalier and inconsistent attitude of a number of multinational retailers towards Irish pricing, saying that there are huge price discrepancies between Ireland and […]

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EESC Speech – a responsible internet

I was delighted to be invited to speak to the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels today on the topic of “a responsible internet”. My speech, delivered alongside MEP’s […]

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Irish Times – “jobs figures signals start of recovery”

Delighted that this story has appeared this week, as you can see below. On the week that we launch our second Action Plan for Jobs, containing some 300 actions that […]

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This Week In The Seanad – 28th Feb

This week was another interesting week in the Seanad: We heard Statements on the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare Report We heard Statements on Ireland’s Presidency of the […]

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Irish Youth Foundation: get €1,000 to help your area

If you have an idea to improve your part of Dublin, why not apply to this fund? €1,000 is available from the Irish Youth Foundation for a community enhancing project, […]

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Courts reform must not slip down political agenda

Fine Gael Dublin Senator and solicitor, Catherine Noone, has today (Thursday) said that the reform of our courts system must not be allowed to slip down the political agenda. Senator […]

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One In Four Children Obese – Time To Act

Today I spoke in the Seanad following the revelation that one-in-four children are obese. I called for specific information so that solutions can be proposed on a detailed level to […]

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Social Entrepreneurship in Ireland

I was glad to hear the contribution from The One Foundation and the projects it has funded this week in the Seanad. From the outset, I have to praise The […]

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Week In The Seanad – 21st Feb 2013

This week in the Seanad saw diverse topics across transport, education and health in Ireland: We debated the Taxi Regulation Bill 2012 at Committee Stage We passed the Houses of […]

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This Week Seanad – 8th Feb

This week the Seanad sat day and night – with our last vote on Wednesday coming at 5.50am on Thursday morning, having started some eighteen hours earlier.   Meanwhile, this […]

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Garda Numbers and Crime Stats

The last number of weeks has seen a lot of talk about changes in Garda practice and station closures. I think it’s worth nothing the concern of the Garda Commissioner […]

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Purple Flag welcome boost for Dublin

Today I welcomed the announcement that Dublin and Ennis have become the first two locations in Ireland to be designated a Purple Flag. Much like Blue Flags are awarded to […]

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Speech on The Gathering

The below is the speech I gave to the Seanad on The Gathering and the state of tourism in 2013, while there are many advances being made which are important […]

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This Week In The Seanad – 31st Jan

This week the Seanad continued, with a break on Wednesday to mark the funeral of Garda Adrian Donohue. I have a sincere hope that the full capability of our forces […]

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Slovenian Premium Calls Should Be Banned

This week I called on Irish mobile phone companies to act in the interest of Ireland’s consumers and work with ComReg in order to promote a ban on outgoing calls […]

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Leinster House to host international political Gathering

I am delighted to be involved with the idea of having an international political Gathering in Dublin this year. International politicians with Irish heritage are to be invited to Dublin […]

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National Gallery refurbishment boosts arts

Fine Gael Dublin Senator and Seanad Spokesperson for the Arts, Catherine Noone, has praised the decision to invest €20 million in the refurbishment of the National Gallery, describing it as […]

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More Seats From America And Abu Dhabi Will Boost Tourism

Senator Catherine Noone today welcomed news that Etihad Airlines intend to increase capacity on their Dublin to Abu Dhabi route by 34% from July 2nd. Senator Noone said: “This move […]

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HMV Treated Consumers Badly

This week I spoke in the Seanad about the situation with HMV: “I would like to express my sincere disappointment at the anti-consumer practices which have been engaged in by […]

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Seanad This Week – 24th Jan

This week the Seanad got back to work, with many significant pieces of legislation passing through – not least the Water Services Bill of 2013. Beyond that though, a great […]

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HMV’s failure to honour vouchers disappointing

The decision by HMV not to honour gift vouchers as extremely disappointing, and I think it is likely that the move will damage consumer confidence. I am disappointed that they […]

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Over 1,000 people pledge to buy Irish

I’m happy to say that my online petition to have Irish consumers pledge to convert their shopping baskets to Irish substitute goods has been a great success to date, with […]

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Permanent TSB needs to be consistent on mortgage debt

On Thursday, I called for Permanent TSB to establish a position on how it will treat mortgage debt forgiveness. After yesterday’s meeting of the Oireachtas Finance Committee, we witnessed the […]

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This Week in the Seanad

This was a week where much attention was focussed on the Seanad, primarily because of the Social Welfare Bill. Beyond that though, a great deal of other things were also […]

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My Speech on Social Welfare Bill

This Bill has, for once, focused much attention on the Seanad: attention on how Senators will vote, what Senators are saying and what Ministers are saying in response. I’m not […]

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Value For Money Needed From Consumer Agency

Today, I urged caution in the hunt for a new CEO of the National Consumer Agency, given the Agency is due to be merged in just a few months’ time. […]

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High Tide Update – Sandymount

Via Dublin City Council: A high tide this Friday (14/12/2012) morning at 11 45 am, combined with low atmospheric pressure and a relatively high wind, will give rise to high […]

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Consumer Price Index Shows Lowest Rise since Nov 2010

I welcome today’s news that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has declined by 0.4% in November. The decline of 0.4%, from October to November, according to statistics just released by […]

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88% of people don’t know about Dublin Bus City Centre fare

A survey carried out by my office has revealed that the vast majority of people are unaware of Dublin Bus’ City Centre Fare, which Senator Noone described as a missed […]

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Buying Irish Makes Sense For Economy

Before the first major weekend of the Christmas shopping season, I want to urge people to buy Irish this Christmas and to make a resolution to keep buying Irish in […]

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Time to #IrishYourBasket

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Time To Close Garda Checkpoint Page

Today I called on Facebook to close down a Facebook page which posts the times and whereabouts of checkpoints across Dublin in order to help drivers avoid them. I said […]

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Liffey Boardwalk should be open for business

I believe that there is a great opportunity available to the city, and that sections of the Liffey Boardwalk should be opened to buy or rent by businesses for use […]

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Pull On The Green Jumper By Changing School Uniforms

Today I called on schools to adapt more standardised uniforms without a crest or logo, in order to save money for hard-pressed families. In the last week, we have had […]

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We’re losing €249m a year to black market cigarettes

I have today called for tougher measures to be introduced to crack down on the problem of black market cigarettes, which it has been revealed is costing the Exchequer an […]

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Time for an all-island soccer team

I believe that, in the coming years, we should explore seriously the idea of an all-island football team.   With our recent success in qualifying for the Euro 2012 tournament, […]

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Ireland has 20-20 vision for European Championships

Today I welcomed the news that the Football Association of Ireland has expressed an interest in joining in a joint bid with the Football Associations of Scotland and Wales to […]

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Dublin Bus App Logging 100k Visits A Day

Senator Catherine Noone today congratulated Dublin Bus on the success of their app, Dublin Bus Live, on the iPhone and Android Platforms. Senator Noone said: “With over 100,000 users per […]

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53% of interns feel ‘undervalued’ – time for intern charter?

A survey of young people aged 18-25 that I commissioned has found that 86% had completed, or were planning to partake in, some form of internship. Of that 86%, more […]

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Group After Group Coming Out For ‘Yes’ Vote

IBEC, the Irish Farmers Association and the American Chamber of Commerce are among the many large groups that have come out in favour of the Fiscal Compact Treaty in recent […]

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Fair treatment for GAME workers is important

On Tuesday, I said that workers at GAME must be treated fairly, after the computer game retailer dramatically closed its stores here and in the UK, with the loss of […]

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Pharmacies selling “low-calorie meals” a potential danger.

I believe that pharmacies should reconsider their approach to the sale of quick fix diet and meal replacement products. Senator Noone said that not only do these products not work, […]

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Let’s make tax clearer

Today I said that the Government needs to ensure it is clearly explaining where our taxes are going, as we struggle to get on top of our deficit. I was […]

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“Chuggers” are pressuring the public, time to regulate them.

Senator Catherine Noone today called for regulation on ‘chuggers’ from our main streets in towns and cities, saying they “turn shopping streets into obstacle courses” and have “started to turn […]

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Croke Park Agreement and survey

Received some good coverage from The Irish Examiner on my Croke Park poll, which is below. One thing worth saying is that I think it’s good that we, as Senators, […]

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No more taxiing – tourism in the west is taking off again!

Knock Airport sent confidence in tourism soaring following the announcement of four new routes to Europe today From 2012, Ryanair will now be running regular flights between Knock Airport and […]

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Noone supports call for minimum alcohol price

Last week, I said that a minimum price should be set for alcohol, as a new report highlights the spiralling trend of children drinking at a younger age. Alcohol abuse […]

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Arts and Disabilities: an important discussion.

Greater inclusiveness is so important throughout our society, but especially in the Arts – glad to support this and feature in the article here. I recently brought this issue up […]

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Newspapers not passing on VAT cut

I am disappointed to learn that The Sun and The Irish Independent have joined an increasingly lengthy list of newspapers that have quietly undone the price reductions that were implemented […]

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Arts and Disabilities Ireland – A Bright Future

In October, I spoke at the launch of Arts Disabilities Ireland first strategic publication, Next Steps Forward. It was a magnificent experience, and reminded me of the power that organisations […]

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Seanad This Week: September 22nd

This week I expressed my disappointment at the news that 22 pieces of art which are owned by a NAMA debtor will be sold in New York and London in […]

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Litter survey shows we need to think creatively about Dublin’s derelict sites

I believe that the latest results from Irish Business Against Litter survey show that it’s time to start thinking creatively about how derelict sites across the city are used. The […]

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VATWatch – help us out!

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Catherine Puts Best Foot Forward by Climbing Mountain and Raising Money for Arthritis Ireland

      Catherine Puts Best Foot Forward by Climbing Mountain and Raising Money for Arthritis Ireland   Intrepid Oireachtas Members from all sides of the House put their best […]

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VAT Reduction – Who is passing it on? Who isn’t?

The VAT reduction, from 13.5% to 9%, was intended as a boost to our service economy, particularly in the areas of food and drink. Based on a spot check of […]

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Irish Times – Saturday June 18th

Major tourist sites should have free Wi-Fi for visitors TOURIST SITES across the country should offer free Wi-Fi access to visitors, according to Senator Catherine Noone who said it would […]

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€1.2 billion in small business loans: a scheme worth noting

As discussed here, the Government intend to launch a scheme which will partially guarantee loans for startups and innovative businesses. The scheme, which will total €400m in loans annually for […]

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Aviva Stadium 2013 – Great Tourism Potential

Senator Catherine Noone has stated that Dublin’s Aviva Stadium hosting of the 2013 Heineken Cup Final is a “great coup for both the stadium and the city”. Speaking this morning, Senator Noone said that […]

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Clouds and Silver Linings

“For those who are expert in the field of cloud computing, it is a wireless connection system to store data and information which is very easily retrievable — and, as […]

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Ideas For Boosting Tourism Income

Senator Catherine Noone today congratulated the tourism authorities on the recent increase in visitors to Ireland, and also urged them to consider two new measures in order to further stimulate growth in […]

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Fine Gael Councillors back Electric Cars for Dublin

Dublin could get a pool of electric cars, which would be available for public use, under proposals being mooted by Fine Gael to Dublin City Council. The party will propose […]

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Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone – 10th May 2010

Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager to install pedestrian lights at the junction of Clanwilliam Place and Lower Grand Canal Street. Report There are plans to upgrade the pedestrian/ […]

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Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone – 10th May 2010

Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager if the McMahon Bridge could be street cleaned on a regular basis. Report Waste Management Services will ensure that the McMahon Bridge is […]

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Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone – 10th May 2010

Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager for St. Patrick’s Cottages, Irishtown to be resurfaced. Report This Motion will not be answered due to industrial action.

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Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone – 10th May 2010

Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager to reconsider the request to install speed ramps on St. Patrick’s Cottages, Irishtown. Report The matter will be referred to the Traffic Advisory […]

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“Headshop” Legislation

“The Criminal Justice (Psychotropic Substances) Bill, to be brought to Cabinet next week, will impose heavy fines and prison sentences for the sale and distribution of mind-altering and hallucinatory drugs […]

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Upcoming DART public consultation evenings

DART Public Consultation Evenings See attached details of upcoming DART public consultation evenings Public Consultation Evenings. Each event will be held between 5pm and 8pm. Christchurch – Thursday, 6th May 2010  […]

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Councillor Catherine Noone- Question to City Manager

Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager to surface Beach Road. Reply There is insufficient funding available to resurface Beach Road at present. However, if any serious deficiencies arise arrangements […]

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Councillor Catherine Noone- Question to City Manager

Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager to improve the quality of lighting on Long Lane at this address (details supplied). Details: light located opposite No. 31 Long Lane Reply […]

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Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone- 8th March 2010

Item No. 29 Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager to arrange for a review of Traffic Lights at Leonard’s Corner / Clanbrassil Street Dublin 8 with a […]

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Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone- 8th March 2010

Item No. 28 Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager to consider providing a loading bay or some such measure to deal with the parking issue for Stauntons […]

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Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone- 8th March 2010

Item No. 27 Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager to arrange to address the dreadful and dangerous state of the streets in Dublin city centre. In particular […]

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Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone- 8th MARCH 2010

Item No. 26 Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager to consider a solution to the parking problem at Holles Street Hospital. Currently there is no option for […]

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Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone-8th MARCH 2010

Item No. 25 Motion from Councillor Catherine Noone To ask the Manager if she would review the HGV cordon as there have been complaints of the excess noise and reverberations […]

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NewEra- Getting Ireland back to Work

NewEra is Fine Gael’s policy to help get Ireland back to work. It outlines how through investment in Energy, Communications and Water, not only will Ireland be working again but […]

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Fair Care- Transparency, Accountability and Fairness in the Irish Health Service

Fair Care is Fine Gael’s Healthcare Plan for Ireland. It is an ambitious plan but also one which will reform Irish healthcare completely. Its main aims are to end hospital […]

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A big thank you!

I really want to say thank you so much to all my supporters who helped my get elected to Dublin City Council. I was touched by the trust and responsibility […]

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Local News

Moss St, Gloucester St and Townsend St There are plans for the refurbishment of Dublin City Council flats in the Moss St, Gloucester St and Townsend St area. Architects are […]

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Welcome Note

I am delighted to have been selected as the Fine Gael candidate for the next local elections for the South East Inner City area. It is an honour to be […]

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Dublin Dock Development

  The Dublin Dockland Development Authority has released the latest draft of its Planning Scheme for the Poolbeg Peninsula after consultations with residents, businesses, landowners and other stake-holders.

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Portobello – Traffic

  While meeting with residents in Portobello in the last few months, it has come to Catherine’s attention that there is general dissatisfaction with the traffic situation.

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Solution Promised For Poolbeg Peninsula

  Catherine recently worked with Lucinda Creighton TD to address the issues surrounding travellers in the Pigeonhouse Road and Shellybanks Road area of the Poolbeg Peninsula. While some travellers had […]

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Register To Vote

  To be able to vote in the June 2009 Local Elections, your name must be entered on the register of electors. If you are not sure whether you are […]

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Noone To Fight Against Sandymount Division

  Catherine Noone, along with Lucinda Creighton TD and Cllr Paddy McCartan, recently organised a public protest in Sandymount Green to fight against the division of Sandymount.

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Encouraging Youth To Participate In Team Sports

  Iveagh Gardens   The lack of sporting facilities in the City Centre is an issue that many residents have raised with Catherine during her canvasses.

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Your New Fine Gael Area Representative

Dear Constituent,   With less than a year to go until the Local Elections, Fine Gael in Dublin South East faces a huge challenge to build on the success of […]

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