Month: November 2022

Defence Forces: Recruitment and Retention

Defence Forces: Recruitment and Retention

Full Transcript: Marc Ó Cathasaigh This issue has already been teased out in the discussion this morning. There is a well-acknowledged issue around recruitment and, in particular, retention in our Defence Forces. I ask about the progress made on fulfilling the Government commitment to increase recruitment in the Defence Forces by 2028. Deputy Simon Coveney…

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Social Welfare Bill 2022

Social Welfare Bill 2022

Full Transcript: Before I address my substantive points, I note that one of the benefits of sharing the duties of chairing the House with the Ceann Comhairle is that one gets to listen to debates in depth. Much of the debate on the Bill has been good. I do not know whether anybody has eulogised…

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Minister Malcolm Noonan visits Waterford to announce €150,000 funding for new Irish Wake Museum in the Viking Triangle.

Minister Malcolm Noonan visits Waterford to announce €150,000 funding for new Irish Wake Museum in the Viking Triangle.

Minister for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan visited Waterford to announce €150,000 funding for the new Irish Wake Museum which will open in the Viking Triangle in 2023. The funding will be used for the fit out of the displays and some restoration works on the 15th Century building in Cathedral Square which will…

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Science Week

Science Week

There has never been a man like my father for answering a question with a question. Maybe it was his way of dealing with four inquisitive children when he was bringing us up, but I doubt it. I feel he probably came hard-wired that way. In any case, it was, and still is at times,…

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€10m fund to support community and voluntary groups

€10m fund to support community and voluntary groups

Waterford TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh has welcomed a new €10million fund which was launched today to support community and voluntary groups with increased energy costs. The Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme, which was announced by Minister of State Joe O’Brien and Minister Healther Humphreys will assist organisations in meeting their energy costs this winter.…

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Dáil Contribution on Water Policy

Dáil Contribution on Water Policy

I fully intend to bring the Ceann Comhairle on a tour of Waterford shortly, but I will begin with an obtuse metaphor because I know he also enjoys them. When thinking of water infrastructure, I strangely think about the difference between losing one’s front teeth and dealing with one’s blood pressure. If you lose one…

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A ‘game-changer for Waterford’: Government’s sign off today on a €600m business plan that will transform the city’s North Quays.

A ‘game-changer for Waterford’: Government’s sign off today on a €600m business plan that will transform the city’s North Quays.

Marc Ó Cathasaigh TD has hailed as a ‘game-changer for Waterford’ Government’s sign off today on a €600m business plan that will transform the city’s North Quays. The final business case was approved by ministers at a cabinet meeting this morning and will see the construction of a new train station, bridge, retail centre, hotel,…

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New Grants Available to Households in Gaeltacht na nDéise

New Grants Available to Households in Gaeltacht na nDéise

Households in Waterford Gaeltacht areas with an interest in becoming host families for the first time can now apply for up to €6000 as a new start-up grant. Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers TD announced that his Department is now accepting applications from eligible Gaeltacht host families who would like…

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