Taoiseach Leo Varadkar spoke to the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy this afternoon.

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, today (Monday 9 January 2023) welcomed the launch of a further bundle of projects under the social housing Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme, Bundle 6.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue, T.D. today reminded farmers that the deadline for applications for the new Sheep Improvement Scheme is midnight tonight Monday 9th January 2023.

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin, has today announced funding of €300,000 for Minding Creative Minds as part of the Safe to Create Programme. This brings the Department’s overall allocation for the Safe to Create Programme to €782,000.

Minister McGrath today announces the further extension of the AIB Group Plc share trading plan into a third phase. The trading plan has been successful to date in gradually reducing the State’s investment in the Company and improving liquidity in the shares.

The Minister for Justice, Simon Harris TD, has announced funding totalling €5.25m for more than 65 organisations to support victims of crime.

Minister Harris has today (January 5th) announced the roll-out of projects provided under the National Access Plan that will support inclusive universally designed higher education environments as well as autistic students and students with an intellectual disability.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, and Minister of State, Martin Heydon TD, today announced the resumption of Irish beef exports to China.

An Exchequer surplus of €5 billion was recorded last year, a €12.4 billion swing from the €7.4 billion deficit recorded in 2021. The improvement reflects both the strong growth in tax revenue and the decline in Covid-related public expenditure.