Ministerial approval has been obtained to continue to provide funding to Sail Training Ireland for three more years from this year, 2023. This funding will be used to provide sail training to young persons from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, today visited Co Meath. Minister O’Brien officially opened 96 new social homes in Dunshaughlin and visited the site in Ashbourne where a further 74 homes are under construction. In total, 170 social homes are being delivered across the two sites.

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has launched a public consultation on a draft national policy for the remuneration of certain categories of patient representatives to be known as “Patient Voice Partners” who sit on committees and working groups in the Irish health and social care sector.

On 23 January, Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Micheál Martin TD will attend a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels.

The Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D., today announced the recognition of the National Inshore Fishermen’s Association (NIFA) as an EU Producer Organisation.

The Minister for Finance Michael McGrath TD, has announced today (Saturday, 21 January) that VAT on supplies of Covid-19 testing kits which has been subject to a temporary zero rate up until 31 December 2022 as a result of an EU Commission derogation, will be zero rated on an ongoing basis with immediate effect.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, today (Saturday, 21 January) officially opened a new state-the-art Marina project in County Cavan.

Minister O’Brien and Minister O’Donnell have today launched a three-month public consultation on proposed amendments to Building Regulations relating to fire safety