Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

Category Archives: Social Protection

Budget 2017 – helping people, families and communities

The first Budget of the Fine Gael – Independents’ Partnership Government provides €58 Billion in funding – €53.5 billion in current spending and €4.5 billion in capital – across various departments and services. Furthermore, Budget 2017 provides the Health Service and the Department of Education with their highest ever allocations in the history of the… Continue Reading

New service to help at-risk homeowners in Galway and Mayo in mortgage arrears

This week my colleagues Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, launched an innovative mortgage arrears resolution service – ‘Abhaile’ – to help at-risk homeowners who are in mortgage arrears. The new service provides Galway and Mayo homeowners in mortgage arrears with free, independent expert advice and support on financial and legal… Continue Reading

Two weeks paid paternity leave for fathers welcome news for families in Galway

Listen back to my interview on Galway Bay FM on this issue and on social welfare supports and the self-employed  I warmly welcome the publication of the Paternity Bill this week by Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar and Minister of Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald. The bill will provide fathers with two weeks of… Continue Reading