Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

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Dormant Accounts Action Plan for 2018

I am delighted to launch the new Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2018 which provides funding of almost €40 million for 45 programmes and measures which will support disadvantaged people and communities across the country. The objective of Dormant Accounts Funding is to assist the most vulnerable groups in our society.  I have been anxious to ensure that… Continue Reading

Launch of Report on the Governance of Charitable Organisations

On Thursday I launched the Report on the Governance of Charitable Organisations which provides a series of recommendations to the Charities Regulatory Authority on how the governance of charities should be regulated. The recommendations provide realistic and proportionate guidance on the best type of framework for ensuring that charities in Ireland are governed effectively. Volunteers… Continue Reading

€2.9m iMARL will boost Irish marine research

As Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment I recently launched a €2.9 million iMARL marine monitoring infrastructure which is a partnership between the Dublin Institute for Advance Studies, the Geological Survey of Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and NUI Galway. The iMARL lab includes vibration sensors on the seafloor, water temperature sensors,… Continue Reading

Local Digital Strategies – UN ICEGOV Conference

On Wednesday I was honoured to speak and chair a session on Local Digital Strategies at the UN’s ICEGOV (International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance) which is taking place this week at NUI Galway. It was great to hear the ideas and observations from experts and to learn of the experiences of… Continue Reading

Launch of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce Implementation Review 2017 & 2018 Action Plan

On Wedneday I launched, with Minister for Communications, Denis Naughton, the Mobile Broadband Taskforce Implementation Review for 2017 and the 2018 Action Plan. Some of the actions achieved include the establishment of Broadband Officers at every city and county council the identification of mobile phone coverage blackspots and solutions for these the increase of ducting… Continue Reading

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