Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan, has said that the Action Plan for Jobs launched by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, and the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, on Monday contains progressive measures that will help get Tipperary and Offaly back to work.
Deputy Coonan said: “The Action Plan for Jobs will make it cheaper and easier to do business and to create jobs. It will support existing Irish businesses and new start-ups, while helping to attract inward investment from overseas. The Plan will set the environment to achieve the Taoiseach’s aim of having 100,000 more people working and making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business by 2016”.
CE SCHEMES TO BE PROTECTED – KELLY.
Following from a private meeting which he organised between Minister Joan Burton and representatives of local CE Schemes, Minister Alan Kelly has welcomed the clarification from the Minister for Social Protection regarding the reform and restructuring of the CE Scheme.
“I have had a number of CE groups contact me regarding some questions they had regarding their schemes and I was pleased to be able to organise this private meeting with the Minister for them. During this meeting it became apparent that Minister Burton recognises the importance of CE schemes and understands that it is vital to consult with communities and scheme participants on any reforms that are to take place. It is encouraging that all stakeholders have also acknowledged the importance of this consultation process if CE schemes are to be protected long into the future”.
“CE schemes must be protected and these reforms are about balancing the protection of the taxpayer with the need to protect the social impact of the schemes in the community. Labour in Government remains committed to protecting the schemes, and in excess of €315m has been allocated to them for 2012.”
Automatic Dialling Could Save Lives - Prendergast
Labour MEP for Ireland South Phil Prendergast has highlighted the urgency of implementing a new system which automatically sends a vehicle’s location to the emergency services after a crash.
Speaking on European day for the 112 emergency number, Ms Prendergast
said: “the eCall device can automatically “dial” 112 and transmit your location and the number of passengers in the vehicle to the emergency services if you are involved in a serious car crash, and it establishes a voice call between the vehicle and the nearest emergency contact.
“In rural areas, where it is often difficult to locate the accident scene the system will improve emergency response times by up to 50%. Lives can be lost, and injuries aggravated, if medics cannot get to the crash scene in time. Even in urban areas responses could be 40% faster, especially on motorways.
“This could prevent as many as 2,500 deaths and save €26bn each year across the EU, according to European Commission estimates. This equates to at least 25 lives and €260 million in Ireland, though probably more, considering our large rural population”, she said.