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Conway launches new equality centre in the University of Limerick

Sola launch at University of Limerick

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Disability, Martin Conway, is today (Friday) officially launching a new Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Quality in the Community and Voluntary sector (SOLA) in the University of Limerick. SOLA will offer new equality programmes for those working in the voluntary, community and disability sectors.

“I was delighted to be asked by UL to participate in the launch of this new centre today which will significantly boost the number of equality programmes offered by the university.

New agri-environment scheme for the Burren very welcome - Conway

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has welcomed today’s announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, of plans for a new agri-environment scheme for the Burren.

“I am delighted that this new scheme will offer new five-year contracts to conservation-conscious farmers in the region from next year.

“It will focus specifically on the conservation of the unique farming landscape of the Burren in Clare.

New Employment Strategy to help people with disabilities play an active part in the workforce

Fine Gael Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has today (Monday) welcomed the publication of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities.

“The Strategy aims to help people to play an active part in our workforce. The focus is on building skills, capacity and independence; providing bridges and support to enter work; making work pay; promoting job retention and re-entry to work; providing coordinated and seamless support; and engaging with employers.

€46 million for new Garda vehicles will make Clare safer

€875 million allocated to Justice sector in Govt’s Capital Investment Plan

Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Martin Conway has welcomed the allocation of €46 million for Garda vehicles over the next five years. Funding will be provided for both regular Garda patrol vehicles as well as specialist, high-power vehicles for targeted operations. This is part of an unprecedented allocation of €875 million in capital funding in the Justice sector.

Ireland to offer safe haven for 4,000 refugees

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement that Ireland will accept up to 4,000 people, under resettlement and relocation programmes, announced by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD.

"I am satisfied that the Government has agreed to establish an ‘Irish Refugee Protection Programme’ to provide safe haven for persons seeking international protection.

€21 million redevelopment programme at Shannon Free Zone to attract jobs and investment

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by the Shannon Group of the commencement of the €21 million first-phase of a major redevelopment programme at the Shannon Free Zone.

“Today’s announcement that construction of manufacturing units and office blocks will begin shortly, as well as the upgrading of some of its existing core assets, is a great endorsement for the independent Shannon Airport.

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