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We could prevent four out of every five cases of blindness in Ireland - Conway

Senator Martin Conway with members of the National Vision Coalition

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Disability and Equality, Martin Conway, has called on his fellow Senators to support the Fine Gael Private Members Motion that is due to be debated in the Seanad tomorrow (Wednesday), which calls for the establishment of a national vision strategy.

We could prevent four out of every five cases of blindness in this country, if we properly invested in the problem. I am urging my Seanad colleagues to support this vital Private Members Motion, which is calling on the Government to implement a national vision strategy.

Conway calls for nationwide rollout of Small Areas Policing Programme

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Disability Martin Conway, has urged the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, and the Garda Commissioner to consider a nationwide extension of  the Small Areas Policing currently operated by An Garda Síochána in Dublin.

The Small Areas Policing Programme aims to put Gardaí back in touch with the communities they serve by building relationships with local people, instead of just responding to crime after it happens. It currently operates in Dublin with great success since its inception five years ago.

Conway welcomes jobs boost for Mid-West

Fine Gael Clare Senator, Martin Conway, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the news that Viagogo will open a purpose-build international operations centre in Limerick, describing the announcement as positive jobs boost for the Mid-West.

“I am delighted that Viagogo, which operates an online ticket marketplace, has decided to create a permanent operation in Limerick.  The company hopes the new operation centre will create hundreds of new jobs in the Mid-West region when it’s completed next year.

Conway calls on Government to introduce eConveyancing

Move could reduce transaction time for buying a house to a matter of days

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Disability Martin Conway, has today (Wednesday) said that it is vital that we continue to improve online public services thorough the introduction of eConveyancing.

eConveyancing is the paperless electronic transfer of title of land from one person to another and could reduce the total transaction time for buying a house to a matter of days.

Building The Future Event

Senator Martin Conway with WAM leaders at the Building the Future event

I was delighted to participate in the Building The Future event organised by AHEAD.

It is a unique careers event aimed at students and graduates with disabilities to give them the opportunity to polish their job seeking skills and get important tips and advice on successfully adjusting to the world of work and building a fulfilling career.

This annual event which took place in Citi Dublin, 1 North Wall Quay was a resounding success and I look forward to participating in the event again next year.
 

Springboard courses in Limerick IT

Fine Gael Senator, Martin Conway has today welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, that 6,100 new free higher education places are being made available to jobseekers as part of this year’s round of the Springboard programme.

Up to 225 places are being made available in Limerick IT across of range of specialties. Springboard courses aim to help people who are without a job to get back into the workforce by giving them qualifications in expanding enterprise sectors.

Justice Committee publishes report on the Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Community Sanctions) Bill

Senator Martin Conway with the Chairman and members of the Justice Committee

Concerns were raised that the restorative justice provisions envisaged in the Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Community Sanctions) Bill are too narrow in their focus and should include corporate offences, according to a report on hearings in relation to the Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Community Sanctions) Bill by the Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality. However, it was also stated to the Committee that a parallel court system should be avoided.

Conway welcomes establishment of expert group to review Dept of Justice

Fine Gael Clare Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Disability, Martin Conway, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD,  that an Independent Review Group has been established to undertake a review of the Department of Justice.

“This independent expert review group will undertake a review of the performance, management and administration of the Department.

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