The funding was announced at the Silver Surfer Awards which was sponsored by Google in conjunction with Age Action. The awards were given to people over the age of 50 who had interesting stories on how they began to use technology, be it on the internet or on their mobile phone.
Today An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD addressed the UN General Assembly where he said 'the decision of President Abbas to seek Palestine's membership of the United Nations is entirely legitimate and understandable. Palestine has the same right to membership of the United Nations as Ireland or any other Member of this Organisation'.
An Tánaiste also said: "Everybody knows what a final and comprehensive settlement would involve: two States, based on 1967 borders with mutually agreed swaps, living side by side in peace and security. It is more pressing than ever before to get direct negotiations underway which would address all the core issues and would culminate in such an agreement within a specified time-frame.
Well done to everyone who took part in the weekend's Grand Canal Cycle for Console. The fun family event was organised for Console and saw cyclists ride from the Grand Canal Theatre to the 12th Lock (Lucan).
At the launch of the event was the Lord Mayor Andrew Montague and it is hoped the cycle will be become an annual event.
Speaking on the Dáil motion on the sale of a minority stake in the ESB, Labour deputies highlighted the utter hypocrisy of Sinn Féin.
In typical Sinn Fein 'doublespeak' they claim that this proposed minority sale, which we are committed to by way of a sovereign commitment in the EU/IMF deal, will result in the State losing its majority ownership of ESB. This is utter nonsense and is deliberately attempting to mislead the public.
"If we want to offer people a proper level of public transport this will require investment. This funding will greatly enhance both the customer service Irish Rail offers as well as equipping them with the ability to reduce costs in the future. It's a win win," Minister Alan Kelly has said today announcing a €6million investment for Irish Rail.
The funding is coming from reallocated capital within the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and is being spent on works that will be completed by year end including on line speed improvements, further roll-out of wifi on trains and important fuel saving technology to reduce costs.
The Labour Leader and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore expressed his shock at the tragedy and extended his deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives and to our Norwegian colleague and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. The Tanaiste's statement can be read here.
A lot of concern has been expressed about JLCs in the wake of last week's High Court decision to find them unconstitutional. The situation is more complex than a lot of people believed it to be and last night Deputy Alex White outlined some reasons why we can't rush into passing legislation. You can see Deputy White's speech in the accompanying video. You can also read Deputy White's speech from our media centre.