The Labour Party has prioritised schools, hospitals and job creation in the Government's capital spending programme announced this afternoon.
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, set out the Government's capital spending programme saying: "Clearly we are now living in different economic times. This report, by necessity, is about priorities... Our priorities as a Government are clear and are manifest in this plan. In summary: jobs, schools and health."
Among the priorities include 40 new schools, a new National Children's Hospital, job creation, the linking of the two LUAS lines, the Railway Safety Programme, replacement buses and upgrades of existing QBCs.
Last Fridays 'Pink Day', organised by Wicklow TD, Deputy Anne Ferris, with Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society was a huge success with more than €800 being raised for the worthy cause.
All members of the Oireachtas and staff were encouraged to turn the Houses pink for a day by wearing a pink item of clothing to drive breast cancer awareness.
Each year, more than 1,700 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed with Irish women having a one in 12 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
This Friday Nessa Childers MEP in association with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is hosting a seminar entitled 'Shared Priorities, The Dementia Agenda in Europe and Ireland'. The day will be held on Friday, June 17th in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dublin 8, starting at 9am and finishing up at 3.45pm.
The one day event will be of interest to organisation and individuals involved in policy design, advocacy and service provision. There is no admission fee for the day and places are limited.
Darkness into Light 2011 was a 5k charity walk to raise funds for Pieta House, the only major voluntary organisation in the country providing professional and therapeutic services to those who may be contemplating suicide or self-harming.
The event also took place across the country in six locations: Phoenix Park Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Clare and Kerry.
One in four people in Ireland has, at some point, suffered with a mental health issue - a fact highlighted by Waterford's Ciara Conway this week during the debate .
Deputy Conway pointed out that she is well aware of the challenge of tackling mental health issues in this country. Before becoming a TD she worked as a Social Worker with the H.S.E and saw first-hand the problems people are facing.
The Deputy referred to a report by Sally E. Bonnar on the' Admission of Young People to Adult Mental Health Wards '.
The Labour Party candidate in Sligo/North Leitrim Susan O'Keeffe came to Dublin today to hand in 1557 invitations to Minister Mary Harney to come to Sligo to discuss the future of the health services with local people.
This afternoon Susan O'Keeffe our candidate for Sligo/Leitrim in the forthcoming General Election came to the Department of Health in Dublin to personally deliver 1557 signed invitations for Minister Harney to discuss the future of the health services with people in Sligo.
"Obviously this Government is in its final days and I imagine that Ms Harney won't now make this trip to share her plans with people directly. Unfortunately we have no idea what sort of plans are in the system already for the way hospitals will be configured into the future. She won't tell us."
Susan added that 'accountability and dialogue' must be at the heart of the next Government.
The short time frame for the Government's proposed HSE redundancy scheme was raised today during Leaders' Questions by the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD.
Deputy Gilmore said the issue is not whether there should be a voluntary scheme, something Labour has advocated since the publication of our policy document on the reform of the HSE (which you can download in our policy section); but the time scale which the scheme is proposed to be carried out.
"The issue is that having delayed until now to bring forward the scheme, is it practical to have t carried out in this short timeframe?
"Are these dates, 19th November and 30th November, absolute, or is it intended that if practical difficulties encountered in the scheme, the dates will be extended."
Late last week Councillor Colm Keaveney organised a public meeting in Tuam concerning the HSE cuts which are threatening vital public services in the community, in this post Colm explains how the meeting went.
I held a public meeting in Tuam over HSE cuts which threaten the vital public services in our community. I’d like to thank Deputy Jan O’Sullivan and Dr. Jerry Cowley for giving up their time to come to Tuam and listen to the concerns of the community here.
Yesterday the news broke that more than 58,000 x-rays were not examined by a radiologist in Tallaght Hospital and according to the Minister for Health she was made aware of this problem in December but only realised the full scale of the problem yesterday.
Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD raised the issue during Leaders' Questions and called on the Taoiseach to appoint a new Minister for Health and Children during his forthcoming cabinet reshuffle.