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Minister For Education Congratulates Ireland Skills Live Winners

The Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor has congratulated the Silver Medal winners from Ireland Skills Live on their achievements at the recent competition. 

Speaking at a reception in Tyrone House at the Department of Education and Skills' Dublin campus, Minister Mitchell O'Connor said: "It is a great achievement to have won at Ireland Skills Live. I know that you were all challenged over the three-day event, competing for up to 18 hours each, against the clock, and under the watchful eyes of your peers, your fellow competitors, and the public. This achievement really highlights your individual dedication and commitment to your crafts."

Minister Mitchell O'Connor also commented on the significance of Worldskills and concluded: "Since joining sixty three years ago it has helped inspire and encourage the development of skills-based education in Ireland to an international standard."

HSE Criticised Over Decision To Close Respite Services

An HSE proposal to close respite services at Sruthan House in Dundalk has been described as "heartless, irresponsible and ill-informed".

Criticising the HSE, Midlands Northwest MEP Matt Carthy, said that Sruthan house has been offering a vital respite service for over twenty years to families in Louth, Meath, Monaghan and further afield. A recent letter from the HSE to service users stated that these services would cease by the end of 2019 with a suggestion of alternative services in Dublin, Roscommon and Sligo.

Carthy said: "It is the responsibility of any government to first and foremost look after the needs of the most vulnerable in our society. The provision of nearby a respite service is the least that should be provided to family members looking after the needs of a person with disability. To suggest replacement facilities that involve multiple hour journeys is nothing short of callous. The proposal to close the respite services in Sruthan House is heartless, irresponsible and ill-informed. Government supporting TDs in both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil must join the Sinn Féin demand that the Minister for Health intervene to reverse the move."

Fianna Fáil Welcomes Progression Of Coroners Bill

Fianna Fáil has welcomed the progression of the Coroners (Amendment) Bill 2018, passing all stages in both the Dáil and the Seanad.

Commenting on the Amendment, Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Eamon Scanlon, said: "Seeing this Bill signed into law will be welcomed by many families in the North West. I have personally met with families touched by this. I welcomed some of those families from Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Donegal who traveled to Leinster House to attend the Dáil debate on this legislation.

"The Bill will introduce changes including strengthening the powers of investigation and reporting held by Coroners. It will also address maternal deaths, perinatal and infant deaths. The Bill will also allow for a wider scope of inquiry at inquest and a number of other provisions.

"This is a sensitive topic and will be emotional for families who have wanted to see these changes for so long," concluded Deputy Scanlon.

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