On the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Minister Flanagan apologises to persons convicted

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan TD, today expressed his strong support for an All-Party motion, which acknowledged the harm done by criminalisation of consensual same-sex relationships and offers an apology to those who were criminalised for their sexuality. Speaking in the Seanad, where the motion was introduced, the Minister announced Government support…

Tánaiste welcomes Republic of North Macedonia agreement

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD, today welcomed the signing of an agreement reached between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, which should resolve the long running name dispute between their respective countries. The proposed new name, Republic of North Macedonia, will now have to be ratified in each country. The Tánaiste said: “I…

Minister Creed confirms additional plant approvals for export to the People’s Republic of China

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, announced that a further three Irish beef plants and one pigmeat plant have now been approved by the Chinese authorities and listed by CNCA, the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Agency, which is part of the recently established Chinese Agency, the State Market Regulatory Administration. This announcement follows closely…