SYMPHYSIOTOMY

2 February 2017

Below is my contribution last week in the Dail Symphysiotomy Debate: Difficult and all as this discussion is, it is important that it is held. First, I again extend my sympathy to all of the women who were affected by this. I have read the different reports, including the report of the socio-medical historian, Professor … Continue reading SYMPHYSIOTOMY

STRONGER LOBBYING RULES NEEDED TO CATCH VULTURE FUNDS

2 February 2017

Today at Leader’s Questions, I raised the need for stricter rules on lobbying on tax matters. I also called on the Tánaiste to inform the Dáil how much extra the Government expected to raise in tax from vulture funds following the €158 million tax windfall from NAMA. The Government should prescribe the HEO and AP … Continue reading STRONGER LOBBYING RULES NEEDED TO CATCH VULTURE FUNDS

CORDUFF PRIMARY CARE CENTRE: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH TEAM

8 December 2016

I received the following update today about the relocation of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team to the new Corduff Primary Care Centre: “The Health Service Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in the context of the above Parliamentary Question, which you submitted to the Minister for Health for response.   … Continue reading CORDUFF PRIMARY CARE CENTRE: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team

INFASTRUCTURE FUNDING – HANSFIELD

7 December 2016

I raised in the Dail yesterday the need to secure additional funding for infrastructure development in light of the low borrowing costs that the government can now avail of. In particular I cited the example of the long planned link road between the N3 Clonee Junction and the N4 Leixslip junction. This route requires the … Continue reading INFASTRUCTURE FUNDING – HANSFIELD

RISING RENTS

1 December 2016

Fine Gael refuses to extend 2 year moratorium on rent increases introduced by Alan Kelly in 2014. Today I asked Simon Coveney in Dail today to extend the measures by another 3 years: Deputy Joan Burton:   Yesterday I was approached by somebody who rents a one-and-a-half bed apartment in Clonee in Meath for about €860 a … Continue reading RISING RENTS

PUBLIC BANKING, SUSTAINABLE BANKING & FINANCE FOR SMES

30 November 2016

Recently I debated in the Dail with the Minister for Finance how a Local Public Bank system could be established in Ireland. Such banks exist in Germany and have been the backbone of funding SMEs. German public banks (called Spakasse) proved their worth during the great recession when unlike other banks they kept credit flowing to Enterprise and … Continue reading PUBLIC BANKING, SUSTAINABLE BANKING & FINANCE FOR SMEs

CHANGE FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS WELCOME BUT PROBLEMS REMAIN

25 November 2016

I welcome the revised rules from the Central Bank that will mean first time buyers will be able to access mortgages of up to 90% of the value of a house over €220,000. This means many more will now be in a position to purchase affordable homes. The revised 10% deposit rule for first time … Continue reading CHANGE FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS WELCOME BUT PROBLEMS REMAIN

QUESTIONS TO THE TAOISEACH: BREXIT

25 November 2016

Deputy Joan Burton: The Taoiseach has just referred to principles in relation to Brexit. It would be very helpful to everybody in the House if he were to set out these principles. How many principles are there and has the Taoiseach or the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade identified them, working with officials? It … Continue reading QUESTIONS TO THE TAOISEACH: BREXIT

QUESTIONS TO THE TAOISEACH: MENTAL HEALTH

25 November 2016

MENTAL HEALTH Deputy Joan Burton:  We were given a copy of the Supplementary Estimates for the end of the year today. Will the Taoiseach explain the astonishing decision not to provide additional funding for health? Will a further Supplementary Estimate be introduced for health? If not, how will the €35 million promised for mental health … Continue reading QUESTIONS TO THE TAOISEACH: MENTAL HEALTH

25 November 2016

This week in the Dail I questioned the Taoiseach on his dealings with the incoming Trump administration in the United States. Deputy Joan Burton: What ethical framework is the Taoiseach applying to his dealings with President-elect Trump? President-elect Trump has expressed reprehensible views about people from Mexico, whether they are living in Mexico or have … Continue reading