GOVERNMENT MUST RESPECT DAIL VOTE TO DELAY AIB SALE

19 May 2017

The Labour Party is insistent that yesterday’s vote in the Dail still stands regarding the delaying of selling any stake in the AIB until it is agreed what infrastructure projects should be invested in from the proceeds of the sale. Party leader Brendan Howlin said last night: “The sequence of events today in relation to … Continue reading GOVERNMENT MUST RESPECT DAIL VOTE TO DELAY AIB SALE

AIB SALE MUST NOW BE POSTPONED

18 May 2017

Today in the Dail a Labour Party motion to postpone the sale of AIB shares until the funds raised can be used to invest in vital State infrastructure, has been passed in the Dáil this afternoon. The planned use of the proceeds from the sale of AIB to pay down debt would reduce our debt levels by … Continue reading AIB SALE MUST NOW BE POSTPONED

BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

11 May 2017

Today Michael Barnier is addressing the Dail. A former EU commissioner, Monsieur Barnier is the European Union chief negotiator with the United Kingdom in the forthcoming Brexit negotiation. Today’s special joint sitting of the Dail and Seanad is to facilitate an exchange of views between Michael Barnier and the Oireachtas. Last night I set out … Continue reading BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

VERDEMONT FIRE

11 May 2017

My thoughts and sympathies are with the residents of Verdemont Coolmine  Blanchardstown who suffered a disastrous fire at their apartments I want to salute Dublin fire brigade and all the emergency workers and the Fingal co council staff who worked to put out the fire and to assist residents There will have to be a … Continue reading VERDEMONT FIRE

GETTING MAYNOOTH DART BACK ON TRACK

10 May 2017

Today in the Dail I raised the need to take advantage of cheap borrowing rates to ramp up investment in infrastructure. In particular I highlighted the delay in upgrading the Maynooth rail line – both in capacity and electrification. I had questioned Minister Ross in February about progress on the electrification of the Maynooth Line … Continue reading GETTING MAYNOOTH DART BACK ON TRACK

SELLING AIB NOW IS AN ACT OF PURE FOLLY

9 May 2017

The Government proposal to sell-off 25% of AIB is just pure folly at this time.   Ireland will sell of 25% of a bank that has cost the taxpayer tens of Billions of Euro for something in the region of €3 Billion and we won’t be able to give the people of Ireland any dividend … Continue reading Selling AIB now is an act of Pure Folly

FURTHER DELAYS IN REMOVING THE BAPTISM BARRIER

5 May 2017

The media has reported that there is serious internal pressure in the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party for further delaying tactics on lifting the baptism barrier in order to give local children access to their local schools. Fine Gael TDs and Senators are seeking further discussion but it has been nearly a year since the Labour Party … Continue reading FURTHER DELAYS IN REMOVING THE BAPTISM BARRIER

AOSDANA AND SUPPORTING THE ARTS

3 May 2017

Yesterday I questioned the Minister for Arts on the future of Aosdana on its funding. Below is the transcript of my debate with the Minister DAIL EIREANN MAY 2nd 2017 Deputy Joan Burton   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs   her views on the role of Aosdána in recognising and supporting Irish artists; if … Continue reading AOSDANA AND SUPPORTING THE ARTS

HARRIS NEEDS TO TAKE CONTROL ON MATERNITY HOSPITAL SITUATION

26 April 2017

Labour Party spokesperson on Health, Alan Kelly TD has called on Minister for Health to take control of the situation regarding the National Maternity Hospital. “It is time now for Minister Harris to take control of the situation with the National Maternity Hospital. We are now in a situation where it is getting deeply personal … Continue reading HARRIS NEEDS TO TAKE CONTROL ON MATERNITY HOSPITAL SITUATION

MINISTER HAPLESS, HELPLESS AND HOPELESS IN HOSPITAL DEAL

25 April 2017

At the Labour Party conference I moved the motion opposing the proposed governance of the new National Maternity Hospital. Labour opposes the decision on the following grounds: “Ireland is in the unique situation in terms of its strong population growth, which means there are lots and lots of babies being born. “So we need a … Continue reading MINISTER HAPLESS, HELPLESS AND HOPELESS IN HOSPITAL DEAL