General Election 2020

ROYAL CANAL PARK SHD

28 January 2020

After inspecting the design of the Royal Canal Park Phase 4 SHD, and working with Local Councillor Marie Sherlock (Cabra-Glasnevin), I have made a submission in writing to An Bord Pleanála. This can be read below. Observation to appeal Re: PL29N.306167   Royal Canal Park Phase 4  An Bord Pleanála,  Marlborough Street,  Dublin 1  1 Dear Sir / Madam,  We are … Continue reading Royal Canal Park SHD

HARTSTOWN COMMUNITY SCHOOL DEBATE

28 January 2020

Standing outside Hartstown Community School after I and a number of other candidates were questioned and cross questioned by the students from 5th year, 6th year and the student council. They were tough, but also interesting and important questions about the housing crisis, about crime in the local area, about drug abuse, about how to … Continue reading Hartstown Community School Debate

LABOUR SIGNS UP TO ANTI-RACISM ELECTION PROTOCOL

24 January 2020

There has been a worrying increase in racism and xenophobia in our country in recent years, and we’ve seen some candidates who are prepared to exploit fear to win votes. Today I signed the Anti-Racism Election Protocol promoted by the Irish Network Against Racism and committed the Labour Party to their principles. Labour will maintain … Continue reading Labour Signs Up To Anti-Racism Election Protocol

CLIMATE JUSTICE

24 January 2020

Time is running out, so we must invest in climate action now. Labour brought in Ireland’s first climate change laws, and the city bike schemes, and we can be relied on to cut emissions and build a low carbon economy. Labour will fund local government to deliver an ambitious home insulation scheme, targeting 100,000 homes … Continue reading Climate Justice

DRUG GANGS TARGETING CHILDREN

23 January 2020

Protecting our children is a priority for any country. It is tragically clear that criminal gangs now represent a very real threat to perhaps hundreds of children across the country. Crime gangs are recruiting children and ordering them to move and sell drugs.  Involvement in criminality can spiral when a young person is in the … Continue reading Drug Gangs Targeting Children

A FAIR START FOR EVERY CHILD

23 January 2020

It is expensive to raise a family in Ireland, but we can ensure that no child is left behind. We must ensure that all of our children are treated equally and given the chance to fulfil their potential. Labour will make primary education genuinely free-of-charge, to fulfil the guarantee in the Constitution. This will include … Continue reading A Fair Start for Every Child

RENTERS NEED A BREAK

22 January 2020

Ireland has had the highest rent increases in the EU since 2015, with rents having risen over 25% in that time. The average rent in some parts of Dublin is over €2,224, an all-time high. Many people can’t afford to rent close to where they work, and end up commuting long distances. This is unsustainable … Continue reading Renters Need a Break

PETER CASEY’S MESSAGE OF DIVISION IS NOT WELCOME IN DUBLIN WEST

22 January 2020

Like any other citizen Peter Casey has every right to put his name on the Dublin West ballot paper. Nonetheless many citizens will be uneasy at his sudden intervention in the constituency. Dublin West is one of Ireland’s most diverse and inclusive communities, in part because it is the location for so many major international … Continue reading Peter Casey’s Message of Division Is Not Welcome in Dublin West

TRANSFER OF ROTUNDA HOSPITAL

21 January 2020

Today I met with the Master of the Rotunda Hospital, which is one of the oldest maternity hospital in Europe. The future plan for the Rotunda Hospital is that it should move to the campus and grounds of Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. However to achieve this, Government needs to get its act together now and bring … Continue reading Transfer of Rotunda Hospital

TAXATION DEBATE

21 January 2020

I appeared on ‘The Last Word with Matt Cooper’ for an Election debate on “Will We See Any Reduction in Our Taxes“. You can listen back to this debate here and below. Labour On Taxation… Now is not the time to cut taxes, with nearly 4,000 children in homelessness and hundreds of thousands waiting for … Continue reading Taxation Debate