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PUBLIC MEETING ON PLANS TO DEVELOP THE PHOENIX PARK

27 March 2019

I am hosting a public meeting on the proposed strategic review of the Phoenix Park by the Office of Public Works (OPW), on: Saturday, 30 March at 11am in the Halfway House, Navan Road The Phoenix Park plays a central role in the life of Dublin city and is an important public amenity for sporting … Continue reading Public Meeting on Plans to Develop the Phoenix Park

SUBMISSION ON THE PROPOSED ROYAL CANAL URBAN GREENWAY

22 March 2019

Fingal County Council has recently announced plans to develop an Urban Greenway along the Royal Canal that would serve Castleknock, Blanchardstown, Clonsilla, Coolmine and the wider Dublin 15 area. As a long-standing supporter of developing the Canal for leisure, walking and cycling I am pleased to see these proposals from the Council, however the proposed … Continue reading Submission on the Proposed Royal Canal Urban Greenway

LOBBYING FOR BANK BONUSES MUST BE RESISTED

22 March 2019

Labour Finance spokesperson Joan Burton has called on the Minister for Finance to stand firm against growing pressure from banking lobbyists and investors to lift the bonus and wage caps in State owned banks. Deputy Burton also called for clarification on any proposed future share of sales in AIB. Deputy Burton said: “A report from Bloomberg … Continue reading Lobbying for Bank Bonuses Must Be Resisted

PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS OF CHILDREN WITH ASD

12 March 2019

Speaking recently in the Dáil, I questioned the Department of Education over the lack of training provided by the Department to educators of vulnerable children with Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Teachers are often left to train at their own expense on courses related to teaching children with autism, but do not receive the recognition they … Continue reading Provision of Training for Educators of Children with ASD

SUPPLY OF MEDICINES IN THE CONTEXT OF BREXIT

12 March 2019

I recently questioned the Minister for Health in the Dáil about his plans to ensure an uninterrupted supply of medicines in the context of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. I urged him to ensure that patients do not suffer any disruption to their treatments, and I pushed him on what his plans were to safeguard … Continue reading Supply of Medicines in the Context of Brexit

ACTION NEEDED ON AUTISM SPECIFIC SCHOOL FOR DUBLIN 15

19 February 2019

A survey of Primary and Secondary School Principals in Dublin 15 by a group of parents and professionals campaigning for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Specific School has confirmed what parents already knew, that the educational and developmental needs of some of the most vulnerable children are not being met in ASD classes in mainstream … Continue reading Action Needed on Autism Specific School for Dublin 15

PROPOSED ROYAL CANAL URBAN GREENWAY

18 February 2019

Fingal County Council has recently announced plans to develop an Urban Greenway along the Royal Canal that would serve Castleknock, Blanchardstown, Clonsilla, Coolmine and the wider Dublin 15 area. The Urban Greenway would aim to protect and enhance the existing environment along the canal, and would offer an attractive alternative transport choice for local school children and … Continue reading Proposed Royal Canal Urban Greenway

ADDITIONAL PREFAB ACCOMMODATION AT PELLETSTOWN EDUCATION TOGETHER NS

15 February 2019

At a recent meeting of Pelletstown Educate Together National School, I undertook to the parents and teachers that were present at the very pack meeting that I would raise the urgent need to obtain additional prefabs on the current temporary site of school before the next academic year in September. Pelletstown Educate Together National School … Continue reading Additional Prefab Accommodation at Pelletstown Education Together NS

DAIL EIREANN DEBATE – REPORT OF JOINT COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION AND SKILLS: MOTION

1 February 2019

Speaking recently in the Dail on the ‘Report on Training and Supports for Providers of Special Needs Education and Education in DEIS Schools,’ Labour TD for Dublin West, Joan Burton, thanked the Joint Committee on Education and Skills for producing this very valuable report, and commended all the people who work in special needs schools … Continue reading Dail Eireann Debate – Report of Joint Committee on Education and Skills: Motion

INTRODUCTION OF BILL TO PROVIDE LEGAL CERTAINTY FOR INFORMAL ADOPTIONS

31 January 2019

Labour TD for Dublin West, Joan Burton, has introduced in the Dáil her Informal Adoptions (Regularisation) Bill 2019, which if passed into law would provide legal certainty following the illegal registration of informal adoptions where a false birth certificate was issued. Introducing the Bill, Deputy Burton said: “Adoption was first introduced to Ireland and regulated … Continue reading Introduction of Bill to Provide Legal Certainty for Informal Adoptions