DUBLIN GAZETTE: HUNTSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT RISK IF FUNDS ARE NOT MADE AVAILABLE

16 October 2019

Speaking recently to the Dublin Gazette, I called on the Government to help address the severe fire safety and structural issues prevalent at Huntstown Community Centre. You can read more here or below. You can also watch my recent speech in the Dáil on the same matter here. Dublin Gazette: Huntstown Community Centre at risk … Continue reading Dublin Gazette: Huntstown Community Centre at Risk If Funds Are Not Made Available

MOVE TO DELAY MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE IS WRONG

16 October 2019

The report of the Low Pay Commission is clear in its recommendation that the minimum wage should increase by 30 cent an hour to €10.10. It notes that this assumes an orderly exit by the UK from the EU. The majority report does not say the increase should be delayed. Rather it says the decision … Continue reading Move to Delay Minimum Wage Increase is Wrong

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME FOR 2020 EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

15 October 2019

Fingal County Council’s Events Unit has launched its call for applications for groups and organisations seeking financial assistance for Festivals and Events taking place in 2020. Applications will be accepted for existing and/or new events or festivals which animate public spaces in creative and innovative ways and which are focused on developing measurable tourism impacts … Continue reading Financial Assistance Scheme for 2020 Events and Festivals

ESRI SHOWS FINE GAEL AND FIANNA FáIL HAVE DELIVERED A REGRESSIVE BUDGET

11 October 2019

Today’s publication by the ESRI of their analysis of Budget 2020 confirms what was said on Budget Day – that Budget 2020 is regressive. It also highlights a potential issue with the figures presented by the Minister for Finance due to his reliance on compliance measures for €175m of revenue which are “inherently uncertain” and … Continue reading ESRI Shows Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil Have Delivered A Regressive Budget

BUDGET 2020: BREXIT BUDGET

8 October 2019

Brexit Budget fails to protect those on low and fixed incomes There will be a great deal of sadness, frustration and disappointment in hundreds of thousands of Irish homes tonight as older people in retirement and on pensions from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, carers and people with disabilities who rely on … Continue reading Budget 2020: Brexit Budget

LABOUR’S ALTERNATIVE BUDGET: WE CAN BUILD AN EQUAL SOCIETY IN BUDGET 2020

3 October 2019

Today (3rd October), the Labour Party launched our Alternative Budget for 2020. You can read my comments on it and download the document here. Our economy is in much better shape now than it was ten years ago and the tax returns yesterday confirm that. But this Government is not able to manage spending properly … Continue reading Labour’s Alternative Budget: We Can Build An Equal Society in Budget 2020

COUNCIL PREPARING FOR STORM LORENZO

3 October 2019

Fingal County Council has activated its Crisis Management Team and its Severe Weather Assessment Team in response to the Severe Weather Warning issued by Met Eireann for Thursday (3rd October) and Friday (4th October) of this week. Met Eireann has issued Status Yellow Wind and Rain Warnings for Fingal. They are forecasting winds of up … Continue reading Council Preparing For Storm Lorenzo

MOTION ON SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION

27 September 2019

This week in the Dáil, I spoke on a motion on special needs education. A summary of my contribution can be read below. The video of my contribution can also be viewed below. I owe a degree of thanks to the parents of Dublin West who over the past year have mounted a series of … Continue reading Motion On Special Needs Education

LATEST ON BREXIT FOR BUSINESS

27 September 2019

This week I questioned the Minister for Finance about the effect of a no-deal Brexit on customs clearance and other requirements for importing from the UK mainland and Northern Ireland, and the implications he anticipated of a no-deal hard Brexit for VAT and business. I also questioned the Minister about the steps he has taken … Continue reading Latest on Brexit for Business

GOVERNMENT FAILING TO ACT ON AIR POLLUTION

25 September 2019

Labour TD for Dublin West, Joan Burton, has accused the Government of being all talk and no action when it comes to tackling air pollution. The comments come as the latest report from the EPA said parts of Dublin city centre were likely to breach EU and WHO air quality guidelines this year. Deputy Burton, … Continue reading Government Failing To Act On Air Pollution