THE DETERIORATING QUALITY OF DUBLIN’S AIR

12 June 2019

There is now a noticeable difference in the quality of air as you walk the streets of Dublin. Sufferers of asthma can testify to that. Our trees are being felled at a worrying rate, and I am concerned how many more trees will disappear if the BusConnects project gets its way. We are simply not … Continue reading The Deteriorating Quality of Dublin’s Air

MAKHLOUF APPOINTMENT SHOULD BE SUSPENDED

5 June 2019

Following the announcement of an investigation into the actions of Gabriel Makhlouf while serving as Treasury Secretary in New Zealand, Labour Finance Spokesperson Joan Burton TD has called for the appointment of Mr Makhlouf to the position of Governor of the Central Bank to be suspended pending the results of that investigation. Deputy Burton said: … Continue reading Makhlouf Appointment Should Be Suspended

UPDATE ON PELLETSTOWN ETNS

23 May 2019

I recently questioned the Department for Education about the progress of the new school building for Pelletstown Educate Together National School. It is vital that the new school building is built in a timely manner, and that the school will not be broken up and the students shipped around the city when the lease of … Continue reading Update on Pelletstown ETNS

SUBMISSION ON THE ‘DRAFT PHOENIX PARK VISITOR EXPERIENCE STRATEGIC REVIEW’

21 May 2019

The OPW, Failte Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, have commissioned a review of the ‘visitor experience’ of the Phoenix Park. The ‘Draft Phoenix Park Visitor Experience Strategic Review’ sets out 29 recommendations and changes to the Park. I believe it is important for all those that value the Phoenix Park, … Continue reading Submission on the ‘Draft Phoenix Park Visitor Experience Strategic Review’

SITE FOR EDMUND RICE COLLEGE

10 May 2019

I recently questioned the Department for Education about the progress of the new school building for Edmund Rice College. It is important for the families in the school to know when construction on the new permanent building will commence and when the new building is expected to open. The Minister informed me that the plans … Continue reading Site for Edmund Rice College

NEW SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR BLANCHARDSTOWN

10 May 2019

In April 2018, it was announced that there would be a new 800 secondary school to serve the Blanchardstown West and Blanchardstown Village school planning areas. I recently questioned the Minister for Education on whether a site for this new school had been identified and what proposals he had in relation to the patronage of … Continue reading New Secondary School for Blanchardstown

LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

10 May 2019

I have been shocked to read recent reports of lead concentration levels well above the legal limit in North Dublin drinking water, including in Cabra, Drumcondra and Phibsborough. Some tests have found lead concentrations nearly fifteen times over the legal limits. This is hugely concerning. Exposure to lead can affect brain development in children, and … Continue reading Lead in Drinking Water

ASD SCHOOL FOR DUBLIN WEST

9 May 2019

Speaking recently in the Dáil, I questioned the Department for Education regarding autism specific education in Dublin 15 & Dublin 7 for children at primary and secondary level. I asked the Minister about the promises he made regarding an autsim specific school. He had previously agreed that there is a need for special school for … Continue reading ASD School for Dublin West

FEUDING AND VIOLENT GANG ACTIVITY

9 May 2019

Speaking recently in the Dáil, I questioned the Department of Justice over the the recent increase in feuding and violent gang activity in our local community. People have been reeling with shock following incident after incident of gang warfare, linked to the drugs trade, being played out on the streets of different parts of Dublin … Continue reading Feuding and Violent Gang Activity

LOCAL ELECTION COVERAGE

4 May 2019

Article from The Irish Times (4/5/19) on Cabra-Glasnevin Local Election candidate, Declan Meenagh. Local elections battleground: From dog poo to housing crisis Politics starts with the local. In 2005, Declan Meenagh got his first taste of on-the-ground campaigning after Dublin City Council turned off audible signals at a number of traffic lights across the city. … Continue reading Local Election Coverage