THE ABBEY THEATRE

13 December 2019

As our national theatre, the Abbey plays a vital role in Irish cultural life, providing entertainment to theatre goers and vital employment to hundreds of members of the Irish theatre community. Last year, 300 of these workers expressed grave concern about the direction the Abbey had taken in terms of it’s in-house productions, saying the … Continue reading The Abbey Theatre

BALROY HOUSE APPLICATION

12 December 2019

Glenveagh Homes have recently submitted an application for the site at Balroy House on the Carpenterstown Road. This application was discussed by the Fingal County Council Area Committee for Dublin 15 on 5 December. The following motion was proposed by Labour Party Councillor John Walsh, and was agreed by the Area Committee and will be … Continue reading Balroy House Application

SUBMISSION ON REVISED BUCCONNECTS PROPOSALS

11 December 2019

The National Transport Authority (NTA) recently announced revised proposals on the changes to the Dublin bus network, and have been engaging in a public consultation. I am concerned that a number of communities are not sufficiently provided for in the new plans. As part of the public engagement process, I have submitted the following letter … Continue reading Submission on Revised BucConnects Proposals

WHITESTOWN AT IPB PRIDE OF PLACE AWARDS

5 December 2019

I would like to congratulate the residents of Whitestown, Dublin 15 for their fantastic community work which was recognised at the Pride of Place Awards in Kilkenny last Saturday evening. The residents of Whitestown Estate, Dublin 15 were runners-up in the ‘Best Housing Estate’ category.  The Whitestown Estate residents recently embarked on an ambitious community … Continue reading Whitestown at IPB Pride of Place Awards

REMITTANCES FROM IRELAND

2 December 2019

Following recent political commentary, and in the interest of establishing facts, I asked An Taoiseach to provide me with figures outling the remittances from Ireland, to countries around the world in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. In response to my question, An Taoiseach said: “The Central Statistics Office … Continue reading Remittances From Ireland

THOUSANDS OF OVER 70’S BATTLING TO PAY MORTGAGE

26 November 2019

Thousands of old age pensioners are living in fear of vulture funds repossessing their homes; figures supplied to me by the Central Bank and the Minister for Finance suggest. Journalist John Drennan covered the story in the Irish Daily Mail and this can be read below. Thousands of Over 70’s Battling to Pay Mortgage Thousands … Continue reading Thousands of Over 70’s Battling to Pay Mortgage

BUSCONNECTS INFORMATION MEETING

26 November 2019

Cllr John Walsh and I are hosting a public meeting on BusConnects and the proposed changes to the Dublin bus network, on: Saturday, 30 November at 11am in St Brigid’s Community Centre, Blanchardstown The NTA recently announced revised proposals and are currently consulting the public. Local area information leaflets are currently being delivered to residents … Continue reading BusConnects Information Meeting

‘CONNECTING COMMUNITIES’ INFORMATION BOOKLET

25 November 2019

The Fingal Community Facilities Network has launched an information booklet that provides information on the range of services, facilities and activities available across all of the 31 community facilities supported by Fingal County Council’s Community Development Office. The information booklet, compiled by the Fingal Community Facilities Network, provides a snap shot of what each community … Continue reading ‘Connecting Communities’ Information Booklet

DANU COMMUNITY SPECIAL SCHOOL

25 November 2019

I was delighted to recently see the new Danu Community Special School get off to a start and hope to see students spend many happy days here. It is important the school avails of all the facilities/services it deserves. As part of this, I recently questioned the Minister for Education and the Minister for Health … Continue reading Danu Community Special School

YOUTH ASSEMBLY RECOMMENDATIONS

22 November 2019

Leinster House opened its doors last Friday to over one hundred and fifty able, articulate and remarkably energetic young people ranging in age from ten to seventeen to debate the crucial issue of climate change. Following an opening session in the Dáil chamber, the Youth Assembly delegates moved to Committee Rooms to debate a range … Continue reading Youth Assembly Recommendations