WINTER PRIDE 2019

13 November 2019

Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride’s first ever Winter Pride festival, focusing on physical & mental health and well-being in the LGBTQ+ community, will take place from 25th November – 1st December this year! The festival will include musical events, discussion panels, workshops and a Community Day on Saturday, 30th November. Winter Pride is a new festival brought to you by … Continue reading Winter Pride 2019

TRANSGENDER HEALTHCARE

13 November 2019

Recently, I was shocked and disappointed to read that people waiting for transgender healthcare spent up to three years on the wrong waiting lists after the HSE “misplaced” their referrals. The National Gender Service (NGS) at St Colmcille’s Hospital in Dublin, which runs transgender healthcare for the HSE, recently confirmed that 109 patient referrals were … Continue reading Transgender Healthcare

UPDATE: BOIL WATER NOTICE LIFTED

12 November 2019

Following consultation and in agreement with the HSE, Irish Water and Fingal County Council can confirm that the Boil Water Notice for residents supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant has been lifted with immediate effect. The EPA’s audit of the old Leixlip Plant and the satisfactory results of a number of water samples were factors in the … Continue reading Update: Boil Water Notice Lifted

“THE MEANING OF LIFE” – GAY BYRNE INTERVIEWS JOAN BURTON

8 November 2019

“The Meaning of Life” – Gay Byrne Interviews Joan Burton, September 2015 Several years ago, I was interviewed by Gay Byrne for “The Meaning of Life”. A programme in which Gay Byrne interviewed people from different walks of life about spirituality, God, and how they tried to live a good life. In the aftermath of … Continue reading “The Meaning of Life” – Gay Byrne Interviews Joan Burton

FINGAL INCLUSION WEEK LAUNCHED

8 November 2019

The first-ever Fingal Inclusion Week, which will see over 100 events take place across the county of Fingal, runs from Monday 11th November to Sunday 17th November 2019. Co-ordinated by the Fingal Public Participation Network (the PPN) and the Council’s Community Office, Fingal Inclusion Week aims to highlight the positive work that communities, agencies and … Continue reading Fingal Inclusion Week Launched

UPDATE: BOIL WATER NOTICE

8 November 2019

Boil Water Notice remains in place for customers supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant as EPA due on site for audit In consultation with the HSE, Irish Water and Fingal County Council confirm that the Boil Water Notice to protect the health of customers supplied by Leixlip Water Treatment Plant remains in place. The EPA … Continue reading Update: Boil Water Notice

INCLUSION OF ARTISTS FROM THE TRAVELLER COMMUNITY

7 November 2019

I recently asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht about her Department’s approach to the inclusion of people from the Traveller community in funding for the arts. When I previously tabled a question in this respect, the Minister refused to answer, and it was referred to the Department of Justice and Equality. Yet … Continue reading Inclusion of Artists from the Traveller Community

BUSCONNECTS PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS

4 November 2019

BusConnects are holding a 2nd round of Public Consultation on their plans to revise Dublin’s bus network. As part of this, BusConnects will hold a two-day public information event in The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, on Wednesday, 6th November (from 11.30am to 5.30pm) and Thursday, 7th November (from 9am to 4.30pm). Their design team will … Continue reading BusConnects Public Consultations

GOVERNMENT SHOULD START ‘GREEN DUBLIN’ CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

31 October 2019

Speaking recently to The Irish Sun, I called on the Government to start a ‘Green Dublin’ campaign to improve air quality in our nation’s capital. You can read more here or below. You can also watch my speech in the Dáil on air quality here. Government urged to start ‘Green Dublin’ campaign to improve air … Continue reading Government Should Start ‘Green Dublin’ Campaign to Improve Air Quality

AUTO-ENROLMENT PENSION SCHEME MUST REMAIN IN STATE CONTROL

31 October 2019

This morning, I appeared on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland to discuss the implementation of the long-awaited pension auto-enrolment scheme. The Government must ensure the newly announced pension scheme remains in State control, as I am concerned that privatising the scheme would lead to significantly higher charges and costs for workers. You can listen back to my … Continue reading Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme Must Remain in State Control