DRUG GANGS TARGETING CHILDREN

23 January 2020

Protecting our children is a priority for any country. It is tragically clear that criminal gangs now represent a very real threat to perhaps hundreds of children across the country. Crime gangs are recruiting children and ordering them to move and sell drugs.  Involvement in criminality can spiral when a young person is in the … Continue reading Drug Gangs Targeting Children

A FAIR START FOR EVERY CHILD

23 January 2020

It is expensive to raise a family in Ireland, but we can ensure that no child is left behind. We must ensure that all of our children are treated equally and given the chance to fulfil their potential. Labour will make primary education genuinely free-of-charge, to fulfil the guarantee in the Constitution. This will include … Continue reading A Fair Start for Every Child

PENSION AGE

22 January 2020

Labour will maintain the State Pension age at 66, as older workers and the economy are not yet ready for working longer lives. Many of those now reaching the age of 66 have already made 45 years of social insurance contributions, and many are affected by mandatory retirement at the age of 65. We are … Continue reading Pension Age

RENTERS NEED A BREAK

22 January 2020

Ireland has had the highest rent increases in the EU since 2015, with rents having risen over 25% in that time. The average rent in some parts of Dublin is over €2,224, an all-time high. Many people can’t afford to rent close to where they work, and end up commuting long distances. This is unsustainable … Continue reading Renters Need a Break

PETER CASEY’S MESSAGE OF DIVISION IS NOT WELCOME IN DUBLIN WEST

22 January 2020

Like any other citizen Peter Casey has every right to put his name on the Dublin West ballot paper. Nonetheless many citizens will be uneasy at his sudden intervention in the constituency. Dublin West is one of Ireland’s most diverse and inclusive communities, in part because it is the location for so many major international … Continue reading Peter Casey’s Message of Division Is Not Welcome in Dublin West

TRANSFER OF ROTUNDA HOSPITAL

21 January 2020

Today I met with the Master of the Rotunda Hospital, which is one of the oldest maternity hospital in Europe. The future plan for the Rotunda Hospital is that it should move to the campus and grounds of Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. However to achieve this, Government needs to get its act together now and bring … Continue reading Transfer of Rotunda Hospital

TAXATION DEBATE

21 January 2020

I appeared on ‘The Last Word with Matt Cooper’ for an Election debate on “Will We See Any Reduction in Our Taxes“. You can listen back to this debate here and below. Labour On Taxation… Now is not the time to cut taxes, with nearly 4,000 children in homelessness and hundreds of thousands waiting for … Continue reading Taxation Debate

LABOUR & WOMEN

20 January 2020

It has been over 100 years since women got the vote, and this morning I left the office of the Returning Officers having been duly nominated as a candidate to contest the election for the 33rd Dáil, on Saturday 8th February. I am looking forward to lots of women contesting the election, and lots of women being … Continue reading Labour & Women

WE’LL BUILD HOMES

19 January 2020

Labour will immediately freeze and cap rents until enough homes are built. And we will build 80,000 homes on public land in the next five years. The private housing market has failed. Fine Gael wastes €700 million every year on private landlords, instead of building houses. Tax reliefs incentivise student residences, hotels and “co-living” units … Continue reading We’ll Build Homes

NO. 1 VOTE

18 January 2020

I am asking for your No. 1 vote on voting day, Saturday 8th February. It has been my honour to represent the wonderfully diverse area that is Dublin West. An area with people who grew up here and whose grandparents grew up here, and with people from right across the world, who have come together … Continue reading No. 1 Vote