OVERCROWDED COMMUTER TRAINS

2 May 2019

I have recently spoken with many people concerned about the ongoing overcrowding on commuter trains in the Dublin West area, particularly on trains heading to the City Centre from Clonsilla, Coolmine and Castleknock. I have been in touch with the Minister for Transport and the National Transport Authority (NTA) about this issue, and will continue to … Continue reading Overcrowded Commuter Trains

A GIGANTIC CHALLENGE

30 April 2019

Climate Change presents us with a political challenge as important as Brexit, as demanding as the peace process and as costly as the financial crisis of the past decade. Ireland has to get greenhouse gas emissions down from 60 million tonnes a year to 33 million tonnes by 2030, and to effectively zero by 2050. … Continue reading A Gigantic Challenge

GOVERNMENT MUST HOLD FIRM ON BANKERS PAY CAP

30 April 2019

Reacting angrily to AIB’s call for banker’ pay to be raised to above a million euro, Joan Burton said that people must not ever forget the price we paid for the foolish decisions and bad management of our private banks. The Labour Party Finance Spokesperson called on the Government, as majority shareholder on behalf of … Continue reading Government Must Hold Firm on Bankers Pay Cap

PUBLIC MEETING ON PLANS TO DEVELOP THE PHOENIX PARK

27 March 2019

I am hosting a public meeting on the proposed strategic review of the Phoenix Park by the Office of Public Works (OPW), on: Saturday, 30 March at 11am in the Halfway House, Navan Road The Phoenix Park plays a central role in the life of Dublin city and is an important public amenity for sporting … Continue reading Public Meeting on Plans to Develop the Phoenix Park

SUBMISSION ON THE PROPOSED ROYAL CANAL URBAN GREENWAY

22 March 2019

Fingal County Council has recently announced plans to develop an Urban Greenway along the Royal Canal that would serve Castleknock, Blanchardstown, Clonsilla, Coolmine and the wider Dublin 15 area. As a long-standing supporter of developing the Canal for leisure, walking and cycling I am pleased to see these proposals from the Council, however the proposed … Continue reading Submission on the Proposed Royal Canal Urban Greenway

LOBBYING FOR BANK BONUSES MUST BE RESISTED

22 March 2019

Labour Finance spokesperson Joan Burton has called on the Minister for Finance to stand firm against growing pressure from banking lobbyists and investors to lift the bonus and wage caps in State owned banks. Deputy Burton also called for clarification on any proposed future share of sales in AIB. Deputy Burton said: “A report from Bloomberg … Continue reading Lobbying for Bank Bonuses Must Be Resisted

PROVISION OF TRAINING FOR EDUCATORS OF CHILDREN WITH ASD

12 March 2019

Speaking recently in the Dáil, I questioned the Department of Education over the lack of training provided by the Department to educators of vulnerable children with Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Teachers are often left to train at their own expense on courses related to teaching children with autism, but do not receive the recognition they … Continue reading Provision of Training for Educators of Children with ASD

SUPPLY OF MEDICINES IN THE CONTEXT OF BREXIT

12 March 2019

I recently questioned the Minister for Health in the Dáil about his plans to ensure an uninterrupted supply of medicines in the context of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. I urged him to ensure that patients do not suffer any disruption to their treatments, and I pushed him on what his plans were to safeguard … Continue reading Supply of Medicines in the Context of Brexit

ACTION NEEDED ON AUTISM SPECIFIC SCHOOL FOR DUBLIN 15

19 February 2019

A survey of Primary and Secondary School Principals in Dublin 15 by a group of parents and professionals campaigning for an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Specific School has confirmed what parents already knew, that the educational and developmental needs of some of the most vulnerable children are not being met in ASD classes in mainstream … Continue reading Action Needed on Autism Specific School for Dublin 15

PROPOSED ROYAL CANAL URBAN GREENWAY

18 February 2019

Fingal County Council has recently announced plans to develop an Urban Greenway along the Royal Canal that would serve Castleknock, Blanchardstown, Clonsilla, Coolmine and the wider Dublin 15 area. The Urban Greenway would aim to protect and enhance the existing environment along the canal, and would offer an attractive alternative transport choice for local school children and … Continue reading Proposed Royal Canal Urban Greenway