SUSI APPLICATIONS FOR 2019/20

29 October 2019

Online applications for a student grant in the 2019/20 academic year close on Friday 1st November 2019. All students who still wish to apply for a student grant in academic year 2019/20 should be aware of this closing date. If a student has started an application but not yet completed it, they should do so … Continue reading SUSI Applications for 2019/20

BOIL WATER NOTICE

23 October 2019

On Tuesday evening a Boil Water Notice was issued for those served by the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant. The Boil Water Notice was issued as a precautionary measure following issues with the treatment process at the Water Treatment Plant which may have compromised the disinfection process which makes the water safe to drink. According to … Continue reading Boil Water Notice

GOVERNMENT HAS ROOM TO IMPROVE ON RETROFITTING

22 October 2019

The Government must address the skills shortage in the retrofitting of homes through creating apprenticeships, training and job opportunities. I have raised this in the Dáil, and you can watch a video of my interaction below. Recently, Professor John Fitzgerald told the Committee on Climate Change that Irish households will spend between €25 and €75 … Continue reading Government Has Room to Improve on Retrofitting

PLAY IT AGAIN – RE-HOMING INSTRUMENTS IN THE COMMUNITY

22 October 2019

Fingal County Council is participating in ReUse month this October by collecting unwanted instruments and pairing them with organisations that need them. ReUse month gives everyone a chance to be creative in our thinking and to identify any opportunities for ReUsing materials that might otherwise be disposed of. At Fingal Recycling centres at Estuary Swords … Continue reading Play It Again – Re-Homing Instruments in the Community

SUBMISSION ON CO-LIVING DEVELOPMENT AT BRADY’S PUB

21 October 2019

I will be calling for the rejection of the proposed co-living development at Brady’s Pub. I have huge concerns that the Government is encouraging the development of hostel/dormitory style accommodation for people in their mid-20s and 30s, at extortionate rents, thus limiting their capacity to buy an affordable home in the future. Co-living developments simply … Continue reading Submission on Co-Living Development at Brady’s Pub

ATTENDENCE AT THE BRITISH IRISH PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY

21 October 2019

This weekend I am attending the 59th Plenary Session of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA) in the Forest of Arden, Warwickshire. While at BIPA, I will be chairing the Economic Committee and we are due to finalise a report on how to revitalize the high street. Brexit has been a deeply dividing experience for … Continue reading Attendence at the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly

DUNBOYNE COLLEGE OF FURTHER EDUCATION

18 October 2019

This week I questioned the Minister for Education about when Dunboyne College of Further Education can expect the construction of their new home to begin, and more generally, about the lack of provision for further education and the limited number of PLC courses available to those living in the Dunboyne and Dublin 15 areas. You … Continue reading Dunboyne College of Further Education

UPDATE: PELLETSTOWN EDUCATE TOGETHER NATIONAL SCHOOL

18 October 2019

This morning, I visited Pelletstown ETNS and met with representatives of both the School and parents. We had a long discussion in respect of how to progress the building of the permanent school. I raised this matter in the Dáil earlier this week with the Minister for Education and you can read the Minister’s full … Continue reading Update: Pelletstown Educate Together National School

DUBLIN GAZETTE: HUNTSTOWN COMMUNITY CENTRE AT RISK IF FUNDS ARE NOT MADE AVAILABLE

16 October 2019

Speaking recently to the Dublin Gazette, I called on the Government to help address the severe fire safety and structural issues prevalent at Huntstown Community Centre. You can read more here or below. You can also watch my recent speech in the Dáil on the same matter here. Dublin Gazette: Huntstown Community Centre at risk … Continue reading Dublin Gazette: Huntstown Community Centre at Risk If Funds Are Not Made Available

MOVE TO DELAY MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE IS WRONG

16 October 2019

The report of the Low Pay Commission is clear in its recommendation that the minimum wage should increase by 30 cent an hour to €10.10. It notes that this assumes an orderly exit by the UK from the EU. The majority report does not say the increase should be delayed. Rather it says the decision … Continue reading Move to Delay Minimum Wage Increase is Wrong