Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow. Fighting for job creation, economic justice and political reform.

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Welcoming Former Silicon Valley Mayor to Greystones

Welcoming Former Silicon Valley Mayor to Greystones

Last week Councillor Jennifer Whitmore and I hosted Pat Burt, the ex-Mayor of Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, in Greystones. Burt, the CEO of the Palo Alto Tech Group, an angel investor and an advisor to start-up companies, was in the town to see first-hand what Greystones has to offer...
A New School For Greystones

A New School For Greystones

We’ve just heart that the Department of Education has announced a new school for the Greystones, hopefully in the Charlesland area. This follows a huge push by the community over a long period of time. Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore and I have held public meetings, organised a petition, met with the...
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Presidential Eligability Age Represents a Missed Opportunity for Reform

Presidential Eligability Age Represents a Missed Opportunity for Reform

Earlier this week, I spoke on the age of eligibility for election to the office of president. I support the motion, but there were many other recommendations made by the constitutional convention which we need to put to the people.
The Numbers for Irish Water Just Don't Add Up

The Numbers for Irish Water Just Don’t Add Up

Last night the Dáil debated Irish Water…there was a lot of understandable emotion on all sides of the House, but I thought it would be useful to bring the stark facts back to the table: 1. The money paid by Irish households will not be used to pay for water…it will be used to pay...
An Update on the New School of Greystones

An Update on the New School of Greystones

This week, Councillor Jennifer Whitmore and I asked the Department of Education what progress has been made in establishing a new primary school in the Greystones area. The Department has confirmed that they have begun the process to find a new patron for the school and that the closing date for patron applications is the...
Speaking to the Minister for Education on Behalf of Early Childcare Professionals

Speaking to the Minister for Education on Behalf of Early Childcare Professionals

Construction Works for Arklow Town FC

Construction Works for Arklow Town FC

I am delighted to announce that I have secured construction works for Arklow Town Football Club. The club approached me to see if funding could be secured to resurface the entryway of the club grounds at Lamberton. I contacted BAM Construction Chief Executive Theo Cullinane about the project and on surveying the area, Mr Cullinane...
We Need to Develop Nordic-Level Childcare and Early Education Policies

We Need to Develop Nordic-Level Childcare and Early Education Policies

  Independent Senator Katherine Zappone and I are joining forces to develop policies that achieve high quality and accessible early childhood care and education in Ireland. Our aim is to put forward a coherent strategy and an implementation plan to deliver the social and economic benefits that Nordic-level childcare does. These include improved educational outcomes,...