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

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Fighting Wastewater charges for Arklow in the Dáil

Fighting Wastewater charges for Arklow in the Dáil

I raised the lack of waste water services in Arklow as part of the debate on the Government’s new Irish Water Legistlation. Here’s what I said: Section 3 is the key section for the legislation. There are three points I wish to raise and three questions I would like the...
Arklow says no to Wastewater charges

Arklow says no to Wastewater charges

I was delighted at the huge turnout at the public meeting last week in Arklow to oppose wastewater charges for homes and business in Arklow. The event was organised by myself and the Arklow Wastewater Actiongroup and approximately 400 people were there. The public meeting follows efforts by Deputy Donnelly...
Despite the attempts to make it more palatable Irish Water still stinks

Despite the attempts to make it more palatable Irish Water still stinks

Last week Fine Gael and Labour announced changes to the Irish Water regime. This is my response in the Dail. Here’s what I said: Some seven months ago, a pensioner came into my office in Wicklow. The Government had told her that if she did not have the €100 to...
A Budget and a Finance Bill that Fail the People

A Budget and a Finance Bill that Fail the People

On November 6,2014, I spoke in Dail Eireann about the Finance Bill 2014 and the budgetary process as a whole. Here’s what I said: In a moment I will talk about the specifics of the budget and things I would like added but first I would like the opportunity to...
An Alternative Budget that Doubles Down on Education

An Alternative Budget that Doubles Down on Education

The budget is almost upon us, and after a considerable amount of work in the background, I’m releasing my pre-budget submission for Budget 2015. What I’ve tried to do is design a full suite of proposals that would close the deficit while investing in the future. The combined measures reduce...
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Irish Water debate shut down

Irish Water debate shut down

After many hours of debate on Irish Water, late last on the night of Thursday, December 11, 2014, we managed to get figures from the Minister suggesting there could be a net cost to the State of imposing water charges – that it’ll cost more to collect the money than the amount raised. While the...
The response to Irish Water inside and outside Leinster House

The response to Irish Water inside and outside Leinster House

The difference in how Irish Water was handled inside and outside Leinster House last week shows just how out of date and out of touch our national parliament has become. On each side of the Merrion Street railings, attempts were made to remedy Irish Water. Inside the gates, TDs debated the latest legislation, attempting to...
Debating Irish Water in Dáil Éireann

Debating Irish Water in Dáil Éireann

Below are two videos from the Irish Water debate. They illustrate how hard it is to interrogate legislation and get to the bottom of the Government’s plans. Firstly, the details provided to the Dáil by the Minister for the Environment are sketch at best, and secondly, the Ceann Comhairle seems to like reminding the opposition...
Recognising Palestine

Recognising Palestine

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Dail recognised the state of Palestine. Above is my contribution to the debate, and here’s the motion that we passed. That Dáil Éireann— notes that: in 2011, the Irish Government upgraded the status, titles, and functional privileges of the Palestinian Mission to Ireland to close to that of an...
The Ceann Comhairle didn't like my Irish Water amendments

The Ceann Comhairle didn’t like my Irish Water amendments

Here’s what I had to say on the first night that the Dáil discussed the committee stage of the new Irish Water legislation. 75% of my amendments had been ruled out of order by the Ceann Comhairle, which I was not pleased about. Rather than the plebiscite that the Minister proposes, I tabled a Bill...
My Place: Launching Rod Coyne's Exhibition in Tinahealy

My Place: Launching Rod Coyne’s Exhibition in Tinahealy

Last Sunday I was honoured to launch ‘My Place’, an exhibition by artist Rod Coyne at the Tinahealy Court House. The exhibition showcases 30 paintings of places in Wicklow, identified by Wicklow residents as their favourite place in the Garden County. Rod’s paintings represent the very best of what Wicklow has to offer, and make...