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

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What a mess: Irish Water, Minister Kelly & the Data Protection Commissioner

What a mess: Irish Water, Minister Kelly & the Data Protection Commissioner

I’ve been inundated with calls from constituents who are concerned about giving their PPS numbers to a private company. I am also very uncomfortable with Irish Water’s approach to providing customer details to third parties for marketing purposes. So I got onto the Data Protection Commissioner and the Minister for...
Discussing the promissory notes in the Central Bank

Discussing the promissory notes in the Central Bank

On Friday, July 25, I met with Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan to discuss the debt formerly known as the Promissory Notes. I visited the Central Bank as part of a delegation of TDs and MEPs, which included Nessa Childers and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, and protestors from Ballyhea. The promissory...
More must be done for thousands of households in Mortgage arrears

More must be done for thousands of households in Mortgage arrears

The Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform has issued a report on the mortgage arrears resolution process. It highlights the inadequacies of the Government’s response to date. The Government’s failure to act decisively means we have turned an economic crisis into a human one. As legislators, we’ve been...
Independent analysis of the HSE: What's the diagnosis?

Independent analysis of the HSE: What’s the diagnosis?

I recently asked Minister Howlin whether he has commissioned any independent analysis on potential savings in the Irish health system since 2011 and if he thinks such analysis would be useful. The Minister said he hadn’t and that the specifics of reform in the Health system weren’t a matter for...
How to improve School Admissions

How to improve School Admissions

On Friday, june 20, 2014, I discussed the Draft Admission to Schools Bill, designed to improve how we regulate the admission of children to primary and post primary schools with Minister Quinn. This legislation is of interest to people in North Wicklow due to school admissions issues related to the...
Why I will not take part in this Banking Inquiry

Why I will not take part in this Banking Inquiry

On Tuesday morning the Taoiseach ended any hope of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry working free of Cabinet control. In an extraordinary statement on the floor of the House, he admitted the Government majority, being railroaded through, was so the Government could set the terms of reference, pass the final report,...
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The challenges for Budget 2015

The challenges for Budget 2015

Budget 2015 needs to be progressive and to negotiate some potential long term hurdles like long term debt, our decreasing competitiveness and long-term unemployment. Budget 2015 needs to be progressive and to negotiate some barriers to economic growth like unsustainable levels of debt, decreasing competitiveness and long term unemployment. Overall, thankfully, the economic outlook is...
Spporting Irish Businesses in Budget 2015

Spporting Irish Businesses in Budget 2015

As part of my continuing series on the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where we are now, and where Budget 2015 needs to take us. This latest economic snippet is about GDP and GNP.  The graph below shows the value of all products and services in Ireland (GDP) alongside with...
Unemployment: The Gender Gap

Unemployment: The Gender Gap

Ahead of the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where the economy is now and where Budget 2015 needs to take it. This is a look at long term unemployment and gender since 2007. The above graph shows the growth in long-term unemployment and how this breaks down amongst men and...
How has Taxation changed in Ireland since 2004?

How has Taxation changed in Ireland since 2004?

Ahead of the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where we are now, and where Budget 2015 needs to take us. The following shows the government’s tax take over the last ten years and where it has changed over time. The above graph shows the trend of tax income in the...
Copy of Regional Unemployment and Participation

Copy of Regional Unemployment and Participation

Ahead of the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where we are now, and where Budget 2015 needs to take us. This is a look at unemployment and how it is affecting different regions across Ireland. The graph below shows the participation rate (everyone that could work) and unemployment by region in the...
How have Departments' Budgets been cut since 2008

How have Departments’ Budgets been cut since 2008

Ahead of the budget I’m throwing out a few facts and figures about where we are now, and where Budget 2015 needs to take us. This is a look at how spending in different departments (voted expenditure) has changed since 2008. This graph charts the cuts in each department over the last six years. Almost...