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Brexit:Islands of Opportunity

Brexit:Islands of Opportunity

I will be hosting ‘Brexit: Islands of Opportunity?’ on the 24th of October at 7:30PM in the Greystones Theatre. The audience will hear contributions from Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland, Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times Columnist and Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor for the Independent Group. I believe that they...
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What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

I’ve spent the best part of the past week in the UK meeting political, diplomatic, business, banking and community leaders on Brexit. I’ve sat in on Westminster debate and consulted senior security officials on Northern Ireland. And that’s the question that comes to mind.   The unstoppable force is the UK government’s current Brexit trajectory....
Two papers released by the UK suggest Brexit is as sensible as Trump's wall

Two papers released by the UK suggest Brexit is as sensible as Trump’s wall

Assessing the two Brexit papers released last week by the UK government is difficult, due largely to the misguided nature of the underlying premise. It’s a bit like trying to assess a paper from the White House on options for building a wall along the Mexican border. Trump’s wall is populist, ill-conceived nonsense. Popular with...
Lack of British Gov commitment to UK-Ireland relationship post-Brexit concerning

Lack of British Gov commitment to UK-Ireland relationship post-Brexit concerning

That no UK Government Department has a working group focused on its relationship with Ireland, and the issues affecting that relationship, for when the UK leaves the European Union is a matter of serious concern at the moment. It has become apparent that 18 working groups have been set up across a variety of Government...
Barnier comments highlight need for certainty on Irish border

Barnier comments highlight need for certainty on Irish border

I welcome Mr Barnier’s comments regarding the need to protect the fundamental principles of the Good Friday Agreement and North – South relations. It’s of fundamental importance that the achievements that have been made since 1998 in promoting peace in Northern Ireland are not undone as a result of Brexit. It’s worrying that Britain is...
Government must act now to avoid classroom in a bar

Government must act now to avoid classroom in a bar

I am calling for an urgent intervention from Minister Richard Bruton to avoid primary school students being educated in a bar. The issue arises due to a shortage of space at Greystones Community National School. Many of the parents are strongly opposed to the proposal, including on religious grounds. I have been working closely with...
Government ignoring parent concerns and loss of key staff on St. Catherine’s transport

Government ignoring parent concerns and loss of key staff on St. Catherine’s transport

Government inaction on St. Catherine’s can only be described as insensitive and deeply insulting to Wicklow children with special needs, to their parents and to the staff at St. Catherine’s. Government inaction in response to a request from myself means that key staff could be lost. St. Catherine’s Special School is outsourcing its transport service...