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

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Housing and home ownership: What should we do?

Housing and home ownership: What should we do?

According to today’s Behaviour and Attitudes survey, just one person in 10 who are aged in their twenties, thirties or forties believes the Government is doing enough to help people buy a home. It’s a damning indictment, and not at all surprising. The challenges in housing are of course far...
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...
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145 Bus to continue to serve Kilmacanogue

145 Bus to continue to serve Kilmacanogue

I was delighted last week when I heard that Dublin Bus had decided to continue the 145 bus route to Kilmacanogue – albeit in a limited capacity. In November it was announced that the route would no longer serve Kilmacanogue but following a campaign by locals and representations that I made to Dublin Bus CEO,...
A Once in a Lifetime Chance to Revolutionise Irish Politics

A Once in a Lifetime Chance to Revolutionise Irish Politics

Aneurin Bevan, the Welsh Labour MP who set up the NHS, said that “the purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away”. The principle underlying this is called subsidiarity – that idea that decision-making and responsibility should be pushed out from the centre of an organisation, as close to the action...
Why I'm not joining the Independent Alliance

Why I’m not joining the Independent Alliance

I’m not joining the alliance of independents. Here’s why: As public trust in politics continues to fall, there is ever-growing demand for meaningful change to the political system. I will continue to push for that change, either as an independent TD as I do now, or as part of a new political movement. The type...
Drainage Works to begin soon on Kilmacanogue Blackspot

Drainage Works to begin soon on Kilmacanogue Blackspot

I am delighted that Wicklow Councty Council have agreed with me that drainage works for the accident black spot at Old Long Hill in Kilmacanogue are needed as temperatures drop and ice warnings return to Co. Wicklow. Following my representations, the council is taking decisive action to improve the drainage at the lowest stretch of...
How can we improve the ECCE Scheme?

How can we improve the ECCE Scheme?

Myself and Councillor Jennifer Whitmore have launched a public consultation on the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme, which provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. This consultation comes on the back of concerns raised by childcare providers about the scheme and its sustainability. I called...
The Tom Barrington Room in Ballywaltrim Library is open again

The Tom Barrington Room in Ballywaltrim Library is open again

I’m delighted that the Tom Barrington Room in Ballywaltrim Library has reopened after its closure in July 2014. Wicklow County Council Library Service’s Local Studies Service has been restored following a campaign by local historians and I. The Local Studies section of Ballywaltrim library is a vital resources for anyone interested in the rich heritage...