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Arklow Debt Expo, Saturday April 26

Arklow Debt Expo, Saturday April 26

On Saturday April 26, myself and Local Election Candidate Tom Curran will be holding a day long expo on dealing with debt in the Arklow Bay Hotel from 10 am onwards. The day will consist of two public sessions followed by a series of Free one-to-one consultations. 10am to 11am:...
Tom Curran to run in South Wicklow

Tom Curran to run in South Wicklow

I’m delighted to be supporting Tom Curran as a candidate in the upcoming Local Elections. Tom will be running in the South Wicklow Municipal District, which includes Arklow, Aughrim and Avoca. Tom is a man of great integrity who has learned the importance of speaking up for those who need...
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Wicklow communities excluded from Bray Educate Together

Wicklow communities excluded from Bray Educate Together

It has emerged that Bray is the only town in Wicklow that the new Educate Together Secondary School will serve. School patronage was awarded to Educate Together in Bray on the back of the needs of parents and children in Wicklow. 1,066 families in Wicklow expressed interest in a second level Educate Together School. Only...
Betrayed by Victorian era debtors' prison mentality

Betrayed by Victorian era debtors’ prison mentality

Last week, thousands of Irish families had their mortgages sold, at large discounts, to foreign companies. As a result, many men, women and children will be needlessly evicted, many lives will be needlessly destroyed, and the profits generated in the process will leave the country. All of this could have been avoided by the Government....
He has done the State much service, but Shatter must go.

He has done the State much service, but Shatter must go.

The question of the week is ‘Will Alan Shatter survive?’ It’s been non-stop. Was the apology too little, too late? Can the Taoiseach lose one of his inner circle? How badly will this damage Fine Gael? Will Labour continue to prop up its liberal champion? Did Leo know what he was starting? Will Alan Shatter...
Any protections for Borrowers in the Central Bank Bill 2014?

Any protections for Borrowers in the Central Bank Bill 2014?

On the 26th of March we discussed the Draft heads of the Central Bank Bill 2014 in the Finance Committee with the head of legal affairs from the Department of Finance. The bill allows for ICS Building Society to transfer its assets and liabilities to Bank of Ireland, but it doesn’t offer any protection to...
Time for the Minister to get the Chop?

Time for the Minister to get the Chop?

On Wednesday, 26th March, I asked Enda Kenny whether Alan Shatter is the right man to lead the Department of Justice given the scandal after scandal that’s dogging his tenure. Below is my question and the Taoiseach’s response-   Stephen Donnelly Yesterday, the Taoiseach told Members that a group within An Garda Síochána, perhaps a...
Wicklow County Council Fixes Accident Black Spot in Roundwood

Wicklow County Council Fixes Accident Black Spot in Roundwood

Cunningham’s Corner, near Roundwood, has been an accident black spot for some time. Recently, there have been a number of accidents, and tragically, there was one fatality last December. I raised the issue with Wicklow County Council. They got onto the NRA to examine what can be done beyond the signage and rumble strips that...