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

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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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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...
Talking Politics with Hugh Linehan

Talking Politics with Hugh Linehan

I had a great chat with Hugh Linehan of the Irish Times on July 30, 2014. We discussed the political landscape, what it’s like being an Independent TD and what the prospects are for any new Irish political parties.
Only by creating new parties will we get real change

Only by creating new parties will we get real change

The sense of things at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal this week was a resignation that politics in Ireland is never going to change. Despite overwhelming evidence to support that conclusion, we must, and we can, prove it wrong. We must, because it’s only by modernising the business of politics that we can provide...
Talking about reform at the MacGill Summer School

Talking about reform at the MacGill Summer School

I was delighted to be invited to speak at the MacGill Summer School this July. The theme was whether we can meet the challenges ahead without fundamental reform of our politics and institutions. My theory was that all reform of institutions (educations, HSE, the Dail, etc.) are hamstrung by the lack of reform we’ve seen...
The HSE must minimise cuts to St. Catherine’s

The HSE must minimise cuts to St. Catherine’s

A number of parents have been in touch with me stating that the HSE will be making higher than expected cuts to the budget of St.Catherine’s. I have been working closely with senior management in both St.Catherine’s and the HSE since it emerged that core funding was to be cut. I have also spoken Directly...