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

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Trade is Good

Trade is Good

I was sitting close to the back of a large lecture theatre in Boston, listening to Professor Lant Pritchett’s views on globalisation. ‘Trade is good’. Lant was moving through slides on deadweight loss, World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks, comparative advantage and lots more. Every now and again that same slide...
Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

This Wednesday, the UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, is expected to start the clock on Brexit. Taoiseach Enda Kenny described what’s about to happen as ‘the most important negotiations in our history as an independent State’. So, what’s about to happen, what’s at stake, and what should we be doing...
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Greystones Park and Ride

Greystones Park and Ride

Wicklow County Council is currently holding a public consultation on its parking bye-laws. The draft includes a proposal to charge €2/day for the Greystones Park & Ride. For anyone using it for work, that’s €500/year. Public transport needs to be promoted, and a key part of that is the park & ride facility. I believe...
Supporting the Tesco Workers

Supporting the Tesco Workers

This afternoon I met up again with Tesco workers in Greystones. What’s happening here to long serving employees is not remotely okay. It is imperative that Tesco re-enter talks immediately, and that no changes are made to anyone’s contracts with agreement on all sides – which is what the workers stated repeatedly. What’s particularly striking...
Special Status for Northern Ireland

Special Status for Northern Ireland

Brexit could have profound effects on the people of Northern Ireland – on their economy, their society, and their human rights. There have been many calls for ‘special status’ for the North in the context of Brexit negotiations. But what does that mean? What EU institutions will they have access to? How well will their...
I had my reasons for joining FF - It wasn't done lightly

I had my reasons for joining FF – It wasn’t done lightly

‘Everybody hates you’. I was warned not to look at social media, but you know how it is. So when curiosity got the better of me and I opened Twitter on my phone early Friday morning, they were the first three words I read. On Thursday I joined Fianna Fáil, and was appointed spokesperson on...
Statement

Statement

This morning, the Fianna Fáil Whip Michael Moynihan TD received a letter from Stephen Donnelly TD applying to join the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary Party. The application was discussed at this morning’s meeting. Stephen’s admission was then formally proposed and approved unanimously. Party Leader MIcheál Martin TD commented, “I would like to welcome Stephen Donnelly to...
Talking Trump's First Weekend and the Commercial Property Bubble

Talking Trump’s First Weekend and the Commercial Property Bubble

Earlier this week, I joined Declan Meehan on East Coast Radio to discuss the weekend’s events across the pond, and the impact that the commercial property bubble may be having on residential property development in Ireland.