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

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Budget 2015: Politically cute & Economically foolish

Budget 2015: Politically cute & Economically foolish

I have branded Budget 2015 politically cate, but economically foolish. This budget offers some very welcome relief for the many households that have suffered for the past few years. It’s designed to benefit as many voters as possible. The income tax reductions will more than offset the water charges for...
An Alternative Budget that Doubles Down on Education

An Alternative Budget that Doubles Down on Education

The budget is almost upon us, and after a considerable amount of work in the background, I’m releasing my pre-budget submission for Budget 2015. What I’ve tried to do is design a full suite of proposals that would close the deficit while investing in the future. The combined measures reduce...
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Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Last Tuesday’s Budget was politically cute but economically foolish, and felt very like Fianna Fail budgets of old. It might be the last one before the next General Election, so Fine Gael and Labour could be forgiven for a little self-interest. But not for being quite so politically motivated, and quite so irresponsible. Just six...
More 84x Busses for Winter

More 84x Busses for Winter

I’m pleased to have heard from Dublin Bus that they will be laying on further 84x busses from Dublin over the winter peak period. In August, more 145 buses were put on to offer an alternative to commuters who can also use the 145 and 46. However, since then many constituents have been in contact...
Discussing opportunities with Wicklow Businesses

Discussing opportunities with Wicklow Businesses

I recently met with the Wicklow Town & District Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday and representatives of the Arklow Business Association on Friday ahead of Budget 2015. There are some issues that are affecting businesses in both towns; commercial rates, social welfare traps and the need to cut of red tape for businesses were all...
Funding secured for Kilcoole Footpath

Funding secured for Kilcoole Footpath

I am delighted to have secured funding from the National Transport Authority for improvements to the foot-route into Kilcoole from Farrankelly and Eden Gate. I have had numerous requests from residents in Kilcoole, Farrankelly and Edengate wondering if anything can be done about the path into Kilcoole. I’m well-aware of the issues of speeding cars,...
Budget 2015: will Fine Gael and Labour bribe us with our own money?

Budget 2015: will Fine Gael and Labour bribe us with our own money?

The signs aren’t promising. Due to a well sanctioned series of statements by Government TDs, everyone’s expecting a reduction in their taxes. The conversation isn’t about whether it’ll happen, it’s about the form the tax break will take. The obvious rhetoric is being employed liberally by junior ministers giddy with the prospect of good news....
The challenges for Budget 2015

The challenges for Budget 2015

Budget 2015 needs to be progressive and to negotiate some potential long term hurdles like long term debt, our decreasing competitiveness and long-term unemployment. Budget 2015 needs to be progressive and to negotiate some barriers to economic growth like unsustainable levels of debt, decreasing competitiveness and long term unemployment. Overall, thankfully, the economic outlook is...