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

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Welcoming Former Silicon Valley Mayor to Greystones

Welcoming Former Silicon Valley Mayor to Greystones

Last week Councillor Jennifer Whitmore and I hosted Pat Burt, the ex-Mayor of Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, in Greystones. Burt, the CEO of the Palo Alto Tech Group, an angel investor and an advisor to start-up companies, was in the town to see first-hand what Greystones has to offer...
A New School For Greystones

A New School For Greystones

We’ve just heart that the Department of Education has announced a new school for the Greystones, hopefully in the Charlesland area. This follows a huge push by the community over a long period of time. Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore and I have held public meetings, organised a petition, met with the...
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The 'Lost Decade' is Declared Over, but it Could Have Been Over Sooner

The ‘Lost Decade’ is Declared Over, but it Could Have Been Over Sooner

This week, we got a look at the Spring Economic Statement. It was an opportunity to talk about the Ireland we would like our children to grow up in. The ‘lost decade’ was declared over, but it could have been over far earlier.
Addressing the Mortgage Crisis and Repossessions

Addressing the Mortgage Crisis and Repossessions

This week, I introduced a motion which would immediately and substantially increase the pace at which the mortgage crisis is addressed.
Serious Questions Need to be Answered about Siteserv

Serious Questions Need to be Answered about Siteserv

Yesterday, I spoke to RTE News at One about the ongoing controversy surrounding Siteserv. The information which has arisen as a result of freedom of information requests made by Deputy Catherine Murphy needs to be investigated and the serious questions which arise need answers.
Charlesland School is opening this September

Charlesland School is opening this September

This week I asked the Minister for Education and Science for an update on the recently announced school for Charlesland. The great news is that I can confirm it will open this September.
'What does that all mean,' asked one man who had just lost his home

‘What does that all mean,’ asked one man who had just lost his home

‘What does that all mean?” This is what one man asked in Bray Circuit Court last Monday morning. Simon [name changed] had just lost his home. The registrar ruled against the ‘defendant’ and in favour of the bank seeking possession of the property. She ordered a five-month stay to allow Simon time to find alternative...
Irish Water and a Raging Torrent of Inconvenient Truths

Irish Water and a Raging Torrent of Inconvenient Truths

Throughout the week, Irish Water and Fine Gael/Labour were killed telling us the good news – they’d be able to find lots of leaks, and fix them – all thanks to those water meters. No business case has been presented, but even a cursory glance at the figures shows that they’ll be the most expensive...