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Monthly archive July, 2011

On RTE’s Drivetime

Here you can listen to my interview on RTE Radio 1’s drive time show during the week. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmfbCf46sK4

The Loughlinstown Debate

I received the following comment on my Facebook page, in response to my article on the A&E at Loughlinstown, and thought it merited a detailed response. “I have a good understanding of this stuff and you and the 4 other TDs in Wicklow have taken the wrong view on this. Loughlinstown can hire a cardiologist...

On the Cloyne Report

I’d like to step back in time a little, to the Ireland of the late 1970s. A young man enters the seminary. The priestly vocation is a challenging one, and accordingly, in 1978, this young man goes for a psychological assessment.

We must be honest about what our hospitals can do

“Shame on you, Stephen Donnelly,” the man shouted, on Arklow’s main street, last Friday. The next day, in Bray, a driver stopped his car in the middle of the road to dish out more of the same. I don’t blame them. They were referring to my support for changes to the A&E department at St....

Protest Against Special Needs Assistants Cuts

It was amazing to see hundreds of people on the streets today. There were parents, children, special needs assistants, teachers and principals. This was a day on which to be proud of the Irish people, who are faced with what we all agree are horrendous cuts. I spoke with a lady named Carol and her...

Public Expenditure & Reform Committee

The following are excerpts from the debate at the Committee on July 12 2011. The full debate is here. Stephen Donnelly I am delighted to see the new Department set up. I wish the Minister the very best with it. He has a huge task ahead of him. While I am clearly on the record...