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Monthly archive July, 2012

Electoral Amendment Bill starts to level the playing field for women

Today the Electoral Amendment Bill reaches report stage in the Dáil. The bill tinkers with the framework for the financing of political parties and individuals involved in politics. It’s main areas of concern are disclosure of donations and also gender quotas to ensure women are encouraged to enter into politics. It’s the latter that I’m...

More hardship for those least able to carry the burden

The Department of Social Protection has alerted me to imminent changes to the Jobseeker’s Benefit Scheme that will impact on the pockets of casual and part time workers. Announced in Budget 2012, payment amounts for part time or casual workers will now be based on a five-day week rather than a six day week. These...

In the Dail: The Personal Insolvency Bill

Here’s my speech in the Dail about the Personal Insolvency Bill from Thursday, July 11, 2012. You can also read my article about it from the Sunday Independent here. This is important legislation and has the potential to be one of the critical parts of the recovery of individuals, families, businesses and the State in...

Insolvency bill has ring to it but needs tweaking

James Reilly aside, it was a good week in the Dail for debtors. The Personal Insolvency Bill started its journey through the Oireachtas last Wednesday. It should be broadly welcomed around the country. Justice Minister Alan Shatter deserves credit for the legislation – it’s probably the first serious piece of law-making from this Government which...

Greystones Harbour: More Appartments for new Developer

Things are moving down at Greystones Harbour. Unfortunately, not for the better. NAMA, the SISK Group and Park Developments have agreed that the SISK Group will acquire Park’s interest in the project and the taking on full responsibility. At the same time, Wicklow County Council and an Bord Pleanala have expanded the Harbour scheme to...

In the Dail: Constitutional Convention Speech

You may have already read my thoghts on the Constitutional Convention here. But if you want to listen to my speech in the Dail – here it is. Unfortunately, the picture and audio seem a little out of sync. If anyone has any thoughts on the Constitutional Convention, please send them to me.