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Monthly archive October, 2012
Why last year's budget was bad and two ways to make it better

Why last year’s budget was bad and two ways to make it better

I gave a speech today on the state of the economy and called on the government to perform a cost benefit analysis and a poverty impact assessment of the Budget, ahead of time. You can see it here.
The Children's Referendum: Advocating a Yes Vote

The Children’s Referendum: Advocating a Yes Vote

I held a press conference with some other independent TDs today to advocate a yes vote in the upcoming children’s referendum. The referendum is a positive step towards the protection of children in our society. A yes vote will allow some of the 2,000 children in state care to be adopted by long-term foster parents...
Smiling Irish eyes mean nothing when tens of billions are at stake

Smiling Irish eyes mean nothing when tens of billions are at stake

This article originally appeared in the Sunday Independent on October 21. You can read the original version here. On Friday afternoon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was sucker-punched by Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the end of a two-day summit in Brussels, a summit at which Team Ireland was desperately trying to get movement on the return of...
So I met the Troika yesterday...

So I met the Troika yesterday…

So I met the Troika yesterday. And it was a very interesting meeting. From their point of view the Government’s programme, which is predicated on economic growth, may need tweaking to reflect changing economic conditions. In short, they’re not sure Plan A is working and they are open to a plan B. I was delighted...
Address to European Parliament President: We want our money back.

Address to European Parliament President: We want our money back.

On Wednesday, for the first time in the Republic’s history, the President of the European Parliament addressed the Dail. Martin Schulz spoke about European solidarity, and party leaders responded with talk of debt deals. My speech was a little different. You can watch it here. But here’s the text in full if you want to...
Arklow Bus Route: Briefing from Bus Eireann.

Arklow Bus Route: Briefing from Bus Eireann.

Martin Nolan, Chief Executive of Bus Eireann just held a briefing in Leinster House on the number two bus route that serves Arklow and Saint Vincent’s hospital. Mister Nolan is extremely aware of the issues at hand and was conscious that the decision to pull the service from Saint Vincent’s impacts on customers’ access to...