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Monthly archive January, 2013
95 Garda Stations close: another broken Fine Gael & Labour promise

95 Garda Stations close: another broken Fine Gael & Labour promise

Today, the Fine Gael and Labour government will close 95 Garda Stations, including two in Wicklow. Last night, they voted down a motion that highlighted the falling number of Gardaí and condemned the closure of Garda stations up and down the country. 39 Garda stations closed last year, with another 95 set for the axe...
Making the News on Pro Notes

Making the News on Pro Notes

After making an appearance at the High Court on Friday January 26 in support of David Hall’s challenge to the constitutionality of the pro notes, I also made an appearance on RTE’s Six One news alongside Shane Ross and Joan Collins. You can see the report below.
A New School for Greystones, Delgany & Kilcoole

A New School for Greystones, Delgany & Kilcoole

Many parents in Greystones, Delgany and Kilcoole have spoken to me about the shortage of junior infant places for this coming September. I have contacted schools, Minister Quinn’s office and the County Council, and would like to provide an update. A new school is urgently needed. Nearly 200 children do not have an offer of...
Croke Park 2: Is anyone asking frontline staff how to save money?

Croke Park 2: Is anyone asking frontline staff how to save money?

On January 23, 2012, I asked the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform whether its officials will engage directly with front line public service staff to identify opportunities for increased efficiency as part of negotiations for the next Public Service Agreement (ie. Croke Park 2). Minister Howlin wan’t around, so myself and Brian Hayes discussed...
Sweet Deal for Greece is Bitter Pill for Ireland

Sweet Deal for Greece is Bitter Pill for Ireland

Last night I spoke about the Euro Area Loan Facility (Amendment) Bill that reduces the interest rates on Greece’s loans and lengthens the term. You can see the speech below – and also read the full transcript as well. “The Bill before the House seeks to reduce the interest rate on a portion of Greece’s...
Ireland's Bailout Loans: Deal or no Deal?

Ireland’s Bailout Loans: Deal or no Deal?

EU finance ministers yesterday agreed to examine the possibility of extending the maturities for part of the bailout loans to Portugal and Ireland. As a result I was on RTE’s Six One News, and TV3’s Tonight with Vincent Browne. It’s good news. Kind of. The first tranche of funding to which this deal would apply...