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Monthly archive May, 2013
The Waste Land of Reform

The Waste Land of Reform

Is cutting waste a waste of time? It is according to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin during the debate on the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2013.  I tabled a number of amendments to this bill around driving efficiency related savings, and eradicating waste before going after core...
Summer Starts Here: Greystones Arts Festival 2013

Summer Starts Here: Greystones Arts Festival 2013

Greystones Arts Festival is back after a six year break. It’s a multi-disciplinary arts festival that will be held over the June Bank Holiday – which looks like it’s going to be a mini heatwave. The festival will include music, street theatre from Ireland and Europe, comedy, music and workshops in all elements of carnival...
Water Shortages in North Wicklow

Water Shortages in North Wicklow

On May 22, 2013 I called on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan to investigate and intervene in cases where algae in Dublin City Council’s water filtering system is leaving people in Wicklow without water. The Minister promised Deputy Harris and myself that he would look at the problem. Many...
Central Bank pilot debt scheme will keep borrowers on never-never

Central Bank pilot debt scheme will keep borrowers on never-never

Last week, the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) took a stand. They refused to participate in a Central Bank pilot debt scheme aimed at over-indebted citizens. Announced last week, the scheme is aimed at helping borrowers with multiple distressed debts reach ‘fair and equitable’ solutions with their lenders. Sounds dull, I know, but some...
Tokenistic Budgetary Reform

Tokenistic Budgetary Reform

According to comparative international studies, Ireland is bottom of the pile when it comes to how we do our budgets. The Index Of Legislative Budgetary Capacity, 2006 gave Ireland zero out of ten on the amount of time given to parliament to consider a draft budget and zero out of 10 on the amount of...
Government to consider subsidising Arklow to Dublin Bus Route

Government to consider subsidising Arklow to Dublin Bus Route

Yesterday the Government has confirmed to Stephen Donnelly, Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow that it will consider subsidising the Number 2 Wexford to Dublin Bus, due to its importance for the people of Arklow in accessing Saint Vincent’s Hospital. This follows confirmation from Bus Eireann that it intends to reverse some of the...