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Monthly archive June, 2013
Why I voted for the Land and Conveyancing Bill

Why I voted for the Land and Conveyancing Bill

A few weeks ago, I voted for the Land and Conveyancing Bill. One of the things this Bill did was reinstate the law, whereby lenders could take possession of properties in cases on non-payment of a mortgage. I have been one of the leading advocates for individuals and families in mortgage distress, and so some...
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Anglo Tapes & Eu Banking Union

Anglo Tapes & Eu Banking Union

Ahead of the last meeting of Ireland’s EU presidency, I wanted to congratulate the Government on a job well done. More importantly, I also wanted to raise the serious issue of how the Anglo tapes could and should impact on the ongoing discussions relating to banking union.
Fighting Cuts to SNAs

Fighting Cuts to SNAs

In June 2013 the Government announced 10% cuts to SNAs and support hours for children with special educational needs. These cuts will result in nearly 400 less resource teaching hours for children with special needs in Wicklow, and mean that total funding has fallen by 25% per child since 2010/11. I raised the issue in...
Seanad reform or abolition? You decide

Seanad reform or abolition? You decide

How many senators can you name? Before being elected to the Dail, I could probably have got to five. Let’s be honest. Most of us don’t really know what the Seanad does. We do, however, feel that fewer politicians has got to be a good thing. And we’re pretty sure that, while the Seanad has...
Not for Sale: Coillte to be kept

Not for Sale: Coillte to be kept

I’m delighted that the government has decided not to sell Coillte’s harvesting rights. It’s the right decision. It makes economic sense and it makes cultural sense for the state to own its trees and the harvesting rights. The plan to sell Coillte’s harvesting rights for the next 80 years was so outlandish, even Al Jazeera...