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Monthly archive November, 2014
My Place: Launching Rod Coyne's Exhibition in Tinahealy

My Place: Launching Rod Coyne’s Exhibition in Tinahealy

Last Sunday I was honoured to launch ‘My Place’, an exhibition by artist Rod Coyne at the Tinahealy Court House. The exhibition showcases 30 paintings of places in Wicklow, identified by Wicklow residents as their favourite place in the Garden County. Rod’s paintings represent the very best of what Wicklow has to offer, and make...
Arklow says no to Wastewater charges

Arklow says no to Wastewater charges

I was delighted at the huge turnout at the public meeting last week in Arklow to oppose wastewater charges for homes and business in Arklow. The event was organised by myself and the Arklow Wastewater Actiongroup and approximately 400 people were there. The public meeting follows efforts by Deputy Donnelly and Pauric to have wastewater...
Human Rights Budgeting: Making Irish budgets better & fairer

Human Rights Budgeting: Making Irish budgets better & fairer

This week in the Dail we debated a simple but powerful motion on Human Rights Budgeting that would improve Ireland’s budgetary process by providing more information, specifically a social impact survey before budgets are published. Above is my speech – below is the motion. “That Dáil Éireann acknowledges: that there are positive signs of economic...
Despite the attempts to make it more palatable Irish Water still stinks

Despite the attempts to make it more palatable Irish Water still stinks

Last week Fine Gael and Labour announced changes to the Irish Water regime. This is my response in the Dail. Here’s what I said: Some seven months ago, a pensioner came into my office in Wicklow. The Government had told her that if she did not have the €100 to pay the water charge, it...
Irish Water's Figures Don't Add Up

Irish Water’s Figures Don’t Add Up

On Sunday, November 23, I was on RTE’s This Week discussing Irish Water with presenter Colm O’Mongain, and how the company has gone over-budget by €100m. The programme also featured Labour TD, Derek Nolan and Fianna Fail TD, Billy Kelleher.
Irish Water: It's time to flush away Coalition bunglers

Irish Water: It’s time to flush away Coalition bunglers

The changes to Irish Water announced this week not only fail to meet the concerns of parliament and the public, they make it impossible to see any reasonable case for continuing with metering and domestic water charges. You’d think, with all that’s happened, the Government would have listened – to the public, and to their...