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Monthly archive December, 2014
Why I'm optimistic for 2015

Why I’m optimistic for 2015

While it’s been a shocker of a year for the Government parties, it’s been a very promising one for the future of politics in Ireland. This time last year, the Troika were packing their bags and the end of austerity was heralded from Government Buildings. But what a year in politics. In Justice, there was...
Irish Water debate shut down

Irish Water debate shut down

After many hours of debate on Irish Water, late last on the night of Thursday, December 11, 2014, we managed to get figures from the Minister suggesting there could be a net cost to the State of imposing water charges – that it’ll cost more to collect the money than the amount raised. While the...
Fighting Wastewater charges for Arklow in the Dáil

Fighting Wastewater charges for Arklow in the Dáil

I raised the lack of waste water services in Arklow as part of the debate on the Government’s new Irish Water Legistlation. Here’s what I said: Section 3 is the key section for the legislation. There are three points I wish to raise and three questions I would like the Minister to address. I tabled...
The response to Irish Water inside and outside Leinster House

The response to Irish Water inside and outside Leinster House

The difference in how Irish Water was handled inside and outside Leinster House last week shows just how out of date and out of touch our national parliament has become. On each side of the Merrion Street railings, attempts were made to remedy Irish Water. Inside the gates, TDs debated the latest legislation, attempting to...
Debating Irish Water in Dáil Éireann

Debating Irish Water in Dáil Éireann

Below are two videos from the Irish Water debate. They illustrate how hard it is to interrogate legislation and get to the bottom of the Government’s plans. Firstly, the details provided to the Dáil by the Minister for the Environment are sketch at best, and secondly, the Ceann Comhairle seems to like reminding the opposition...
Recognising Palestine

Recognising Palestine

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Dail recognised the state of Palestine. Above is my contribution to the debate, and here’s the motion that we passed. That Dáil Éireann— notes that: in 2011, the Irish Government upgraded the status, titles, and functional privileges of the Palestinian Mission to Ireland to close to that of an...