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Monthly archive January, 2015
Calling on the HSE to Support Wicklow Hospice

Calling on the HSE to Support Wicklow Hospice

This week, Wicklow County Council’s approved planning permission for Wicklow Hospice.But just days later, the HSE asked the people of Wicklow to raise a further €3 million for capital funding. The Wicklow Hospice Foundation has been seeking a location for six years and in that time has raised €3 million to build the hospice. The...
Housing and home ownership: What should we do?

Housing and home ownership: What should we do?

According to today’s Behaviour and Attitudes survey, just one person in 10 who are aged in their twenties, thirties or forties believes the Government is doing enough to help people buy a home. It’s a damning indictment, and not at all surprising. The challenges in housing are of course far wider than buying homes. The...
145 Bus to continue to serve Kilmacanogue

145 Bus to continue to serve Kilmacanogue

I was delighted last week when I heard that Dublin Bus had decided to continue the 145 bus route to Kilmacanogue – albeit in a limited capacity. In November it was announced that the route would no longer serve Kilmacanogue but following a campaign by locals and representations that I made to Dublin Bus CEO,...
A Once in a Lifetime Chance to Revolutionise Irish Politics

A Once in a Lifetime Chance to Revolutionise Irish Politics

Aneurin Bevan, the Welsh Labour MP who set up the NHS, said that “the purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away”. The principle underlying this is called subsidiarity – that idea that decision-making and responsibility should be pushed out from the centre of an organisation, as close to the action...
Why I'm not joining the Independent Alliance

Why I’m not joining the Independent Alliance

I’m not joining the alliance of independents. Here’s why: As public trust in politics continues to fall, there is ever-growing demand for meaningful change to the political system. I will continue to push for that change, either as an independent TD as I do now, or as part of a new political movement. The type...
Drainage Works to begin soon on Kilmacanogue Blackspot

Drainage Works to begin soon on Kilmacanogue Blackspot

I am delighted that Wicklow Councty Council have agreed with me that drainage works for the accident black spot at Old Long Hill in Kilmacanogue are needed as temperatures drop and ice warnings return to Co. Wicklow. Following my representations, the council is taking decisive action to improve the drainage at the lowest stretch of...