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Monthly archive June, 2016
Brexit is bad for the UK, bad for Ireland and bad for the EU

Brexit is bad for the UK, bad for Ireland and bad for the EU

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is bad for the UK, bad for Ireland and bad for the EU. It is a symptom of the growing disconnect between politics and the citizens politics is meant to serve-a symptom of the growing sense of the have’s and the have-not’s- a symptom of some...
Decision brings big risks and opportunity

Decision brings big risks and opportunity

The bookies were convinced the United Kingdom would vote to remain in the European Union. And as the results came in on Thursday night, it looked like they were right. London, Scotland and Northern Ireland were voting ‘Remain’ and Nigel Farage was on television conceding defeat. But then it all changed – borough after borough...
Brexit Demands Swift Action

Brexit Demands Swift Action

The UK is Ireland’s largest trading partner, closest neighbour, host to 383,000 Irish citizens; thousands from Wicklow, and our regular political ally. It’s vital that we act swiftly to minimise any potential damage to our national interests, work with the UK to help mitigate potential damage to their national interests, and explore potential political and...
National Orthopaedic Hospital Cannot Afford Implants

National Orthopaedic Hospital Cannot Afford Implants

Cappagh used to run six operating theatres. Now it’s just three. Surgeons who used to get one day each week in theatre now get two a month. They can do an average of five procedures a day, but are have been told to stop after three. So instead of doing 20 to 25 procedures a...
Two-year Hip Op Wait is Unacceptable

Two-year Hip Op Wait is Unacceptable

Imagine living with intense, debilitating pain and learning that, while your condition can be dealt with, you’ll have to wait two-and-a-half years. That’s what people in need of orthopaedic surgery are hearing every day in Ireland. The reasons are few and the solutions are straightforward, but they’re not happening, and people are left in agony....
Talking the Living Wage, Health, and New Politics on the Late Debate

Talking the Living Wage, Health, and New Politics on the Late Debate

Last night I took part in the Late Debate chaired by Cormac Ó hEadhra alongside Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD Kildare South, Mick Barry, AAA-PBP Cork North Central, Professor John Crown, Consultant Oncologist St. Vincent’s Hospital Dublin and Niamh Lyons, Political Editor Times Ireland.