Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow. Fighting for job creation, economic justice and political reform.

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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...
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...
I'm not joining Reboot Ireland, but welcome any challenge to the status quo

I’m not joining Reboot Ireland, but welcome any challenge to the status quo

While I won’t be joining the Reboot Ireland initiative, I wish them luck. Anything that challenges the stale cartel that is Ireland’s political establishment is welcome. The initial reaction from some is that it all feels very Fine Gael-y, if a little further right and a touch more socially conservative. But that analysis misses at...
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...
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The difference in how Irish Water was handled inside and outside Leinster House last week shows just how out of date and out of touch our national parliament has become.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...
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...