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

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Can the Oireachtas learn from past mistakes?

Can the Oireachtas learn from past mistakes?

The very mistake made in setting up the Banking Inquiry is the same one that allowed the banking collapse happen in the first place. Ironic, and very dangerous. If we’re to avoid another crisis in a few years’ time, the Establishment must be able to learn from its own mistakes – something it has resisted...
RTE report on the Banking Inquiry Fiasco

RTE report on the Banking Inquiry Fiasco

A report from RTE’s Nine O’Clock News on Sunday, June 15, following my decision to step down from the Banking Inquiry due to political interference from the Taoiseach. You can read more about why I took this decision here.
Ireland's Cashless Recovery

Ireland’s Cashless Recovery

More and more people are asking why, if the economy’s turning, they still have less and less money in their pockets. They hear things are improving, but their daily reality is that it’s getting harder and harder to pay the bills. I spoke recently with a grocer who’s been in business in Wicklow for forty...
Betrayed by Victorian era debtors' prison mentality

Betrayed by Victorian era debtors’ prison mentality

Last week, thousands of Irish families had their mortgages sold, at large discounts, to foreign companies. As a result, many men, women and children will be needlessly evicted, many lives will be needlessly destroyed, and the profits generated in the process will leave the country. All of this could have been avoided by the Government....
He has done the State much service, but Shatter must go.

He has done the State much service, but Shatter must go.

The question of the week is ‘Will Alan Shatter survive?’ It’s been non-stop. Was the apology too little, too late? Can the Taoiseach lose one of his inner circle? How badly will this damage Fine Gael? Will Labour continue to prop up its liberal champion? Did Leo know what he was starting? Will Alan Shatter...
Anti-Pantigate Legislation

Anti-Pantigate Legislation

On March 5, 2014, I introduced legislation that would change the Broadcasting Act to prevent litigious-minded groups and individuals from shutting down public debate. The Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2014 removes any reference to the term “offence” from Section 39 of the Broadcasting Act, as a result, Broadcasters would no longer have to ensure that nothing...