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

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Construction Works for Arklow Town FC

Construction Works for Arklow Town FC

I am delighted to announce that I have secured construction works for Arklow Town Football Club. The club approached me to see if funding could be secured to resurface the entryway of the club grounds at Lamberton. I contacted BAM Construction Chief Executive Theo Cullinane about the project and on surveying the area, Mr Cullinane...
We Need to Develop Nordic-Level Childcare and Early Education Policies

We Need to Develop Nordic-Level Childcare and Early Education Policies

  Independent Senator Katherine Zappone and I are joining forces to develop policies that achieve high quality and accessible early childhood care and education in Ireland. Our aim is to put forward a coherent strategy and an implementation plan to deliver the social and economic benefits that Nordic-level childcare does. These include improved educational outcomes,...
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...
Time for the Minister to get the Chop?

Time for the Minister to get the Chop?

On Wednesday, 26th March, I asked Enda Kenny whether Alan Shatter is the right man to lead the Department of Justice given the scandal after scandal that’s dogging his tenure. Below is my question and the Taoiseach’s response-   Stephen Donnelly Yesterday, the Taoiseach told Members that a group within An Garda Síochána, perhaps a...
95 Garda Stations close: another broken Fine Gael & Labour promise

95 Garda Stations close: another broken Fine Gael & Labour promise

Today, the Fine Gael and Labour government will close 95 Garda Stations, including two in Wicklow. Last night, they voted down a motion that highlighted the falling number of Gardaí and condemned the closure of Garda stations up and down the country. 39 Garda stations closed last year, with another 95 set for the axe...
Ireland's Bailout Loans: Deal or no Deal?

Ireland’s Bailout Loans: Deal or no Deal?

EU finance ministers yesterday agreed to examine the possibility of extending the maturities for part of the bailout loans to Portugal and Ireland. As a result I was on RTE’s Six One News, and TV3′s Tonight with Vincent Browne. It’s good news. Kind of. The first tranche of funding to which this deal would apply...