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

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How to improve School Admissions

How to improve School Admissions

On Friday, june 20, 2014, I discussed the Draft Admission to Schools Bill, designed to improve how we regulate the admission of children to primary and post primary schools with Minister Quinn. This legislation is of interest to people in North Wicklow due to school admissions issues related to the new Educate Together School in...
Wicklow communities excluded from Bray Educate Together

Wicklow communities excluded from Bray Educate Together

It has emerged that Bray is the only town in Wicklow that the new Educate Together Secondary School will serve. School patronage was awarded to Educate Together in Bray on the back of the needs of parents and children in Wicklow. 1,066 families in Wicklow expressed interest in a second level Educate Together School. Only...
Has the Government learned the lessons of the Web Summit?

Has the Government learned the lessons of the Web Summit?

At last week’s Web Summit, an Taoiseach head from Elon Musk and others about the importance of education to positioning Ireland as a country that’s ideal for tech businesses and start-ups. Musk, the man behind Tesla Motors even suggested that Ireland should be scrapping third level fees for certain courses, and gave Enda Kenny a...
Fighting Cuts to SNAs

Fighting Cuts to SNAs

In June 2013 the Government announced 10% cuts to SNAs and support hours for children with special educational needs. These cuts will result in nearly 400 less resource teaching hours for children with special needs in Wicklow, and mean that total funding has fallen by 25% per child since 2010/11. I raised the issue in...
A new primary school in Greystones?

A new primary school in Greystones?

Last week I drove to Tullamore to meet with officials from the Department of Education’s Forward Planning Team. Having collected thousands of signatures, and submitted a proposal to the department which combines their figures with projections from Wicklow County Council’s Local Area Plan, I wanted to discuss the need for a new primary School in...
Donnelly and McWilliams talk Economics with Wicklow Students

Donnelly and McWilliams talk Economics with Wicklow Students

Last week, myself and Economist David McWilliams visited Collaiste Chill Mhantain, Wicklow Town, to participate in a debate with students on whether Ireland should leave the Euro. The level of debate amongst Collaiste Chill Mhantain’s economic students was hugely impressive. The students are a credit to their parents and teachers. Monetary policy, the banking crisis,...