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

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Education
How can we improve the ECCE Scheme?

How can we improve the ECCE Scheme?

Myself and Councillor Jennifer Whitmore have launched a public consultation on the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme, which provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. This consultation comes on the back of concerns raised by childcare providers about the scheme and its sustainability. I called...
The Tom Barrington Room in Ballywaltrim Library is open again

The Tom Barrington Room in Ballywaltrim Library is open again

I’m delighted that the Tom Barrington Room in Ballywaltrim Library has reopened after its closure in July 2014. Wicklow County Council Library Service’s Local Studies Service has been restored following a campaign by local historians and I. The Local Studies section of Ballywaltrim library is a vital resources for anyone interested in the rich heritage...
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...