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

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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,...
We Need to Invest in Childcare

We Need to Invest in Childcare

This week I spoke to childcare providers about the need for investment in early childhood education.
A New School For Greystones

A New School For Greystones

We’ve just heart that the Department of Education has announced a new school for the Greystones, hopefully in the Charlesland area. This follows a huge push by the community over a long period of time. Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore and I have held public meetings, organised a petition, met with the Department’s forward planning team, made...
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...