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

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Arklow says no to Wastewater charges

Arklow says no to Wastewater charges

I was delighted at the huge turnout at the public meeting last week in Arklow to oppose wastewater charges for homes and business in Arklow. The event was organised by myself and the Arklow Wastewater Actiongroup and approximately 400 people were there. The public meeting follows efforts by Deputy Donnelly and Pauric to have wastewater...
Despite the attempts to make it more palatable Irish Water still stinks

Despite the attempts to make it more palatable Irish Water still stinks

Last week Fine Gael and Labour announced changes to the Irish Water regime. This is my response in the Dail. Here’s what I said: Some seven months ago, a pensioner came into my office in Wicklow. The Government had told her that if she did not have the €100 to pay the water charge, it...
Irish Water's Figures Don't Add Up

Irish Water’s Figures Don’t Add Up

On Sunday, November 23, I was on RTE’s This Week discussing Irish Water with presenter Colm O’Mongain, and how the company has gone over-budget by €100m. The programme also featured Labour TD, Derek Nolan and Fianna Fail TD, Billy Kelleher.
Irish Water: It's time to flush away Coalition bunglers

Irish Water: It’s time to flush away Coalition bunglers

The changes to Irish Water announced this week not only fail to meet the concerns of parliament and the public, they make it impossible to see any reasonable case for continuing with metering and domestic water charges. You’d think, with all that’s happened, the Government would have listened – to the public, and to their...
Arklow Residents shouldn't have to pay for a service they don't get

Arklow Residents shouldn’t have to pay for a service they don’t get

I have asked Alan Kelly to waive wastewater charges for Arklow and the 42 other towns that don’t have a waste water treatment plant. The clip above is a report from RTE’s Sean O’Rourke show, after which I discussed the sewage being pumped into the Avoca River, and explained why Arklow shouldn’t have to pay...
What a mess: Irish Water, Minister Kelly & the Data Protection Commissioner

What a mess: Irish Water, Minister Kelly & the Data Protection Commissioner

I’ve been inundated with calls from constituents who are concerned about giving their PPS numbers to a private company. I am also very uncomfortable with Irish Water’s approach to providing customer details to third parties for marketing purposes. So I got onto the Data Protection Commissioner and the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local...