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

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Irish Water debate shut down

Irish Water debate shut down

After many hours of debate on Irish Water, late last on the night of Thursday, December 11, 2014, we managed to get figures from the Minister suggesting there could be a net cost to the State of imposing water charges – that it’ll cost more to collect the money than the amount raised. While the...
The Ceann Comhairle didn't like my Irish Water amendments

The Ceann Comhairle didn’t like my Irish Water amendments

Here’s what I had to say on the first night that the Dáil discussed the committee stage of the new Irish Water legislation. 75% of my amendments had been ruled out of order by the Ceann Comhairle, which I was not pleased about. Rather than the plebiscite that the Minister proposes, I tabled a Bill...
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...