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

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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...
Regulating the scrap and precious metal trade

Regulating the scrap and precious metal trade

On Friday June 20, 2014, I spoke in support of the Scrap and Precious Metal Dealers Bill 2013. This legislation would ensure that anyone dealing in precious ans scrap metals keeps meticulous records, ensure that items bought from a vendor without a place of business must be kept for 30 days, and give Gardai powers...
Irish Water: More public money flushed down the toilet

Irish Water: More public money flushed down the toilet

THE Dáil got back to work on Wednesday, with the Irish Water fiasco making it feel to many that nothing has changed since the bad ol’ days of Fianna Fail. We have different parties in power, but the Government’s approach to Irish Water makes it crystal clear that the ‘democratic revolution’ was just another empty...
What's wrong with EirGrid's Grid Link public consultation?

What’s wrong with EirGrid’s Grid Link public consultation?

Submissions for EirGrid’s third round of public consultation regarding Grid Link had to be in by January 7, 2013. My submission, which you can read here, raised the following concerns: The lack of proper public consultation & no engagement from the Minister The lack of proper research and data relating to the project Issues relating...
Eirgrid & Freedom of Information

Eirgrid & Freedom of Information

Eirgrid’s Grid Link Project is currently in its third round of focused public consultation. While the company is inviting interested parties to have their say on the proposed corridor of 400kv power lines up the East Coast, Minister Brendan Howlin is trying to exempt the entire organisation from his new Freedom of Information legislation. Why?...
Water Shortages in North Wicklow

Water Shortages in North Wicklow

On May 22, 2013 I called on the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan to investigate and intervene in cases where algae in Dublin City Council’s water filtering system is leaving people in Wicklow without water. The Minister promised Deputy Harris and myself that he would look at the problem. Many...