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

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The Siteserv Deal Needs to be Investigated Properly

The Siteserv Deal Needs to be Investigated Properly

Last night, the Dáil debated the investigation of the Siteserv deal. Public trust in the political system in Ireland has collapsed.
The 'Lost Decade' is Declared Over, but it Could Have Been Over Sooner

The ‘Lost Decade’ is Declared Over, but it Could Have Been Over Sooner

This week, we got a look at the Spring Economic Statement. It was an opportunity to talk about the Ireland we would like our children to grow up in. The ‘lost decade’ was declared over, but it could have been over far earlier.
Irish Water and a Raging Torrent of Inconvenient Truths

Irish Water and a Raging Torrent of Inconvenient Truths

Throughout the week, Irish Water and Fine Gael/Labour were killed telling us the good news – they’d be able to find lots of leaks, and fix them – all thanks to those water meters. No business case has been presented, but even a cursory glance at the figures shows that they’ll be the most expensive...
Should Banks be Making Money on Restructured Mortgages?

Should Banks be Making Money on Restructured Mortgages?

Should banks be allowed increase profits from restructuring mortgages? I don’t believe they should. I asked Minister Noonan for his view, but got a boilerplate civil service reply. So I tried again…and got the rest of the boilerplate. So I tried again…and didn’t get very far. So I’m working with other TDs to put a...
A natter about NAMA with Pat Kenny

A natter about NAMA with Pat Kenny

On February 2, I was on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk to discuss property “big fips”, property investors and private equity firms that are making a killing on properties that NAMA is selling. This is following the news that NAMA will be speeding up the sale of many of its remaining assets before the...
Human Rights Budgeting: Making Irish budgets better & fairer

Human Rights Budgeting: Making Irish budgets better & fairer

This week in the Dail we debated a simple but powerful motion on Human Rights Budgeting that would improve Ireland’s budgetary process by providing more information, specifically a social impact survey before budgets are published. Above is my speech – below is the motion. “That Dáil Éireann acknowledges: that there are positive signs of economic...