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

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How Did the Government Shaft Mortgage Holders and Taxpayers in One Fell Swoop?

How Did the Government Shaft Mortgage Holders and Taxpayers in One Fell Swoop?

The Irish Government could be complicit in wholesale tax avoidance by foreign investment firms, which are generating huge profits in Ireland off the backs of Irish mortgage holders. Sarah and Dominic (not their real names) live in Kilkenny with their two children. They bought their home in 2007. The shop Sarah worked in closed during...
Our mortgage arrears crisis can and must be resolved

Our mortgage arrears crisis can and must be resolved

The problem is causing untold pain and suffering to huge numbers of people, but it can be addressed. A well-known communications firm is seen roaming the halls of the Department of Finance, being asked for advice on the mortgage crisis. Cabinet agrees to rush through changes to the bankruptcy regime before Christmas – changes the...
The Great Divide - it's a lot worse than you think

The Great Divide – it’s a lot worse than you think

If you didn’t see David McWilliams’s Ireland’s Great Wealth Divide on Monday night, take 50 minutes out and watch it; it’s on the RTE player. It’s essential viewing and it tells us this: Ireland is a lot less equal and fair than we think it is. And it’s a lot less equal and fair than...
Addressing the Mortgage Crisis and Repossessions

Addressing the Mortgage Crisis and Repossessions

This week, I introduced a motion which would immediately and substantially increase the pace at which the mortgage crisis is addressed.
'What does that all mean,' asked one man who had just lost his home

‘What does that all mean,’ asked one man who had just lost his home

‘What does that all mean?” This is what one man asked in Bray Circuit Court last Monday morning. Simon [name changed] had just lost his home. The registrar ruled against the ‘defendant’ and in favour of the bank seeking possession of the property. She ordered a five-month stay to allow Simon time to find alternative...
Housing and home ownership: What should we do?

Housing and home ownership: What should we do?

According to today’s Behaviour and Attitudes survey, just one person in 10 who are aged in their twenties, thirties or forties believes the Government is doing enough to help people buy a home. It’s a damning indictment, and not at all surprising. The challenges in housing are of course far wider than buying homes. The...