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

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Supporting Arklow Cancer Support Group

Supporting Arklow Cancer Support Group

The other day I visited the Arklow Cancer Support Group. It’s been hugely successful in the area. They’ve more than doubled the number of clients they help in the last year alone. The demand for emotional and practical support has been huge, as proven by the growth. We also have the community to thank for...
Broken promises at St. Vincent’s and Loughlinstown Hospitals

Broken promises at St. Vincent’s and Loughlinstown Hospitals

ON January 23 I demanded an immediate investigation into the under-resourcing of St. Vincent’s hospital. As part of the reconfiguration of Dublin Hospitals, assurances were given that resources would be provided to ensure St. Vincent’s could handle referrals from Loughlinstown. However, clinicians are claiming that the effective closure of Loughlinstown’s out-of-hours service has led to...
No McDonald's for Blacklion

No McDonald’s for Blacklion

I was delighted to hear the decision from an Bord Pleanála’s to turn down the planning permission for a McDonalds in Blacklion. The Letter is below. The proposed site for this McDonald’s was utterly inappropriate for a fast food outlet. With Childhood obesity a growing problem in Ireland, many parents were very disappointed to hear...
Is free GP care for children courting disaster?

Is free GP care for children courting disaster?

GPs have said that the plan to offer free GP care for children is courting disaster. I wanted to flag their opposition with the Taoiseach, and to ask him about the Government’s plans to allow GPs opt in our out of the scheme.
Tanaiste agrees that we should legislate for Assisted Suicide

Tanaiste agrees that we should legislate for Assisted Suicide

Yesterday a woman was charged under Section 2 of the 1993 Criminal Law Act with the crime of assisting the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer. The case is of particular interest to me as a constituent of mine, Marie Fleming, has had lived with Multiple Sclerosis for 35 years. Earlier this year, Marie and...
Five ways to fix the Health Service

Five ways to fix the Health Service

In the United States, healthcare is referred to as the ‘third rail’ of politics. The saying comes from the subway system, where the third rail is the one with the electricity going through it. Hence the analogy – if you touch it, you’re dead. A phrase with which Minister for Health James Reilly can probably...