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

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Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Budget 2015: The Next Generation Lost Out to the Next Election

Last Tuesday’s Budget was politically cute but economically foolish, and felt very like Fianna Fail budgets of old. It might be the last one before the next General Election, so Fine Gael and Labour could be forgiven for a little self-interest. But not for being quite so politically motivated, and quite so irresponsible. Just six...
The HSE must minimise cuts to St. Catherine’s

The HSE must minimise cuts to St. Catherine’s

A number of parents have been in touch with me stating that the HSE will be making higher than expected cuts to the budget of St.Catherine’s. I have been working closely with senior management in both St.Catherine’s and the HSE since it emerged that core funding was to be cut. I have also spoken Directly...
Protecting the Free Travel Scheme

Protecting the Free Travel Scheme

Last Week I spoke on a motion that called on the Government to fully support and retain the Free Travel Scheme in its current form as a universal benefit to all people aged 66 and over, and to work towards progressing the National Positive Ageing Strategy. I specifically wanted to raise the issue of the...
Independent analysis of the HSE: What's the diagnosis?

Independent analysis of the HSE: What’s the diagnosis?

I recently asked Minister Howlin whether he has commissioned any independent analysis on potential savings in the Irish health system since 2011 and if he thinks such analysis would be useful. The Minister said he hadn’t and that the specifics of reform in the Health system weren’t a matter for the Minister for Public Expenditure...
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...