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

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National Orthopaedic Hospital Cannot Afford Implants

National Orthopaedic Hospital Cannot Afford Implants

Cappagh used to run six operating theatres. Now it’s just three. Surgeons who used to get one day each week in theatre now get two a month. They can do an average of five procedures a day, but are have been told to stop after three. So instead of doing 20 to 25 procedures a...
Two-year Hip Op Wait is Unacceptable

Two-year Hip Op Wait is Unacceptable

Imagine living with intense, debilitating pain and learning that, while your condition can be dealt with, you’ll have to wait two-and-a-half years. That’s what people in need of orthopaedic surgery are hearing every day in Ireland. The reasons are few and the solutions are straightforward, but they’re not happening, and people are left in agony....
Youth Mental Health Services in Ireland Need Serious Investment and Upgrading.

Youth Mental Health Services in Ireland Need Serious Investment and Upgrading.

We all agree that mental health services in Ireland need serious investment and upgrading. The system’s overstretched to well beyond breaking point, in spite of the heroic efforts of our mental health professionals. Here’s my 10-minutes’ worth, with a focus on youth mental health, and the need, once again, to protect the revenue base in...
Traditional Parties Have led Ireland Into the Abyss- A New Party Can Help Rescue It.

Traditional Parties Have led Ireland Into the Abyss- A New Party Can Help Rescue It.

The Irish political system is broken – and those in the establishment are unable or unwilling to fix it. Half the country now believes there’s a need for a new political party or parties. The opportunity – which has been the main topic of discussion to date – is firmly established. For something worthwhile to...
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...