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

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Fine Gael and Labour's Property Tax

Fine Gael and Labour’s Property Tax

Today, Fine Gael / Labour’s property tax will be rushed through the Dáil. Yet again the Government is using the guillotine to stifle debate (something they promised to stop doing before the election). This tax is badly designed, poorly timed and utterly unfair. And it affects the people of Wicklow more than most – as...
Selling the Coillte Harvest is Unthinkable

Selling the Coillte Harvest is Unthinkable

The economic justification for selling the Coillte harvesting rights is questionable at best. Even if it wasn’t, we are selling part of our national identity.
Local Property Tax is an Attack on the People of Wicklow

Local Property Tax is an Attack on the People of Wicklow

The Local Property Tax that Fine Gael and Labour have introduced is regressive and unfair. I’ve written previously about how it fails every test of fairness. As a representative of the people of Wicklow, it’s also important to point out that this tax amounts to an economic attack on the people of Wicklow. This tax...
Is everything rosy in the Garden County?

Is everything rosy in the Garden County?

In the most recent Wicklow Times I wrote about the state of Wicklow, the problems facing the county and some possible solutions. Here is the article in full. We have become very accustomed to hearing about Ireland’s challenges – high unemployment and emigration, unsustainable national and household debt, stringent budgets and struggling public services. We...
Arklow Bus Route: Briefing from Bus Eireann.

Arklow Bus Route: Briefing from Bus Eireann.

Martin Nolan, Chief Executive of Bus Eireann just held a briefing in Leinster House on the number two bus route that serves Arklow and Saint Vincent’s hospital. Mister Nolan is extremely aware of the issues at hand and was conscious that the decision to pull the service from Saint Vincent’s impacts on customers’ access to...