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

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We Need a Solution to Housing Crisis

We Need a Solution to Housing Crisis

There’s been so much talk about a housing crisis in Wicklow, that for many, it’s probably fading into the background noise. But imagine this – you’re living in your home and have been paying your mortgage for years. You have two beautiful children, who are doing well in one of Wicklow’s many fantastic schools. Your...
We Need to Invest in Childcare

We Need to Invest in Childcare

This week I spoke to childcare providers about the need for investment in early childhood education.
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...