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

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Fighting Wastewater charges for Arklow in the Dáil

Fighting Wastewater charges for Arklow in the Dáil

I raised the lack of waste water services in Arklow as part of the debate on the Government’s new Irish Water Legistlation. Here’s what I said: Section 3 is the key section for the legislation. There are three points I wish to raise and three questions I would like the Minister to address. I tabled...
The response to Irish Water inside and outside Leinster House

The response to Irish Water inside and outside Leinster House

The difference in how Irish Water was handled inside and outside Leinster House last week shows just how out of date and out of touch our national parliament has become. On each side of the Merrion Street railings, attempts were made to remedy Irish Water. Inside the gates, TDs debated the latest legislation, attempting to...
Debating Irish Water in Dáil Éireann

Debating Irish Water in Dáil Éireann

Below are two videos from the Irish Water debate. They illustrate how hard it is to interrogate legislation and get to the bottom of the Government’s plans. Firstly, the details provided to the Dáil by the Minister for the Environment are sketch at best, and secondly, the Ceann Comhairle seems to like reminding the opposition...
Arklow says no to Wastewater charges

Arklow says no to Wastewater charges

I was delighted at the huge turnout at the public meeting last week in Arklow to oppose wastewater charges for homes and business in Arklow. The event was organised by myself and the Arklow Wastewater Actiongroup and approximately 400 people were there. The public meeting follows efforts by Deputy Donnelly and Pauric to have wastewater...
Arklow Residents shouldn't have to pay for a service they don't get

Arklow Residents shouldn’t have to pay for a service they don’t get

I have asked Alan Kelly to waive wastewater charges for Arklow and the 42 other towns that don’t have a waste water treatment plant. The clip above is a report from RTE’s Sean O’Rourke show, after which I discussed the sewage being pumped into the Avoca River, and explained why Arklow shouldn’t have to pay...
We're stuck with Irish Water so here is how to fix it

We’re stuck with Irish Water so here is how to fix it

If we’re going to rescue the fiasco that is Irish Water, we need to understand what it is, what it isn’t, and how to make it work for us rather than against us. By now, most people are either angry with or scared by Irish Water – or both. Many on low incomes know they...