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

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A Once in a Lifetime Chance to Revolutionise Irish Politics

A Once in a Lifetime Chance to Revolutionise Irish Politics

Aneurin Bevan, the Welsh Labour MP who set up the NHS, said that “the purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away”. The principle underlying this is called subsidiarity – that idea that decision-making and responsibility should be pushed out from the centre of an organisation, as close to the action...
Why I'm not joining the Independent Alliance

Why I’m not joining the Independent Alliance

I’m not joining the alliance of independents. Here’s why: As public trust in politics continues to fall, there is ever-growing demand for meaningful change to the political system. I will continue to push for that change, either as an independent TD as I do now, or as part of a new political movement. The type...
I'm not joining Reboot Ireland, but welcome any challenge to the status quo

I’m not joining Reboot Ireland, but welcome any challenge to the status quo

While I won’t be joining the Reboot Ireland initiative, I wish them luck. Anything that challenges the stale cartel that is Ireland’s political establishment is welcome. The initial reaction from some is that it all feels very Fine Gael-y, if a little further right and a touch more socially conservative. But that analysis misses at...
Why I'm optimistic for 2015

Why I’m optimistic for 2015

While it’s been a shocker of a year for the Government parties, it’s been a very promising one for the future of politics in Ireland. This time last year, the Troika were packing their bags and the end of austerity was heralded from Government Buildings. But what a year in politics. In Justice, there was...
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The difference in how Irish Water was handled inside and outside Leinster House last week shows just how out of date and out of touch our national parliament has become.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...
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...