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

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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...
Only by creating new parties will we get real change

Only by creating new parties will we get real change

The sense of things at the MacGill Summer School in Donegal this week was a resignation that politics in Ireland is never going to change. Despite overwhelming evidence to support that conclusion, we must, and we can, prove it wrong. We must, because it’s only by modernising the business of politics that we can provide...
Talking about reform at the MacGill Summer School

Talking about reform at the MacGill Summer School

I was delighted to be invited to speak at the MacGill Summer School this July. The theme was whether we can meet the challenges ahead without fundamental reform of our politics and institutions. My theory was that all reform of institutions (educations, HSE, the Dail, etc.) are hamstrung by the lack of reform we’ve seen...
Any chance of Equality Budgeting, Minister?

Any chance of Equality Budgeting, Minister?

In July, I asked Minister Brendan Howlin whether he has considered any of the proposals in the Equality Budgeting Submission I sent him last year, and whether he would provide a distributional analysis of the proposed budgetary measures to Dail Eireann, before budgets are passed. Equality Budgeting is an approach to economic policy-making that uses...
Can the Oireachtas learn from past mistakes?

Can the Oireachtas learn from past mistakes?

The very mistake made in setting up the Banking Inquiry is the same one that allowed the banking collapse happen in the first place. Ironic, and very dangerous. If we’re to avoid another crisis in a few years’ time, the Establishment must be able to learn from its own mistakes – something it has resisted...
Politically expedient, cynical pretend reform

Politically expedient, cynical pretend reform

I spoke on the Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Bill which the Government is calling an “ambitious programme of Government reform to deliver fundamental change in democratic and public governance in Ireland.” I’m calling it a sop. It’s politically expedient, cynical pretend reform. It will still see almost €16m in state funding paid mostly...