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

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Addressing the Mortgage Crisis and Repossessions

Addressing the Mortgage Crisis and Repossessions

This week, I introduced a motion which would immediately and substantially increase the pace at which the mortgage crisis is addressed.
'What does that all mean,' asked one man who had just lost his home

‘What does that all mean,’ asked one man who had just lost his home

‘What does that all mean?” This is what one man asked in Bray Circuit Court last Monday morning. Simon [name changed] had just lost his home. The registrar ruled against the ‘defendant’ and in favour of the bank seeking possession of the property. She ordered a five-month stay to allow Simon time to find alternative...
Irish Water and a Raging Torrent of Inconvenient Truths

Irish Water and a Raging Torrent of Inconvenient Truths

Throughout the week, Irish Water and Fine Gael/Labour were killed telling us the good news – they’d be able to find lots of leaks, and fix them – all thanks to those water meters. No business case has been presented, but even a cursory glance at the figures shows that they’ll be the most expensive...
Presidential Eligability Age Represents a Missed Opportunity for Reform

Presidential Eligability Age Represents a Missed Opportunity for Reform

Earlier this week, I spoke on the age of eligibility for election to the office of president. I support the motion, but there were many other recommendations made by the constitutional convention which we need to put to the people.
We Need to Develop Nordic-Level Childcare and Early Education Policies

We Need to Develop Nordic-Level Childcare and Early Education Policies

  Independent Senator Katherine Zappone and I are joining forces to develop policies that achieve high quality and accessible early childhood care and education in Ireland. Our aim is to put forward a coherent strategy and an implementation plan to deliver the social and economic benefits that Nordic-level childcare does. These include improved educational outcomes,...
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.