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

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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...
How can we improve the Charities Act?

How can we improve the Charities Act?

Last week I spoke about a Sinn Fein motion to improve the Charities Act by providing a deadline for the setting up of a regulator and adding the advancement of human rights as a charitable purpose. The Government, sadly, did not support the bill, but it did promise to have a regulator in place by...
Who should be exempt from Freedom of Information?

Who should be exempt from Freedom of Information?

Myself and Minister Brendan Howlin discuss the need for exemptions in the new Freedom of Information legislation. I’m not sure why exemptions are needed given that the legislation also covers commercial sensitivity, so I asked the Minister. His answers offered little clarity.
Who needs international expert opinions?

Who needs international expert opinions?

I asked Enda Kenny what he made of the international expert opinion that was scathing about the Government’s proposed Freedom of Information Legislation. The Taoiseach wasn’t convinced of their bona fides, but here’s what some of them had to say: ARTICLE 19, a Human Rights organisation that focusses on FOI: ARTICLE 19 strongly opposes the...
A chat with Marian Finucane

A chat with Marian Finucane

On Saturday November 2, 2013 I was on the Marian Finucane Show on RTE 1 discussing how I went from engineering to working in as a business analyst in London and how I got into politics.
Five ways to fix the Health Service

Five ways to fix the Health Service

In the United States, healthcare is referred to as the ‘third rail’ of politics. The saying comes from the subway system, where the third rail is the one with the electricity going through it. Hence the analogy – if you touch it, you’re dead. A phrase with which Minister for Health James Reilly can probably...