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The Banking Inquiry Requires Us to Overcome Our Own Political Catch 22

The Banking Inquiry Requires Us to Overcome Our Own Political Catch 22

Holding the banking inquiry in year five of this Government means a lot of relevant information is coming to light too late. Nonetheless, testimony in recent weeks points to big lessons we can and must still learn. The challenge is overcoming our own political Catch 22. And the public nature of the inquiry might just...
Patron Announced for New Primary School

Patron Announced for New Primary School

Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board has been announced as the patron of the new primary school in Greystones. The school which will open this September is set to take up temporary residence in Greystones Rugby Club. I am delighted that a patron has been selected for the new Greystones primary school. This means that...
The Siteserv Deal Needs to be Investigated Properly

The Siteserv Deal Needs to be Investigated Properly

Last night, the Dáil debated the investigation of the Siteserv deal. Public trust in the political system in Ireland has collapsed.
Recognising Palestine

Recognising Palestine

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, the Dail recognised the state of Palestine. Above is my contribution to the debate, and here’s the motion that we passed. That Dáil Éireann— notes that: in 2011, the Irish Government upgraded the status, titles, and functional privileges of the Palestinian Mission to Ireland to close to that of an...
Budget 2015: Politically cute & Economically foolish

Budget 2015: Politically cute & Economically foolish

I have branded Budget 2015 politically cate, but economically foolish. This budget offers some very welcome relief for the many households that have suffered for the past few years. It’s designed to benefit as many voters as possible. The income tax reductions will more than offset the water charges for high earners, while for lower...
Talking Politics with Hugh Linehan

Talking Politics with Hugh Linehan

I had a great chat with Hugh Linehan of the Irish Times on July 30, 2014. We discussed the political landscape, what it’s like being an Independent TD and what the prospects are for any new Irish political parties.