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Wicklow must be prioritised for Garda graduates

Wicklow must be prioritised for Garda graduates

Since training resumed in 2014, only 10 additional Gardaí have been allocated to Wicklow. Considering that just under 1,000 new Gardaí have graduated from Templemore in that same period this is a frankly abysmal number. To make matters worse, some 32 Gardaí have left the Wicklow Division over the last 18 months, meaning there has...
Carraig Eden residents will keep their homes

Carraig Eden residents will keep their homes

I am absolutely delighted to have received notice of the sale of Carriag Eden. This agreement will result in the continuation of the services provided by Tiglin at the site. Following the breakdown of a deal to purchase Carraig Eden earlier this year, I worked with Wicklow County Council, the Tiglin team and others to...
UK election result makes our role in Brexit more important

UK election result makes our role in Brexit more important

The UK election changes the likely impact of Brexit on Ireland. It makes a softer Brexit more likely, which is welcomed. But it also makes a ‘no deal’ outcome more likely, which would be a disaster. And it makes special status for Northern Ireland harder to achieve, which is bad news on both sides of...
Greystones Park and Ride

Greystones Park and Ride

Wicklow County Council is currently holding a public consultation on its parking bye-laws. The draft includes a proposal to charge €2/day for the Greystones Park & Ride. For anyone using it for work, that’s €500/year. Public transport needs to be promoted, and a key part of that is the park & ride facility. I believe...
Trade is Good

Trade is Good

I was sitting close to the back of a large lecture theatre in Boston, listening to Professor Lant Pritchett’s views on globalisation. ‘Trade is good’. Lant was moving through slides on deadweight loss, World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks, comparative advantage and lots more. Every now and again that same slide would appear – three words...
Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

Is Ireland ready to play its part in the countdown to Brexit?

This Wednesday, the UK’s prime minister, Theresa May, is expected to start the clock on Brexit. Taoiseach Enda Kenny described what’s about to happen as ‘the most important negotiations in our history as an independent State’. So, what’s about to happen, what’s at stake, and what should we be doing about it? What’s about to...