A note to supporters from Eoghan MurphyPosted August 2nd, 2011
Five months ago I was elected with your support to represent Fine Gael and Dublin South East in Dáil Éireann. Following the election my colleagues and I assumed our new briefs in earnest, conscious of the commitment we gave to the people to give our all from day one.
The Taoiseach appointed me to a number of positions: Member of the Public Accounts Committee; Chairperson of the Internal Committee on Transport, Sport, Tourism and the Arts; and, Head of Delegation to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly. I was also invited on to the European Leadership Network, which deals with WMD proliferation issues, and sent on the Taoiseach’s behalf to a summit in China.
On the legislative side I have been working with the Minister for Justice on a new entrepreneur and investment visa scheme; with the Minister for Enterprise on employment initiatives in the high tech sector; and, with the Minister for Transport on some upcoming transport improvements. In addition I have spoken on a number of issues and bills in the Dáil chamber. I know I am privileged to do so. (These statements are all available here).
Work in the constituency continues and my office in Ranelagh remains as a resource to the community and the Party. Through Parliamentary Questions I am making direct representations on your behalf on issues of real importance. Recently I have been engaging with some schools in relation to their Special Needs Assistant allocations, as well as businesses and traders following the government’s jobs initiative. We began delivering the enclosed flyer to every home in the constituency at the beginning of July and I have spent the last few weekends canvassing. These initiatives have been well received.
I think you will agree that the new government led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny has hit the ground running. People tell me daily that it most certainly is a case of ‘new government, new approach’.
Real and genuine reforms have already taken place and there is more to come. Though it will take time for the economy to right itself, we are moving in to positive news territory and a real increase in confidence (and thus spending, employment, tax receipts etc) cannot be far behind. We must continue to dedicate the majority of our efforts to this front.
My sincere thanks again for your support. It means a lot. I sit here with my colleagues in government working on your behalf thanks to your dedicated efforts to put us here and to put the country first.
All the very best,