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Molesworth St & Kildare St closure/changes

Posted October 30th, 2014

Part of Molesworth Street will be closed and part of Kildare Street will become 2-way for 4 weeks from November 3rd.

To facilitate works required for the Luas Cross City Utilities contract on Dawson Street and Molesworth Street it will be necessary to change traffic movements in the area. For a period of 4 weeks from 3rd November, Molesworth Street between its junctions with Dawson Street and South Frederick Street will be closed to traffic. To facilitate access to Molesworth Street and the surrounding areas, Kildare Street will be made two-wayfrom St. Stephen’s Green North to Molesworth Street. Kildare Street will remain one-way southbound between Nassau Street and Molesworth Street.

For full details and alternative routes click here.

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Budget 2015

Posted October 14th, 2014

Today the budget for 2015 was announced in Dail Eireann.

The main measures for next year are detailed in this on-line document here.

To read the Financial Statement from the Minister for Finance, click here.

To read the Expenditure Estimates announcement from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, click here.

For more detailed information, including breakdowns across departments and the exact changes to taxation and how they might affect you, click here.

If you are interested in watching the Taoiseach’s message on the budget, you can do so here, and for video messages from Ministers Noonan & Howlin, click here.

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Direct Provision – Amnesty needed

Posted October 3rd, 2014

The system of direct provision for foreign nationals seeking asylum in Ireland was debated in the Dáil.

During my comments on the matter I called for an amnesty for all those in the system longer than four years.

I said that the system being allowed to remain in place for more than a decade was a form of institutional racism that shamed the Irish people.

You can watch my contribution here.

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Fiscal Advisory Council should be listened to

Posted September 24th, 2014

My Comments in full on the pre-budget statement from the Fiscal Advisory Board.

We are still borrowing far too much money to fund the state each year. The sooner we reduce the amount we borrow, the sooner we reduce the taxation burden on working people, so that once again work pays.

Today a person earning 36,000euro pays roughly one thousand euro of their taxes just to pay-off the interest on our national debt. The majority of that debt was built up not by bailing out the banks, but by continuing to run a state sector we could no longer afford.

We need to reduce the burden of the state on people, and we do that by repairing the public finances and by balancing the books.

Click here to continue reading.

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Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Posted September 19th, 2014

Click here to read my latest newsletter.

Inside you can read about:

Fee-paying schools

Making work pay

School enrolment changes

The Banking Inquiry

Funding for local sports clubs

Marriage equality

All things bicycling

Rathgar Village Improvement Plan

Eoghan’s priorities

More news

 

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Reform. Full Stop?

Posted May 30th, 2014

Recently, when speaking in the Dáil, the new Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD addressed the issue of reforming the Gardai. She spoke about the need to be vigilant about reform – about the need for constant questioning. Though she was speaking about the Gardai and the Department of Justice, I think the following extract says something that holds relevance for our entire political system:

“But time passed and systems failed. That’s the truth of it. And that’s a truth that should inform our thinking from now on. We must never be seduced into believing that a once-in-a-lifetime radical reform is enough. More to the point, we must understand that major reforms carry their own inbuilt danger: the assumption that, because of the scale of change, we won’t need to be vigilant from that point on. If there’s a single overarching lesson we – and all the organs of the state related to justice – must learn, it is that major reform never removes the need for constant questioning, constant attention to detail, constant reaching for what is better, constant review, rather than what will “just do.’”

Statement in the Dáil by Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, on the report by Sean Guerin SC in to actions taken by An Garda Siochana pertaining to certain allegations, 15 May 2014.

To read the full speech go here.

Check the Register

On 23 May you will be asked to vote in two elections:

- for the person you want to represent Dublin in the European Parliament;

- and for the people you want to represent you and our area on Dublin City Council.

Both elections are of considerable significance given the new powers devolved to DCC as well as the increased role of the European Parliament in our affairs.

But are you registered to vote in these elections?

Go to checktheregister.ie to find out. You may have moved house recently but not moved your vote.

Once you have checked the registered you can get the relevant forms, where necessary here.

This is you last opportunity as the voting register closes on Tuesday 6 May.

Be sure that you can have your say on election day.

Selling alcohol on Good Friday

Selling alcohol on Good Friday

Posted April 17th, 2014

Do you think the sale of alcohol should be banned on Good Friday? Or is it time to break this outdated law? Or do you even care that much?

The ban of alcohol sales on Good Friday is something of an anachronism in today’s Ireland.

With that in mind, Young Fine Gael have launched a campaign to ‘break the ban’. I think their arguments are sound, but why not take a look for yourself below.

There’s also a cool infographic here.

“We are calling on the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter T.D., to ‘Break the Ban’ on alcohol sales on Good Friday as we believe the legislation is outdated, inconsistent and anti-business…

“Legislation has to reflect the Ireland we live in today, not a century ago. There was a time when it was considered a social taboo to order meat on a Friday but Ireland has come a long way since then…

“Currently, exemptions allow the sale of alcohol in some cultural institutions or to members of the public engaging in travel by air, rail or ferry. Hotels may serve alcohol only with a meal but then why not restaurants? Serving beverages with a meal is an essential part of any restaurants business, as a consequence of this law, many restaurants will close their doors on Good Friday. This legislation is outdated, inconsistent and anti-enterprise. We should allow people of religious faith to follow this tradition of Good Friday if they wish, but not allow this day to become known as Bad Friday for struggling businesses”.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Posted March 10th, 2014

To read my latest newsletter, click here.

Inside you can read about:

  • The PAC: Public Spending Watchdog
  • Creating Jobs
  • More NAMA oversight needed
  • The coming banking inquiry
  • Tax Transparency
  • School enrolment policy change
  • In Brief: Ranelagh Gardens clean-up; Terenure 2030; the new Oireachtas App for Iphone & more…
  • Transport Improvements in Dublin Bay South
  • Ireland to host Rugby World Cup?
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Charting a path to a better politics

Posted January 27th, 2014

The following opinion piece appeared in the Sunday Business Post (26th January 2014):

In trying to identify the most meaningful way to reform our political system and parliament, we must seek out solutions that recognise human nature and adapt to it, rather than ignore it.

“Everything has changed”, Albert Einstein once said, “except our way of thinking.”

We are still going through a financial crisis of such significance for this country that at its zenith it threatened the identity, if not the very existence of the state. It dramatically refocused people’s attention on our political culture and heralded a demand from people for ‘new politics’ and better politicians.

And yet today’s TD, almost six years on from the onset of the political and economic crisis, is still expected by the citizen to assist with the local, to attend to the pot hole or the medical card when asked (and he or she is frequently asked). And with every hour spent sitting in the Dáil chamber observing debate on legislation say, and not attending to their constituents’ needs, that TD’s chances of re-election diminish.

Read more here.