I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak briefly on the Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) Bill 2016. I commend my colleague, Deputy Thomas Pringle, on bringing the legislation before the House and the tremendous work he has done on the Bill in this and the previous Dáil.
Welcome to the website of Thomas P. (Tommy) Broughan T.D. I am an Independent Deputy for the Dublin Bay North Constituency and have represented our constituency in Dáil Éireann since 1992. The information and contacts on these pages will give you a fair idea of my work on behalf of my constituents. You may look up my information clinic times, email address and phone numbers. I always welcome support from constituents and friends in providing assistance with my political work. I will be delighted to hear from you on any matter, whether local or national
I am delighted to have the opportunity to move this important legislation, the Welfare of Greyhounds (Amendment) Bill 2017. The Bill amends the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 by inserting a new Part 4A. It provides for control of the export of greyhounds and for the publication of a white list of countries to which the export of greyhounds under licence will only be permissible. The Bill will also make it an offence for persons to export greyhounds to countries not on the white list and will provide for related matters. I thank Ms Suzie Carley, the executive director of Dogs Trust, and her staff for their powerful advocacy and research on this Bill and for bringing this matter to the Legislature and the public. Dogs Trust has been in Ireland since 2005 and has re-homed 7,000 dogs since 2009. Indeed, they re-homed almost 3,000 in 2016 alone.
On the 21st of March 2017, Deputy Broughan will introduce the Welfare of Greyhounds (Amendment) Bill 2017 in conjunction with Dogs’ Trust Ireland. The Bill will amend the Welfare of Greyhounds Act 2011 to provide for the control of export of greyhounds and for the publication of a white list to which the export of greyhounds under licence would only be permissible. This Bill will also make it an offence for persons to export greyhounds to countries not on the white list and will provide for related matters. Deputy Broughan would like to thank the staff at Dogs’ Trust for their terrific research and work on this timely Bill and for bringing this matter again to the legislature’s and the public’s attention.
NO INFORMATION CLINICS ON ST. PATRICK’S WEEKEND
10 Mar 2017
Please note that my weekly information clinics will not be taking place this Saturday, the 18th of March due to the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
My weekly information clinics will resume on Monday, 20th of March 2017 at 11am in the BESC Offices in the Darndale Village Centre. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.
I am grateful for the opportunity to make a contribution on the Universal Jurisdiction of Human Rights Bill 2015. I warmly commend my colleague, Deputy Mick Wallace, for bringing the Bill before us and for the enormous amount of work he has done on it and on related issues.
One of the fathers of international law is the great Jan Amos Komensky, known as Comenius, the Czech philosopher who made an important contribution in the early 17th century to advancing ideas on world peace and universal justice. He was writing about international peace and legal structures at a time when the German people were embroiled in the Thirty Years War, where at least 8 million Germans were slaughtered by different invading armies. At a time of desolation, he tried to get a prohibition on warfare and the creation of universal institutions of humanity.
Deputy Broughan was recently contacted by an accountancy practice who wants to raise awareness about the right of parents of incapacitated children to a tax credit. The practice informed Deputy Broughan that they had worked on some cases where families were unknowingly entitled to the Incapacitated Child Tax Credit and received back-dated payments.