Deputy Tommy Broughan has said that householders in the greater Dublin region are astounded at the news that the Dublin water supply is to be restricted. Deputy Broughan said it was “deplorable that no full explanation has been provided by the Councils on the engineering or other difficulties that led to the restrictions being put in place.
Last week in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Tommy Broughan again highlighted the housing crisis in Dublin as a matter requiring urgent action from the government. Deputy Broughan asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny if he was aware of the scale of the housing crisis the country is facing with many families having been homeless for months and years on end.
Deputy Tommy Broughan recently received information from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, about planned events to commemorate the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Ború in 2014.
On budget day, the spin from the Government benches was that the Department of Social Protection had “escaped” with net cuts limited to €226 million, rather than the €440 million that had been bruited in the media for many weeks.
I join with my colleague Deputy Keaveney in commending the work of all our local government officials around the country. In my own case, these are the officials of Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council. However, we need a dynamic elected leadership at all the major levels of local government.
Yesterday in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Tommy Broughan expressed his strong support for a directly elected Mayor for Dublin. Deputy Broughan was speaking on the Local Government Bill 2013 which has been brought forward by the government to reform local government in Ireland.
All budgets are about choices. I strongly opposed the Labour Party entering government since I feared that serving under a Fine Gael-led Government would do fundamental damage to the people who sent my Labour Party colleagues and me to this Chamber. I always wanted a Labour-led Government only. After four austerity budgets having been implemented or planned by the Government, the core aspirations and interests of our people have been harshly subjected to the aspirations and interests of the wealthy and powerful, represented in this Chamber by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and some of the conservative Independents.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has today cautiously welcomed the news that €10 million has been allocated from the Department for Environment, Community and Local Government towards the Pyrite Remediation Scheme. However, he has expressed concern that the fund will be restricted to the most severe pyrite damage cases only (the so called red category).
Deputy Tommy Broughan has criticised a number of measures in Budget 2014 as disproportionately affecting more vulnerable members of society and ultimately representing Fine Gael vested interests.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has warmly welcomed the reported resolution deal for the owner occupiers and stakeholders in Priory Hall. He particularly welcomed the announcement that former Senator, Dr. Martin McAleese, will oversee the implementation of the agreement.