Monthly Archives: April 2014

BROUGHAN WELCOMES DARNDALE PARK RENEWAL PROJECT BUT SAYS STREAMVILLE PARK ALSO REQUIRES ATTENTION

Deputy Tommy Broughan has warmly welcomed a new project response to make Darndale Park more accessible and useable for the community. He was responding to a report received from Deputy Manager Jim Kelly of Dublin City Council at a recent meeting of the North Central Area Joint Policing Sub Committee. However, he expressed his concern that there has not been adequate investment in redeveloping and enhancing nearby Streamville Park.

TOPICAL ISSUE DEBATE – SPECIAL AMENITY AREA IN HOWTH

The urgent need for the Ministers for Environment, Community and Local Government and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to ensure that the Special Amenity Area status of the Howth Peninsula is fully protected, including all of the historic walkways and rights of way on the Peninsula and the wonderful amenity and wilderness areas of Howth and Sutton; and to examine local proposals to strengthen the protected status of these amenities in the near future.

ON RETURN TO PROFITABILITY STATE SHOULD RETAIN STRONG INTEREST IN BANKING SECTOR – BROUGHAN

Deputy Tommy Broughan has called on the government not to dispose of any further valuable State assets, including its remaining shares in Bank of Ireland and its majority shareholdings in AIB and Permanent TSB. He was speaking in response to having raised the matter in Dáil Éireann with the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.

UNFAIR CUT MAKING IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR NEW STUDENTS TO TAKE UP COURSES – BROUGHAN

Deputy Tommy Broughan has criticised the cut to the additional training allowance for people participating in SOLAS and Youthreach training programmes and Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) training and education courses. He said there were strong concerns on the part of some people participating in such programmes and courses that they may be unable to continue attending because of a substantial cut in their incomes of €20 per week.

DAIL SPEECH ON WIND TURBINE REGULATION BILL 2014

I warmly welcome the Wind Turbine Regulation Bill 2014 and commend Deputies Colreavy, Stanley and Ferris of the Sinn Féin Party for initiating the Bill. I strongly agree with the Bill’s general principles and particularly the proposed set-back distance for the construction of wind turbines contained in section 6 and the enhanced role of county development plans. Section 2 is an opportune provision in light of the ongoing discussions about the energy industry in the UK. I agree with the recognition that energy produced in the jurisdiction should only be exported in circumstances in which there is an excess. Equally, the extensive provision in section 4 for proper public consultation is also a very important part of the Sinn Féin Bill.

DAIL STATEMENT ON SOCIAL HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS POLICY

I recently had an opportunity to speak briefly on television about the housing crisis. At that time I mentioned that, in the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s, when we were really poor, 50,000 to 60,000 social housing units were constructed. At a time when this country had no money we had a major social housing programme. Despite what happened to this country in 2008-09, and the policies which has been supported by the Minister if State, Deputy O’Sullivan and Deputy Conaghan since 2011, we do have the resources to mount a major social housing programme.

BROUGHAN SAYS SOCIAL HOUSING PROGRAMME MUST BE BROUGHT FORWARD

Deputy Tommy Broughan has again urged the government, particularly the Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan, to bring forward a State led sustainable housing programme to address the huge crisis with the lack of social housing. Deputy Broughan spoke in Dáil Éireann yesterday about the critical need for the government to address the housing crisis. He […]

BROUGHAN WELCOMES NEW TAXI ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

Deputy Tommy Broughan has welcomed the appointment of 15 new taxi enforcement officers under the National Transport Authority (NTA) to address unlicensed operators and licensed operators not complying with SPSV regulations. Deputy Broughan noted that there have been complaints from taxi drivers over many years that key taxi regulations were not being enforced and this has partly been due to the fact that there were only nine enforcement officers for the whole country.