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BROUGHAN DECIDES NOT TO CONTEST THE GENERAL ELECTION 2020

Tommy Broughan, a long-time public representative for the constituency of Dublin Bay North (previously Dublin North East) has today announced that he will not be contesting the upcoming General Election.  Mr Broughan was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1992 as a Labour Deputy, became an Independent in 2011 and successfully contested the 2016 election. 

During the 32nd Dáil, Tommy was a member of the Independents4Change Technical Group which was made up of like-minded Independent Deputies from around the country – Thomas Pringle, Joan Collins, Catherine Connolly, Maureen O’Sullivan and recently elected MEPs, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace. 

WELCOME CAPITAL WORKS PLAN AT BEAUMONT – BROUGHAN

Tommy Broughan, a long-time public representative for Dublin Bay North (previously Dublin North-East), has today welcomed the Capital Works Plan for Beaumont Hospital but said that the works must be progressed and prioritised as a matter of urgency.  Tommy Broughan had been waiting for a significant amount of time for an answer to a Parliamentary Question on the Capital Works Programme at Beaumont, having previously asked numerous times about the progress of plans for a new Accident and Emergency Department at the busy Dublin hospital.

CRIME SPREE MUST BE ENDED – BROUGHAN

Tommy Broughan, a long-time public representative for the Coolock area and constituency of Dublin Bay North, was again disturbed and upset to see that a terrible crime was committed against a young man, whose body was found this week.  Mr Broughan has repeatedly raised the urgent issue of needing to address the increase in criminal activity in areas around Dublin Bay North, given a spate of daylight murders, increasing anti-social behaviours and gun-related violence.  Mr Broughan raised the matters on the floor of the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions, during Questions on Promised Legislation, Parliamentary Questions, Topical Issues, etc., as well as directly with the Minister for Justice and Equality, the Garda Commissioner and the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council.

BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 20TH

On Monday I held my Darndale clinics as usual and met with many constituents there.  My quarterly newsletter, Northsider Vol 27 No 4, is being distributed around the constituency from this week and I hope that readers find the updates useful and informative.  It has certainly been a busy year for local and national issues. […]

DÁIL PQ WITH FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA

I have asked the Tánaiste many times in the past year or two about the situation in Xinjiang in China, where up to 1 million Uighur people are being kept in concentration camps, and what actions we were taking with our European partners in that regard. The horrendous fate of the Uighur nation was recently highlighted by the great German footballer, Mesut Özil. I also ask about the future of Hong Kong and what supports we are giving to pro-democracy groups there.

DÁIL PQ WITH FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON IRISH-SCOTTISH RELATIONS

I wish the Tánaiste all the best with his discussions in Belfast. A few weeks ago, he met the other Taoiseach in these islands, the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack. I understand they established a bilateral view on areas of co-operation. Obviously, everything has changed since the British general election and, clearly, Scotland will be moving towards independence. What kind of co-operation can we expect between Ireland and Scotland?

DÁIL SPEECH ON THE NATIONAL SURPLUS (RESERVE FUND) MOTION

I support the proposal not to pay €500 million into the rainy day fund for 2019 in the context of the ongoing exceptional circumstances of the UK’s proposed withdrawal from the EU. The Minister announced a €1.2 billion package, excluding EU funding for Brexit, in budget 2020. He said on that occasion that he was prepared to use resources that would otherwise go to the rainy day fund. The purpose of this was to address the possibility of an adverse shock to the economy. After the disastrous outcome of last week’s general election in the UK, many commentators immediately said that the result at least brought certainty. Although it is clear that the UK will leave the EU on 31 January 2020, the uncertainty associated with Brexit is surely destined to continue. It seems likely that we could again be facing a no-deal, cliff-edge, full-trade Brexit at the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. We learned today from the UK Prime Minister that the House of Commons will shortly include this date in statute as the definitive date for the end of the UK’s transition into a future EU-UK trade agreement.

TOPICAL ISSUES DEBATE ON ENDOMETRIOSIS

I warmly congratulate my colleague, Deputy Gino Kenny, on hosting the recent briefing by the Endometriosis Association of Ireland in our audiovisual room. We heard striking testimonies from young women who have been treated appallingly by our health system over the years in terms of the diagnosis and treatment and this debilitating disease. As Deputy Gino Kenny said, one in ten women suffers from endometriosis. Approximately 155,000 women in Ireland have the condition. Of course, the average time for diagnosis is an astonishing nine years. I agree with Deputy Coppinger in this regard. It again highlights the fundamental issue of women’s health outcomes and the gender bias in medicine generally.

HAP PROCESSING TIMES ARE FAR TOO LONG – BROUGHAN

Following contact from a number of concerned constituents on the amount of time it was taking Fingal County Council to process their Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) application, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Housing; Planning and Local Government to report on the waiting times for processing of HAP applications by each local authority; the additional resources he will release to ensure that waiting times are reduced down to 1 to 2 weeks.  In a reply received last week, Deputy Broughan was informed that “the average processing time at the end of Q3 2019 within the 31 local authorities is 34 days”.