BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING 25TH JANUARY 2019

On Monday morning I attended the Joint Policing Committee and later in the week I submitted my report to the Garda Policing Plan.  Later on Monday I was delighted to attend the Mansion House and to take part in the centenary celebrations of the first Dáil which sat in that location on the 21st of January 1919.  It was a wonderful afternoon and evening.  Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan spoke on behalf of the technical group of Independents of which I am a member.

On Tuesday, I attended the meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee which was looking at tax expenditures and the massive annual cost of these expenditures.  I then attended a special meeting with the Taoiseach on behalf of my Technical Group for a briefing on Brexit.

On Wednesday I attended Deputy Pearse Doherty’s briefing on his ‘No Consent, No Sale’ Bill regarding vulture funds and my Parliamentary Assistant attended the launch of the Access to Medicines Ireland policy document.  Later that night I spoke in support of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No 2) Bill 2018 which will hopefully bring small relief to renters but lambasted the Government on its snail-pace lack of action on the housing and rental crisis.  I referenced the excellent Threshold critique of this bill and asked Minister Murphy to greatly strengthen and amend areas of the bill.

On Thursday I spoke during statements on Directly Elected Mayors and called for a democratically elected mayor for all of Dublin with executive powers, especially given the many planning failings in Dublin this past century.

Today, I was preparing for my Leaders’ Question next week and working on a submission for a planning development in Marino.