This week, my staff attended briefings by AsIAm, the Passport Service and Alcohol Action Ireland on my behalf. AsIAm published a report with survey results about access to school places for children with autism. The findings were very shocking and should be a wakeup call for the Government. Alcohol Action Ireland was speaking about the ‘Silent Voices’ report which highlights the impact of parental alcohol misuse on children.
This week, I submitted amendments on the Greyhound Racing Bill 2018, to try again to have provisions for protecting the welfare of greyhounds who are exported. The Bill will be debated at Report Stage in the Dáil next week. On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the Budgetary Oversight Committee where we spoke about the Stability Programme Update and heard from ESRI on economic impacts of Brexit.
On Thursday afternoon, I spoke on the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2019 and again criticised the Ministers for Public Expenditure and Reform, Finance and Health for the hugely escalating costs of the shambolic National Children’s Hospital project. Later on Thursday, I raised a Topical Issues Debate on the urgent need to address and end the very serious illegal dumping in densely populated residential areas of Dublin Bay North. I called on the Minister responsible, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to order urgent action between the Gardaí and Dublin City Council to clear a massive, illegal dump, install anti-dumping measures at the location and restore the amenity area and City Park which are being increasingly damaged by its dumping.
On Thursday, I also had a further meeting with the Office of Parliamentary Legal Advisers (OPLA) on some important legislation. On Friday morning, Klear Adult Education Centre in Kilbarrack held its Community Inclusion Day. Klear has been delivering a second chance at education in the community for 35 years now.