BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 20TH

This week, the plenary sessions of the Dáil resumed.  As a member of the Budgetary Oversight Committee, I took part in a video conference on Tuesday with members of the Scottish Parliament’s Budget Oversight Unit.  On Wednesday, I questioned Minister Denis Naughten on the INM takeover controversy and spoke on the Data Protection Bill 2018 which is to give effect to the EU Regulations on data protection (the ‘GDPR’ – General Data Protection Regulation).  GDPR will become law from the 25th of May and people will have greater rights around how their data is held, processed and shared.

 

At the Budgetary Oversight Committee on Wednesday, I questioned Finance Minister, Paschal Donohoe, on the Draft Stability Programme Update 2018 and on the continuing worrying levels of Irish national debt.

 

On Thursday morning, I raised the long delays in providing early intervention assessment for children on the autistic spectrum with Tánaiste Simon Coveney.  Later on Thursday, I spoke during Statements on Plastic and Packaging Pollution and called for measures to reduce and eliminate non-biodegradable plastic products.

 

Are you on the register to vote?  If you wish to vote in the referendum on removing the 8th amendment from the Constitution on May 25th, you still have time to get on the Supplementary Register.  Signed and stamped forms must be completed and in with your local authority on or before the 8th of May.  Don’t miss out on your opportunity to have your say on this hugely important matter (www.checktheregister.ie).

 

I am voting Yes in the forthcoming referendum and if you wish to discuss why I believe a ‘Yes’ vote is important for women and girls in Ireland, I will be happy to meet you at any of my weekly clinics listed in the Contact Section of this website or on my walkabouts around Dublin Bay North.