I started this week with a Board meeting of Coolock Development Council. I am a Director on two of our local enterprise, employment and training boards and I take great pride in the work that both of these organisations undertake in Dublin Bay North. I then held my Monday information clinics before returning to the Dáil office where I began writing a strong submission to An Bord Pleanála on a proposed high density development for the Bailey Court/Edros site in Howth town.
On Tuesday, I was delighted to host a group of supporters in the Dáil. I always strive to keep in touch with people from across the constituency on national and local issues of importance and to ensure that my policies and priorities are informed by what is happening in people’s day to day lives. If you like to become involved with my Dublin Bay North supporters’ group or in my 2020 campaign, please get in touch with my office on 01-618 3557 or Thomas_p_broughan@oireachtas.ie.
I, of course, supported and voted for the Social Democrat’s Motion of No Confidence in the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy which was unfortunately defeated by 56 votes to 53. Fine Gael, supported by the Fine Gael independents, has been an utter failure on housing and are responsible for robbing over 4,000 children of their childhoods and for allowing the housing, rental and homelessness crisis to escalate so terribly.
On Wednesday I attended a lengthy meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee where representatives of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) were presenting its most post-Budget analysis. I raised key issues with IFAC in relation to the penalties and cost of decarbonising our economy and how our most vulnerable citizens must be protected. I also received a lot of emails and calls on the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill which was at Report Stage and passed on Wednesday night.
On Thursday I spoke on Statements on Housing Solutions and outlined again to the Government some of the many solutions that I myself have put forward to address the Housing crisis, including my Private Members’ Bill on a constitutional right to housing and the measures in my motion on homelessness which passed the Dáil in February of this year. I commended the community and grassroots groups for marching on the Dáil to highlight the plight of homeless families and went out to meet some of the group when my speech finished.
On Friday, I also submitted my detailed observation on the Bailey/Edros development to An Bord Pleanála. The deadline for submitting observations on this proposal is Monday the 9th of December. I also began a submission on another high density proposal at ClareHall which has a deadline of December 20th for observations.