BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 7TH

I was delighted to see such a large turnout at the #HomesForAll rally in the city centre on Saturday and hope that there will also be a large turnout at the rally at the Spire tomorrow (December 8th) at 2pm calling for the National Maternity Hospital to be publicly owned.

On Tuesday evening, I hosted a meeting in Dáil Éireann with supporters from across the constituency of Dublin Bay North and we discussed matters of national, international and local importance, such as climate change, Brexit, housing and infrastructural issues around the constituency.

On Wednesday, I attended and participated in the meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee where Prof Seamus Coffey and representatives from IFAC (the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council) made serious criticisms of the Fine Gael/Fianna Fail budgetary approach.  I also attended the ‘Stop Climate Chaos’ briefing in Buswells and was delighted to meet some constituents there as well as representatives from An Taisce and Cyclist.ie.

On Thursday, I spoke in support of the European Investment Fund Agreement Bill 2018 which will provide longer term loans to SMEs and is one of the ‘Getting Brexit Ready’ initiatives.

On Friday, I submitted my amendments to the Seanad Implementation Reform Group Report and draft Bill calling for a fully reformed Seanad Éireann elected by all citizens resident in Ireland.