On Monday, I held my weekly information clinic in Darndale and finished preparations for my Leaders’ Question on Tuesday. At Tuesday’s Leaders’ Questions I asked the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, about our financial preparedness for Brexit, what costings were being determined in advance of a possible no deal Brexit and again reiterated that there can be no wavering on the Brexit backstop. I also asked about reported bilateral arrangements between the UK and other Brexit-affected countries. Later that afternoon, the Minister for Finance released some figures which give a stark warning for the impact of a no deal Brexit on our economy.
On Tuesday night, I spoke in strong support of Deputy Pearse Doherty’s No Consent, No Sale Bill 2019 which would require the written consent of the borrower before a mortgage could be sold to another entity (usually a Vulture Fund). I voted for the Bill which passed to the next stage with 80 votes for and 45 against.
On Wednesday, before going to Leinster House for Dáil business, I stopped by St. Joseph’s Hospital in Raheny and also at Beaumont Hospital to show my support for the striking nurses and midwives. It was a bitterly cold day but the support from the public was great. On Wednesday afternoon, I attended a meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee on tax expenditures and I requested information on the level of tax expenditures in the UK. I also attended the meeting of the Oireachtas Disability Group as we set our workplan for 2019. Later that evening, I spoke against the National Surplus (Reserve Fund for Exceptional Contingencies) Bill 2018 because it doesn’t make sense for the Government to be squirreling away much needed resources from the Exchequer given our housing and health needs in particular.
On Thursday afternoon, I met with representatives from Threshold regarding potential proposals to the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No 2) Bill 2018 which would hopefully strengthen the Bill even further for tenants in the rental market. I also submitted an observation on a planning permission application for a high density development on Griffith Avenue, Marino.
My weekly information clinics will be taking place as usual tomorrow, Saturday the 2nd of February 2019.