On Monday morning, I had my usual meeting with constituents in Darndale Village and Le Chéile, Donnycarney. On Tuesday, I had a Priority Parliamentary Question with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport on speeding and road safety. I also had the opportunity to ask another Parliamentary Question about disqualified drivers surrendering their licences and the measures being taken to improve this important part of enforcing road safety measures.
On Wednesday morning, I attended the unveiling of the mural at Barrystown by young people involved with our excellent community organisation the Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme (KCCP). I also attended the Irish Cancer Society’s Pre-Budget briefing and stood with the National Principals’ Forum at their demo outside Leinster House.
During Questions on Promised Legislation I asked the Taoiseach about his meeting with the Stardust Relatives’ and Victims’ Committee and asked when the Attorney General would have an answer about re-opening the inquests into the 48 tragic deaths. Later on Wednesday, I spoke in support of the Criminal Justice (International Cooperation) Bill 2019, which will allow members of An Garda Síochána to contribute to Coroner’s Inquests into the Troubles in the North.
On Thursday, I asked the Tánaiste about the HSE recruitment freeze during Questions on Promised Legislation and was frustrated to again hear Fine Gael deny that there is an embargo on recruitment in the Health Service at the moment when I have been contacted directly by people affected.
I was disappointed to learn that An Bord Pleanála has not granted a request I made for an Oral Hearing for the proposed development at the Old Chivers Factory, Coolock Drive, Dublin 17 and I was pleased to see national media coverage of issues with the recording of driver licence data, following Parliamentary Questions I raised on behalf of the important civil society group, PARC (Promoting Awareness Responsibility and Care on our roads).