The Dáil may have risen for summer recess but the hard work continues. On Monday, I was unable to hold my usual Darndale information clinics as I was attending a meeting with the Minister for Health. Constituents are always welcome to contact my office directly by phone or email also if they are unable to meet me in person at one of my clinics. On Tuesday, I did an interview with Aideen Finnegan for the Newstalk Breakfast Show on the ongoing serious problem of illegal commercial dumping on amenity open spaces in the north of the Dublin Bay North constituency.
This week I have been working with my office on constituency matters, policy matters and planning for future legislation. I have been linking in with constituents and examining the many pre-budget submissions being sent to me.
In early September, I hope (as always) to present my own pre-budget submission to the Minister for Finance. Clearly, the outcome of Brexit will influence public expenditure in 2020 but it is critical that sufficient resources are provided in Budget 2020 for health, disability and housing in particular.
I have submitted many Parliamentary Questions to help inform my own Pre-Budget submission, which will also include many of the most pertinent aspects of advocacy groups’ submissions.
Other major Dublin Bay North issues this week include the continuing wait for the Attorney General’s decision on the report submitted by the Stardust Relatives’ and Victims’ Committee asking for a reopening of the Stardust Inquest of the 48 tragic victims of the terrible 1981 disco fire. I have also had replies from the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Minister for Rural and Community Development and from our local Howth Parish Priest on the campaign to save St. Columbanus’ Hall Howth.