On Monday, I held my weekly information clinics in Darndale and Donnycarney. On Tuesday afternoon, I attended the meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee and questioned officials from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) on the Fiscal Assessment Report (June 2019). The Committee was later attended by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform where we discussed the future of the Local Property Tax.
Also, on Tuesday afternoon, I intervened on the Order of Business and asked Taoiseach Varadkar what further supports and actions were being provided for communities and An Garda Síochána in areas affected by murderous gun crimes recently.
On Wednesday, I raised the appearance of closure signs on some Howth Peninsula pathways with Fingal’s Biodiversity Officer, Mr Hans Visser and received a very comprehensive report on the Howth wilderness areas. I also asked 16 parliamentary questions on a wide variety of issues affecting Dublin Bay North constituents.
On Thursday morning, I asked the Minister for Defence about the pay, conditions and pensions for members of our Defence Forces. The Government has already received a report from the Public Service Pay Commission but has not yet shared it with other Deputies. Later that afternoon, I spoke on the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) (Amendment) Bill 2018, which will bring welcome changes to accreditation for English language schools and Institutes of Technology and for third level education generally.
I met again with members of the Office of Parliamentary Legal Advice (OPLA) on legislative plans and sent my Northsider newsletter to print. We also congratulated the two new MEPs from our Independents’ Technical Group, Independents4Change. Deputies Clare Daly and Mick Wallace will soon be heading to Brussels and will be leaving Dáil Éireann by the end of June.