BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 15TH

On Monday, I had a further meeting with officials from our Office of the Parliamentary Legal Advice (OPLA) regarding some important future legislation.  On Tuesday, I attended a briefing for Oireachtas members by Bord na gCon and I asked again about the welfare of greyhounds.

On Wednesday morning, I attended the meeting of the Committee on Procedure and then went into the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland briefing in Buswells, where they were launching their annual #65roses campaign.  On Wednesday afternoon, I attended the Budgetary Oversight Committee where we questioned the EU Commission’s Deputy Director General of the EU Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, Mr. Carlos Martínez Mongay and his team on the European semester. I asked why the EU was not taking much more seriously the kind of scenarios that will arise for Ireland in budgetary and fiscal terms if there is a hard or disorderly Brexit.

Later on Wednesday, I spoke in support of the Motion on Business Insurance, which was very similar to a motion that passed the Dáil this time last year.  It calls on the government to address rising costs of public liability and employer insurance for businesses.  I also spoke on the recent developments in Brexit while Westminster was voting on whether or not to allow Brexit with no deal.

Today is the global #ClimateStrike by secondary school students and it was great to see so many Irish students take part in strikes across the country.  Climate Change is a threat that is not being taken seriously enough by world leaders and corporations.  Our thoughts today are also with the people of New Zealand following the horrific attack on people attending their mosques in Christchurch.