On Monday, I conducted my usual information clinics in Darndale (BESC offices) and Donnycarney (‘Le Chéile’).
On Tuesday I asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation about Brexit readiness of business in Ireland and how many are accessing the supports being made available to them. I also asked about the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and its ability to issue fines for breaches of European and Irish competition law. Also that afternoon I attended the Budgetary Oversight Committee, where we heard from representatives of the Disability Federation of Ireland. I had requested that the Committee invite advocates from disability services to present on budgetary needs in this area for Budget 2020.
On Wednesday, I spoke in support of my colleague, Deputy Clare Daly’s Motion on Mother and Baby Homes – Illegal Adoptions, a motion which I had also co-signed. We asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs about the delays in the reports on these matters. Later that evening, we reconvened the debate on the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulations Bill 2018 and my amendment relating to the WHO guidelines on health and noise pollution was voted down by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. The Bill has now passed and will soon be signed into law by the President. We also reconvened and finished the debate on the Greyhound Racing Bill 2018, where my amendments relating to protecting greyhounds being exported were also voted down by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. It is very disappointing to see the welfare of greyhounds being ignored in this fashion, especially given that there have again been recent stories of Irish greyhounds being found in China.
On Thursday morning I joined Deputy Clare Daly at Howth Junction – Donaghmede DART Station to meet with commuters and ask them to vote for my outstanding independent colleague in the European elections next week. I then had a priority parliamentary question with the Minister for Justice and Equality and chose to again ask him about the surrendering of licences of disqualified drivers, given the large numbers who continue to flout the law. I also asked him about the plans for the changes to daylight savings seasonal changes and what action is being taken to prepare for the changes decided at EU level. My final PQ with Minister Flanagan related to the capping of personal injury payouts and what the Government is doing to address this issue that is having a knock on effect on insurance for small businesses and community groups.
Tomorrow, Saturday the 18th, I will be finishing my information clinics after Donaghmede and heading into the #RaiseTheRoof housing protest, which is starting at 1pm at Parnell Square. Therefore, I will not be holding clinics in Bayside or Baldoyle since I am encouraging everyone to attend this important rally.
As usual, videos and transcripts of all of my work above can be found on my website www.tommybroughan.com.