BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 24TH

Today is polling day and we are being asked to vote for our local election candidates, our European Parliament candidates and whether to take time limits out of the constitution for divorce (aswell as recognising foreign divorces).  I have been vocal in my support for the outstanding Deputy Clare Daly for Europe and have been encouraging voters to turn up and vote for left candidates.  Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have been the architects of the health and housing crises and nothing will change unless we vote for candidates to replace these parties.

This week, in Dáil Éireann, I asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, how he intends to implement the action plan based on the declaration of a climate emergency.  I also asked him about illegal dumping and measures taken to combat this practice.  On Wednesday morning, I asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, about speeding and aggressive driving on Irish roads and within urban estates.  During Questions on Promised Legislation, I asked the Taoiseach about the file with the Attorney General from the legal services representing the Stardust Relatives’ and Victims’ Committee.  The report concerned requests the re-opening of the Inquest into the deaths in the tragic Stardust fire.

On Wednesday afternoon, I hosted representatives of the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) as they presented their pre-budget submission for Budget 2020 with 3 key asks around Personal Assistants, Social Housing and Accessible Transport.  On Thursday afternoon, I stopped by the #EDS4Ire protest outside Dáil Éireann to offer my support and to learn about what services they are calling for.

Today, of course, I voted!  Please make sure to vote too – it’s our basic democratic duty as citizens of our Republic.