On Tuesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit the new Family Hub on Greencastle Road. While I do not agree that families and children should be placed in accommodation with shared facilities, the hub is a better option than wholly unsuitable hotel rooms. There should be a short maximum time on the stays in hubs if they must be used. Rents continue to rise to extortionate, unaffordable levels which will only exacerbate homelessness, especially across cities.
On Tuesday evening, I spoke in support of my colleague, Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan’s Sex Offenders (Amendment) Bill 2018 which would restrict the travel of convicted sex offenders and paedophiles. On Wednesday I had a meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee and later I spoke on some amendments to the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017. I was delighted to welcome Ms Susan Gray and others from the wonderful civil society group, PARC (Promoting Awareness Responsibility and Care on our roads).
On Thursday morning I asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, about the National Social Inclusion plan and poverty assessment. Later that day I spoke in support of the Market in Financial Instruments Bill 2018.
Fingal County Council is conducting a survey on Herring and other Gulls breeding and nesting in Howth, Skerries and Balbriggan. The survey is being carried out by ecologist Michael Bailey and observations can be sent to email@example.com. I sent out notices to interested constituents. I have also been continuing my representations with Dublin City Council about joyriding and dangerous driving and also about clean-ups of the area.
The 8th of May is the last day for you to get on the Supplementary Register to vote in the referendum on May 25th – your signed and stamped forms will have to be in your Local Authority by 5pm on Tuesday.