On Tuesday morning I attended a board meeting of the Coolock Development Council, of which I am a member. At 11am that morning, I joined with hundreds of others as we walked with the Stardust Relatives’ and Victims’ Committee from Westland Row to the Attorney General’s office on Merrion Street. I carried one of the boxes which contained one thousand signed ‘Truth’ postcards and helped deliver the 48,000 postcards to the Merrion St. Later that afternoon, during Leaders’ Questions, I asked the Taoiseach if he will instruct the Attorney General to open a new inquest into the tragic deaths of 48 young people on the night of the 14th of February 1981. I welcomed news that the Attorney General, Seamus Wolfe, is awaiting the official papers to be served and will examine them once received.
Tuesday afternoon, I also asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs about the ongoing violence in Yemen and Ireland’s efforts in trying to end this humanitarian crisis. On Wednesday, I spoke in support of the motion on Older People calling for greater home care supports and resources for home help. I also spoke on the Brexit motion and explained why I think the draft withdrawal agreement is the best option for Ireland at the moment. On Wednesday, I also attended the RehabCare launch of ‘Who Cares?’ report and gave them my support, as always.
On Thursday morning, my Parliamentary Assistant attended the Oireachtas Drug Policy Reform group, chaired by Senator Lynn Ruane, on my behalf while I took Parliamentary Questions with the Minister for Finance. I asked Minister Donohoe firstly about national debt and later about the proposed EU-wide Digital Services Tax.
On Friday afternoon I was delighted to attend the Commodore’s Lunch in Howth Yacht Club. My final newsletter of 2018 is also now available on my website www.tommybroughan.com and will be delivered around the constituency in coming weeks.