At the weekend I held my weekly information clinics and I also visited some parts of the community that are experiencing increased instances of anti-social behaviour in the lead up to Hallow’een.  On Monday and Tuesday, I submitted my observations on the Strategic Development Plans One and Two for Clongriffin to An Bord Pleanála and also called for oral hearings on both plans.  I also submitted my observation on Plan 3894/19 to Dublin City Council which is the third part of the huge and very high density plans for Clongriffin.  Of course, of the almost 2,000 apartments in these plans, over half of these are allocated as ‘Build To Rent’ units.

On Tuesday, I introduced my Private Members’ Bill, the Noise Pollution (Management and Abatement) Bill 2019 and my speech is available on my website at the following link:  Later that evening, I welcomed the decision that History would remain in the framework for the Junior Cycle with special core status and highlighted this subject’s importance in our curriculum.

On Wednesday morning, I asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, about the road safety campaigns of the Road Safety Authority, given the continued tragic loss of lives on our roads which is already higher than this time last year.  Later that evening I spoke in support of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons (Amendment) Bill 2019 which will increase the maximum sentence for knife crime from five to ten years.

On Thursday morning I then asked the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, about Garda preparations and resources to address anti-social and criminal behaviour in the lead-up to Hallow’een.  That afternoon, during Leaders’ Questions, I again blasted the government’s record on housing with the Tánaiste, who of course used to be the Minister for Housing.  It was the Tánaiste who committed to ending the use of placing families with children in hotel rooms by July 2017, which is an unsuitable practice continuing today.

On Friday, I put the finishing touches to my own pre-budget submission calling for our most vulnerable citizens to be protected in this era of Brexit and Climate Change.