BLOG WEEK ENDING 16th DECEMBER

On Monday night, I was featured in the RTÉ Investigates programme ‘Law and Disorder’ speaking about the application of our road safety laws. On Tuesday afternoon I asked the Minister of State for Defence, Paul Kehoe, on personnel gaps in our Defence Forces.  I also attended the Budgetary Oversight Committee where we were discussing Local Property Tax and Excise Duties for 2018 to 2020.  Later that evening I spoke on the Electoral (Amendment) (Dáil Constituencies) Bill 2017 which retains almost all of the existing Dublin Bay North constituency (except the small Drumcondra South Electoral Area).

On Wednesday morning, I asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, on the current situation in Kurdistan following the Iraqi Kurds’ recent referendum for independence. Later that day I brought a Topical Issue Debate before the Dáil on the worrying resurgence of joyriding and anti-social behaviour in some areas around Dublin Bay North.

On Thursday morning I questioned the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, on the Civil Service People Strategy 2017 – 2020 and raised the pay injustice to Section 39 Health workers. Later that night I welcomed members of the Stardust Relatives’ and Victims’ Committee to the Dáil before speaking on the McCartan Review into evidence of that fateful night in the Stardust almost 37 years ago.  I rejected Judge McCartan’s Assessment and have submitted a new motion calling on the Dáil to reject the Assessment and for a new Commission of Investigation.

As noted last week, my current Northsider Vol 25 No 4 is currently being distributed around the constituency. It is also available on my website www.tommybroughan.com along with videos and transcripts of my speeches and contributions in the Dáil.

Wishing you all very best wishes for Christmas and 2018.