On Monday morning, I met a large number of constituents, as usual, at the BESC offices in Darndale. On Tuesday, I started the day with an early Board meeting of the Coolock Development Council, of which I am a founding Director. Later that afternoon, I attended the pre-budget briefing of the Oireachtas Disability Group and my representative attended a meeting in Colaiste Dhúlaigh about the CDETB’s pitch to win the patronage of the new post primary school planned for the Donaghmede/Howth/Dublin 13 area. Parents can cast their votes online at https://patronage.education.gov.ie/
On Wednesday afternoon, I spoke on the Pre-European Council Meeting and again called on the Government to be stronger on the crucial matter of Brexit. That night, the debate on the amendments to the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 resumed and I intervened a number of times to try and end the filibustering and called for a vote which enabled the Dáil to reach the final ‘Clancy’ Amendment. It has been utterly disrespectful of some of my rural colleagues to attempt to block this life-saving Bill while families bereaved from road traffic collisions sit in the Visitor’s Gallery. 28 lives have been lost on our roads since we began the debate in April of this year.
On Thursday morning, my representative attended the first International PKU day celebration and breakfast briefing. I hope that an announcement on the decision around Kuvan is imminent. I did an interview with Johnny on Near FM about investment for the North Fringe and later that afternoon, I spoke on child homelessness in the Dáil. For several days during the week my colleagues and I have worked on a detailed submission on the Crekav Trading proposal to An Bord Pleanála for the Baily Court/Edros site in Howth.
I also welcomed news from the High Court that An Bord Pleanála conceded that it made an error in granting permission to Crekav/Marlet for the huge development at St. Anne’s Park.
My quarterly newsletter, the Northsider Vol 26 No 2, is currently being distributed around the constituency and it is also available on my website at http://www.tommybroughan.com/entitlements/. I hope that you enjoy reading it.