Today marks the start of the last session of the 30th Dail.
Last Sunday I was delighted to chair the Dublin North General Election Convention. It was wonderful to meet all the Dublin North members again and in particular my great friend and colleague, Former Deputy Sean Ryan and his wife Patricia.
8 Dec 2010
The outgoing Fianna Fail/Green government has turned Ireland into an EU Protectorate (perhaps like Kosovo) and Budget 2011 felt like a draconian programme imposed on Ireland by the EU/IMF.
On two occasions in the past week I’ve gone postering. Last Saturday in the Donegal by-elections around Convoy and Raphoe, I put up a few diamonds posters for our local candidate Cllr. Frank McBrearty
The Stardust Victims and Relatives Committee were in Dail Eireann on Wednesday last. I accompanied Eamonn Gilmore to a meeting in the Labour Parliamentary Room where Ms. Antoinette Keegan, Ms. Gertrude Barrett and the other members of the Stardust delegation outlined the continuing failure of Taoiseach Cowen and his government to respond to the Coffey Report. I’ve now tabled a series of parliamentary questions on the Stardust Committees continuing fight for justice.
I hope to go on the election trail shortly in Donegal South West. It will be great to return to one of Ireland’s most interesting and beautiful counties. I last visited the county to address a public meeting on the future of Irish fisheries in Killybegs when I was Marine Spokesperson. For the first time in over a decade Labour (and our new candidate Cllr. Frank McBrearty) will be mounting a serious challenge to take a Donegal Dail seat.
I have again been in contact with the Environment Minister John Gormley, Taoiseach Brian Cowen and the Fingal County and Dublin City Council Managers to ask them to finally address all of the outstanding legal and remediation issues caused by the ongoing scandal of pyrite contaminated homes in Dublin North East, as well as in other parts of North and West Dublin and the wider Leinster region.
I know that the state has been prepared to recapitalise the society for under €1 billion, a relatively small sum compared to the black hole in Anglo-Irish and even the horrendous costs of bailing out Irish Nationwide.