The disastrous government decisions on the banks’ and developers’ loans since September 2008 have impacted ferociously on lower income citizens in the disastrous budget for 2010.
This week I launched Giving Rural Ireland A Lift, Labour’s proposals to ensure continued funding of the very important Rural Transport Programme.
Hopefully next week’s budget will accept the arguments we made to save this vital transport service and to expand it into a full National Rural Transport Network.
Last Wednesday, May 9th, I took part in RTE’s first ever web-exclusive debate. Minister Noel Dempsey, Bernard Durkan T.D. of Fine Gael and the Green Party’s Eamon Ryan T.D., who are all their party’s Spokespersons on Communications, joined me in the live online discussion.
The general election campaign for the 30th Dail is now a week old. It has been a very busy week in terms of getting posters up, canvassing and keeping up with the ongoing regular work of a public representative.
A few weeks ago RTEâ€™s 9â€™o clock news featured a long report about the pending closure of Greendale Community School in Foxfield St. John Parish Kilbarrack, Dublin 5. The coverage highlighted the farewell reunion of the 3,000 or so students who had passed through the school in the past 30 years.
Last Sunday, March 4th was a very sad and traumatic day for the Labour Party in Dublin North East. Our constituency office secretary Ms. Lucy Wilson died suddenly at her home in Seagrange, Baldoyle.
On Wednesday morning I was a guest on the panel of RTE’s Leaders’ Questions programme which reviews the performance of the Taoiseach and Opposition Leaders in Dail Eireann that morning. In many ways it is like being a soccer commentator – with Bryan Dobson in the Bill O’Herlihy role and myself Shane Coleman and David Davin Power in the Giles, Dunphy and Brady roles.