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BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING 13TH JULY

The Dáil may have risen for the summer but the work continues. My Dáil and constituency office will be open during the summer and my clinics will remain unchanged for most weekends. When there is staff annual leave (at the beginning of August for two weeks, as usual) it will be announced on this website. On Monday, I held my monthly Donnycarney clinic and met many constituents.

On Tuesday, I submitted over 30 Parliamentary Questions to Ministers on a range of national and local issues. I was also preparing for my Leaders’ Question the following day, when I chose to raise the serious issue of crime nationally and locally with the Taoiseach. I join my constituents in their concern about the worrying trends of crime rises across the country and highlighted a petition that I received from 200 residents of an area in the North Fringe looking for a greater and permanent Garda presence.

BLOG WEEK ENDING JULY 6TH

My Monday morning clinics in Darndale are suspended for the next few weeks since the BESC offices are closed for staff annual leave. I will be in Le Chéile, Donnycarney on Monday the 9th of July and have been holding my usual Friday and Saturday clinics also. On Tuesday morning, I visited Block 8 at Cromcastle Court, met local residents and saw the shocking structural damage to a staircase there. I have been calling for a Topical Issue Debate on this urgent matter in Dáil Éireann but have not been granted time for that debate yet. I will continue to raise the matter next week.

BLOG WEEK ENDING 29TH JUNE

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/

WEEKLY BLOG 22ND JUNE 2018

This week I have been putting the finishing touches to the next edition of my Northsider newsletter (Vol 26 No 2) and hope to have it delivered to my constituents during late July.

On Tuesday afternoon, I attended the meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee where we heard from representatives from ICTU, ESRI, TASC, Social Justice Ireland and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Later that evening, I represented the Independents4Change Technical Group at a dinner with religious leaders from different faiths on the invitation of the Ceann Comhairle.

BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 12TH

It was another busy week in the Dáil with a lengthy meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee on Tuesday afternoon where we are examining gender proofing the Budget. On Wednesday afternoon, I was the representative for the Independents4Change Technical Group at the meeting of the Seanad Reform Implementation Group where Senator Michael McDowell was elected Chairperson.

BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING MAY 4TH

On Tuesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit the new Family Hub on Greencastle Road. While I do not agree that families and children should be placed in accommodation with shared facilities, the hub is a better option than wholly unsuitable hotel rooms. There should be a short maximum time on the stays in hubs if they must be used. Rents continue to rise to extortionate, unaffordable levels which will only exacerbate homelessness, especially across cities.

BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING APRIL 20TH

This week, the plenary sessions of the Dáil resumed. As a member of the Budgetary Oversight Committee, I took part in a video conference on Tuesday with members of the Scottish Parliament’s Budget Oversight Unit. On Wednesday, I questioned Minister Denis Naughten on the INM takeover controversy and spoke on the Data Protection Bill 2018 which is to give effect to the EU Regulations on data protection (the ‘GDPR’ – General Data Protection Regulation). GDPR will become law from the 25th of May and people will have greater rights around how their data is held, processed and shared.

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).

BLOG WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 9TH

It was another busy week in Dáil Éireann and Dublin Bay North. On Monday morning, I attended a Board Meeting of the Coolock Development Council, of which I am a founding member. On Tuesday morning, I attended a briefing with the excellent Kilbarrack Coast Community Programme (KCCP) on Greendale Road and it was great to meet members of KCCP staff providing vital service to our community. That evening, I held a meeting with a group of friends and supporters from Dublin Bay North in Leinster House about my current Dáil and constituency work and plans for 2018. It was an opportunity for active members of communities around Dublin Bay North to highlight areas of importance to them such as Housing, Health, Pensions and Employment.