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BROUGHAN DECIDES NOT TO CONTEST THE GENERAL ELECTION 2020

Tommy Broughan, a long-time public representative for the constituency of Dublin Bay North (previously Dublin North East) has today announced that he will not be contesting the upcoming General Election.  Mr Broughan was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1992 as a Labour Deputy, became an Independent in 2011 and successfully contested the 2016 election. 

During the 32nd Dáil, Tommy was a member of the Independents4Change Technical Group which was made up of like-minded Independent Deputies from around the country – Thomas Pringle, Joan Collins, Catherine Connolly, Maureen O’Sullivan and recently elected MEPs, Clare Daly and Mick Wallace. 

WELCOME CAPITAL WORKS PLAN AT BEAUMONT – BROUGHAN

Tommy Broughan, a long-time public representative for Dublin Bay North (previously Dublin North-East), has today welcomed the Capital Works Plan for Beaumont Hospital but said that the works must be progressed and prioritised as a matter of urgency.  Tommy Broughan had been waiting for a significant amount of time for an answer to a Parliamentary Question on the Capital Works Programme at Beaumont, having previously asked numerous times about the progress of plans for a new Accident and Emergency Department at the busy Dublin hospital.

CRIME SPREE MUST BE ENDED – BROUGHAN

Tommy Broughan, a long-time public representative for the Coolock area and constituency of Dublin Bay North, was again disturbed and upset to see that a terrible crime was committed against a young man, whose body was found this week.  Mr Broughan has repeatedly raised the urgent issue of needing to address the increase in criminal activity in areas around Dublin Bay North, given a spate of daylight murders, increasing anti-social behaviours and gun-related violence.  Mr Broughan raised the matters on the floor of the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions, during Questions on Promised Legislation, Parliamentary Questions, Topical Issues, etc., as well as directly with the Minister for Justice and Equality, the Garda Commissioner and the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council.

HAP PROCESSING TIMES ARE FAR TOO LONG – BROUGHAN

Following contact from a number of concerned constituents on the amount of time it was taking Fingal County Council to process their Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) application, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Housing; Planning and Local Government to report on the waiting times for processing of HAP applications by each local authority; the additional resources he will release to ensure that waiting times are reduced down to 1 to 2 weeks.  In a reply received last week, Deputy Broughan was informed that “the average processing time at the end of Q3 2019 within the 31 local authorities is 34 days”.

DAIL OFFICE CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

Please note that I will not be holding information clinic meetings over Christmas and the New Year including this coming weekend and the following weekend.  My weekly information clinics will resume on Saturday, 4th January 2020. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.

Also, please note, due to staff annual leave for Christmas and New Year, my Dáil and constituency office in Leinster House will be closed from close of business on Friday, the 20th of December and will re-open on the morning of Monday, the 6th January 2020.

Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas and Very Best Wishes for 2020.

VARIATIONS IN MIDWIFE STAFF NUMBERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Health to report on the staffing levels of midwives in HSE maternity units and hospitals; the number by which these staff numbers fall short or exceed the Birthrate Plus metric and for a statement on the matter.  In a reply to that Parliamentary Question received this week, Deputy Broughan was provided with information which says that the level of staffing had increased to 2,087 (in January 2019) up from 1,911.15 (2016) but that the variance in the recommended ratio is different across the 19 maternity hospitals across the country, with some hospitals exceeding the recommended ratio and others falling short.

A FORGOTTEN GENERATION? – BROUGHAN

“Some days I don’t even want to wake up because I don’t want to face this day…. I am tired in school.  Some days I would just sit there and not even smile.”  This quote is from a 10-year-old girl being kept in a family hub.  Hubs, of course, are one of the Fine Gael “housing solutions”.  On Tuesday of this week, a position paper by the Faculties of Public Health Medicine and Paediatrics in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland on “the Impact of Homelessness and Inadequate Housing on Children’s Health” was published and included that quote from this 10-year-old.  It also included other quotes, statistics and truly shameful findings about the health impacts of homelessness and inappropriate housing on children.  The report showed that children kept in temporary accommodation for over a year “are over three times more likely to have mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.”

SUPPORT OUR SECTION 39 ORGANISATIONS – BROUGHAN

Today, during Leaders’ Questions, Deputy Broughan raised the need for Section 39 organisations to be supported and properly funded given the important service they provide to the State and the people who need them.  Recently a new Disability Action Coalition, TDAC, was established by nine frontline service providers for people with disabilities. Their objective is to highlight the major shortfall in funding that these nine organisations, all Section 39s, are facing.  The member organisations include Chime, MS Ireland, Cheshire Ireland, Headway, Enable Ireland, the Irish Wheelchair Association, National Council for Blind, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Rehab, etc. meaning they cater for tens of thousands of citizens with disabilities across a wide range of disability type and employ 9,000 skilled workers.

PUBLISH AIR QUALITY REPORT WITHOUT DELAY – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan has recently asked the Minister for Health for his response to a recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carried out for the HSE which highlights the relationship between poor air quality and breathing conditions such as asthma and hospital admissions.  On the 20th of November 2019, Deputy Broughan was informed via PQ reply that “the report is currently being finalised for publication.”  Deputy Broughan’s question followed media reports that some of the findings were discussed at an EPA conference earlier in the autumn.

BROUGHAN CALLS FOR URGENT REVIEW ON VAPING

Deputy Broughan has recently asked the Minister for Health his views on plans to regulate vaping and whether he is considering an outright ban on vaping products.  The response to the Parliamentary Question stated that the review by the Health Research Board of evidence on the health harms of e-cigarettes is due to be completed in March 2020.  The review is also studying “their effectiveness as an aid to smoking cessation and whether they act as a gateway to smoking tobacco products” and the Minister said that the review’s “findings will contribute to informing any additional regulation in this area.”