It is easy to say ‘my vote doesn’t mean anything’ and ‘sure, it won’t make a difference anyway’ but you can be sure that the Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael supporters will be voting in high numbers, to make sure that their interests are protected.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has consistently been asking about increased security measures at DART stations and on trains, following many emails, visits and calls from concerned commuters about anti-social and criminal behaviour. Most recently, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, about Irish Rail’s plans to introduce a confidential text message scheme for members of the public to report anti-social behaviour.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has recently been asking some Departments whether they have made appointments to a State board in the past three years where they have reappointed a person that has already served two full terms contrary to the advice in section 13.2 of the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards and to indicate the rationale for such appointments in cases where it has happened.
Local Coolock Deputy, Tommy Broughan, has expressed shock and disappointment at the news that Mondelez/Cadbury will be reducing the number of staff at their Oscar Traynor Road facility by up to 70 people (from the current 380 employed there).
Please note that my weekly information clinics will not be taking place this weekend, Saturday the 4th or May or Monday the 6th of May due to the bank holiday.My full weekly information clinics will resume Friday, the 10th of May 2019. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.
Deputy Broughan recently received a reply to a Parliamentary Question he asked the Minister for Justice and Equality back in July 2018 on the number of vehicles seized in the Garda R-District (Coolock) for having no tax. Deputy Broughan, of course, has also been asking about the numbers of vehicles seized from unaccompanied learner drivers since the commencement of the ‘Clancy Amendment’ last December. The reply received from the Minister did not provide a breakdown on the reasons for vehicle seizures. The Parliamentary Reply stated that “statistics on vehicle seizures under section 41(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1994 (as amended) are available on PULSE, they are not compiled in such a way that easily allows for the disaggregation into specific offences (i.e. no tax, no NCT, no licence, etc.).”
Deputy Broughan has been consistently raising the issue of the long delays for parents in accessing an assessment of needs for their children, when required. Deputy Broughan has represented many constituents who have been concerned and upset at the lack of early intervention assessments. The HSE has a statutory obligation to complete Stage 1 of the assessment process within 3 months of receiving an application. Figures released recently to Deputy Broughan show that the average length of time to complete an assessment of need stood at 18.48 months in 2018 and that there were 3,611 overdue applications at the end of 2018.
Please note, due to the Easter weekend, my weekly information clinics will not be taking place on Saturday 20th April or Monday the 22nd of April 2019.
My weekly information clinics will resume on Friday, the 26th of April 2019. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.
Recently, Deputy Broughan wrote to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, regarding the reported proposals for dredging at Howth Harbour. Deputy Broughan raised a number of important questions with the Minister as there were media reports that some local public representatives were invited to a briefing at Howth Harbour on the plans but that Deputies weren’t invited or sent on a briefing. Minister Creed informed Deputy Broughan that officials and engineers from his Department did meet with the Planning and Management personnel from Fingal County Council in early March. Fingal also facilitated that these officials give a verbal update to councillors at the end of their meeting on March 6th.
Today in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Broughan raised a Topical Issues Debate on the urgent need to address and end the very serious illegal dumping in densely populated residential northside areas of Dublin city. Deputy Broughan has written directly to Dublin City Council on the matter many times, including, most recently, to Mr Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of DCC. Also, earlier this week, Deputy Broughan visited the site in question himself.