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Press Statements

CHANGES TO WEEKLY INFORMATION CLINICS

Please note that my Saturday information clinics in Donaghmede are now at the earlier time of 10.30 and that my mobile information clinic is in Donaghmede Shopping Centre carpark itself (near the Newbrook Road entrance to the shopping Centre).

Due to these changes in access to parking at Donaghmede, I will now also be at Clonshaugh Shopping Centre from 9.45am and then Bayside Shopping Centre for 12.30pm.

Please keep an eye on my facebook and website for updates over coming weeks and apologies for any inconvenience caused.

NO LOVE FROM FINE GAEL FOR IRELAND’S HOMELESS – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan has, again, today, condemned Fine Gael for its snail pace action on addressing the housing and homeless crisis and criticised the constant spin from Minister Eoghan Murphy and his Department. During the debate on the Motion on Homelessness today, brought forward by Deputy Broughan and other members of the Technical Group, Independents4Change, opposition deputies called for the declaration of a housing emergency, for a referendum on the right to housing and other measures.

BROUGHAN CONDEMNS DARNDALE SHOOTING

Deputy Broughan has today condemned the fatal shooting which took place in the Marigold Estate in the Darndale Belcamp parish in the early hours of this morning. Deputy Broughan has repeatedly been raising the issue of crime and anti-social behaviour with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, and also with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Deputy Broughan holds weekly information clinics in Darndale and has long represented the excellent residents and community activists in this area of his constituency of Dublin Bay North. Deputy Broughan also attends the local Joint Policing Committees with the Chief Superintendent and his staff and has raised worrying issues around crime in the DMR North Garda Region with the Chief Executive and officials of Dublin City Council.

MORE ACTION NEEDED ON GUN CRIME – BROUGHAN

Following a spate of violent gun crimes in the last number of months, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to report on what steps are being taken by An Garda Síochána to seize and eliminate illegal guns especially in the Dublin region. The reply stated that “since the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau was established in March 2015, it has been responsible for the seizure of a total of ninety-one (91) firearms, including fifty-three (53) hand guns, nine (9) machine guns, seven (7) assault rifles, eight (8) shotguns; four (4) rifles and ten (10) stun guns. Many of these seizures have taken place in very dangerous circumstances where their use was allegedly imminent. A number of suspects have been arrested and in some cases have since been successfully convicted”.

NO WAVERING ON BREXIT BACKSTOP – BROUGHAN

Today, during Leaders’ Questions, Deputy Broughan asked the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, to confirm that no works of any kind are taking place anywhere along the border on roads or laybys to facilitate the installation of any border apparatus. Deputy Broughan also noted that much of the proposed Irish legislation, the Omnibus Bill, in e.g. health, education and pensions, protects the rights of UK residents and citizens in the Republic and asked, in the case of a No Deal Brexit, will there be similar UK legislation protecting the rights of our people in the North and in England, Scotland and Wales and whether negotiations to that effect are being undertaken with the UK.

ALMOST 5,500 HEAR AND DARE APPLICANTS ACCEPT OFFERS IN 2017 – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, to report on the number of higher education access route (HEAR) places offered in universities and colleges here each year. According to AccessCollege.ie the “Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university scheme that offers places on reduced points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR has been set up by a number of colleges and universities, as evidence shows that socio-economic disadvantage can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college.

NO INFORMATION CLINICS TOMORROW

Please note that, due unforeseen circumstances, my weekly information clinics will not be taking place this Saturday, the 26th of January 2019.

My weekly information clinics will take place as normal on Friday the 25th and Monday the 28th of January 2019. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.

PROBABLY AT LEAST 8,000 HOMELESS CHILDREN IN IRELAND – BROUGHAN

At the end of November 2018, according to the official statistics by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, there were 3,811 homeless children in emergency accommodation managed by local authorities across the country. The Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, has admitted that some people were removed from the homeless figures and it has also been previously confirmed that these figures also did not include families in Direct Provision centres and in the domestic violence refuges.

GREATER REGULATION NEEDED FOR DRONES? – BROUGHAN

Before Christmas there was significant disruption around Gatwick airport because of alleged use of drones. Flights were grounded and cancelled and around 200,000 people were affected by the interruption. Deputy Broughan has previously asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport about the regulation of drones and again, recently asked about the licensing of drones and owners of drones, whether there are plans for a 10 square kilometre exclusion zone for drones around airports in the interest of public safety.

MOST COMPLAINTS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL PROTECTION – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan recently received replies from most Government Departments to his Parliamentary Question about the number of complaints received by that Department each year since 2016, whether there were categories of complaints, the resolution and whether any were referred on to the relevant Ombudsman for the corresponding Department. Those replies, received this week, show that most Departments received very few complaints in each of those years, fewer than 10 in most cases, except for the Departments of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.