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Press Statements

NO INFORMATION CLINICS THIS WEEKEND (11th JAN 2019)

Please note that, due to a longstanding prior commitment, my weekly information clinics will not be taking place this Friday, the 11th of January, Saturday, the 12th of January or Monday the 14th of January 2018.

My weekly information clinics will resume on Saturday, 19th of January 2018. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.

LOWER PERCENTAGE OF DUBLIN HOMES RECEIVING ENERGY GRANTS – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan recently received information from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) regarding government grants and funding supports available to home owners, business owners and communities. Currently applications are open for Home Energy Grants, energy upgrades and a 50% grant is available for deep retrofit. Applications are also open for grants to switch to an electric vehicle and for the installation of a home charger. The 2019 applications for community energy grants will open shortly. There are also some business and research and innovation grants available.

WHEN WILL LANDLORDS BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE? – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, when he expects the proposed register of landlords to be initiated and available for public inspection; given the continuing rise in rents and contribution of the rental sector to the Housing and Homeless crisis. Dublin rents increased by 9% in the period from July to September 2018 and have surpassed the heights of the Celtic Tiger Boom era.

NO INFORMATION CLINICS UNTIL JANUARY 5TH

Just a note to say 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, 5th January 2019. 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 Friday, the 21st of December next and will re-open on Wednesday, 2nd January 2019.

Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2019.

OVER 14,500 ABHAILE VOUCHERS ISSUED TO MORTGAGE HOLDERS IN ARREARS – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, to report on how many abhaile scheme vouchers had been issued since the introduction of the scheme by county. Abhaile is a free service provided to people in mortgage arrears and “its aim is to help mortgage holders in arrears to find the best solutions and keep them, wherever possible, in their own homes”. Abhaile is administered through MABS, the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS).

WHO TO BELIEVE – THE COURTS OR THE ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY? – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan consistently asks Parliamentary Questions to both the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan and Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, on road safety legislation and the implementation of that legislation. Sometimes, in the cases of questions to Justice, Deputy Broughan can be waiting for years for replies. When Deputy Broughan asked both Ministers about the number of drivers disqualified in court each year in the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018 he was very surprised to see that the Department of Justice and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) both provided different figures in their replies.

NO INFORMATION CLINICS THIS SATURDAY

Please note that due to a longstanding prior political commitment, my weekly information clinics will not be taking place this Saturday the 1st of December 2018.

My weekly information clinics will resume as normal on Monday the 3rd of December in Darndale. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.

CONSOLIDATION OF ROAD TRAFFIC ACTS NEEDED – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan has been calling for the consolidation of all Road Traffic Acts for some time now. He has been supporting the excellent civic society group, PARC (Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our Roads), led by Ms Susan Gray, in their calls for a consolidation project and recently appeared on RTÉ This Week discussing the need for consolidation. Deputy Broughan and PARC believe that road traffic law is confusing, ad hoc and lacks clarity for the general public and even the legal profession.

DISAPPOINTING DELAYS FOR DREDGING OF HOWTH HARBOUR – BROUGHAN

Deputy Broughan has been asking the respective Ministers for Agriculture, Food and the Marine about the dredging of Howth Harbour for a number of years now. Howth is one of the six designated State-owned Fishery Harbour Centres and is a busy and well-functioning harbour. A recent reply to a Parliamentary Question showed that in 2015, 2016 and 2017 there were 735, 1,303 and 992 fish landings respectively. The sum of value of those 735 landings in 2015 was almost €12m, in 2016 it was just over €15.6m and in 2017 was almost €11.5m.

BROUGHAN MARCHES WITH STARDUST ‘TRUTH’ CAMPAIGNERS

This morning, Tuesday the 20th of November, Deputy Broughan joined with members of the Stardust Relatives and Victims Committee, singer Christy Moore, journalist Charlie Bird and other supporters to deliver 48,000 signed postcards to the Attorney General. The group met at 11am on Westland Row and walked to the Attorney General’s office to hand over the astonishing number of postcards from members of the public calling for a new inquest in to the Stardust Tragedy of February 1981.