This week, our constituency was rocked by a two dastardly gun murders in broad daylight. I sought to adjourn order to stop the Dáil to immediately debate the serious need for urgent intervention from An Garda Síochána, Dublin City Council and the Government. Instead, I was granted a Topical Issue Debate and, on the floor of the Dáil, on Tuesday, myself and Minister of State in the Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton, discussed the need for greatly enhanced community supports and additional resources for the Gardaí to combat this rise in gangland crime in the North of Dublin.
Today is polling day and we are being asked to vote for our local election candidates, our European Parliament candidates and whether to take time limits out of the constitution for divorce (aswell as recognising foreign divorces). I have been vocal in my support for the outstanding Deputy Clare Daly for Europe and have been encouraging voters to turn up and vote for left candidates. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have been the architects of the health and housing crises and nothing will change unless we vote for candidates to replace these parties.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter break in the lovely weather and that everyone is registered to vote in the upcoming Local and European elections (check out https://www.voter.ie/ or www.checktheregister.ie). The registration deadline for the Supplementary Register is May 7th and the important thing to note about the locals is that everyone who was resident in the State from the 1st of September last year is eligible to have their voice heard. I’m obviously backing broad left candidates and my colleague, Deputy Clare Daly for Europe.