This week I have been putting the finishing touches to the next edition of my Northsider newsletter (Vol 26 No 2) and hope to have it delivered to my constituents during late July.

On Tuesday afternoon, I attended the meeting of the Budgetary Oversight Committee where we heard from representatives from ICTU, ESRI, TASC, Social Justice Ireland and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.  Later that evening, I represented the Independents4Change Technical Group at a dinner with religious leaders from different faiths on the invitation of the Ceann Comhairle.

On Wednesday, I spoke in support of Sinn Féin’s Private Members’ Motion on Health Waiting Lists and spoke about the many constituents I meet regularly awaiting assessment and treatment and often in pain.  I visited the Union of Students of Ireland pre-Budget submission briefing in Buswells and was delighted to meet with representatives there of DIT and Maynooth.  Later that night I spoke on the Summer Economic Statements and challenged the Government on their rehashing of history and sidestepping their responsibility for the austerity years.  I called for a broader and sustainable tax base to finance our people’s needs in health, disability, housing and education especially.

On Thursday, I attended another pre-Budget briefing by the INTO and am keen to hear from as many representative groups (and indeed constituents) as possible while I work on my own pre-Budget submission.

Today I attended the Parliamentary Members meeting with the CEO of Fingal County Council, Mr Paul Reid.  Paul and his management team gave a wide-ranging and helpful presentation to my Oireachtas colleagues and myself.

Tomorrow, Saturday the 23rd of June, the North Dublin Bay Housing Crisis Committee will be taking part in the Housing Forum in Liberty Hall from 10am to 5pm.  Due to my weekly information clinics I will be unable to attend but I would certainly encourage anyone else interested to register and attend.  Tomorrow afternoon, I will also be attending the EID celebrations of constituents in Clongriffin.