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Part 8 application for public realm works to Barrow Street
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Below is the report from the Roads & Traffic Planning Department of Dublin City Council on the observations for Barrow St which will be discussed at the South East Area committee on Monday 12th November from 3pm. The meeting is streamed online and is accessible at: As you can see many of the concerns of residents have been taken on board, including a proposal to not completely cul de sac the street but

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Bank of Ireland should gift Grattan’s Parliament to the people of Ireland

At yesterdays Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform I challenged Bank of Ireland chief executive Mr. Richie Boucher on their intransigent position regarding the return of Number 2 College Green (Grattan’s Parliament) to Irish State. The building was the first purpose-built parliament house in Europe. Completed in 1739 it served as Ireland's Parliament until the Act of Union in 1801. When Bank Of Ireland purchased

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Dublin 4 Educate Together

I have been supporting the efforts of the Dublin 4 Educate Together start up group to get a new school set up in the Sandymount, Ringsend and Irishtown area. Demographics indicate that there will be a need for a new school by 2014 and it is crucial that local parents have as broad a choice as possible when deciding which school to send their children to. On Tuesday 23rd of October we had a very productive meeting with my constituency colleague Minister

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Constitutional Convention – Tom Arnold appointed as Chair

Constitutional Convention It was announced this morning (24th Oct 2012) that Tom Arnold is to be appointed as Chair of the Constitutional Convention.  66 members of the public who together make up a representative sample of the Irish public have been notified and agreed to participate. Convention on the Constitution will consider the following matters: Reducing the Presidential term of office to five years Reducing the voting age to 17 Review of

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Children should be seen and heard – Vote Yes

Yesterday we launched our video for the Labour campaign calling for a Yes vote in the forthcoming Children's Referendum on Saturday on November 10th. The video starred six year old Ella Hendron Kilcommons, who said the referendum gives: "Big people the opportunity to vote for little people who do not have a voice". The referendum will strengthen the protection of children in the Constitution, putting their safety and welfare at the centre of decision

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Dodder View Cottages mark flooding

  Dodder View Cottages and Ballsbridge residents marked the flood last years, which forced 80 residents out of their homes due to water damage, with a commemorative knitted flood barrier.    Local residents worked with artist Martina O’Brien to create a knitted replica flood wall, measuring 45ft long by 8ft wide.    The knitted wall was created to highlight local residential support for Dublin City Council’s proposals to improve

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Topical Issue Debate on Consultants

In a topical issue debate today (video below) I asked the Minister for Health what action will be taken to address the loss of over €70 million due to consultants not signing off on health insurance claims. In his response on behalf of the Minister for Health, Minister of State Ciaran Cannon indicated that €73 million of claims is delayed because consultants have failed to sign off on claim forms. As of September, €204 million was due to the

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Speaking on Education and Training Boards Bill 2012

It makes perfect sense to reduce the number of VECs from 33 to 16 - there were originally 38 committees - and to reduce the nine Education Acts to one. Having had to go through Education Acts as chairman of a VEC, I am aware this measure will simplify matters. This is not just about saving money. It is about making the system fit for purpose, which it has not been for a long time. The boards will

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Disappointed at Lack of Action on Consultant Insurance Claim Arrears

STATEMENT BY KEVIN HUMPHREYS Labour Party TD, Dublin South East. Wednesday 10th October 2012  Ten months ago I raised in the Dáil the issue of hospital consultants who have not signed off on health insurance claims resulting in a loss of over €70 million in revenue for the health service. Yesterday this issue was raised at the Public Accounts Committee and €74 million is still outstanding. I am disappointed that little or no action has apparently

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Insurance Industry needs to State why OPW Flood Protection Works are not Enough

Over €8.5 million has been invested by the OPW on flood protection works along the Dodder River that flanks areas of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount in Dublin. At the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment today, representatives from the Irish Insurance Federation were not able to state if these works provided sufficient protection to properties in that area to enable them to be insured for flood damage.   The insurance industry in Ireland

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