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Dublin City Council Rainfall Warning

At 25th September 2012 @ 10:40am Since yesterday, up to 50 millimetres of rain has fallen in the Dublin City Council area. Drainage staff dealt with close on 100 localised road flooding incidents and will continue to monitor the drainage network including rivers and streams throughout the day. Met Eireann have updated the City Council with a forecast of the possibility of 50 millimetres rainfall between today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).

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Millions Invested but Survey Shows Flood Insurance all but Impossible to get

Over the summer I conducted a survey of over 1,000 households about their flood insurance cover in the Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount area flanking the Dodder River. The results show that it is all but impossible to get cover for flood damage and that even without it; many have seen their annual house insurance premium increase by up to 50%. This is despite the OPW investing over €8.5 million in the last 4 years on flood defences along the

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Climate Change Bill Update September 2012

As the Dáil returns from the summer recess there has been some progress towards the drafting and publication of a Climate Change Bill.   1. Climate Change Bill included in Government Legislative Programme You may be aware that the Government's legislative programme for the Autumn/Winter session was published on Tuesday 18th September and in Section G it lists the Climate Change Bill as one for which Heads of Bills are expected before the

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Humphreys welcomes 50 new Jobs at Realex Payments

Deputy Kevin Humphreys today welcomed news that online payments company, Realex Payments is to open a new Dublin office and create 50 new jobs.   “This is fantastic news for the city and further strengthens Dublin’s reputation as the location of choice for the online technology sector.  I am delighted to hear that this new office will be investing in learning and research development, and will see the recruitment for highly skilled positions.

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Legislative Programme for Autumn Published
Legislative Programme Autumn

Yesterday saw the publication of the Government's Legislative programme for the Autumn session. We have a very busy few months ahead of us in the Oireachtas where the main focus will be in the areas of finance, jobs and children. Minister Frances FitzGerald will bring the legislation required to hold the Children's Referendum before the Oireachtas in the next number weeks. If passed, further legislation will be introduced in a number of areas to

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Dáil Debate on Poolbeg Incinerator
Solar Energy Vs. Fossil Fuel

Yesterday in the Dáil I raised the issue of the ongoing uncertainty in relation to the Poolbeg Incinerator in a topical issue debate with the Minister for Environment as the contract expired on the 31st August 2012. On 29th February 2012 Dublin Local Authorities and Covanta reached agreement on revised commercial arrangements for the Poolbeg Incinerator with a final extension to the end of August. We were told at the time that this would be the

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Saturday Vote on Children’s Referendum Good News for Students

The decision to hold the Children’s Referendum on Saturday 10th November is a welcome development and will mean the maximum number of citizens can take part. It allows students, those working in other parts of the country and those in shift work to partake fully in our democratic process. It also provides a wider choice as to when citizens can vote as many will be without the time constraints of the daily commute and work hours.   A Saturday

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Constitutional Referendum on Children

  The Programme for Government 2011 commits to holding a referendum to strengthen the protection of children in the Constitution. The Programme for Government states that the wording of the referendum will be along the lines of that proposed by the All Party Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children (JCCAC).   Since taking office, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has worked

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Betting Bill due in Autumn 2012

One of the laws due to come through the Dáil this autumn is the Betting (Amendment) Bill 2012. There is currently a tax of 1% on off-course betting income. This applies to any bet placed in a bookmakers but not to bets placed at a race track with the Tote. Recently, the rise of online betting due to better internet access and smart phones has resulted in a loss of money to the State. The money raised from the betting tax is reinvested into the horse

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Redevelopment at Irish Jewish Museum

There is a  large development proposed for the Irish Jewish Museum at No. 3-7 Walworth Road, Portobello Dublin 8. It involves the demolition of the current structures and construction of a 2 storey over basement museum with reinstatement of the existing facades. Full details of the plans are outlined below. The planning application reference is 3096/12 and the application was registered on the 17th August 2012. The final date for Observations is

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