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Time to Exercise Break Clause in Poolbeg Incinerator Contract

The time has come for Dublin City Council to exercise the break clause in the contract for the Poolbeg Incinerator with Covanta. It is time for the City Manager to bring this long running charade to an end. It has cost the taxpayer over €80 million over more than a decade, and we can no longer afford this unnecessary white elephant. When the deadline of February 29th passed, council management stated that the final extension was to allow regulatory

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Launch of student Rent Book highlights need for deposit protection scheme

Thousands of students are beginning their search across Ireland for accommodation having accepted their college courses; and the launch yesterday of the student rent book highlights the need for a deposit protection scheme. I hope that by this time next year, along with the launching their Rent Book for new students, USI and the Private Rental Tenancies Board (PRTB) will also be informing them of how to use a statutory rental deposit protection scheme.

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Barrow Street Part 8 Planning Permission
Google Bridge

Dublin City Council recently published proposals outlining their plan to carry out significant redesign works on Barrow Street and surrounding areas. The works being carried out are described as Public Realm Improvements. A full set of detailed plans will be on display for six weeks in Pearse Street Public Library from the 10th of August until the 24th of September from 9am to 4:30 pm.   Any observations can be made in writing to Dublin City

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€30 million state spend on rent deposit shows need for protection scheme
Depupty Quinn Grand Canal Dock

The large amount of State money spent in recent years on rental deposits and the inability to get any of it back shows the need for a rental deposit scheme operated through the Private Rental Tenancies Board (PRTB). The information released to me shows that in 2008 alone, over €7 million was spent on exceptional needs payments for rent deposits, often for those seeking rent allowance, and that no procedures are in place for  recovery of the deposit.

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CEO of Permanent TSB appearance before the Finance Committee

Following my invitation request, tabled in May. Permanent TSB CEO Mr Masding appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance on Wednesday 18th July 2012. Full transcript of Mr. Jeremy Masding appearance before Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform can be found here    

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Investment Stimulus Package

The €2.25 billion Investment Stimulus Package that Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced in July is an important component in our Strategy for Economic Recovery. This ambitious economic stimulus package will create up to 13,000 jobs in the construction sector and give much need boost to the economy. The measures include the approval of a new campus for Dublin Institute of Technology at Grangegorman, a Gardá Divisional

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Kevin’s Garda Street Station

Kevin St Garda Station Divisional HQ will be built following the announcement of the Government Stimulus Package. This was a project I had raised with the Minister for Justice recently, seeking a date for when it might be built as progress had been halted for some time due to lack of funds, and the recent closure of the Harcourt Terrace station may have led to a strain on Gardaí office accomoodation. Today's announcement (17th July 2012)  will

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Large number of outstanding warrants not executed

I have concerns at the large number of outstanding warrants in Ireland, with 123,969 warrants waiting to be executed in May 2012. The number in the Dublin area is very high making up 58% of the total, and over 46,000 warrants are over 5 years old. We must ensure that justice is done, and is seen to be done Ordinary law abiding people, especially those in working class areas that suffer most from crime, need to be assured that committal warrants for

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Human Rights Abuses against LGBT community in Uganda

I asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs two questions on the situation regarding human rights abuses and discrimination against the LGBT community in Uganda. See Questions I tabled below with answers below from Minister of State in that Department, Joe Costello TD. 1. To ask the the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will reconsider Ireland's commitment of nearly €40 million a year in bilateral aid to Uganda in light of

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Climate Change Bill Roadmap

As a member of the Joint Oireachtas Environment Committee we invited Minister Phil Hogan to discuss his strategy on introducing a climate change bill on Thursday 15th December 2011. I asked him to indicate a date for publication of a heads of bill and to consider a twin track approach on drafting the bill and policy analysis. He indicated a date of late 2012 for publication, and gave us a commitment to publish a road map which he did this year.

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