Dáil News

Waste Regulator Needed to Deal with Greyhound

In the Dáil today I had a topical issue debate with Minister Phil Hogan on the need for a waste regulator and strong legislation to deal with companies like Greyhound and the practises they have been engaged in since waste collection was privatised in Dublin last January. Local Councillors also need powers to create by-laws to regulate what these companies are doing in different areas.   Full text below:   WASTE INDUSTRY REGULATOR NEEDED

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Report of the Expert Group on the Judgment in A, B and C V Ireland

The Government acted on its commitment in the programme for Government to establish an expert group on the judgment in the A, B and C case. The expert group published its report only shortly after an unfortunate young woman passed away in a Galway hospital. I welcome the Government's commitment to make a decision before the Christmas recess on what action it will propose to take on foot of the report. I also welcome the decision by the Joint Committee

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Raised the Financial Transaction Tax in the Finance Committee

"We seem to get half-truths from both sides on the financial transaction tax rather than the full picture. As an elected parliamentarian I am keen to get the information rather than a piece of information that suits one particular side of the argument. What was said today appears to be a partial truth because it does not equate with the contribution we make to the EU and the reduction in the budget" http://youtu.be/haXzr-gI04w   I would like

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Greyhound should stop charging for recycling bags

Waste customers across Dublin City have been informed by Greyhound that they will no longer distribute free recycling bags or accept clear plastic bags. Greyhound is now charging €9 for six recycling bags. This is unacceptable when we want people to increase the amount of waste they recycle. This is a direct result of Dublin City Council's decision to privatise waste collection in the city with no provision to incentive residents to recycle.  

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Campaign for College Green

The old Irish Parliament on College Green would be the ideal location for a central Dublin Lending Library, a ceremonial hall for meetings of a Dublin regional assembly and a venue for small plays, concerts and exhibitions. When the LUAS is extended we have the option to create a public space in the centre of our city in College Green - a plaza to host markets, open air concerts and visitors providing a cultural space for Dubliners, Irish people

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Expert Group Report Published

The Report of the Expert Group has now been published and you can access it at the link below. There will be a full debate in the Dáil on this report next week. The Report outlines a series of options for Implementation. Our task is now to seek implementation as quickly as possible to bring legal clarity to this issue which has been unresolved for twenty years but which we in the Labour Party are committed to addressing. http://www.dohc.ie/publications/Judgement_ABC.html

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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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