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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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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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Part 8 application for public realm works to Barrow Street

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:  http://www.dublincity.public-i.tv/core/ 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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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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HUMPHREYS WELCOMES ACTION ON €73 MILLION CONSULTANT CLAIM ARREARS

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b80GelrJ5tE&t=7s 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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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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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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Dáil Debate on Poolbeg Incinerator

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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