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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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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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Barrow Street Part 8 Planning Permission

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

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOhX_HTH_Rs&feature=plcp Full transcript of Mr. Jeremy Masding appearance before Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform can be found here    

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