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Humphreys calls for Greyhound to stop charging for recycling bags

STATEMENT BY KEVIN HUMPHREYS Labour Party TD, Dublin South East Thursday 6th December 2012 HUMPREYS CALLS FOR GREYHOUND TO 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.

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Relocation of Maternity Hospital Must be a Priority

STATEMENT BY KEVIN HUMPHREYS Labour Party TD, Dublin South East, Thursday 15th October 2012 RELOCATION OF NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL MUST BE A PRIORITY   There is a long term plan to relocate the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street beside St Vincent’s University Hospital. This was recommended in the 2008 KPMG Independent Review of Maternity and Gynaecology Services in the Greater Dublin area. Speaking on a topical issue debate today

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Mary Robinson invited to speak to Environment Committee – Humphreys

  I welcome the decision today, at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht, to extend an invitation to the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (MRFCJ) group to appear at a meeting. The Committee has been discussing the interim report from the National Economic and Social Council; 'Towards a New National Climate Policy', that deals solely with climate change policy as it relates to Irish socio-economic

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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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Credit Guarantee Scheme is welcome support for business

The Credit Guarantee Scheme will be operational from Wednesday 24th October. It is a support business urgently needs. The recent EU Commission Overview of Competitiveness across 27 member states shows that lending to small and medium enterprises (SME's) is Ireland's weakest area and an issue we need to urgently address. SME access to bank lending is critical to enterprise, innovation, and job creation and we are currently the second poorest performer

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Plebiscite on the creation of a directly elected Mayor for Dublin in 2014

I welcome the decision that a plebiscite will be held in 2014 on the creation of a directly elected Mayor for Dublin. It will give citizens of our capital a say in their future and ensure a decision is not forced onto them. This reform will be delivered through democracy. Dublin voters will also finally have their proper representation at council level and no longer be discriminated against in comparison to other counties. This Government is committed

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Disappointed at Lack of Action on Consultant Insurance Claim Arrears

STATEMENT BY KEVIN HUMPHREYS Labour Party TD, Dublin South East. Wednesday 10th October 2012  Ten months ago I raised in the Dáil the issue of hospital consultants who have not signed off on health insurance claims resulting in a loss of over €70 million in revenue for the health service. Yesterday this issue was raised at the Public Accounts Committee and €74 million is still outstanding. I am disappointed that little or no action has apparently

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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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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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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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