Anti Eviction Bill

I spoke last night on the Anti-eviction bill which would give tenants greater protection and greater security of tenure by preventing landlords evicting tenants on grounds of selling a property.
Tenants would be compensated if a landlord moved a family member into the house or flat.
Tenants also can’t be evicted on the grounds of renovating a building.
These are all sensible and reasonable protections.
This bill went before the Dáil last year Fianna Fáil abstained in the vote and Fine Gael voted against it. This was a missed opportunity. Let’s not make that mistake again.

Grafton Language School sudden closure

I raised in the Dáil with the Minister for Education the sudden liquidation of Grafton College which has left more than 20 members of the teaching staff i without a job and owed a month’s wages as we approach the Christmas period.
The sudden closure of such schools without regard for the staff clearly illustrates the nature of precarious employment and the lack of regulation in this sector.

I am delighted that the Minister has acceded to my request to meet with the affected staff.

 

 

 

Statement on Fianna Fáil and the Government opposing Sinn Féin Quad and Scramblers Bill

Fianna Fáil and government refuse to back Sinn Féin bill regulating scramblers and quad bikes on green areas.

Sinn Féin TD For Dublin North West Dessie Ellis has expressed his disappointment that a bill he had  co-sponsored with Sinn Féin TD Imedla Munster to amend road traffic legislation to regulate quad bikes and scramblers has been opposed by both the government and their partners in government Fianna Fáil.

Deputy Ellis said:

“I am very disappointed that the bill myself and Deputy Imelda Munster on amending the road traffic act to regulate quad bikes and scramblers has been opposed by both the government and their partners Fianna Fáil.”

“I am angry that after a lot of work over years on this burning issue that the first real chance we have had as legislators to regulate these vehicles has been shot down by both the government and Fianna Fáil.”

“I have to question the support that public representatives from both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have given me on this issue when it is has been raised at a local level.  These same representatives are now opposing the bill I have brought forward in the Dáil which would end the torment and fear people have in their communities caused by the irresponsible and anti-social activity of those who ride without care or caution their quads and scramblers in public park and through housing estates.”

“By opposing this bill the only winners are those engaging in anti-social activity.  The losers are the community, the elderly, families with children and all who use their local parks and amenities.”

“This is a lost opportunity to give respite and for those who are being terrorized in their local areas by these quads and scramblers.”

“Fatalities and injuries will continue because of these anti-social activities.”

“Families will continue to be fearful of taking their children to the local park.”

“We have put forward a solution and Fianna Fáil and the government have rejected it.”

“Fianna Fáil and the government have offered no solutions to this problem.”

“They should be condemned for their inaction and callous rejection of a bill which would end the scourge of these quads and scramblers and give public parks and spaces back to the community.”

ENDS

 

Sinn Féin Quads and Scramblers Bill opposed by Fianna Fáil and the Governement

Angry and Disappointed that Fianna Fáil and the Government opposed Sinn Féin’s Bill to Regulate Quads and Scramblers. The winners are those engaging in anti-social activity, the losers are the elderly, families and all those who use their local parks and amenities.
Fianna Fáil and the Government in opposing this bill which will help end the scourge of Quads and Scramblers have themselves offered no solutions to this burning issue.
This issue is too important to be playing party politics with it.

Sinn Féin Quads and Scramblers Bill

Sinn Féin PMB aims to give Gardaí the power to seize quad bikes and scramblers

Sinn Féin's Transport spokesperson Imelda Munster TD and Dublin North West TD Dessie Ellis, will today bring forward an amendment to the Road Traffic Acts 1961 to 2016 to give Gardaí the power to seize and detain quad bikes and scramblers when being used unlawfully and to provide for related matters.

Posted by Sinn Féin Ireland on Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Permanent TSB selling mortgages to vulture funds.

This government is complicit in the sale of mortgages from Permanent TSB to vulture funds.  75%  of PTSB is owned by the state.  Sinn Féin was opposed to this sale and we called on the government to stop it.  PTSB was bailed out by taxpayers’ money to the tune of 4 billion euro.

Permanent TSB being 75% state owned as well as bailed out by the state should not use Vulture Funds to evade its responsibility to these people and nor should the government as its primary shareholder.

Permanent TSB could have looked to the local authorities to put in place a buy to rent scheme as a solution.  It is clear the Minister and this governement are washing their hands of this issue and see the sale of mortgages as a done deal.

 

 

 

Motion of No Confidence in Housing Minister

Fianna Fáil has no credibility on the housing and homeless crisis. They were the architects of the crisis and are now complicit in this governement’s and housing Minister Eoghan Murphy’s failed policies. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are creating a lost generation through the governement’s failed housing policies and Fianna Fáil’s sycophantic support of them. Fianna Fáil cares so little about people that their leader Michael Martin didn’t even bother to turn up for this important debate.

Asking when will legislation be brought in for the regulation of Rickshaws.

I spoke on promised legislation this morning in the Dáil asking when will legislation be brought in for the regulation of Rickshaws.

Bus Connects Public Meeting Jolly Toper Thursday 20th Sept 7.30

Myself and Cllr Anthony Connaghan will be hosting a public meeting on the proposals for Bus Connects. I will have attended a special consultation for public representatives that afternoon and I hope to bring back to the meeting answers to questions and issues I have identified or have been raised with myself and Anthony. Bus Connects is an important development for your community and you should have as much information as possible relating to its implications for you and your family and your community. I would urge you to attend to remain updated on current developments and to raise any concerns you have with myself or Anthony. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Speaking in the Dáil on the National Drugs and Alcohol Strategy.

As Sinn Féin spokesperson on Drugs and Alcohol misuse I spoke in the Dáil on the governements National Drugs Strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery. The strategy has many good aspirations and goals but unfortunately lacks the funding and resources to implement them. I told the minister that more funding needs to be given to Drugs and Alcohol tasks forces if the governement wants this strategy to work.