Raising the issue of the illegal use of Quads and Scramblers during promised legislation in the Dáil.

I raised yet again in the Dáil with the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice the concerns of local people in my constituency over the illegal use of Quads and Scramblers.
The Minister for Justice in his answer has stated that a committee he set up to look at the issue has made some recommendations.
I have now put in Parliamentary Questions to ask what does recommendations are.

Taoiseach’s Questions 12/02/2019

I took Taoiseach’s Questions yesterday. I put three questions to the Taoiseach firstly on the North East Inner City Initiative, then on the discriminatory practices against returning emigrants such as exhorbitant car insurance quotes and finally on Brexit. I would like to include the Taoiseach response and I would have if he had said anything of substance or interest…….

Speaking in the Dáil in support of Nurses and Midwives.

I spoke in support of Nurses and Midwives in the Dáil today. Our nurses and midwives do an incredible job. They deserve a living wage not a struggling one.

Labour getting called out on their hypocrisy

Labour’s private member’s bill wants a fair start for every child….pity they didn’t give a generation of children a fair start when they were in government.
I reminded them last night that they brought in some of the most vicious cuts against the young, single mothers, the elderly and the most vulnerable.
They think we have all forgotten their shameful record in government. They got a surprise last night when I reminded them of it.
Of course Fianna Fáil sat meekly by and said nothing. But then they have nothing to shout about either.

Impact of overspend on Children’s Hospital on the Finglas Primary Care Centre.

I asked the Minister for Finance if the scandalous overspend on the Children’s Hospital will impact on the building of the new Primary Care Centre in Finglas.

Oireachtas Housing Committee Discussing Affordable Housing.

Attending the Oireachtas Housing Committee discussing affordable housing with invited experts.

 

Speaking on the scandal in which thousands of offences carried out by juveniles went unprosecuted.

Juvenile crime and Anti-social activity can be a source of great annoyance, stress, disruption and harm to communities. It impacts greatly on families and the elderly and holds our communities to virtual ransom. The Mininster for Justice and the Garda Comissioner need to take action on both the system and human failures that are responsible for this latest scandal.

 

Sinn Féin No Consent No Sale Bill

Sinn Féin’s No Consent No Sale Bill seeks to put a halt to the march of the vultures and empower borrowers, whether in arrears or not, to take control of their financial future. It will stop banks and others such as the Permenant TSB from selling off loans to unaccountable, often unregulated vulture funds.

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.