Independent TD for Wexford

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Dail Diary: Residents of the Mother & Baby Homes Deserve Truth & Accountability…

Dail Diary No. 35 – 21st July 2014 Residents of the Mother & Baby Homes Deserve Truth & Accountability… I got an opportunity last week to comment on the government’s plans to establish a Commission of Investigation into Ireland’s Mother & Baby Homes. I used my time to argue that this investigation should be as wide-ranging as possible – in particular, I said that the Magdalene Laundries should be included within the scope of the inquiry. I also asked the government how it planned to include survivors in this process, highlighting the fact that survivor testimony was omitted from previous [...]

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Dáil Diary no 34- 17th July 2014- Massacre in Gaza and the World is silent…

Dáil Diary no 34- 17th July 2014 Massacre in Gaza and the World is silent… For the third time in five years, the world’s fourth largest military power has launched a full-scale armed onslaught on one of its most deprived and overcrowded territories on the planet. Since Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip began, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed. Nearly 80% of the dead are civilians, over 20% of them children, while Palestinian fire has killed one Israeli on the other side. But instead of demanding a halt to Israel’s campaign of collective punishment against what is still [...]

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We must stop Shannon being used as a US Airbase for War…

Dáil Diary no 33- 11 July 2014 We must stop Shannon being used as a US Airbase for War… A lot of people die needlessly every day in the world. A lot of people die because some of the major powers do as they please, in the interest of power and money. Hundreds of thousands have died in the Middle East and beyond at the hands of the American war machine, as they pursue their Imperial ambitions, and sadly, Ireland has facilitated that by allowing Shannon Airport to be used by the US for Military purposes. This week, I got [...]

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Public Building Control needs Strengthening…

Dáil Diary no 32. 1st July 2014 Public Building Control needs Strengthening… The problem of Pyrite in building products has not gone away, in fact. It may get worse before it gets better. I had an opportunity to discuss the issue with Minister Phil Hogan in the Dáil, and here’s my contribution- “ The Association of Consulting Engineers published an advice note on 15 May about cases of apparent pirate content in concrete blocks provided by block manufacturers. The Minister has been assuring us for a while that with the new regulations everything would be well but clearly everything is [...]

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