Childcare: Our Early Years – The Vital Years

I was delighted to be asked to speak about the importance of investing in early childhood years today with Ministers James Reilly and Damien English and Cllr Josepha Madigan. This is an issue of huge importance to me personally as a working Mum , to Bernard as a working Dad and to working parents across […]

Working Families: #Fionaforfamilies

We need to help the high number of jobless households in Ireland which were abandoned by previous Fianna Fáil Governments. Jobless households experience high levels of deprivation and the children in these households are at much greater risk of going on to lead a life of persistent unemployment and low income – a job is […]

Society: Ensure older years are better years

According to the census, 532,000 people aged 65 and over were living in Ireland in 2011. This will rise to 1.4 million in 2046. The number of people over 80 is set to nearly quadruple, from 128,000 in 2011 to 470,000 in 2046. The issues which are being raised by the ‘Earn Our Vote’ campaign […]

Education – Creating the Future

Early Childhood Ireland has already made a series of recommendations for the new Government to address this issue of sustainability and expansion of current capacity to deliver the promised second free preschool year. Many of these recommendations featured heavily on the floor of the childcare seminar held by Cllr. McLoughlin Healy in June 2015. Fianna […]

Business: Ending the Discrimination Against the Self-Employed

The latest Long Term Economic Plan wishes to abolish the USC by 2020 as part of Fine Gael’s ambition to keep the recovery going. This time five years ago, people were feeling for the first time the shock of seeing the Universal Social Charge deducted from their pay checks. The introduction of the USC by Fianna Fail was the last act of […]

A Just Society – we need to #makeithappen

A strong economy that supports people at work, can pay for the services needed for the type of just society we want. A Long Term Economic Plan needs smart public service investment with reform, to ensure new and better services.  Our public services are still recovering from the impacts of Fianna Fáil’s disastrous economic policies, which led to the ban on recruitment of public servants and hit the […]

Motion 2 – Jan ’16 Melitta Road

Following concerns from residents, I visited the works on Melitta Rd, Kildare Town and submitted the following motion. Can the Council give outline the reasons for such an extreme narrowing of the entrance to Campion Crescent and Maryville estates on the Melitta Road and apply yellow boxes to the entrance of the Maryville and Kildare […]

Motion 3 – Jan ’16 Pedestrian Crossing for Athgarvan Road

Another issue raised by residents while canvassing along the Athgarvan Road, Kilbelin and Curragh Grange formed my first motion in January. That the Council proceed with the pedestrian crossing on the Athgarvan Road near the Gables Guest house to facilitate the hundreds of pedestrians crossing from the Kilbelin, Liffey Hall and Curragh Grange Estates. Report: […]