This Week In The Seanad – This week saw the Seanad debate the final stages of the Taxi Regulation Bill, as well as statements on the most recent budget, a debate on the release of the 1926 census in time for the centenary commemoration and a debate on the Gas Regulation Bill 2013. You can read more here: http://catherinenoone.ie/2013/10/17/this-week-in-the-seanad-8/
Soccer Charity Challenge: Journalists Vs. Politicians – I am delighted to be taking part in the upcoming ESB Charity Challenge next Friday. In a match which will pit the Political correspondents up against the politicians they report on, it’s sure to be a good game – but all in the name of charity! Proceeds from the event will be going to Concern Worldwide and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. It takes place in the Aviva Stadium on Friday 25th October at 7.30pm, gates open at 6.15, and tickets are priced €5 for children, €10 for adults and €20 for families.
Drive To Release the 1926 Census – This week we debated the merits of publishing data from the 1926 Census. This will require an amendment to the 1993 Statistics Act but I know that Irish people have a fascination with genealogy and that census information is the best way to imbue family history with life and illuminate connections. In this, the year of the Gathering, as people whose families long ago emigrated seek to keep in touch with their heritage, I believe that publishing data such as this is now more important than ever. You can read more here.
Travel Tax Abolition Brings 1,000 New Jobs On Day One – This week, I welcomed the news that Ryanair are to increase the number of passengers to Ireland by one million over the next year as a result of the abolished travel tax. You can read more here.