Archive for the category: ‘Featured’

31. 5. 2017

Gardaí need new powers to combat child sexual exploitation

Currently Gardaí who have a reasonable suspicion about an individual do not have the power to seize and search the suspect’s mobile phone. The law as it stands does not […]

31. 5. 2017

My speech on the audit of the use of section 12 of the Child Care Act by An Garda Síochána

There is no disputing that Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s recent report has given rise to grave and understandable concerns. There are a number of criticisms of Tusla in the audit, moreover, […]

25. 5. 2017

My Speech on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Gender Pay Gap Information) Bill 2017

There are numerous complex reasons why a gender pay gap exists, not only in Ireland but all over the world. Reasons include the fact that women are, in some cases, […]

18. 5. 2017

Genealogy Testing as a Tourism Initiative

I  came  across a very interesting community project in Kilkenny, which is connecting people abroad of Irish descent with their ancestral homelands by way of a simple DNA test. Last year 22 […]

18. 5. 2017

My Speech on the Adoption and Tracing Bill,

First and foremost this Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill will give adopted persons, birth parents and relatives a legal right to an information and tracing service. In my view, this […]

18. 5. 2017

Additional incentives for electric cars should be introduced here.

According to a report by the World Health Organisation, air pollution from particulate matter, from both petrol – but more so diesel engines – is causing serious respiratory and cardiovascular […]

18. 5. 2017

My Speech on Childhood Obesity

  As this House is well aware, I have long been a strong and vocal advocate for the urgent need to tackle the growing obesity epidemic – especially childhood obesity. […]

9. 5. 2017

My speech on the new report by the National Oversight and Audit Commission

I was struck by the new report released by the National Oversight and Audit Commission, released today which found that less than half i.e only 15 out of 31 local […]

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