Archive for the category: ‘Featured’

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 […]

2. 5. 2017

I have called for at least one ASD unit to be introduced into every school nationwide that needs one

Currently in Ireland, approximately one child in 65 is diagnosed with autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is the name used for a specific set of behavioural and developmental problems and […]

26. 4. 2017

I have called for increased funding for subsidised cycle lanes and purchase schemes

  A report, carried out by experts from the University of Glasgow over five years, shows that 46% of those who cycled to work lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease […]

12. 4. 2017

I have renewed my call for hospital car parking guidelines to be rolled out, including two new proposals

I previously called for the nationwide rolling out of hospital car-park guidelines, to provide for a consistent service across the country. There is a need better facilitate patient groups that […]

30. 3. 2017

We need to redouble efforts to combat drink driving

The Garda’s records on its PULSE database captured 1,995,369 breath tests carried out between 2012 and 2016. However, the bureau’s records show 1,058,157 tests during that period. When you calculate […]

30. 3. 2017

I am calling for a ‘blue card’ to be introduced in Ireland to tackle concussion in rugby

The Australia Rugby Union has begun trailing a ‘blue card’, aimed at senior and junior clubs, so the referee can send a player off if they show signs of a […]

28. 3. 2017

Hospitals should follow lead of Govt Depts on healthier vending machines

Today I called for changes made to vending machines in some Government Departments to offer healthier options to staff . I believe this is the way forward  – moreover, other workplaces, […]

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