80 New Jobs in Sandyford Company

December 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts and I at an eHealth Conference in Dublin.

Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts and I at an eHealth Conference in Dublin.

I’m delighted to hear that the Sandyford based company, Sláinte Healthcare will create 80 new jobs.

The 80 new roles are in addition to the 40 jobs Sláinte Healthcare has already created in Ireland this year.  The jobs will be created in software engineering, testing, business analysis, client administration, finance and marketing.

Headquartered in the Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford, Sláinte Healthcare develops new technology for the healthcare sector resulting in better care for patients.

Sláinte Healthcare has been working with the Health Innovation Hub as part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. The Health Innovation Hub allows for collaboration between businesses and the health system, resulting in improvements in healthcare and job creation.

Advances in technology will help us keep people healthy, and keep patients where they want to be, in a primary care setting, in their community and with family.

Last week, Ireland’s eHealth Strategy was published which seeks to modernise the way we treat patients locally. It’s fantastic to see a local company like Sláinte Healthcare paving the way for the development of eHealth in Ireland resulting in more jobs and an improved health service. I’d like to wish Sláinte Healthcare continued success in their work.

BMX Course for Marlay Park

December 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Alex WhiteI warmly welcome the announcement that over €58,000 has been allocated to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to build a BMX course in Marlay Park as part of the Sport Nation Grant Initiative.

The new Marlay Park track will be of modest size and will fill the needs of local youngsters until a larger, state-of-the-art course will be built in Jamestown Park in the future.

I want to commend the hard work of my colleague Cllr Lettie McCarthy, who submitted the original motion to create the BMX Course.

I’m delighted that local teenagers will get to avail of this amenity. It’s essential that our young people have public spaces to socialise and be active in a safe environment.

It is anticipated that the final design and public consultation process will take place in Spring/Summer 2014. It is hoped that construction will take place in  October/November 2014.

Government Decision Will Ensure Free GP Care for Young Children by Mid-2014

December 18, 2013 § Leave a comment


As a result of a decision by Cabinet this week, GP services without fees will be extended to all children aged five and under by mid 2014. The government approved the General Scheme of the required legislation at its meeting on Tuesday of this week.

This decision firms up the budget announcement made in October 2013 to introduce free GP access to all children aged five and under, benefiting approximately 240,000 children.

Free GP services for children aged five and under is the first step in meeting the government’s commitment to securing universal access to GP services without fees for all our citizens.

Today’s decision is a significant advance for families with young children. It is also a vital public health initiative, beginning our progress towards universal access to primary care.

The future viability of our healthcare system requires a radical adjustment of resources towards primary care – care and treatment in the community.

This is where we can best implement preventative healthcare strategies, ensuring that our system is not there just to treat people when they are ill, but that it also works to keep people healthy.

We need to invest now in order to curtail costs in the future.The Labour Party has long championed the principle of universal access to GP care and now, along with our Coalition partners, we are progressing this significant and historic initiative.


I’m Hiring!

December 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Working at my constituency office on Braemor Rd. in Churchtown

Working at my constituency office on Braemor Rd. in Churchtown

I’m hiring a new Secretarial Assistant to work in my Churchtown constituency office. The role will involve the administrative organisation of the constituency office affairs including a full range of secretarial duties and direct communication with constituents and correspondents.

This is a busy and demanding role, which requires a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity, flexibility and keen personal initiative.

Interested candidates should ideally have strong communication skills and a proficient IT skillset with in-depth knowledge of MS platform, databases and data input; be interested in and knowledgeable of public affairs and political campaigning, and demonstrate a proven capacity for office administration.

Proven experience in the work place would be desirable.Remuneration will be in line with the Scheme for the provision of Secretarial Assistance for Members.

Interested candidates should submit their CV and a personal statement of interest to:  alex.white@oireachtas.ie before 5.00pm on Friday December 20th.

Recruitment of New Gardaí Begins

December 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

A recruitment campaign for new recruits to An Garda Síochána has opened. New Garda recruits will join the force in the years ahead and further the excellent work demonstrated by our own Gardaí at Dundrum and Cabinteely in fighting crime and helping keep our local communities safe.

This is good news for the public and for the Gardaí themselves. The new recruits will bring fresh enthusiasm and energy to the important duties of the Gardaí.

There has been a recruitment moratorium in place since 2009 and I’m delighted that’s coming to an end and that new recruits will soon enter the Garda College in Templemore.

Despite the moratorium, an Garda Síochána have had a very successful two years in which there has been a reduction in crime across a broad range of areas. I’d like to take this opportunity to commend them for their hard work and dedication.

 Anyone interested in applying for the position of Garda trainee should go to http://www.publicjobs.ie for further information. The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight on the 9th January 2014. It is expected that the first batch of recruits will start their training in mid-2014.

Southside Parnership DLR Awarded over €1million

December 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

The awarding of over €1 million in 2014 to the Southside Partnership DLR means that they can continue to deliver essential interventions that benefit those who most need it in our community as they to re-enter the workforce

The Southside Partnership DLR provides personal advice, guidance, training and education to help people return to employment. The funding will support schemes including labour market training, education and reskilling, career guidance and projects that link jobseekers with local employers.

Those who can avail of the supports provided by the Southside Partnership DLR include people who have been unemployed for over six months, dependent spouses of the unemployed, lone parents, early school leavers and those with disabilities.

A key priority for this Government is getting people back to work and I am pleased that the vital work of the Southside Partnership DLR continues to be supported financially.

390 New Special Needs Assistant Posts in 2014

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

309571_10150479627744623_284566681_nI warmly welcome the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., that there will be 390 additional special needs assistants (SNAs) posts appointed shortly and into 2014.

This is excellent news. I’m acutely aware from constituents’ representations of the number of children who have an assessed need for an SNA. It’s important that these pupils get the support they need.

170 SNA posts will be made available immediately, with a further 220 posts available in 2014.

With the addition of 390 new SNA posts, there will be almost 11,000 SNAs working in primary and secondary schools across Ireland. The National Council for Special Education will allocate the new SNA posts on the basis of assessed need.

The role of SNAs in our schools is essential. They ensure that every student with an assessed need has the support available to reach their full potential. It is the Government’s policy to ensure that every child who is assessed as needing SNA support will receive access to such support.

The previous Government capped the number of SNA posts. With both the number of pupils in schools and the demand for SNAs increasing – the decision was made at Cabinet level to end this cap.

I’d like to commend Minister Quinn for all of his hard work in securing these 390 new SNA posts.

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