January 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
This week, I welcomed the news that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is asking the public for their views on its plans for the next five years.
I’m delighted to hear that the Council is running a short online survey on its website until Thursday 5 February offering people the chance to give their thoughts on what its top priorities should be for the next five years.
It is very important that local people have a say in what services the Council provides in their community and I hope this will play a big part in the design of the Corporate Plan for 2015-2019.
I would encourage any locals to visit Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s website and take this survey so their voices can be heard on a wide range of services including community services, social inclusion, arts, sporting activities, family events, parks and transport.
January 21, 2015 § 2 Comments
I welcome the news this week that when fully redeveloped Mount Carmel Hospital will provide over 100 community hospital beds. The information came in a letter from HSE Director General, Tony O’Brien, after I requested clarification on plans for the hospital’s development.
The HSE has confirmed to me that Mount Carmel Hospital will initially provide 65 short stay beds which will afford step down support to patients ready to leave a number of hospitals. The 65 beds, which will help ease current difficulties in A&E departments, are expected to come on stream in late March to early April.
The HSE also informed me that the building will need some capital investment to bring it up to the proper standard and make best use of the available space. They have advised that the necessary works are expected to be finished in approximately 18 months to two years.
The development of Mount Carmel is very welcome. Plans for at least 100 extra beds will help ease the pressure and overcrowding of emergency departments and will be of specific benefit to older people. I warmly welcome this excellent news which is a further sign of the progressive use of public funds to meet the needs of our community.
January 13, 2015 § Leave a comment
Minister for Communications, Alex White T.D., visited the Charlie Hebdo office on Monday, January 12th in Paris, where he left a bouquet of 17 white roses in memory of the people killed in terrorist attacks in the city last week.
The flowers were accompanied by a message, which read: “On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, in memory of all the victims of the horrific attacks, and in solidarity with the people of France in defence of the values of tolerance and freedom of expression.”
Minister White was en route to meetings at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
January 12, 2015 § Leave a comment
I was delighted to meet with local, young scientists who participated in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Students from Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh, Loreto Beaufort, Jesus and Mary College Our Lady’s Grove and Rockbrook Park School were exhibiting their innovative research at the RDS last week. I want to congratulate the students for their fantastic hard work, creativity and ingenuity. They are incredibly hard-working and I wish them every success into the future.
January 8, 2015 § Leave a comment
I was appalled at the murder of twelve people at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo this morning. This is an unacceptable attack on the core value of freedom of expression, in the media and elsewhere, that underpin democratic societies. It is also a human tragedy and my heart goes out to the families of the victims