May 20, 2015 § Leave a comment
Minister Alex White, Labour TD for Dublin South, commended the response of newly registered voters to the forthcoming referenda.
Speaking on the announcement that 5,308 new voters had registered to the supplementary electoral register in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Minister White said: “The response of people in our area to register in such large numbers to vote for the first time this Friday has been extraordinary.”
“It is really heartening to see such a high level of engagement with, and enthusiasm for, the electoral process. It is so important that we, as citizens, exercise our democratic right to vote and shape the country we live in.
“In my role as Labour Party Director of Elections for the Marriage Equality referendum, I have been canvassing not only in Dublin South, but across the country over the past few weeks, and have been struck by the tremendous interest and participation I have encountered every step of the way.
“It is, of course, critical that along with registering to vote, people actually get to the polling station. Polls are open on Friday from 7am to 10pm and it is important to plan ahead and co-ordinate how and when you’ll get to the polling station, along with helping out any friends or relatives who may have difficulty getting to the polls.”
May 14, 2015 § Leave a comment
Today I attended the unveiling of SIRO, the new brand of ESB and Vodafone’s fibre broadband joint venture company, with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and Sean Atkinson CEO of SIRO.
SIRO is investing €450 million in building Ireland’s first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network, offering speeds from 200 Mbps to 1000 Mbps to 500,000 premises in fifty regional towns, revolutionising the broadband market in Ireland. SIRO will deliver an open access network, which means that it will be available to all telecoms operators in Ireland on a wholesale basis to resell to their customers. As part of the announcement, it was revealed that SIRO will employ 60 people, and a further 200 construction jobs supported across Ireland as part of the rollout of the network.
The first ten locations, dubbed Ireland’s first Gigabit towns or “fibrehoods”, to be included in SIRO’s roll-out are Cavan, Dundalk, Westport, Castlebar, Sligo, Carrigaline, Tralee, Navan, Letterkenny and Wexford.
May 5, 2015 § Leave a comment
I warmly welcome the approval of the proposed housing development in Ballinteer by the Department for the Environment, Community and Local Government. This development will see a significant investment of €5.1million in 21 new homes in our community and will provide much needed housing.
The move is part of the first phase of direct-build under the Government’s social housing strategy.
€312 million has been approved by my party colleague, Minister Alan Kelly TD, which will see an additional 1,700 social housing units come become available by 2017 with an estimated 3,000 additional jobs in construction created.
The Government is investing €4billion in social housing to deliver 35,000 housing units by 2020 and plans to reduce housing waiting lists by 25% nationally by 2017 based on the most recent housing need assessment report.