Liam Cosgrave

I had the pleasure of meeting former Taoiseach and Dún Laoghaire Fine Gael TD, Liam Cosgrave, in Blackrock College on Tuesday evening for the launch of Finola Kennedy’s biography of Frank Duff.

You can find out more about Frank Duff – A Life Story, by Finola Kennedy, here:

Declan Costello RIP

I was very sorry to hear, this evening, of the death of Declan Costello. To a large extent, it is the ideas advanced by Costello in The Just Society, that underpin why I chose to join Fine Gael over a decade ago. He was an original thinker and a person dedicated to equality and the…


Savings under Croke Park Agreement

Minister for Environment, Housing and Local Government has announced that savings of just under €162 million have been made in local government under the Croke Park Agreement, up to March of this year, between pay and non-pay.   The majority of €130 million of the savings were made through restructuring and productivity and performance initiatives.…


Fine Gael Jobs Initiative

Government making decisions and delivering We have obtained a secure and stable mandate and we have agreed a Programme for Government which aims to deliver in the following priority areas:  restoring our public finances,  supporting the protection and creation of jobs,  restoring confidence and getting the economy moving,  fixing the banking…


Draft Bye-Law for the Prevention of Smoking in Certain Areas 2011 (amended proposal)

In response to several comments and constructive criticisms from various people, I have amended my draft bye-law to ban smoking in children’s playgrounds in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. The following are the amendments I intend to make at tonight’s Council meeting (9th May 2011): (a) in section 4, to insertion of the words “a playground or” after…