Progress on jobs

This Government inherited a jobs market in freefall with 250,000 private-sector jobs and 45,000 jobs in exporting sectors lost between 2008 and 2010. Since taking office, the Action Plan for Jobs, has provided for a transition from the old, failed economy – reliant on property, banking and debt – to a new, sustainable economy based…


Michael Davitt plaque

Today, I attended a ceremony in Ballybrack village to dedicate the obelisk there to the memory of Michael Davitt, founder of the Land League, who lived close by. Davitt’s first monster meeting took place in Irishtown in South Mayo in 1879 and he stayed in my great-great-grandfather’s house, nearby in Doonmacreena Bridge, that night.

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Robert Mallet plaque – Killiney beach

It was a bleak morning, this morning, on Killiney Beach for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to Robert Mallet, the father of seismology. In October 1849, aged 39, Robert, and his son John, who was a geology student at TCD, decided to carry out a remarkable experiment on Killiney Beach. They wanted to prove…


Kevin O’Higgins plaque vandalised

Disgusted to see that the plaque commemorating Kevin O’Higgins near the place where he was assassinated in 1927, at the corner of Booterstown and Cross Avenues, was vandalised last week, for the second time since it was unveiled by An Taoiseach. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has ordered a replacement, but consideration will have to be…


Daffodil Day

Not a nice day for Daffodil Day volunteers today. The Irish Cancer Society has confirmed that they will still be out there, so if you see them, please support the cause by buying a daffodil. If you can’t/don’t want to make it outside today, you can still text DAFF to 50300 to donate €4 to…


Gay Mitchell not to contest European elections

Gay Mitchell not to Contest European Parliament 2014 Elections Speaking in Strasbourg, Dublin MEP Gay Mitchell said today (Thursday, 14 th March) he will not contest the 2014 European Elections. “When I first stood for the European Parliament in 2004 I did so at the request of the Party Leader, as Fine Gael had only…


dlr Business Promotion Fund 2013

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has established a €70,000 Business Promotion Fund in 2013 to assist recognised business groups, with €11,000 allocated to each of the Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire and Ballybrack local electoral areas. Grants of up to a maximum of 75% of proposed expenditure will be payable in respect of promotion and marketing activities…


Primetime (RTÉ 1) – gender quotas

I appeared on RTÉ 1 television’s Prime Time last night with Miriam O’Callaghan, Senator Averil Power and former Ministers Gemma Hussey and Mary O’Rourke, to discuss gender quotas in Irish politics. Watch here.