Meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

I had the opportunity to meet Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his visit to Dublin. I discussed my Online Advertising and Social Media Transparency Bill to address electoral integrity issues as well as how to moderate harmful content to make the internet a safer place.

Facebook have recently introduced new regulations seeking to provide greater transparency in political advertising, which is welcome in the run up to the EU elections but myself and Mr Zuckerberg agreed that Governments need to set the agenda here.

I also raised my concerns in relation to Facebook’s recent appeal against their fine in the UK for data breaches and the 1.5 billion data sets which left Ireland on the eve of the GDPR. It was a very useful exchange which I hope to continue when attending the international parliamentary committee on disinformation in Canada in May.

M7 Widening to Begin January 6th

M7 near Millennium Park where Sallins bypass will intersect with new 3-lane motorway.

M7 near Millennium Park where Sallins bypass will intersect with new 3-lane motorway.

I can confirmed that work has begun in earnest for the widening of the M7 motorway. The works have begun on the M7 at Johnstown to the Naas South exit which will see the motorway expanded and the Sallins bypass installed. The works will fully begin on January 6th.

This is a great start to 2018. I have campaigned for many years for the project to go ahead. It is a vital piece of infrastructure which has been badly needed. Now commuters and residents alike will see tangible evidence that the work is well underway.

Once completed in 2020 the final project will see extra capacity on the M7, a new interchange, and bypass of Sallins. Continue Reading →

Drones Bill Introduced in Dáil

droneI was delighted to introduce my second Bill at first stage in the Dáil yesterday. The Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) Bill 2017, which you can read in full here, aims to legislate for the use of Drones. You can also read the transcript of my speech introducing the Bill here. I have met many organisations, hobbyists and other stakeholders to ensure the Bill provides safety and best practices without taking away the enjoyment of Drone use. Continue Reading →

Motion to evolve Community Employment Schemes

Today I penned a motion to improve the working of Community Employment Schemes. Please see the motion to support Community Employment Schemes here.

The motion aims to ensure the social element of CE Schemes, review the impact Jobpath is having on CE Schemes, allow more employees to stay on the their scheme, and to review the participation limits of older people on the scheme. Continue Reading →

Progress On Sallins Bypass, M7 Widening

I am pleased to welcome, following my submission to the capital expenditure plan, news of five tenders submitted for work on the Sallins bypass, M7 Widening, and Osberstown Interchange. This is an important step in the process and I understand Kildare County Council are expecting to award contracts this coming September. I will continue to work with the council to progress this much needed project.