Speech to Parnell Summer School on Criminal Justice System

Please see below a transcript of my speech: I am delighted to be here and it is great to be back. Thank you for asking me to speak on this highly interesting and relevant theme. Criminal law is one of the most intellectually challenging, complex and profound aspects of justice Continue Reading →

Calling for Local Government Reform

Recently my colleague Shane Cassells TD brought a Bill into the Dáil which would allow Town Counicls to make a return. The benefits to the local community is one key incentive to having town councils and their merits considered once again. You can read my full contribution to the debate Continue Reading →

Parnell Summer School

I was delighted to attend the Parnell Summer School recently. At the Summer School I gave a speech on the echoes of 1916 and patriotism in the modern era. Below is a transcript of that speech. Nationalism cannot become the sole preserve of an exclusionary, closed borders rhetoric. A positive Continue Reading →

FG Silence On Constitutional Crisis Deafening

Fine Gael silence on the parliamentary privilege issue is deafening. The right of elected parliamentarians to make statements in the house without fear of litigation is absolute. Article 15.13 of our constitution enshrines that right and it is a pillar of modern democracy, not just here in Ireland, but across Continue Reading →

Proposal for Live Streaming of Council Meetings

At the Kildare County Council meeting on Monday 28th July, I made a call for live online streaming of all future council meetings. I tabled the motion requesting that the council explore streaming meetings of the council live over the web and requested that both district level and full council Continue Reading →