My recent article published in the Sunday Independent:

I rarely attend Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meetings. Gone are the days when they saw a lively exchange of ideas and suggestion. They are now a listening exercise, with the backbenchers expected to stay in listening mode.   Not that I am missing out on much, as much of what is uttered at these meetings

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Covid Restrictions

I have written to the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health urging them to remove all Covid restrictions by the end of January, as hospital and ICU figures have remained stable as a result of high levels of vaccination and natural immunity. Hospitality businesses should now be allowed to operate as normal & the use

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Laurel Hill

The Minister for Education has informed me that she has given initial project approval for a large-scale development at the Laurel Hill campus on South Circular Road, Limerick. The building project will involve the construction of a new 1,000 pupil secondary school including two special needs classrooms for Laurel Hill Secondary School. The old school,

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I Raised the Aer Lingus Job Cuts with An Taoiseach in Dáil

I raised the issue of the Aer Lingus announcement to permanently close its cabin crew base at Shannon airport directly with An Taoiseach, Micheal Martin during Leaders Questions in Dáil Éireann.  The video of Dáil proceedings can be viewed at the following link:  https://www.facebook.com/100000702333773/videos/4210621458971224/ Text of Dáil Éireann debate: Willie O’Dea TD “I will bring

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FF in danger of being reduced to the status of a mudguard party

One of the less noticeable consequences of Covid has been to obscure a number of developments and decisions which have the capacity to be extremely damaging and possibly have fatal consequences for Fianna Fail. There are a number of those, but today I will just concentrate on one area – banks and financial institutions. In

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My speech on Banking, March 3rd 2021

In the ridiculously short time available to me I am not able to discuss Bank of Ireland but suffice it to say I agree with the remarks by Members on all sides of the House. I will confine myself, in the few minutes I have, to the situation with Ulster Bank. The key question with

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Examinerships For SMEs – Topical Issue

I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing me to raise this very important topic. This State has expended enormous amounts of money as aids to businesses affected by the pandemic, and rightly so. The purpose of this has been to preserve businesses and jobs affected by the pandemic. More important is ensuring that as many

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