Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien has expressed his solidarity with the people of Manchester and described last night’s act of terrorism carried out at an event in Manchester Arena as a despicable attack on innocents.
“I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, and those who were injured, in last night's reprehensible attack in Manchester.
"While details continue to emerge this morning, all those who watch and listen to these details will struggle to comprehend the reckless evil behind the attack. To deliberately target and kill innocent young children is beyond comprehension.
"We express our deepest sympathy and solidarity with the people of Manchester as they try to deal with this devastation. "
As you may be aware, some customers (1,000 approx.) in the Fingal area are currently receiving email notifications on water outages in their area from the Water Services Department.
Fingal Alerts : https://alerts.fingal.ie/en/ is currently being rolled out and will be used for communications going forward, replacing the current e-mail system to notify customers.
The Fingal Alert system uses a self-registration process and the customer has a choice of medium the communication is delivered in i.e. text, e-mail, and social media.
With the Fingal Alerts system customers will only receive alerts that are relevant and in proximity to their area(s) of choice (such as home and work).
Additional information about Fingal Alerts and how it works can be found by visiting the Council website www.fingal.ie and clicking on the banner “Fingal Alerts” or at https://alerts.fingal.ie/en/register .
- Increased resources needed to clamp down on illegal dumping and fly-tipping -
- Funding secured for Matt Lane and Gardeners Hill, Balriggan -
Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has expressed concern that despite a Government initiative to tackle illegal dumping, rubbish is continuing to be left in public spaces and on roadsides throughout the North County.
In March, the Communications Minister launched the 2017 anti-dumping initiative; however a number of serious incidents have been reported to Deputy O’Brien since then.
“The scale of illegal dumping is growing increasingly severe across the North County. Our beautiful coastal landscape and beaches attract droves to the area but they are becoming blighted by fly-tipping,” explained Deputy O’Brien.
“Bags of rubbish and other household refuse are being dumped beside children’s playgrounds and widely used public spaces. All the while, dog fouling and cigarette butts continue to be matters of public health concern that affect families and the broader environment
“Minister Naughten recently spoke of a new €650,000 funded anti-dumping initiative, some of which will be specifically allocated to Matt Lane and Gardenders Hill in Balbriggan. This area is just one of many litter black spots across the county.
"I very much welcome this funding however, my greatest worry is that despite this allocation I fear things are actually getting worse instead of seeing an overall improvement in the situation,,” he added.
“Surveillance is essential in clamping down on this issue and we need to increase the resources that are currently available to properly police illegal dumping across the two counties. Unless the necessary resources were allocated to implement the Minister’s plans, the problem will continue to persist.
“Initiatives and grand plans are all well and good, but we really need to see the resources allocated to the County Councils to ensure action on the ground. The relevant authorities have to enforce the waste laws and impose greater fines to deal with the problem.”
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien TD has said that Transport Minister Shane Ross’s failure to meet with the Dublin Airport Authority to specifically discuss Brexit shows that he is not on top of his game as a Government Minister.
The Deputy made his comments in light of information he received through a Parliamentary Question which he tabled to the Department of Transport and which has revealed that Minister Ross has not met with the DAA for the purposes of discussing Britain’s exit from the European Union.
The Deputy commented, “I am appalled by the Minister’s hands-off approach to what is an existential threat for the DAA, the aviation industry and my own constituency of Dublin Fingal in particular.
“The Minister acknowledges in his own response that should the UK leave the single aviation market without a replacement agreement: ‘existing traffic rights could be negatively impacted, including the rights of Irish licensed airlines to fly between the UK and Ireland, the UK and the rest of the EU, within the UK, and between the UK and a range of other third countries’.
“Despite it being wholly apparent that Brexit will pose much difficulty for Dublin Airport, it is clear that Minister Ross is not treating it with anything like the attention it requires.
“The Minister’s laissez-faire approach towards Brexit is symptomatic of the Government’s failure to produce any plans for the sectors of the Irish economy which will be left most exposed to and affected by the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.
“Irish tourism is heavily reliant on the connectivity between Dublin and Britain. Almost 4.5m people flew between Irish and British capitals last year, while the Dublin-London route remains the second busiest in the world. Minister Ross needs to recognise how crucial it is that Ireland minimises the possible implications from Brexit on our country’s main transport hub.
“Almost a year has passed since the British Referendum vote to leave the EU and it Minister Ross has not engaged with the relevant bodies to address their concerns and ensure that they are adequately equipped to deal with the many challenges ahead,” concluded O’Brien.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien TD has called on Minister of State for European Affairs, Dara Murphy to take the opportunity at today’s General Affairs Council meeting being held in Brussels, to highlight Ireland’s concerns regarding Polish Government's commitment to the rule of law.
“Despite repeated warnings from European colleagues and international bodies; the Polish Government continues to undermine the rule of law," explained Deputy O'Brien.
“Their refusal to publish and implement the rulings of the Constitutional Tribunal and instead adopt additional legislation, appear to be part of a wider and worrying agenda where key freedoms are being restricted and the separation of powers is increasingly blurred.
“Today’s General Affairs Council meeting provides Ireland its first formal opportunity to raise the issue and send a strong message that respect for the rule of law and a legitimate legal system must be respected and upheld.
“I am growing increasingly concerned about nations within the European Union introducing domestic laws that are certainly against the spirit of the European Union and potentially violating the founding principles of the project. No member state can be allowed to disregard the values upon which the Union is based.
“While Brexit is clearly a very significant challenge facing the European Union, it is not the only threat. We must remain vigilant to the threats within and call them out when we see them.
“I am urging Minister Murphy to use the platform offered at today’s meeting to highlight our growing concerns regarding the threat to the rule of law in Poland and to confirm whether he has taken the opportunity.”