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Liz McManus leaving the stage

As an Independent observer of the Wicklow TD, s Dail performance I must on the bases of the data I have before me conclude that Labour Party Wicklow TD Liz McManus is in fact the hardest working TD, of them all and this can be verified by looking at her performance is the Dail
Her efforts on behalf of other people and her staunch support of small groupings of people on the margins of Irish society all stand on the record
Mrs. McManus has informed the labour party of her intention not to go forward as a candidate in the next election and so will no longer be a TD after the next general election
I only hope we are lucky enough to get someone of the same conviction to serve their local community as she has done, but this time without having to serve a corrupt political system that inhibits ones best efforts on behalf of ones constituents

Billy Timmins Dail questions

speaker:Billy Timmins : 4 Written Answers

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Written Answers – Travel Documentation: Travel Documentation (16 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-16.1072.0&s=speaker%3A18#g1073.0.q

Billy Timmins: Question 142: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs

the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if

he will make a statement on the matter. [25980/10]

 

Written Answers – Telecommunications Services: Telecommunications Services (16 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-16.1167.0&s=speaker%3A18#g1168.0.q

Billy Timmins: Question 168: To ask the Minister for Communications,

Energy and Natural Resources the position regarding the provision of

broadband in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Carlow;

and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25710/10]

 

Written Answers – Grant Payments: Grant Payments (16 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-16.1176.0&s=speaker%3A18#g1177.0.q

Billy Timmins: Question 171: To ask the Minister for Agriculture,

Fisheries and Food the position regarding an application in respect of

a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; if same will be awarded;

and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25711/10]

Wicklow TD’sDail comments for June 15th

speaker:Dick Roche : 11 Dail debates

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Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A243#g122.0

Dick Roche: Fine Gael has no confidence in Deputy Enda Kenny.

Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A243#g125.0

Dick Roche: We remember its policy on stamp duty.

Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A243#g129.0

Dick Roche: Fine Gael supported it.

http://www.kildarestreet.com/D/378-OfaGZDsLHxRu/XwN

speaker:Billy Timmins : 2 Dail debates

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Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A18#g339.0

Billy Timmins: One cannot get a passport for the past five months. Do

not twist the facts.

Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A18#g344.0

Billy Timmins: I thank the Acting Chairman. The Minister, Deputy

Carey, stated the Government has not heard any constructive criticism.

It has not heard it because it has not listened. It has not listened to

anybody. A great number of constructive proposals were put forward by

this side of the House but they fell on deaf ears and the country has

suffered as a result. In the past week I heard a number…

speaker:Billy Timmins : 4 Written Answers

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Written Answers – Visa Applications: Visa Applications (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-15.1454.0&s=speaker%3A18#g1455.0.q

Billy Timmins: Question 302: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality

and Law Reform the position regarding the case of persons (details

supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25108/10]

Written Answers – Overseas Development Aid: Overseas Development Aid (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-15.1643.0&s=speaker%3A18#g1644.0.q

Billy Timmins: Question 361: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs

the number of applications he received under each fund of Ireland Aid

annually since 2007; the number of successful applications; and if he

will make a statement on the matter. [25519/10]

Written Answers – Overseas Development Aid: Overseas Development Aid (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-15.1643.0&s=speaker%3A18#g1646.0.q

Billy Timmins: Question 362: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs

the amount of disability funding as a percentage of overall funding

annually since 2007; the details of Ireland Aid’s disability strategy;

and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25520/10]

Wicklow Times gives us a mention

 

We recently crossed over the 36,000 visitors mark and for the first time we also got a mention in the local paper the Wicklow Times click here Document (9)

They picked up on my article on the Local TD’s expenses.

Last Year we had a Darby and here is the link http://thepressnet.com/2009/09/01/wicklow-td%e2%80%99s-are-big-spenders/

My thanks to all who drop by on a Daly basis , contribute and encourage me .Independent news and opinions  are a vital ingredient of Democracy ,and we must guard these fundamental rights we all have .

We also have the right to call to account those that are put in places of power be it local or national

remember we the people are the paymasters and they are supposed to be working for US the general public .We must get used to asking the real questions .for example Wicklow Town has now approx 2000 unemployed ,so what have the Local elected TD’s done to get even one person a job

What new funds or what job creation measures have been provided in the last 17 months

I can answer you NONE!

Don’t promise you votes to someone just because there a nice Man/Woman

We need new faces and new ideas; nothing will change if the same old policies are kept

 We need Action on Jobs and not hot air and empty promises

Billions have been squandered in toxic Banks (NAMA)

Jobs have been created for top managers, accountants and solicitors (people in the right circles)

The rest of us are dumped and forgotten!

Stand up and fight back! 

  Demand up-skilling ,re-education and universal health care for all

 Demand answers and accountability!

Closure of libraries in two schools in Co. Wicklow

 

Labour TD Liz McManus,

has warned of the serious affects that the closure of libraries in two schools in Co. Wicklow may have.

The two schools that are under threat of having their libraries closed down by the Government are St. Kilian’s Community College in Bray and the Abbey Community College in Wicklow Town.

“I am deeply shocked at the news that the libraries in these two schools

will have to close because of the moratorium on recruiting librarians”,

said Deputy Liz McManus. “The Demonstration Library Projects were set up

in 22 schools around the country to ensure that young people are able to

read and to encourage a love of reading. They provide students with a

welcoming and safe environment where they can read, do homework, or prepare

for exams.

“An estimated €9m was spent on building and stocking these libraries and I

understand that €1m would keep the service going. This is a modest amount

of money for a significant return. These libraries operate in schools that

are located in disadvantaged areas and are specifically aimed at students

who are the most likely to leave school without formal education.

“The school library service has been tried and trust and has delivered for

many young people. Now it is being destroyed by this Fianna Fail

Government who are hell bent in creating economic havoc. They expect us to

shore up the banks while at the same time they are undermining the

potential of our young students attending 2nd-level schools.

“I am calling on Dick Roche as the only Government Minister in Co. Wicklow

to condemn this measure. It is quite clear that where there is strong

opposition in Fianna Fail that they are able to alter Government policy.

While Fianna Fail Deputies are arguing about stag hunting, there isn’t a

whimper about the loss of library services. It is time to stand up and be

counted. Pulling the plug at this stage is tantamount to educational

vandalism”, concluded Deputy McManus.

… ends …

Liz McManus 087-2357369

New Jobs for Wicklow Town

PRESS STATEMENT

Wicklow Town – Profitsflow.com – has announced that they are creating 20

new jobs.

Labour TD Liz McManus has warmly welcomed the recent news that a company in

“This is indeed very good news for Wicklow Town and I would like to extend

my congratulations to Profitsflow.com”, said Deputy Liz McManus. “At a

time when businesses are forced to cut back because of the economic

downturn, it is heartening to see a local company taking on 20 new staff.

“These are the kind of high-tech jobs that we want to attract to Co.

Wicklow and I feel that this will be a great boost for Wicklow Town.

Hopefully we will see more new companies setting up and offering employment

to people living in the county”, concluded Deputy McManus.

… ends …

Liz McManus 087-2357369

We need a change from This !

Dick Roche
(Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs; Wicklow, Fianna Fail) Link to this

I acknowledge that Deputy Timmins made suggestions with a view towards helping. However, escalating the conflict with the trade union would not necessarily help. I agree with him that the union should give serious consideration to reviewing and reversing its position on overtime and the taking in of temporary staff. Many of the temporary staff are people who have been employed over the years in this capacity. It is strange, to put it no stronger than that, for a trade union, at this particular time, to take a view that employing additional staff is a wrong thing to do.

I do not agree with Deputy Timmins that simply blaming the paycut policy of the Government is a solution. This is a reality which we all face. Of course, I have no doubt I would make the same point if I were sitting across the House.

Add your comment

Billy Timmins
(Wicklow, Fine Gael)

Deputy Roche soon will be.

Add your comment

Mr Timmins above comment implies that he is assured to be on the government side of the house in the near future

This is the problem we have in this country that we the people only really have to choice between Fiannia Fail and Fin Gail

I personally hope the people get up and create a real alternative to these two choices

Mr Timmins comment is a prime example of the complacent attitude one would expect of an opposition that thinks that they are entitled to take the place of the current government without having really done very much to prevent the catastrophic events that led this country down the toilet!

We the ordinary people must break the stranglehold these 2 old run down political institutions have on our country

The admittance by Mr.Dick Roche he would do the same if he was in Mr.Timmens side only demonstrates the cosy set up in the Dail

This “All change sides attitude” is just not good enough anymore,

We the people must ensure that we have capable people with competent qualifications to run the country and we must now dispose of these party functionaries that have mastered this outdated system in favour of non career orientated public servants that will serve their local areas for a set time and then gracefully bow out without becoming rich and in receipt of a pension that would shame any other member of the community because of its size.(the standard national citizen pension should be enough for them!)

 


 
Dick Roche
(Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs; Wicklow, Fianna Fail)

 

per week just to keep the public services ticking over. A very high proportion of that is going on pay. It is clear that the Government, whoever is in government, must balance the books. We cannot continue to borrow at that level. It would not be wise or prudent to talk about reversing this situation. In fact, I would be absolutely opposed to that.

I agree with Deputy Timmins that it is a citizen’s right to travel. It is a fundamental right and enshrined in national and international law, the Lisbon treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the many measures we have enacted. That is why the action taken by the trade union in this case is singularly ill-advised. It will create bad feeling between the union and the general public, who are being grotesquely inconvenienced. There is something fundamentally wrong, in the 21st century, in people having to queue from 3 a.m. I heard a lady from Donegal speaking on a radio programme earlier today. She said she left her home at 3 a.m. to come to Dublin because a passport was urgently needed for a child who wants to travel to engage in some activity. That is wrong. Public service unions, notwithstanding industrial relations disputes, must be aware of this.

I am not entirely convinced that outsourcing public services is the best way to go. I have never been a big fan of outsourcing public services. However, the Deputy is right when he says outsourcing has worked very well in the Netherlands and is working in the United Kingdom. I am not sure of the precise position in Denmark. In so far as it is possible to run an efficient, effective and cost-effective service, we should do so within the public service. That is why I think the action of the trade union in this case is so ill-advised. In terms of the long-term relations between unions and the public it is an ill-advised action. I join with Deputy Timmins in calling on the Civil and Public Service Union to reconsider this, reverse its action, resume overtime and allow temporary workers to take up their positions.

 

Comment

While members of the public were camped outside the passport office,freezing their collective butts off

The newly elevated members of the Government were across the road in the Buswells hotel

Partying through the night

What does that tell you?

Liz McManus active in the Dail

 

Liz McManus , Dail activities during the week  24.01.2010- 29.01.2010

 

 
Liz McManus
(Wicklow, Labour)

Last year broadcasting legislation was passed by the two Houses and the Joint Committee on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources was charged with carrying out a selection process for appointments to the boards of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and RTE. That process was completed before Christmas. We all know the Minister, Deputy Ryan, has an eccentric view regarding appointments to the public services. He seems to think a telephone call and a chat is enough.
We now have a situation where, I understand, four Cabinet meetings have been held and yet these appointments have not been made. I have no idea what is going on, but the committee on which I sit carried out its duty in an exemplary fashion. We made our recommendations to the Minister, Deputy Ryan. He does not have to accept them, but we have no word—–
 

Question 48: To ask the Minister for Finance if the public sector pay cuts apply when contract employees in a university here have their funding 100% sourced from philanthropic or private sources; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Brian Lenihan Jnr
(Minister, Department of Finance; Dublin West, Fianna Fail)

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No 2) Act, 2009 makes provision for the reduction in the pay rates of all persons employed by public service bodies with effect from 1 January 2010. Universities come under the definitions within the Act as public service bodies, contract researchers where they are employed by such a public service body are subject to the pay reductions provided for under the legislation.

Question 89: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when digital closed circuit television will be provided to a Garda station (details supplied) in County Wicklow to replace the out of date analogue system; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

John Curran
(Minister of State, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Dublin Mid West, Fianna Fail)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the recording equipment currently employed for the existing Garda CCTV system in the station referred to by the Deputy will be replaced with digital recording equipment during the first quarter of 2010.

 Question 115: To ask the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will give assurances for continued funding in 2011, 2012 and onwards for a community development project (details supplied) in County Wicklow in order for it to continue its work with the County Wicklow partnership; if the current level of funding will continue into the future; his views on the important work being carried out by the community development projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter

John Curran
(Minister of State, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Dublin Mid West, Fianna Fail)

As I outlined previously to the House, my Department has seen the need to redesign its community development/social inclusion programmes, particularly the Local Development Social Inclusion (LDSIP) and Community Development Programmes (CDP), drawing on good international practice and to support the ongoing evaluation of the programmes. Both programmes have a community development element and were delivered through separate local delivery structures. These programmes came to an end on 31 December 2009 and have been superseded by a new programme, the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).

The aim of the new programme is to tackle poverty and social exclusion through partnership and constructive engagement between Government and its agencies and people in disadvantaged communities.

The new programme will preserve elements of good practice from the CDP/LDSIP Programmes and will enable groups to objectively demonstrate the positive impacts they are securing for local communities. An implementation strategy, involving the stakeholders, is underway in preparation for LCDP roll-out over the course of 2010.

In advance of proceeding to establish a single programme across CDPs and Partnerships, my Department undertook an evaluation of individual community development projects. Many of these projects span across two decades, with quite diverse activities. The objective of the review was to identify those projects that produce tangible, appropriate benefits for the communities they serve. The vast majority of projects, including the project referred to by the Deputy, fall into this category and have been offered funding under the new programme in 2010. Where projects were not recommended for continued funding, an appropriate appeals mechanism has been provided.

I am pleased to have been able to ring-fence funding for community development projects for 2010 and to maintain it at 2009 levels. In few other areas of public spending has it been possible to do this. The Deputy will appreciate that ongoing funding for 2011 and beyond will be subject to budgetary considerations at the appropriate time.



 

Work Placement Program (WPP) – Responce from TD Billy Timmins TD

billy.timmins@oireachtas.ie to me
show details 12:40 PM (55 minutes ago)
Dear Thomas

Thank you for your email in relation to the above. I am making
representations to the Minister and I will be in touch with you.

Best wishes

Billy Timmins TD
Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs

Water pipes broken under the marlton Road

Water pipes seem to be broken under this streach of the Marlton Road

Thomas,

We have tested this water and there is no chlorine present so it must be surface water coming up through the road.

This often happens where the land is higher than the road.

Thanks again for letting us know as it is always worth checking.

Regards,

Declan Marnane,

Wicklow Area Engineer,

0404 20173

—–Original Message—–

Sent: 25 January 2010 21:43

To: County Secretary – Group

Subject: water pipe breakages

Dear sir or Madam

I wish to draw your attention to the water pipe breakages on the Marlton road

Please inform the relevant department,

Hoping this will bring about the speedy repair and help conserve this precious resource!

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