Water Tax and Local Authorities

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I join Senator MacSharry in calling for a debate to get some clarity on what is happening with respect to the charge for local services, property tax and the allied issue of water tax. There is no doubt that we used to have local services and water. … Continue reading

Health Insurance (Reform) Bill

Health Care Reform

[Speaking in the Seanad] It is 21 years since I returned to Ireland. At that time, I rapidly came to the conclusion that the health system was in fundamental need of reform. The key problems that were obvious to me were the general poor quality, extraordinary inefficiency and highly unequal nature of the health system. … Continue reading

Water charges; Universal Health Care

[speaking in Seanad Eireann during Order of Business.....] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business that the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, come to the House to clarify the position on water tax. I am not naive; water is not free and, … Continue reading