Blog: A Trip to Tipp


Great as always to visit the Premier County and catch up with friends and comrades, as well as meeting with constituents and getting to know even more of this huge area that I represent in Europe.

DSCF2483I was honoured to address a room full of hundreds of republican activists and supporters in Cashel at the selection convention for the forthcoming general election. Three excellent candidates had been nominated and each would have made a terrific candidate and TD. Níos Mó | More

Blog: Gorey and Enniscorthy with Cllr. Johnny Mythen

IMG_20150626_122104The sun shone brightly when I visited Gorey and Enniscorthy recently with Sinn Féin GE Candidate and all-round great guy Councillor Johnny Mythen.

It was fantastic to catch up with Ray Cullen of Gorey-based suicide and self-harm prevention community group {}. Ray was in Brussels last month as part of my mental health and wellbeing delegation, and I’m glad to see the links built that day are paying dividendsas {} shares expertise and experience with similar groups around the country. Johnny and myself got to tour the new premises Níos Mó | More

Blog: Our fishing communities deserve better political representation

This article was first published in the Marine Times.

FisheriesThe fishermen of this country, their families and our coastal communities have been badly failed by successive Irish governments. Since Ireland joined the European Union, our fishing industry has been abandoned by those entrusted to protect and progress what is an extremely important sector of our indigenous economy. Instead of fighting for the best interests of fishermen and a fairer deal from Europe, our governments have been satisfied to sit back and allow the current situation to develop. Níos Mó | More

Blog: Mental health and wellbeing are precious and must be cherished.

Liadh NI RIADAEvery day brings its own challenges and nowhere was this more prevalent than during the mental health delegation which I hosted yesterday in Brussels. Forty people, from different backgrounds, voluntary groups, activists, practitioners, fundraisers, clinicians, researchers and therapists, all gave freely of their time to express their huge concerns about mental health issues in Ireland. Níos Mó | More