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Archive for February, 2005

Trinity 87th in World

Trinity College Dublin is the only Irish university to feature in the
top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education Supplement’s world university rankings. The College was ranked 87th in the world, and 28th in Europe.

Open the Gates: Send a Message to Ahern, Cullen, Barry

Send your name and email address to (Enable Javascript to see the email address), and I will send this message on your behalf to Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach, Martin Cullen, Minister for Transport, and Jim Barry, Chief Executive of National Toll Roads:

Every day we motorists are forced to queue and are fleeced on Dublin’s West Link Toll Bridge. On 3 Jan the toll went up 20% to €1.80. I urge you to take immediate measures to remove the toll barriers, relieve traffic congestion and end this rip-off.

Over 5,000 protest messages sent. Keep spreading the word!

Please note we will record your email address solely in order to keep you updated on the Westlink campaign. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Can big Money Access Ministers?

Can big money get access to Ministers? Political lobbyists walk unidentified around Leinster House. We are entitled to ask who they are and who they represent.

The Labour Party previously introduced a Bill on lobbyists in this House which was voted down in summary fashion by the Government. I have noticed in recent times there has been a proliferation of lobbyists in the Houses again, with National Toll Roads particularly noticeable in the past few days. I have no problem with lobbyists being here but I have a problem with big business having access to these Houses when there is no register of who represents whom. (more…)

Open the Gates: Use the Upcoming By-Elections in Kildare and Meath

By-elections in Kildare and Meath announced for 11 March. Now is the time for maximum political pressure. Find a phone! See below for the number of your local representative and ask them to make their opposition to the West Link tolls clear to the Minister for Transport.

Here’s a list of TDs, Senators, MEPs, Councillors, and by-election candidates. Please ring them and ask them to state their opposition to the West Link tolls. (more…)

Why do Oireachtas Committees Sit in Private?

Speaking in the Seanad I questioned why all Oireachtas committees are sitting in private. Here’s how the Leas-Chathaoirleach responded:

Mr Ross: Several committees of the Houses sit this week. Of these, the Committees on Procedure and Privileges, Agriculture and Food and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Information will sit in private. I do not understand why any committee must sit in private

An Leas-Chathaoirleach: Senator Ross, the Committee on Procedure and Privileges always sits in private. (more…)

Open the Gates: Taoiseach wobbles on the West Link Toll Bridge

Here is what Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach, said in the Dail on Wednesday about the M50 and the West Link Toll Bridge:

Consideration of a buyout of the toll contract would have to take account of the costs involved and the implications for the funding of the M50 upgrade project, which is linked. (more…)

Open the Gates: WAG Founded!

Last month, I announced I was setting up an action group to combat the tolls at the West Link Bridge. Here is the series of events which led up to the founding of this group:

3 Jan – The toll rises from €1.50 to €1.80.

10 Jan – The Sunday Independent reveals that George Redmond and Padraig Flynn signed off the original deal to build the toll bridge. (more…)