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Archive for October, 2005

Stop Salmon Driftnetting!

In a Seanad debate on salmon driftnetting, I called on Minster of State Pat the Cope Gallagher to stop protecting vested interests, in order to help tourism, anglers – and the salmon:

What is happening in this debate is very simple. We are seeing a very obvious problem, which has been emerging over a period of time and which it is patently obvious has damaged the national interest, being defended by vested interests – I include political vested interests in that statement. That is healthy. It is something on which politics is often debated and I do not see anything wrong with it provided we know what it is. (more…)

Economic Prosperity has Brought with it Extraordinary Social Problems.

Professor John FitzGerald yesterday made an interesting contribution to a SIPTU conference in Cork. He said that while affordable child care is already a big problem, it will get much worse. Among the reasons he cited for this are that many more women than men are progressing to third level education and employers will find that women account for a significantly larger share of the supply of skilled labour than men. Employers will have to attract and hold skilled women and men, many of whom have young children. Meanwhile, the supply of child care will likely decrease. (more…)

Motion in Seanad on Childcare

Today I have put down the following motion for debate in the Seanad:

That Seanad Eireann, mindful of Ireland’s unprecedented national wealth, urges the Minister for Finance to give far greater resources in the next Budget to childcare and the difficulties encountered by parents of children attending crèches, primary or secondary schools. (more…)

Reforms of Autioneering Business to be Welcomed

Speaking on Morning Ireland this morning I welcomed moves to reform the auctioneering business. Click here and scroll down to “Senator Shane Ross welcomes moves towards reform of the profession” to listen