Sunday, November 18, 2007


Wexford Conference

I had my first outing on RTE 1's new show "The Late Debate" on Thursday night. It was my first time in the RTE radio studios in Montrose (although I have been in the TV ones before). On the show with me were Michael O'Reagan from the Irish Times and a couple of other guests. The main subjects were whether the Oireachtas should have its own TV channel (I'm not convinced) and also a look forward to the Labour Party Conference in Wexford at the weekend.

The Conference itself turned out to be a blast. I think a lot of people might have expected it to be a wound-licking exercise, after the general election result. Instead it was really upbeat and I'd say that everyone came away happy. Congratulations to Mary Quinn from Dunboyne and to Paul Dillon from outside Duleek, both of whom got elected to the National Executive Committee.

I spoke at the fringe event on Northern Ireland and also on the need for a Dublin Transport Authority. The rest of the time was spent chatting to other delegates and attending various meetings. Both nights were extremely late and great fun.

I got intereviewed by Graham O Maonaigh for postings on the party's youtube home page. He asked me about congestion in Dublin and about the 21st Cetury commission (set up by the conference to help plan the party's future). These are posted here.

Wexford Conference
Cleaning up after the Conference

This week in the Seanad I got to speak on the subject of Road Safety, particulary in relation to the situation outside of our schools. I also spoke about the need for more help to be given to young carers in Ireland.

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