Monday, April 28, 2008


Lisbon comes to Termonfeckin

This week saw the continuation of our Commuter Belt survey. Myself and the team were out delivering on Tuesday morning. - we managed to do about 1,000 houses in Duleek in a couple of hours. At this stage people are beginning to send back their responses and the results promise to be very interesting.

I raised the issue of Broadband speeds in the Seanad on Tuesday afternoon. Eircom are suggesting that higher broadband speeds are provided in the Gateway towns. Why stop there! There are thousands of workers travelling into Dublin every day from towns across the commuter belt. If people had high-speed broadband in places like Ashbourne and Ratoath then more people could work from home. Also, we might see more businesses relocating to these towns as a result.

I spoke on the Lisbon Treaty twice this week. Both times it was in the company of the Minister for Europe, Dick Roche. On Tuesday we shared a platform at the Irish Countrywomen's Association event in Termonfeckin, County Louth. Also on the platform were Donegalmen Deputy Joe McHugh and Senator Pearse Doherty.

It was a well-attended event, and the audience even included my mother (a local ICA member), who was very well-behaved.

I also spoke on the Treaty the following day in the Seanad. It was a busy day there. I had to take the Order of Business in the morning and later on I spoke about primary schooling.

A video of the Order of Business is below.

On Saturday I attended the Meath East Community Association Open Day at Laytown school. The hall was packed with table stalls of various local and national groups including the Laytown Pitch & Putt club, Meath Partnership, the Army Reserve, Sonairte - the National Ecology Centre and Meath Local Sports Partnership. Congrats to MECA for organising such a successful day.

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