Sunday, June 15, 2008


Work needed in Headfort Grove

The Leaving Certificate examinations are underway. One of the statistics that I picked up on is that the participation rate of young males undertaking the Leaving certificate exams is lower than that of young females. We need to examine why this is happening, and see whether there are ways of keeping young males at school for longer. Leaving school early can lead to under-achievement in later life, a point I made in the Seanad on this issue. We need to address the issue and see what can be done to increase rates.

The lead-up to the local elections continues and on Tuesday night I dropped up to Howth for a fundraiser for one of our local candidates there, Brian McDowell. The local GAA club was fairly busy and there were many faces I knew present, including former Deputy Sean Ryan, Deputy Tommy Broughan and Councillor Aodhan O'Riordan.

My team put in a great performance and finished joint first, but we were pipped at the post when we lost the tie-breaker. Congratulations to Bernie and Angie (from Head office) and Councillor Brian Collins from Kells, who were on the winning team.

Myself and Brian had a quick chat about Headfort Grove in Kells, and so on Thursday I went over to Kells to meet Councillor Tommy Grimes and to have a walk around the estate. The works have been promised for some time now, but there are fresh concerns about whether sufficient funding will be made available for the project.

Headfort Grove
Myself and Councillor Tommy Grimes in Headfort Grove, Kells

During the walk Tommy introduced me to several local residents, who briefed me on the situation within the estate. We have a Dail question tabled to seek to get some more information on the funding issue.

After a long campaign the Lisbon Campaign was turned down at the polls. It was a very strange campaign to be involved in. I can't say it was very enjoyable at all, and there will be few moments I look back on with any fond memories. The big question now is where next. We need to take a bit of time at this stage to think about what the next step should be, because it's important that we get it right.

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