LABOUR TD KENNY DEPLORES CLOSURE OF PERMANENT TSB SUTTON

Posted on July 27, 2012 10:46 AM   

Dublin North East Labour TD Seán Kenny has called for Permanent TSB to reconsider the closure of its branch at Sutton Cross. "The closure of the Sutton Branch of Permanent TSB will further undermine Sutton Cross, which is already suffering because of the economic crisis. Closing the branch will simply make this worse and I call on them to reverse their decision." "I do not see why Permanent TSB customers should have to go all the way from Sutton to other Northside branches in order to access banking services. It is inconvenient for customers and I would really ask Permanent...

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LABOUR TD WELCOMES ONGOING DUBLIN DRAINAGE WORK BUT REMAINS OPPOSED TO CLONSHAUGH SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT

Posted on July 26, 2012 3:39 PM   

Dublin North East Labour TD, Seán Kenny today welcomed the announcement that the Greater Dublin Drainage project is carrying out dye trace and drogue tracking surveys in Irish Sea off North Dublin. "Fingal County Council is undertaking dye trace and drogue tracking surveys in the Irish Sea off the coast of North Dublin, to monitor the currents and directions of sea flows." "The research/information gathering is part of the robust studies being carried out on proposed sites for the new regional wastewater treatment works identified in earlier this year. One of these areas is Clonshaugh, where I have previously expressed...

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KENNY WELCOMES PUBLICATION OF EUROPEAN POLICE OFFICE BILL

Posted on July 26, 2012 3:37 PM   

Dublin North East Labour TD and member of the Oireachtas Justice Committee, Seán Kenny has welcomed the publication of the Bill that covers the establishing of the European Police Office Bill. "Europol's activities can be broadly categorised as information management on the one hand and semi-operational tasks on the other. Europol interacts with member states through national units which each state must establish. The national unit in Ireland is a unit within the Garda Síochána. "The primary purpose of the Bill is to implement into Irish law the EU Council Decision of 6 April 2009 establishing the European Police Office...

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LABOUR TD KENNY CALLS FOR PERMANENT TSB TO KEEP FULL SERVICES IN NORTHSIDE SHOPPING CENTRE

Posted on July 26, 2012 12:54 PM   

Dublin North East Labour TD Seán Kenny has called for Permanent TSB to reconsider the closure of its branch in Northside Shopping Centre. "The changes to this branch from a full-service branch to a self-service branch would be a further blow to Northside Shopping Centre which is already struggling." "I understand that Permanent TSB has to change the way it functions, but they really need to ensure that these changes do not have an impact on local communities that are especially vulnerable to changes such as these." "I am calling for Permanent TSB to reverse its decision in relation to...

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KENNY HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR BETTER QUALITY TRAIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

Posted on July 24, 2012 2:17 PM   

Seán Kenny, the Labour TD for Dublin North East and Oireachtas Transport Committee member has highlighted the need for better quality announcements on board Irish Rail trains. "I have been hearing from constituents that the quality of onboard train announcements leaves a lot to be desired. People who are visually impaired are finding it difficult to know when their stop is because a great many trains do not make onboard announcements, or if they do, they can be inaccurate. "I have been in contact with Iarnród Éireann on the matter, and they tell me that they understand the frustration that...

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KENNY WELCOMES EXTENSIVE REFORM OF LAWS TO PROTECT TENANTS

Posted on July 20, 2012 3:43 PM   

Seán Kenny, the Dublin North East Labour TD and member of the Oireachtas justice committee, today welcomed the announcement of significant and extensive reforms to the laws governing the relationship between tenants and their landlords. "The new reforms will cover tenancies in the voluntary and cooperative housing sector that are very like private tenancies. This means that tenants can now be heard at what used to be known as the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB), which will now be known simply as the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB). The Rent Tribunal will also now be merged with the Residential Tenancies Board....

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KENNY WELCOMES SUBSTANTIAL GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR SOCIAL HOUSING

Posted on July 19, 2012 2:26 PM   

Sean Kenny, the Labour TD for Dublin North East today welcomed the announcement by Housing and Planning Minister Jan O'Sullivan that over €8 million will be invested in Dublin City and Fingal over the next two and a half years to provide new social housing units, particularly for people with special housing needs. "Labour has pledged to protect the most vulnerable in our community and this funding announcement is testament to our commitment to achieve that goal in the housing area. The substantial funds involved will provide long-term, stable homes for elderly, homeless and people with special needs." "Everyone knows...

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KENNY WELCOMES PYRITE REPORT

Posted on July 18, 2012 6:58 PM   

Dublin North East TD Seán Kenny, welcomed the publication of the Pyrite Report which was the published today (Wednesday). The report provides a way forward in resolving the serious difficulties for homeowners across the Northside of Dublin and other areas. "Today's report identified 74 estates, including 12,250 ground floor dwellings, as possibly being affected by pyrite, which is significantly lower than the 100,000 figure previously estimated. The report contains 24 recommendations which will form a roadmap of the next steps needed to resolve pyrite-affected homes." "The report has recommended that parties involved in the construction industry, banking sector, insurance industry...

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KENNY WELCOMES €115 MILLION FUND FOR 20 PRIMARY CARE CENTRES

Posted on July 17, 2012 4:47 PM   

The Dublin North East Labour Party TD and former Dublin City Councillor, Seán Kenny, has today welcomed the allocation of €115 million for Primary Care Centres.. "I am very pleased that despite the enormous economic difficulties faced by this government that funding has been allocated for two bundles of Primary Care Centres. These bundles will each comprise of up to 10 centres. "The Labour Party has long advocated a shift towards primary care services as the fairest way of advancing efficient health care in this country. Our Minister for Primary Care, Roisin Shortall been doing stirling work in terms of...

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PERSONAL INSOLVENCY BILL WILL TACKLE "BANKRUPTCY TOURISM" - KENNY

Posted on July 13, 2012 12:03 PM   

I very much welcome this Bill, possibly one of the most significant bills that come before the 31st Dáil. The Bill provides for comprehensive reform of insolvency law and practice. It provides for new, more flexible options to address the circumstances of insolvent debtors. It addresses the obligations of debtors and the rights of creditors in a proportionate and balanced way, and takes into account the financial reality of individual circumstances. The development of modern insolvency law is a key commitment in the programme for Government. It was also required by the terms of the EU-IMF-ECB programme of financial support...

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LABOUR TD KENNY SAYS McGUINNESS NOT APPROPRIATE FIGURE TO CHAIR BANKING ENQUIRY

Posted on July 12, 2012 12:55 PM   

The Dublin North East Labour Party TD and former Dublin City Councillor, Seán Kenny, has called on Fianna Fáil TD and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee to step aside over his lobbying for the Cargobridge Consortium near Dublin Airport. "Fianna Fáil Deputy John McGuinness, then a member of Kilkenny County Council, made direct representation by letter to the then Taoiseach, Albert Reynolds, in relation to allowing the consortium to access the site over the lands owned by Minister for Transport. Deputy McGuinness's brother, Mr. Michael McGuinness was a director of Neptune Freight. The Mahon report says that Michael McGuinness...

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KENNY WELCOMES SUPREME COURT DECISION ON PRIORY HALL

Posted on July 10, 2012 5:43 PM   

Dublin North East Labour Party TD has welcomed today's Supreme Court decision that continues the support that Dublin City Council is required to give the Priory Hall Residents. "The Supreme Court has this afternoon put the hearing date for further court hearings on the matter, back to a date in the next law term which starts in October. This means that the High Court Order for funding, rent differential and storage charges therefore remains in place. "I am pleased that the residents will not at this stage be forced to default on their mortgage payments which would adversely affect their...

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KENNY WELCOMES FREE WI-FI ON ALL INTERCITY TRAIN SERVICES

Posted on July 9, 2012 1:49 PM   

Dublin North East T.D. and Oireachtas Transport Committee Member, Sean Kenny today warmly welcomed the announcement that all of Iarnród Éireann Intercity trains are now equipped with free WiFi. "WiFi was already operating on services on the 67 carriages of the Dublin-Cork fleet since 2011 and the service has proven a huge hit with rail customers on the route. Equipping the new 234-carriage Intercity railcar fleet, with WiFi means that every Intercity route on the network now has free WiFi, covering services from Dublin to and from -Cork, Sligo, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Kerry, Waterford, Rosslare. "The availability of free WiFi...

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KENNY WELCOMES PROGRESS ON DEALING WITH GHOST ESTATES

Posted on July 5, 2012 4:02 PM   

Dublin North East Labour Party TD, Seán Kenny today welcomed a report on progress being made in tackling the problem of ghost estates which has been published by Minister for Housing & Planning, Jan O'Sullivan. "The reports says that in June 2011, the Government announced a range of actions to address the problems posed by ghost estates. Most of these actions are contained in the Final Report of the Advisory Group on Unfinished Housing Developments and include bringing together developers, banks, NAMA, local authorities, state agencies and representatives of residents in creating a more co-ordinated approach to the ghost estate...

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KENNY CALLS FOR CHANGE OF RULES SURROUNDING BILLBOARD ADVERTISING

Posted on July 5, 2012 3:26 PM   

Dublin North East Labour Party TD Seán Kenny today said that there was a need for a review and also a change to the regulations surrounding advertising, particularly advertising on billboards that are seen around cities and towns. "I have had numerous complaints over the past few weeks from people who have been upset at the confrontational nature of certain advertising conducted by Youth Defence that have appeared on billboards around Dublin. People have been telling me that when they complained to the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland, ASAI, they were informed that the advertising campaign was outside the remit...

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LABOUR TD KENNY HAILS NEW PROTECTION FOR LOW PAID

Posted on July 5, 2012 12:18 PM   

Dublin North East Labour TD Seán Kenny has welcomed the completion of Joint Labour Committee (JLC) legislation and says that this is yet more evidence that Labour is delivering on its promises in Government. "The Joint Labour Committee legislation passed through its final stages on Wednesday evening. When it is implemented, it will ensure more protection for workers on wages as low as €18,000 per annum. "The legislation ensures that recommendations for decent pay and conditions that are agreed at Joint Labour Committees, including delivery of sector specific minimum wage rates, will be respected and enforced. "The reason for the...

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