ROSCOMMON CASE A REASON TO VOTE YES TO THE CHILDREN'S REFERENDUM

Posted on September 27, 2012 2:31 PM   

As I said in this House last week when speaking on the Bill on Vetting legislation, this amendment to the Constitution will enshrine the rights of the children into our Constitution for the first time, and it will afford protection to adopted children, which does not exist currently. The amendment gives children constitutional rights that are robust, but robust in a way that does not undermine the rights of parents unless they have failed in their duty towards the child. I wholeheartedly welcome both the amendment, and the wording of it. I would like to pay tribute to Minister Frances...

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KENNY WELCOMES CANCER SCREENING PROGRAMME FOR 55 TO 74 YEARS OLDS

Posted on September 27, 2012 11:23 AM   

Dublin Bay North Labour T.D. Seán Kenny has welcomed the news that a cancer screening service is at an advanced stage. "I have been informed by the HSE, on foot of enquiries by constituents, that the cancer screening programme will be introduced over the remainder of 2012. When it is fully implemented, the programme will offer free screening every two years to men and women aged between 55-74 years of age. 50% of cancers within this age group are found in those aged between 60-69, and I am informed that the programme will begin with individuals of those ages -...

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LABOUR TD KENNY STATES ISSUE OF MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES IS FUNDAMENTALLY ABOUT THE WOMEN WHO WERE KEPT IN THEM

Posted on September 26, 2012 7:54 PM   

Last year, I welcomed the Inter-departmental Committee of Inquiry and I was pleased to learn that all government departments and their records will be considered available to the Committee's work. I also welcomed the fact that Minister Shatter assured the Justice For Magdalenes campaign that the development of a narrative of State interaction with the Magdalene Laundries would consider acts of omission on the part of the State, in particular the State's failure to inspect and regulate and thereby prevent abuse in the laundries. The Committee produced an interim progress report within three months of its establishment in October, 2011....

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LABOUR TD KENNY WELCOMES INVESTMENT OF OVER €800,000 AT HOWTH FISHERY HARBOUR CENTRE

Posted on September 21, 2012 11:05 AM   

Dublin Bay North Labour TD Seán Kenny has welcomed the signing of a significant contract of €868,000 for remediation and upgrade development works at Howth Fishery Harbour Centre. "I am delighted to hear that this work is going ahead. This investment will not only improve the facilities at the Howth Harbour for vessel owners and the ship repair industry but will serve to boost employment opportunities in the industry, which is great news for Howth. This investment will provide a better working environment for various skilled craftsmen already working in the vessel repair sector while also providing a centre to...

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KENNY HIGHLIGHTS SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT DURING MOBILITY WEEK

Posted on September 20, 2012 11:42 AM   

Seán Kenny, the Dublin Bay North Labour TD and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport has highlighted the fact that Dublin is one of the many cities and towns across Europe marking Mobility Week, which promotes and contributes to a climate of sustainable urban transport. "Mobility Week is a great opportunity to encourage more people to choose public transport. Dublin has made excellent progress in giving people more transport options over the past decade. Improvements in areas like bus corridors and the Luas mean that about half of people coming to work now choose public transport. "This year saw...

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KENNY WELCOMES REFERENDUM ON RIGHTS OF CHILDREN

Posted on September 19, 2012 4:54 PM   

Seán Kenny, the Labour TD for Dublin Bay North and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, has welcomed the referendum on children's rights, hailing it as a progressive step which will ensure the protection of children in the constitution. "Should this referendum pass, and I very much hope that it does, it will have a profoundly positive impact on the way children are treated in this country. The simple reality of Irish history is that the Irish state has consistently failed children - we all know the awful legacy of child abuse and the neglect of children in care....

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THE IAN HUNTLEY AND DERRY O'ROURKE CASES HIGHLIGHT THE NEED FOR PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE PERSONS IN VETTING BILL - LABOUR TD KENNY

Posted on September 19, 2012 1:50 PM   

I warmly welcome this Bill, which, when it is enacted, will make it mandatory for persons working with children or vulnerable adults to be vetted by the Gardaí. A series of reports including the Kelly Fitzgerald Report, the Ferns Report, the Dublin Archdiocese Report, the Ryan Report and the Cloyne Report have demonstrated the absolute need to strengthen our procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults and the publication of this Bill represent a major step in that direction. The State has a tragic legacy of having failed children and vulnerable persons. That legacy must be addressed and comprehensively so....

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KENNY WELCOMES NEW STUDENT TRAVELCARD WITH LEAP CARD CAPABILITY

Posted on September 17, 2012 4:32 PM   

Dublin Bay North TD and member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, Seán Kenny today welcomed the news that the new Student Travelcard would have Leap Card capability. "This will make public transport more attractive to students. There is no additional charge for having a Leap card as part of your Student Travelcard and it can be used right across the public transport system within the Greater Dublin Area. It will give potentially 50,000 students easy access to all forms of public transport in Dublin. The new Student Travelcard now provides the same great convenience and savings that Leap Card users...

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KENNY WELCOMED PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS TO DARNDALE MEDIA INITIATIVE COLLECTIVE TO CELEBRATE TENTH ANNIVERSARY

Posted on September 17, 2012 4:31 PM   

Dublin Bay North TD Seán Kenny welcomed the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, who visited the Media Initiative Collective at Darndale Belcamp Resource Centre to mark its tenth anniversary earlier on 12th September 2012. "I am delighted that President Higgins is here to mark the tenth anniversary of the Media Initiative Collective, which is an important landmark. The Centre received funding in 2001 to provide a programme for young people at risk. This funding, along with additional funding from FÁS Community Services, was used to provide community based training in music, media, and arts. "The Media Initiative Collective (MIC)...

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KENNY CALLS FOR IMPROVED ACCIDENT PREVENTION MEASURES ON LUAS NETWORK

Posted on September 10, 2012 9:55 AM   

Dublin Bay North Labour TD and Member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, Sean Kenny, has called for improved accident prevention measures on the Luas Network. "I am calling for an improved system on the Luas Network in view of the collision the collision this morning where 2 people were taken to hospital and the Luas Red Line has been stopped between Heuston Station and Connolly Station." "It seems to me that stories of Luas being stopped due to an accident are quite freqent and in particular I recall and the Luas collision in 2009 with a bus in O'Connell Street/Abbey...

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TOM McFEELY MUST ANSWER GARDAI TAX SCAM QUESTIONS - KENNY TOM McFEELY MUST ANSWER GARDAI TAX SCAM QUESTIONS - KENNY

Posted on September 7, 2012 1:48 PM   

Dublin Bay North Labour TD Seán Kenny says that following on from reports in today's Irish Independent, disgraced Priory Hall developer Tom McFeely should answer Garda questions regarding money that they believe was destined for the Revenue Commissioners. "Gardaí are investigating the activities of Patrick Russell, a recently struck-off barrister and tax consultant, and they believe he gave developer Tom McFeely €290,000 that was destined for the taxman. "I understand that Patrick Russell operated as a self-styled tax adviser-cum-property guru, and conned a company out of at least €290,000 it owed to the Revenue Commissioner, but instead he gave the...

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KENNY CALLS ON PROPERTY MANAGMENT COMPANY TO ALLOW CLARE VILLAGE APARTMENT OWNER DIRECTORS TO ATTEND COMPANY MEETINGS

Posted on September 5, 2012 2:11 PM   

Dublin Bay North Labour TD, Sean Kenny, today called on O'Farrell Property Management to allow directors appointed by Malahide Road Clare Village apartment owners to attend property management company meetings. "Apartment owners have expressed concern that their appointed directors have not been informed of management company meetings. They are also concerned with the level of management fees charged and by the poor level of services provided by the management company". "Clare Village apartment owners believe that they could turn the management company into a non-profit business. They cite the example of €90,000 that they are charged annually for security. They...

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