LABOUR TD KENNY CONDEMNS LATEST ROUND OF EXCUSES FROM 'ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC' MCFEELY

Posted on October 31, 2012 12:07 PM   

Dublin Bay North Labour Party TD Seán Kenny has condemned the latest comments by Priory Hall developer Tom McFeely. "Mr. McFeely was quoted in today's papers doing little more than whinging about how he is 'down to his last €1,000'. I find that hard to believe given how he has been able to go to court and fight cases on such a frequent basis. High Court and Supreme Court cases like the ones he is fighting are not cheap, as getting legal expertise to assist you is expensive. I'd also note that he was on the receiving end of a...

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LABOUR TD KENNY WELCOMES WI-FI ON ALL TRAINS

Posted on October 25, 2012 11:46 AM   

Seán Kenny, the Dublin Bay North Labour Party TD and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport has welcomed the accouncment by Irish Rail that Ireland is to be the first country in Europe to have wi-fi on all trains. "This move is part of government plans to have all public-transport services equipped with internet access by next year. Iarnrod Eireann passengers will enjoy free internet access on rail services by the end of the year. Travellers on inter-city services and commuter routes into Dublin can already surf the web while travelling." "Some 80 of the Dublin Bus fleet and...

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LACK OF AMENDMENTS ON INSOLVENCY BILL SHOWS SINN FÉIN ARE ALL TALK AND NO ACTION - KENNY

Posted on October 24, 2012 1:04 PM   

Dublin Bay North Labour Party T.D., Sean Kenny, today highlighted the lack of amendments put forward by Sinn Féin on the Personal Insolvency Bill. "Amazingly, Sinn Féin did not put forward a single amendment to the Personal Insolvency Bill, which surprised me, given the posturing that Sinn Féin representatives like to make. It is a poor reflection on how seriously Sinn Féin takes the matter of providing serious opposition, instead choosing to focus on populism and soundbites. "The job of the opposition has to be about more than shouting across the Chamber of the Dáil, or going on the television...

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STRONGER TRANS-EUROPEAN POLICE COOPERATION WILL HELP STOP IRISH GANGLAND CRIME - KENNY

Posted on October 24, 2012 11:02 AM   

Criminal intelligence analysis has been recognized by law enforcement as a useful support tool for over twenty-five years and is successfully used within the international community. While there are many definitions of Criminal Intelligence Analysis in use throughout the world, the one definition agreed in June 1992 by an international group of twelve European INTERPOL member countries and subsequently adopted by other countries is as follows: "The identification of and provision of insight into the relationship between crime data and other potentially relevant data with a view to police and judicial practice." Europol (short for European Police Office) is the...

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INDEPENDENT EVALUATION PROVES JOBBRIDGE SUCCESS

Posted on October 23, 2012 1:54 PM   

Dublin Bay North Labour Party T.D., Seán Kenny has highlighted the positive outcomes for the JobBridge scheme which were published yesterday as part of the interim evaluation of JobBridge by Indecon International Economic Consultants. "The Indecon report contains a number of very positive findings for JobBridge. The most significant is that 52% of JobBridge 'finishers' are currently in paid employment since finishing their internship. This is one of the best outcomes in Europe for work placement programmes. "JobBridge is a pillar of the Government's Jobs Initiative. Its goal is to help people seeking employment to gain valuable work experience and...

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KENNY WISHES BRAM STOKER EXHIBITION WELL

Posted on October 19, 2012 12:36 PM   

Dublin Bay North TD Seán Kenny today extended his best wishes to the Bram Stoker Exhibition, which opened yesterday. "The Bram Stoker Exhibition opened yesterday at The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2. The Exhibition focusing on the life of Bram Stoker will run for six weeks (18 October - 30 November 2012) in the heart of the capital city." "The exhibition will be the focus of domestic and international attention. It will document the life and work of Bram Stoker, a writer that is now being recognised as one of the most influential Irishmen of...

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SEÁN KENNY TD QUESTIONS INADEQUATE CAR PARKING PROVISION AT PROPOSED CLONGRIFFIN MOSQUE

Posted on October 19, 2012 11:36 AM   

Dublin North East Labour TD, Sean Kenny, today stated that he was in favour of the proposed Clongriffin Islamic Mosque development but had reservations concerning some aspects of the planning application submitted to Dublin City Council by Dublin Welfare Society Limited (ref 3325/12). "The inclusion of only 192 car parking spaces in entirely inadequate for a 600 people capacity conference centre. There is already a shortage of car parking spaces in Clongriffin as the 2002 Dublin City Council planning permission provided just one car parking space for each residential unit. This has led to vehicles parking on footpaths and open...

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KENNY WELCOMES DRUG DRIVING TESTS

Posted on October 18, 2012 11:52 AM   

Dublin Bay North Labour T.D., Seán Kenny, a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, that the Road Traffic Bill, which is currently being drafted, will provide for roadside impairment testing for drug use by motorists. He also welcomed that detailed research will now be conducted into finding an appropriate drug testing device for use in Ireland. "I understand that these tests will include cognitive tests such as walking in a straight line, tipping one's nose, or counting while standing on one leg. These new provisions, which are...

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KENNY WELCOMES €3M INVESTMENT IN GARDA VEHICLES

Posted on October 16, 2012 2:35 PM   

Seán Kenny, the Dublin Bay North Labour TD, and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, today welcomed the announcement of a €3m additional investment in the Garda fleet. "I warmly welcome the announcement that funding of €3 million is being made available for Garda transport funding, with 170 new vehicles being purchased. This is a substantial investment in Garda transport, particularly at a time of severe budgetary constraints. "I understand that the Garda Commissioner will be responsible for the actual provision of the new vehicles, and the Garda authorities are making arrangements to have them delivered and commissioned in...

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KENNY WELCOMES ARRIVAL OF 80 NEW DOUBLE DECKER BUSES IN DUBLIN

Posted on October 12, 2012 12:41 PM   

Dublin Bay North TD and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport today welcomed the unveiling of the first of 80 new highly advanced double decker buses for Dublin's bus services. "A total of 80 new buses are being funded by the National Transport Authority as replacement vehicles for Dublin Bus under its public service obligation contract. The new buses represent an investment of €26 million in the Dublin Bus fleet replacement programme, which is being funded through the Government's capital programme." All vehicles are low floor wheelchair accessible and will ensure that Dublin Bus will have a 100% accessible...

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KENNY WELCOMES CROSS BORDER ORGANISED CRIME SEMINAR

Posted on October 10, 2012 4:38 PM   

Seán Kenny, Dublin Bay North Labour TD, and member of the Oireachtas Justice Committee, today welcomed the annual cross border seminar held to address organised crime. "Justice Minister David Ford MLA, and Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter TD have today hosted the annual cross border organised crime seminar. The event provides an opportunity for government and law enforcement agencies from across the island of Ireland to share ideas, discuss emerging issues and threats and develop plans for future operational activity. "Both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland have longstanding and strong links and this seminar provides a vital opportunity to...

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KENNY WELCOMES CHILDREN'S REFERENDUM WEBSITE

Posted on October 5, 2012 11:01 AM   

Dublin Bay North Labour Party T.D. Seán Kenny, has welcomed the new dedicated information website for the Children's Referendum www.childrensreferendum.ie. "Available in both English and Irish, the website includes the referendum wording, as well as a guide to the proposed changes, factsheets on topics such as adoption and foster care, and answers to frequently asked questions about the referendum. "The legislation to allow this amendment, the Thirty-first Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Bill 2012, completed all stages of debate in the Oireachtas this week, with the full support of all TDs and Senators. "The debate on this referendum must not...

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KENNY WELCOMES JUNIOR CERT REFORMS

Posted on October 4, 2012 3:12 PM   

Dublin Bay North Labour Party T.D., Sean Kenny, today welcomed the major changes to the Junior Certificate exams which Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, announced this afternoon. "Such a move is long over-due and will put students at the centre of the three year junior cycle, rather than examinations. There is compelling evidence that the current junior cycle is failing our young people. We know that significant numbers of first years do not make progress in English and Maths - the key building blocks of learning. "We know that too many students fail to keep engaging when they get to...

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KENNY WELCOMES NEW TAXI LIVERY

Posted on October 3, 2012 3:24 PM   

Seán Kenny, the Dublin Bay North Labour T.D., and member of the Oireachtas Transport Committee, has welcomed the new taxi branding signage which will be phased in to Ireland's taxi fleet from January of next year. "The branding has been developed by the National Transport Authority and will see semi-permanent decal 'Taxi' signage affixed to the driver and passenger doors of each car. The move is intended to encourage greater professionalism and accountability within the taxi sector. "New York has yellow taxis, London has the famous black cabs. These approaches would be far too expensive for Irish taxi drivers, but...

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KENNY WELCOMES GARDA CLAMPDOWN ON SPEEDING

Posted on October 2, 2012 12:05 PM   

Seán Kenny, the Dublin Bay North Labour T.D., and member of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, has today welcomed the clampdown by Gardaí on speeding in Dublin. "I welcome the news that Gardaí in Dublin are to mount a new offensive against motorists speeding in 50kmh zones, and cyclists who break traffic lights. I also understand that the recent 30kmh speed limit along stretches of the city quays is here to stay. "The reason for the increased vigilance in relation to this is to prevent further loss of life by road users in the city. More than three-quarters of those...

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KENNY WELCOMES LAUNCH OF HOUSE PRICE REGISTER

Posted on October 1, 2012 12:28 PM   

Dublin Bay North Labour Party T.D., Seán Kenny, today welcomed the launch of the new Property Price Register. "I welcome this long talked about initiative. It will be of immense benefit to house purchasers and it should also bring greater transparency to the payment of stamp duty which is presently based on self-assessment. "It is an essential step in bringing first-time buyers back into the market and improving transparency. In recent years, because of the steep downturn in the property market, it has been difficult to get accurate information on property prices. This uncertainty has led to a lack of...

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