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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Tommy Broughan

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# Retiring
Independent TD Tommy Broughan announces he will not seek re-election
He was first elected to the Dáil in 1992.
# budget proposals
Almost 8,000 people under the age of 26 are in long-term unemployment
The National Youth Council of Ireland has called for a €22m investment to resolve the issue.
# worrying
62 people were injured by scramblers and quad bikes last year
Armenian national Ilabek Avetian suffered devastating injuries at the hands of a scrambler bike in a north Dublin park earlier this month.
# Injured
Nearly four cyclists are hospitalised in Ireland every day
Fifteen cyclists died in road traffic incidents last year.
# Anti-social behaviour
Dublin residents terrorised by joyriding and cars set on fire outside their homes
Tommy Broughan told the Minister for Justice that it has been “hugely distressing” for people in his constituency.
# Social Welfare
'Completely unacceptable': 21-week wait for carer's allowance claims to be processed
The Department of Social Protection said processing times vary for different payments, depending on the qualification criteria.
# Breaking the rules
Over half of fines for failing to display L-plates not paid
More than 2,500 fines issued to learner drivers caught without a qualified driver were also unpaid.
# At last
No TDs for days, then three in a minute - rollercoaster of emotions at a crazy count in Dublin Bay North
It was jubilation for three candidates, and total desolation for Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin.
# coffees all around
Power recount: Dublin Bay North's Group of Death goes into Monday
They didn’t overstate how close this massive five-seater could be.
# get in the queue
The number of people on Beaumont Hospital waiting lists shows why the place is overcrowded
It’s over 10,000, with 2,352 waiting for over a year.
# timelord
This TD is trying to move Ireland into a different timezone
It would bring us in line with a number of our European neighbours.
# Contraband
Over 90 mobile phones were seized in Irish prisons in six weeks
Nearly half of those were in Mountjoy Prison.
# dangerous drivers
Thousands of Irish people banned from driving - but they could still be on the roads
Figures show most of the disqualified drivers haven’t given back their licences.
# Waiting Lists
12 month delays for MRI scans 'putting lives at risk'
7,000 people have been waiting for a scan for more than one year.
# Knife Crime
Fitzgerald: 'We've no plans for a knife amnesty, gardaí are doing enough'
The move had been called for to address the rise in serious incidents of knife crime.
# test purchases
Half of pubs and off-licenses targeted for underage drinking checks were in Dublin
Just more than 1,200 have been carried out over the past three years.
# Money Money Money
€80 million ... That's how much could be raised by hiring 100 extra tax staff
A fully trained auditor can bring in €800,000, according to Finance Minister Michael Noonan.
# alcohol addiction
Addiction services costing State €114m this year
Treatment and intervention provided by a range of services, making it difficult to ascertain just how much the State spends on alcohol addiction, according to the HSE.
# Beaumont
North Dublin psychiatric patients being treated in Cavan and Monaghan
In the wake of the resignation of the Beaumont Hospital Clinical Director, a local TD wants psychiatric services in Dublin examined.
# who are you
Most of 500,000 identity cards in Ireland issued to social welfare claimants
Almost 239,000 of these cards have been issued in Dublin.
# Mortgages
Noonan says 'legal reasons' prevent him intervening in IBRC mortgage sale
Homeowners who had their loans with IBRC are said to be anxious, but the Finance Minister says he cannot get involved.
# Bondholders
‘It’s odious debt’: Dáil to debate ‘burning the bondholders’ tonight and tomorrow
The government will almost certainly oppose the motion and ensure that it does not pass when a vote is held tomorrow night.
# time shift
TD insists time change legislation would 'cheer the whole country up'
Tommy Broughan’s pressing ahead with the ‘Brighter Evenings Bill’ despite Alan Shatter’s suggestion that we just “get up earlier”.
# penalty fines
Ireland paid over €3.5m in EC fines over septic tanks and EIAs
The state has finished paying off the penalties related to environmental issues – they amounted to €3,648,000.
# Seanad referendum
'Fundamentally undemocratic': Ex-Labour TDs want Yes vote in Seanad referendum
Róisín Shortall, Patrick Nulty and Tommy Broughan want people to vote Yes in just over a week’s time.
# stardust
Alan Shatter rules out any fresh inquiry into the Stardust disaster
The Justice Minister will not be using the new Oirechtas inquiries law to establish a new inquiry into the Valentine’s Night fire which killed 48 people in 1981.
# grand stretch
Why does a Labour TD want to change Ireland's time zone?
A plan to bring Ireland into line with Central European Time could gain us 300 hours of ‘useful’ sunlight a year.
# Your Say
Poll: Should we scrap daylight saving time?
The Dáil will today debate whether to stop moving clocks forward and back twice a year. What do you think? Good idea? Bad idea?
# Labour Pains
Gilmore defends Labour's performance in government
The party leader has come in for fierce criticism in recent days.
# speaking rights
Keaveney in talks with Ceann Comhairle to secure speaking rights in Dáil
A group of Labour TDs who are no longer part of the Labour parliamentary party are hoping to secure additional rights.
Just two ASBOS issued since 2010 as much-criticised system is shunned
However most than 3,500 behaviour warnings, the first step to an ASBO, have been issued – including 1,200 to children.
# Passport
Automatic service would remind people when their passport is expiring
The Passport Service is looking at the possibility of implementing an automatic reminder service that would alert passport holders by text or email that their document is due for renewal.
# Alcohol Testing
No breathalysers for over half of drivers in fatal accidents - despite mandatory tests
Department of Justice figures show that less than only 35 drivers – of 107 involved in fatal accidents – have been tested.
# Cremation
Cremations must be regulated to avoid criminal misuse, TD says
Tommy Broughan said new laws would help avoid tragedies like the Harold Shipman murders in the UK – where it was alleged cremation helped the killer conceal his crimes.
# Bank Guarantee
Europe gives green light to extending Ireland's bank guarantee
The European Commission has approved the extension of the government bank’s guarantee – for six months longer than needed.
# Tommy Broughan
Labour TD votes against renewing bank guarantee scheme
Tommy Broughan has been expelled from the Labour parliamentary party after he voted against extending the controversial bank guarantee scheme.
# Metro North
Government denies €200m spent on Metro North is 'money down the drain'
A Labour TD described the decision to put the project on hold indefinitely as “dreadful” but Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said we don’t have the money.
# Dublin North East
Terence Flanaghan elected Dublin North East
Outgoing Fine Gael candidate Terence Flanaghan has been returned to Dublin North East.