Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Brady unanimously selected to contest next General Election

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady was unanimously selected by Sinn Féin members from across Wicklow to contest the next General Election.

The convention took place on Tuesday evening in the Arklow Bay Hotel with guest speaker Deputy MaryLou McDonald.

Accepting the nomination Teachta Brady said:

“I am absolutely honoured and humbled to have been unanimously selected again by the Wicklow Sinn Féin members as the party’s General Election candidate when the election is held.

“It has been a privilege to give the people of Wicklow a strong voice in Leinster House since making history in 2016 by winning the seat.

“As the only opposition TD representing Wicklow I've worked hard to represent everyone without fear or favour and I look forward to continuing that work if given the mandate by the people of Wicklow again.

“In the next Dáil term I want to be part of a Sinn Féin government that will tackle the crises in housing, homelessness and our health service, build a United Ireland that really does cherish all our children equally.

“I will continue to work hard for all of the people of Wicklow and I look forward to doing so in 2018.”

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Welcome progress made on tackling lethal N11 road safety issue in Kilmacanogue-Brady

Wicklow Sinn Fein TD John Brady has welcomed progress on addressing the serious road safety issues on the N11 in Kilmacanogue at the petrol station on the southbound lane.

The Wicklow TD who has been working on this serious safety issue for a number of years said “I welcome the good progress that has been made on trying to address the serious safety issue on the N11 at the petrol station in Kilmacanogue. The situation is lethal because of traffic exiting from the petrol station onto the southbound lane of the N11. Thankfully now action is finally been taken to deal with the issue.

“I have been in constant contact with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and the Minister for Transport Shane Ross in relation to this issue. Thankfully Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) has given approval to progress the situation in Kilmacanogue as a safety scheme. Kildare Road Design office have been appointed to project manage the scheme and they are in the process of appointing consultants. It is hoped that will happen before Christmas. Their remit will be to carry out investigations on site and then provide options to address the safety issues.

“I have spoken to the project manager who informs me that it is planned on have one to one meetings with all stakeholders in the New Year. When a preferred option emerges there will be a full public consultation process and that it will go through the Part 8 planning process.

“A number of options have been looked at in the past. One option was to construct a dedicated service road utilising the hard shoulder. This would have involved placing a barrier between the service road and the N11 itself. This would force all traffic coming out of the petrol station up the slip road for Kilmacanogue before rejoining the N11 on the opposite side of the bridge.

Brady concluded “I hope that the consultants when appointed will bring back their proposals as quickly as possible. I believe that the construction of a dedicated service road is the best option to address the lethal situation that is in Kilmacanogue at present; however we must let the consultants do their work. The important thing here is that the current unsafe situation is ended and that must happen as soon as possible.”

Monday, 11 December 2017

Public Transport fails people with disabilities again- Brady

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has today raised the case of a gentleman who was left on the DART unable to get off at his destination while getting home to Bray from work. He also said that when it comes to access to public transport people with disabilities are discriminated against.

Speaking this morning Teachta Brady said:

"I am horrified to learn that a Bray man who is in a wheelchair was unable to get off the DART due to nobody being at the DART station to assist him off the DART. The man who has contacted me has told me that he was unable to reach the emergency button and was left stuck on the train as it travelled to Greystones.

“Clearly there was a break down in the Irish Rail communications system between where the man got on the DART in Lansdowne Road and Bray.

"On what was one of the coldest nights of the year he was left sitting in Greystones in the freezing cold until another train arrived to bring him back to Bray.

"This is absolutely unacceptable and is exactly why we cannot allow the unmanning of DART and train stations to continue.

"I have contacted the CEO of Irish Rail and Minister Shane Ross in relation to this matter and I intend to meet with them on this issue as soon as possible. As it currently stands people with disabilities are being discriminated against and this latest incident serves to highlight this again.

"I recently launched an online petition calling on Minister Ross to put an end to Irish Rail's plans of unmanning DART stations which can be found at Nearly 1500 people have already signed it since I launched it. I would urge the public to support this petition by signing it online." ENDS

Friday, 8 December 2017

Slow but welcome progress on Cold Winter Initiative for the Homeless in Wicklow – Brady

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow John Brady has welcomed moves made by Wicklow County Council to progress the cold winter initiative for the homeless in Wicklow.

Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Brady said:

“I welcome moves by Wicklow County Council to introduce the cold winter initiative for the homeless. This initiative will mean the opening up of a premise in order to provide shelter for the homeless during the cold weather. Over the last two months in the run into the cold winter months i have been requesting that this initiative be rolled out.

“Given how cold the weather is already, there is an urgent need for this initiative to become a reality urgently.

“I welcome the Council’s consultation with the Five Loaves and the Simon Community in introducing the cold weather initiative which is so desperately needed at this time of year.

“I also would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have dropped off shoeboxes for the homeless as part of Wicklow Sinn Féin’s own initiative to help to support the homeless this time of the year. Shoeboxes can be dropped into my constituency offices in Bray or Arklow between now and Christmas.” ENDS

Friday, 17 November 2017

Wicklow Sinn Fein launches Christmas Shoe Box appeal for the Homeless

Wicklow Sinn Fein has launched a Wicklow Christmas shoe box appeal for the homeless. Wicklow TD John Brady said he hopes as many people as possible will take the opportunity to contribute if they can:

“While many of us are starting to buy Christmas presents and buying all the trimmings for our festive dinner, it's important to remember that this is a time to give to those who might not be looking forward to the same kind of Christmas. For some people it's the roughest, toughest and coldest time of the year. With almost 9,000 people now homeless including 3,500 children, the Wicklow Sinn Fein team will be doing all we can to help those that need it the most, that’s why we have launched our Shoe Box appeal.

“We are asking the people of Wicklow to do your bit and grab a few things to put in a shoe box for the homeless this Christmas. It couldn't be easier to get your hands on these bits 'n' bobs and to put them in a shoe box and wrap them up and you'll make someone's Christmas.

“Items required include toiletries, chocolates/sweets, warm gloves, hats and scarfs, toothbrush/tooth paste, deodorants, shower gel and shampoo. The items included won't break the bank and will certainly put a smile on the homeless community's face this Christmas.”

Teachta Brady said that he hopes as many people as possible will contribute to the shoe box appeal:

“We have two main drop off points which are the Sinn Fein offices in Bray -1st floor 27 Main Street. Ph: 01 2762623 or Arklow - 18a Upper Main street. Ph: 0402 41853. People can also contact any of our public representatives for further information on how to contribute”. Ends

Brady calls on Minister Harris to provide adequate funding for crucial cancer support services in County Wicklow

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady TD has called on Minister Harris today in the Dáil to provide funding for crucial cancer support services in County Wicklow.

Raising the issue on the floor of the Dáil today, Teachta Brady said:

“Today, I raised the issue of the need for proper Government funding for cancer support services if these services are to survive. I highlighted the scenario currently faced by Purple House Cancer Support in Bray who are consistently depending on the goodwill of the people of Wicklow to fund their vital services.

“This is totally inadequate and furthermore it is totally unsustainable. The work done by Purple House Cancer Support is crucial, the services they provide through counselling, advice and guidance and transport services for people attending hospitals for treatment.

“In Ireland, we know that every three minutes, a person is diagnosed with cancer. We also know that every year there are more than 165,000 people living with and beyond cancer. In 2016 alone, Purple House had more than 1,200 people visit their Cancer Support Centre in Bray and outreach support service in Dun Laoghaire.

“Purple House Cancer Support services not only serve the needs of people living with cancer in the community, they also compliment the implementation of wider Government policy on social inclusion, health promotion and strategic cancer supports. Yet, the funding provided by the Government does not reflect all of this work.

“I am calling on Minister Harris to provide the necessary funding beyond the current 23% of funding currently being given to Purple House. Minister Harris must ensure that funding for Purple House Cancer Support Services form part of the HSE Service Plan for 2018.”

Brady gives cautious welcome to Minister’s commitment to earlier reopening of Wicklow courthouse

Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady TD has secured significant progress in the reopening of the courthouse in Wicklow Town.

Speaking this evening, Teachta Brady said:

“Having made a comprehensive argument to Minister Flanagan on the need to reopen the courthouse in Wicklow Town, I received an update from the Minister today.

“During discussions with Minister Flanagan he now intends on moving it to the next Public Private Partnership bundle which will mean work should commence as early as 2018. Despite, the Minister recognising that there are some technical issues he is hopeful that these can be overcome. This is a very welcome move on the part of the Department of Justice & Equality after extensive lobbying.

“The reopening of the courthouse will mean much more than providing additional court services for the County, it will also bring life back into the town particularly, in the market square.

“We know that the current court service which is based in Bray is bursting at the seams.

“Minister Flanagan has assured me that detailed information on his Department’s plans in relation to Wicklow courthouse in writing will follow our discussion today.

“I look forward to this formal confirmation from Minister Flanagan in delivering the reopening of Wicklow courthouse as soon as possible.”