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Arrogant attitude of Government contributed to defeat of Oireachtas Inquires referendum – O’Gorman



Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the defeat of the Oireachtas Inquiry referendum.

“I was delighted that the Oireachtas Inquiries referendum was defeated decisively across the country and in Dublin West. I was deeply concerned with the scope of the powers that the proposed amendment would have given to TDs, without adequate supervision from the courts. Throughout the by-election campaign, I raised the issue of the referendum with voters on the doors and urged people to vote against it. In light of the real concern I heard from voters about the extent of the proposal, I was not surprised that the amendment was defeated”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“The attitude of the Government throughout the campaign was extremely arrogant, particularly the personal attacks that Ministers made against persons who disagreed with their analysis of the provisions. Labour and Fine Gael have promised to establish a Constitutional Convention to review sections of the Constitution. While I welcome this development, I hope the Government learns lessons from the way it conducted this referendum. People will only vote to change our Constitution if the amendments are the result of an open process”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.


Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

Fingal County Council needs to get back into the water-butt business

I think Fingal County Council should resu,e selling water-butts for conserving rainwater, in order to encourage efficient use during the summer months.  At a time when the demands being put on our water supply are so pressing, they should be setting an example by providing residents with low cost water-butts. These devices allow householders store water collected during rain showers and use them to water gardens or wash cars. This relieves pressure on mains water supplies, which can be saved for essential purposes.

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Dublin West Greens hold successful Canal Clean-Up

Dublin West Green Party Canal Clean-Up June 2011

Dublin West Green Party Canal Clean-Up June 2011

The Dublin West Green Party held our 3rd annual Royal Canal Clean-Up on Saturday. 25 volunteers helped us to picked up cans, bottles, paper and general rubbish from in and around the canal bank, covering the stretch between the 12th Lock pub and Coolmine train station.

By the end of the afternoon, we had about 20 bags of rubbish collected and divided between recyclables and non-recyclables. We also ended up with three bicycle wheels.

The Royal Canal is a huge resource for Dublin 15 in terms of boating, fishing, walking and cycling. It’s something we need to protect, which is why the Dublin West Greens organise a clean up each year. I want to thank all the volunteers who joined us and Fingal County Council who picked up the rubbish from us when we were finished.

Brian Lenihan’s passing a loss to Ireland and a loss to west Dublin – O’Gorman


Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has paid tribute to Brian Lenihan TD.

“I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Brian Lenihan. His passing is a loss to Ireland and a loss to west Dublin. I want to offer my sincere sympathies to his wife, children and family”.

“Over the years I got to know Brian through attending public meetings and encountering him on the campaign trail in Dublin West. He was always unfailingly courteous and engaging. While he could disagree with you very strongly in the course of a debate, he was always able to separate the politics from the individual, and never engaged in personal attacks”.

“While Brian was Minister for Justice, I worked with him on behalf of the Green Party in the drafting of the Civil Partnership Bill. Throughout, he was very clear that a modern country needed to provide same-sex couples with the ability to recognise their relationships. During his time as Minister, it was obvious that this piece of legislation was a priority for him and it now forms part of his legacy”.

“Like everyone else in the country, I was deeply impressed with the courage he displayed in battling his illness. Even during the depths of the economic crisis, he devoted himself to his role as Minister for Finance, when others would have retreated from public life”.


Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

Press Release – O’Gorman welcomes first Civil Partnership ceremonies



Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the first civil partnership ceremonies celebrated in Ireland.

“I want to offer my congratulations to Hugh Walsh and Barry Dignam who celebrated the first civil partnership in Ireland last Tuesday. It is a hugely important occasion for them but also for all gay and lesbian couples in the country. Civil partnerships convey official state recognition on same-sex relationships for the first time, along with providing a range of important protections in areas such as taxation, inheritance, the family home and social welfare”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“As the legal advisor to the Green Party on the issue of civil partnerships, I am very proud of the role we played in ensuring that the last government fulfilled its promise to legislate for same sex relationships. While full marriage equality remains the goal of the Green Party, civil partnerships are an important first step in this direction”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.


Press Release – Burton and Varadkar should take lead in Cabinet on banning corporate donations


Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on his constituency colleagues, Ministers Joan Burton and Leo Varadkar to take the lead in the Cabinet in banning corporate donations. He was speaking in the light of the release of the Moriarty Report.

“The release of the Moriarty Report into actions of Michael Lowry, Denis O’Brien and Ben Dunne reveal why now, more than ever, we need to sever the link between big business and politics. I am calling on recently appointed Ministers, Joan Burton and Leo Varadkar, to lead this action in the Cabinet”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“The Moriarty Report outlines the close relationships that build up between business people and ministers and political parties in power. It shows how there was a belief that influence could be bought. The Green Party had prioritized a bill banning corporate donations, and one had almost been fully drafted by the Attorney General’s Office before the General Election. I am calling on Ministers Burton and Varadkar to ensure that this is quickly brought before the Oireachtas”.

“At the ‘Have Your Say’ debate in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, during the General Election campaign, Leo Varadkar stated clearly that if Fine Gael was in government, they would ban corporate donations. The new Programme for Government contains a pledge to introduce the necessary legislative and constitutional provisions to do this. Even Fianna Fail has called for corporate donations to be banned. There is political consensus on the issue. What is needed now is for the new Government to quickly take action”.

“The revelations from the Moriarty Report are hugely damaging to Ireland’s reputation as a good place to do business, particularly as we attempt to recover from the banking crisis. An important first step to restoring our good name in the eyes of international investors would be to finally ban corporate donations and show that money can never again be used to buy economic influence”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.


Press Release – O’Gorman ‘gets on board’ for youth mental health



Green Party Dublin West candidate, Roderic O’Gorman, has endorsed the ‘Get on Board for Youth Mental Health’ campaign. The campaign is being run by a number of youth groups, to promote youth mental health within the political agenda.

“I’m delighted to support this really important campaign. Mental health issues can effect up to 1 in 5 young people. Intervention at an early stage offers relief, but also prevents these problems getting worse as the individual ages. However, this requires that the proper services are in place”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

The Get on Board for Youth Mental Health campaign is being run by four youth groups: Foroige, Belong To, Reach Out and Headstrong. The campaign are asking candidates in the general election to pose with a mock bus ticket showing that they are ‘on board’ for supporting youth mental health. The climax of the campaign will be in the final week, when a large turquoise double-decker bus will tour the country.

“The key aim behind this campaign is to highlight the importance of youth mental health at this stage to election candidates, with a view to making further progress on the issue in the next Dail. If elected in Dublin West, it is certainly a cause I will champion”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.


Status of the 37 bus route terminus must be clarified – O’Gorman



Green Party Dublin West candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has called on the Department for Transport to finally clarify the status of whether the 37 bus route will be able to terminate at the Blanchardstown Town Centre.

“Last year, during Dublin Bus’s ‘Network Direct’ consultation regarding bus routes in Dublin 15, it was stated that the newly amalgamated 37 and 37X service would commence and terminate in the Blanchardstown Town Centre. This would provide a direct Dublin Bus link between Castleknock and the Town Centre. However, no progress on this has yet been made and the 37 continues to terminate on the Blanchardstown South Road”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“Before Christmas, I contacted Dublin Bus to find out what was the delay on this issue. Dublin Bus confirmed that they had sought approval from the Department of Transport to extend the 37 route to the Town Centre. However, the decision was deferred due to “external factors””.

“It is clear from the tone of their letter and the fact that they have applied for this on a number of occasions that Dublin Bus wish to undertake this route extension. The benefits for commuters in Castleknock, Carpenterstown and Laurel Lodge are obvious. I am calling on the Department of Transport to fully clarify what are the external factors preventing a decision and further, for the Department to resolve these quickly to enable this service to be extended”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.