Government must lift ban on Garda recruitment to maintain local policing numbers.

Cllr Paul McAuliffe, Chairperson of the Dublin City Council Joint Policing Committe for the North West Area has called for a clearer commitment from the Minister for Justice on the recommencement of garda recruitment. Cllr McAuliffe was reacting to indications from Minister Shatter that the Garda Training College at Templemore will reopen next year. Echoing…

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Fianna Fail must act in unison in presidential decision.

The recent decision of the Party not to nominate an internal candidate for the presidential election is a decision I strongly supported. Our focus now must be to rebuild the party and renew the policy platform which we will offer the people in the next local elections. Recent reports that our elected representatives may run…

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Government Proposal to raise school starting age to 5 is wrong

Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe has described proposals to implement a minimum age of 5 for children starting school as an attack on families and a move that would seriously hinder children’s’ education and development. “Children develop at different ages and the decision to send a child to school should be left between parents and teachers”…

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President Gay Byrne? perhaps not

Unlike many, I have always thought the Office of President is an important part of Irish public life and an office which can have influence beyond its constitutional duties. With that in mind I have strong views on who should occupy that office. Deciding who to support is a difficult task, it’s a bit like…

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Enda Kenny – A liar or a fool.

After listening to independent Senator John Crowne tonight there is one question that comes to my mind, if we are to believe Enda Kenny and James Reilly on Roscommon Hospital either they told lies or they didn’t understand the issue. The closure of services in A&E departments is a controversial subject but it was a…

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Speaking last night on Newstalk’s Coleman at large

When I take part in Marc Coleman’s Newstalk radio programme, it is often hard to get a word in to the conversation, add outspoken Councillor Bill tormey to the mix and you can imagine the difficulty I had. Speaking against the issue of a flat domestic charge I found Bill agreeing with me and both of…

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Cllr Paul McAuliffe respondes to Minister Hogan’s plans for a flat water charge

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