Summer recess began Thursday July 21st and I, and the friends and supporters, started to drop an local update and thank you letter throughout Dublin Central. We were out at 10, 2 and 6.30 for just over a week, I got out most of the times myself and really enjoyed ‘pounding the pavements’, getting to catch up with everyone I met and no election in sight!
The Taoiseach’s involvement in the North Inner City continues and I attended the follow-up meeting on 20th July where he outlined his plans for a Task Force; in the meantime Kieran Mulvey has been tasked with meeting all the players, groups, organisations, residents and have a report for the Taoiseach by the end of November, following which the Task Force will be established. Very positive that the Task Force comprises the relevant Ministers but there must be community representation on it – there are a number of people with the experience, commitment and long time service to the issues in the inner city. I did invite the Taoiseach to visit Oasis/Deora Counselling Centre – I think it very important that he sees the positive that goes on and on a shoe-string budget but a project that makes a difference.
I attended the working group on Children/Family/Young People – good discussion on the problems, the causes, and the solutions. I also went to the working group on Crime and Policing. Feed back from both groups, as well as from the other working groups, was given at the Coalition meeting on Wednesday 27th.
There have been committee meetings in the Dáil which I attended – Good Friday Committee – a very full attendance, including reps from the North; a lot of concern in relation to Brexit. The other committee is Foreign Affairs and the issue was Migration with presentations from Oxfam, Dóchas, Christian Aid and Concern.
At BLEND residents’ meeting in Mountjoy Street area; main discussion point was the Mater Hospital’s plan for a helicopter pad.
Patrick O’Connell story continues with the launch of the book by his grandson’s wife Sue O’Connell – ‘The Man Who Saved Barcelona’. Documentary being made and the film crew were in Ireland to film the various locations associated with Patrick in Dublin and Belfast.
We’ve been extremely busy in the office and housing continues to be a nightmare.