WATCH: Support the Arts Industry with Universal Basic Income scheme

Deputy Patrick Costello raises the UBI pilot scheme for Artists during oral questions with Minister Catherine Martin and urges her to set out a timeline for its implementation. Full transcript: Deputy Costello – At the end last year, we had a report from the arts recovery task force with a series of recommendations on supporting…

STATEMENT: Costello calls for appointment of three Data Protection Commissioners

Green Party TD for Dublin South-Central, and the Green Party Spokesperson for Justice, has called for the appointment of three Data Protection Commissioners in Ireland along with a review of policy and procedures. He was speaking following this evening’s meeting of the Oireachtas Justice Committee in Leinster House where concerns around Ireland’s handling of data…

WATCH: Climate Bill and a Just Transition

Deputy Patrick Costello speaks on the Climate Bill and its measures to tackle climate justice and poverty. Full Transcript: The urgency of climate change cannot be understated with any seriousness or reasonableness. As such, the importance and urgency of this legislation equally cannot reasonably or seriously be understated. This important legislation provides a starting point…

STATEMENT: Costello calls on DPC and Committee on Climate Action to investigate concerns over ESB’s gathering of smart meter data

Green Party Spokesperson for Justice and TD for Dublin South-Central, Deputy Patrick Costello, has written to both the Data Protection Commission (DPC) and the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action asking them to investigate concerns that there is no legal basis for the ESB’s collection and storage of electricity smart meter data. He was speaking following…

DART+ Expansion: Dublin South Central needs a station.

This week I was disappointed to see that Ballyfermot is being by-passed by the new DART plans. A station there (or in Kylemore) would provide a great service to an area which is already without a rail connection to the city centre. Further to reading these reports I wrote to the Minister on this matter….

WATCH: Ballyfermot Sports Clinic – financial supports needed.

At Topical Questions Deputy Costello raised the need for financial support for Ballyfermot Sports Complex. The wonderful facility has been serving the local community since 1985 but is ineligible for any of the existing funding streams. Full transcript: I echo the strong words of my constituency colleagues. Ballyfermot Sports Centre is at the heart of…

Oliver Bond Flats and Regeneration

Yesterday Deputy Patrick Costello and Cllr Michael Pidgeon wrote to Minister for House Darragh O’Brien TD regarding the urgent need for the regeneration of the Oliver Bond Flats. Full Text: Dear Minister O’Brien, We are writing to you today in our capacity as TD for Dublin South-Central and Cllr for South West Inner City regarding…

WATCH: University Supports for Children Coming from State Care

Deputy Patrick Costello advocates for supports for children coming from state care to third level. Full Transcript: Deputy Costello – In his opening statement, the Minister commented on not wanting people locked out and ensuring access to education for all. I want to raise a particularly vulnerable group, namely, children who are leaving the experience…