STATEMENT: New rules for minor offences critical step in justice reform

The Green Party has today welcomed the news that the Criminal Justice (Rehabilitative Periods) Bill 2018 will proceed to Second Stage in Dáil Éireann. During Government negotiations, the Green Party fought to ensure that there was a clear commitment to progressing reform for minor offences in the Programme for Government and is very pleased to…

Expansion of the opening hours of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Today Patrick Costello TD wrote to the Minister for the OPW requesting the expansion of the opening hours of the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Full letter text: Dear Minister O’Donovan, I am writing to you today in my capacity as TD for Dublin South-Central on behalf of my constituents to request the expansion…

Costello raises concerns around serious delays in Labre Park Redevelopment

Green Party Spokesperson for Justice and TD for Dublin South-Central, Deputy Patrick Costello, has raised concerns in the Dáíl at the serious delays in the redevelopment of Labre Park in Ballyfermot and the continued failure to provide the Traveller Community with appropriate accommodation. Speaking on Statements on Traveller Accommodation on Thursday, he said: “Earlier this…

WATCH: Traveller Accommodation and the Right to Housing

Last week during statements on Traveller accommodation I highlighted the struggles that the residents of Labre Park in my constituency have gone through. We need to enshrine a right to housing in the constitution to ensure that all our citizens have proper legal basis for human dignity in accommodation. Full speech transcript: I welcome the…

WATCH: Only way to reconstruct is to end the occupation of Palestine

Patrick Costello TD calls for recognition of the annexation, enacting the Occupied Territories Bill and recognition of the state of Palestine. Full speech transcript: While I agree with most or all of what has been said so far in the Chamber, I want to take a small step back and a step forward. I want…