WATCH: Drimnagh Primary Health Centre

Full Transcript: Deputy Costello: I want to raise the important issue of the primary care centre for Drimnagh, which has been repeatedly delayed. There has been significant development of housing in Drimnagh, which is very welcome, but it is massively increasing the population and the pressure on the limited spaces that exist. Currently, we have…

WATCH: Recogntion of Palestine – Full Speech

Full text: Like others I think this is a hopeful day, and a day to celebrate. I was working in Palestine in 2014 when Sweden recognised the Palestinian state. I witnessed first-hand the hope and joy of the Palestinians around me, with Swedish flags appearing on taxis and everywhere. It was a celebration. It was…

WATCH: Robert Emmet CDP

Transcript: Patrick Costello TD: Robert Emmet Community Development Project, CDP, in Dublin 8 is facing a rent increase of 300%. The CDP provides supports to the Oliver Bond Street community and the wider Liberties in ways that no other service simply does. Will the State step in and increase the funding on offer in order…

WATCH: Bill to amend Divorce Law

Full transcript: This legislation will further modernise our laws around divorce. Divorce was prohibited in the State until the 1995 referendum, which allowed divorce where people had been separated for four of the previous five years. The introduction of divorce was an important modernisation of our Constitution and a progressive move. In 2019, the Government…

WATCH: Rehabilitative Services in the Irish Prison System

Full transcript: Deputy Costello: It was confirmed to me in recent weeks that the progression unit within Mountjoy Prison has been closed and that it is being used to deal with excessive numbers of sex offenders. My concern is for the inmates who were in the progression unit, which is an important part of the…

WATCH: Defence Forces Reforms.

Full transcript: A minor frustration in relation to this Bill is that it is yet another amendment of an Act that has been amended and amended. It would have been in everybody’s interests to produce a consolidated version of the various amended Defence Acts and produce a clear piece of legislation instead of one needing…

WATCH: Fair Procedures in the Administration of Justice Bill 2024

Transcript: Deputy Patrick Costello I move: That leave be granted to introduce a Bill entitled an Act to provide and guarantee that administrative decision makers operating under Article 37 of Bunreacht na h√Čireann are obligated to dispense of their quasi-judicial functions in accordance with due process and fair procedures, to give the Minister power to…