The Green Party recently swapped parliamentary time to allow for a PBP motion calling for the progression of Brid Smith TD's Climate Emergency Bill. I spoke at a demonstration outside the Dáil calling on the Government to progress the Bill to committee stage which you can see below:
I recently had the chance to speak at an all Island Civic Dialouge hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Finding common ground for practical solutions where we can should form the basis for solving the challenges presented by Brexit. Watch my full contribution below.
The Green Party recently held a local and European pre-election rally in Galway and it was an excellent opportunity to showcase some of our fantastic local and European candidates.
You can watch the full day of Saturday talks and panels on the Green Party Facebook page here or you can see my own speech below.
February 18th 2019
Greens support House of Commons report on Disinformation and Fake news.
Facebook's monopoly power must be broken and Governments need to regulate online political advertising.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD said today, 'We welcome the publication of the House of Commons committee report on 'Disinformation and Fake News' and support the conclusions and recommendations they have arrived at.'
'I was pleased to present our own national experience at the 'International Grand Committee' that met in Westminster last November as part of the process of compiling this report. Our common experience was that social media companies such as Facebook are abusing their monopoly powers and need to be better regulated.'
'On three occasions between 2009 and 2011 Facebook were separately instructed by Canadian, US and Irish authorities to improve the protection of users’ private data on their platform. Despite the directions coming from important national regulators the company ignored the instructions and continued with the inappropriate sharing and exploitation of users’ personal information. This culminated in the secretive use of the Facebook network during the Brexit referendum and US Presidential election, which undermined their democratic systems.'
'The Irish Government has a special responsibility to act because we are the headquarters of Facebook in Europe and have to oversee the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) directive. The private members bill introduced by James Lawless TD to regulate online political advertising is still stuck in limbo along with a host of other opposition bills that the Government is blocking. That threat to our own democratic system now needs to change.'
'We also need to go further and engage at an international level to consider how these over-powerful technologies can be better regulated. It is remarkable that a company such as Facebook was allowed to acquire both Whatsapp and Instagram to add to their globally dominant position.'
'We should work with the European Commission and the authorities in Westminster, Ottawa and Washington to work out how such monopolies can be broken up. I look forward to the further work of the International Committee we have agreed should reconvene and to help here in Dáil Eireann to implement those recommendations that relate to our own jurisdiction.'
Green Councillor Francis Noel Duffy’s motion, passed by South Dublin County Council, called for the route of the Metrolink project to go from Charlemont to Knocklyon via Harolds Cross, Terenure and Rathfarnham. Following this I raised the motion and proposals with Minister Shane Ross. You can watch that below and find more on metro at www.eamonryan.ie/metro
During the recent Dáil statements on Brexit preparedness, I had the opportunity to outline my thoughts on the approach to Brexit and to call for the return of the Northern Ireland Assembly at Stormont.
You can watch my full contribution below.
I attended the Oireachtas Transport committee on the 12th of December to voice my opposition to plans to re-route cyclists away from Rathmines as part of the changes made by the Bus Connects project.
You can see my contribution below.
I recently had the opportunity to ask the Taoiseach about the Metrolink. I have been campaigning for two possible alternative routes - one through Harold’s Cross to Rathfarnham and beyond, and another connecting UCD. You can see my exchange with the Taoiseach and a map of what some of these alternative routes might look like below.
At the most recent meeting of the Climate Action Committee, we had the opportunity to put questions to the General Secretary to the Department of Transport.
You can see my engagement with the General Secretary below.