In the Press

The Irish Times, 17th November 2014
Philomena Lee gives support to new adoption bill

The legislation was produced by Senator Averil Power, who was adopted from a mother-and-baby home, and is co-sponsored by Senators Jillian van Turnhout, a children’s rights campaigner, and Fidelma Healy Eames, an adoptive mother.

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Irish Independent, 17th November 2014
Support for new law on adoption is urged

Philomena Lee, about whom the movie ‘Philomena’ was made, yesterday issued a statement calling on all Senators to support the Adoption (Identity and Information) Bill 2014. The bill is proposed by Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power, and Independents Jillian van Turnhout and Fidelma Healy Eames, and will be debated in the Seanad on Wednesday.

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Sunday Independent, 16th November 2014
Support grows for adoption contact bill

Support is building for a bill to allow adopted children discover the identity of their natural mothers. The Fine Gael and Labour leaders in the Seanad are seeking government approval to support Fianna Fail senator Averil Power’s Adoption (Identity and Information) Bill.

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Irish Independent, 14th November 2014
Israeli public figures urge Ireland to recognize Palestine

A sizeable group of Israel’s most influential politicians and former legislators are urging Ireland to recognise Palestine.

Last month, the Seanad passed a motion calling on the Government to recognise Palestine. Led by Senator Averil Power, the motion was passed without a vote, and achieved all-party support.

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Herald, 4th November 2014

Adopted people ‘deserve right to their birth certs’

Adopted people will have the right to their birth certs for the first time under proposals contained in a new bill.

Senators Aevril Power, Fidelma Healy Eames and Jillian van Turnhout published the bill at Leinster House, and they are calling on the Government to support it.

Aevril Power was adopted as a baby from a mother and baby home, and Fidelma Eames is an adoptive mother.

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RTE, 3rd November 2014

Senators publish bill on adoption rights

A number of Opposition senators have called on the Government to support a bill they are proposing that would give adopted people an automatic right to their birth certificate.

Senators Averil Power, Fidelma Healy Eames and Jillian Van Turnhout published the bill at Leinster House this morning.

It would give adopted persons an automatic right to their birth certificate and the name of their mother and the time of their birth.

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Irish Independent, 18th October 2014
Seanad to recognise Palestine as state

Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power has been given assurances by 31 of the 59 senators in the Seanad they will vote for her motion next week.

The motion calls on the Government to recognise Palestine and “do everything it can at the international level to help secure a viable two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”.

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Irish Times, 1st October 2014
Averil Power criticises government ‘disrespect of democracy’

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power has criticized the government for failing to reform the Seanad, despite having promised to do so in the wake of the failed referendum on its abolition last year.

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Irish Mirror, 29th September 2014
Power to the People: An Garda Siochana needs more cash so they can take on gangs

Op-Ed from Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power on the ongoing crime problems in Dublin

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Irish Times, 24th September 2014

School patronage reform is leading to religious ‘segregation’, committee told

A drive by the Department of Education to divest schools to new patrons was creating “segregation” on on religious and even racial grounds, it was claimed at an Oireachtas committee today.
Senator Averil Power (FF) said there had been “virtually no progress” in divesting schools under reforms introduced by former minister Ruairí Quinn and the plan should now be reconsidered.

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Irish Times, 31st July 2014
Flanagan renews call for ceasefire in Gaza in Seanad debate

Fianna Fáil’s Averil Power calls for EU to impose trade sanctions against Israel

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IrishCentral.com, 29th July 2014
Irish Senate recalled from summer break to discuss crisis in Gaza

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power has led criticism of the Israeli action in Gaza and has welcomed the decision to recall the Seanad.

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Irish Independent, 27th July 2014
Seanad to be recalled from summer break to discuss Gaza conflict

Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power stated that “Senators of all parties and none have been horrified by the deteriorating situation in Gaza and particularly the huge number of civilians that have been killed there”. 

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Irish Examiner, 24th July 2014
Abstention on Gaza vote slated

Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power said the Government’s decision to abstain was shameful.

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BBC News, 24th July 2014
Irish foreign minister explains UN Gaza vote abstention

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power said Ireland’s decision to abstain was “utterly shameful”.

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RTÉ News, 24th July 2014
Minister says Ireland abstained from UNHRC vote as it wants swifter action

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power said the Government should use its voice to stand up for the people of Palestine. 

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BreakingNews.ie, 24th July 2014
FF Senator slams Govt’s ‘shameful’ abstention in UN vote on Gaza offensive

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power described as “shameful” the Government’s decision not to support an international inquiry into Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Irish Independent, 21st July 2014
More parents turn to State for help with school costs

Fianna Fail education spokeswoman Averil Power stated that some support schemes covered only certain classes or certain books. “We still have a long way to go compared to the North where all book costs are covered by the State,” she said.

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Irish Examiner, 17th July 2014
Children should have equal access to therapy

“Senator Averil Power said it was unacceptable that some children cannot even get on waiting lists in the north Dublin area for a number of years.

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Irish Independent, 8th July 2014
‘This could hit our bid for Rugby World Cup’

Senator Averil Power said that if the upcoming concerts were cancelled it would risk inflicting “huge damage to Ireland’s international reputation as a tourist venue. “At a time when we are pitching for major events, like the Rugby World Cup, there’s no doubt that it will be used against us by our competitors for such events,” the Fianna Fail representative said.”

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Irish Times,7th July 2014
Garth Brooks saga ‘damaging tourism’

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power said there are “huge flaws” in the licensing system that allow thousands of tickets to be sold subject to licence and a change in legislation is needed to ensure a situation like this never happens again.

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Irish Independent op-Ed on Adoption from Senator Averil Power (21-06-14)
Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power calls for the creation of a proper State-funded information, tracing and reunion service which would give adopted people the right to get their birth certs through this service.  This agency would also act as an intermediary between the adoptee and their birth relatives. Instead of adoptees having to reach out directly to their mothers or fathers, this service could do so for them.

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Sunday Independent op-Ed on Adoption from Senator Averil Power (15-06-14)
‘Before I became Averil, my name in mother and baby home was Roisin’. 

Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power believs that  balancing the adopted person’s right to their identity and their birth mother’s right to privacy is a job for the Oireachtas. 

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Tuam Case a Light on our Dark and Shameful Past (09-06-14)
Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power calls for a full independent investigation  into the circumstances in which women were placed in these homes and in which children lost their lives there.

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Irish Times, 9th May 2014
Critics claim Irish visit to Bahrain medical university will be stage-managed
One Irish-trained doctor remains in Bahraini prison following treatment of 2011 protesters

Fianna Fail’s Averil Power highlighted that “Many of the doctors that were arrested and imprisoned trained in Ireland. They trained with the RCSI here in Dublin. They worked in Irish hospitals. Silence is complicity. You cannot be silent in the face of torture. You cannot be neutral”.

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Irish Times, 31st January 2014
Iona Institute is ‘afraid’ of same sex marriage debate says Senator

Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power said the Iona Institute was “afraid” of the debate on same-sex marriage after it sued RTÉ over allegations of homophobia during a recent interview on The Saturday Night Show. “The motivation of the Iona Institute in bringing the case is clear. It is afraid of the referendum and the fact that at the Constitutional Convention, in which people heard both sides of the debate over the course of two days, 80 per cent of those involved voted in favour of equality.”

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Irish Examiner, 31st January 2014
Row in Seanad over RTÉ ‘compensation’ to Iona Institute.

Fianna Fáil senator Averil Power demanded Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte come to the upper house to reveal the amount the State broadcaster gave to figures connected to the Iona Institute after an appearance on a chat show by performer Rory O’Neill, who also has the drag queen persona Panti Bliss.

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Irish Times, 26th September 2013
Diageo to ‘contribute’ to extra policing costs associated with event, Seanad hears

Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power told the Seanad today that Diageo had agreed to contribute to some of the extra policing costs associated with the event, but said this didn’t go far enough. “I strongly believe that Diageo should cover the full cost of all of the extra Gardaí that are being drafted in tonight to police Arthur’ s Day events,” she said.

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Irish Daily Mirror, September 25th 2013
Time for Diageo to Recognise the Real Cost of Arthur’s Day

Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power believes that Diageo should cover all of the additional policing costs associated with Arthur’s Day events

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The Irish Examiner, July 30, 2013

Fianna Fáil launch plan to encourage women in politics

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The Irish Times, July 30, 2013
‘Fundamental cultural shift’ needed to get women into politics – FF
‘Party outlines plans to boost female candidates in local elections’

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The Irish Times, July 25 2013

Government hopes public view that ‘fewer politicians is good’ will swing Seanad Yes vote

‘Fianna Fáil Senator Averil Power: said political reform under the Coalition had been “largely cosmetic” and that a rash move such as abolishing the Seanad would result in the loss of independent voices from Irish politics’

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Irish Examiner, July 5th, 2013
Limerick makes shortlist to host Gay Games in 2018

‘Having already rejected Rio, San Paulo and Orlando, a five member selection party were guests of a civic and tourism leaders in Limerick last night as the city makes a bid to host the 2018 Federation Gay Games’

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Irish Independent, July 3rd, 2013
“It’s really important to get political support because it sends out the message that if Ireland is successful, the government will do everything it can to ensure that the games are fantastic and that they go off very well.” -Averil supports Limerick’s bid for the 2018 Gay Games

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Northside People, June 17th, 2013
“It would make far more sense, economically and environmentally, to build a number of smaller, localised plants which could be phased in over time” – Campaign to oppose sewage plant begins.

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Irish Independent, June 11th 2013
“Clonshaugh is an entirely inappropriate location for a plant of this size”- Averil expresses her dismay at selection of Clonshaugh as site of new monster sewage plant.

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The Irish Herald, June 11th 2013
“Clonshaugh site for sewage plant sparks outrage” – Averil highlights residents concerns over Clonshaugh sewage plant.

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The Journal.ie, June 11th 2013
“Plans for monster sewage plant are outrageous” – Averil responds to news that a massive sewage plant is to be built in Clonshaugh.

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The Irish Herald, March 28th, 2013
“No family should find themselves in a situation where they have to choose between a job and childcare” – Averil calls on the Government to clarify its position on insolvency debt deal guidelines which could force mothers out of the workforce.

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The Irish Mirror, March 5th, 2013
“Put end to legal victimisation of gay workers ” – Rights for gay workers, garda cuts, women in politics and boxing for charity: Averil reflects on her week in politics.

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The Journal.ie, 1st March, 2013
“Teachers afraid they could be fired for being gay” – Averil raises Government’s  delay in ammending legislation that discriminates against LGBT workers in the Seanad.

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The Irish Times, 1st March, 2013
“Few role models for gays warns Power” – Senator Power criticises the Government’s delay in ammending legislation that discriminates against LGBT teachers, doctors and other staff.

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Northside People, 18th February, 2013
“Epilepsy patient pleads for unit to open” – Senator Power highlights the HSE’s failure to staff specialist Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Beaumont Hospital

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Northside People, 11th February, 2013
“Cruel blow for people with disabilities” – Senator power highlights cuts in services for people with disabilities in Dublin Bay North.

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Irish Independent, 11th February 2013
“Diplomacy takes a back seat as Senator puts on the gloves” – Senator Power takes part in whitecollar boxing in order to raise money for charity.

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Northside people, 4th February, 2013
“Fury over parking charges plan” – Senator Power opposes the proposed introduction of paid parking at Howth harbour.

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Irish Examiner, 30th January, 2013
“Quinn denies hypocrisy claims over bullying” – The Minister responds to criticism over the Government’s lack of action on law that discriminates against LGBT teachers, which Senator power attempted to ammend last year.

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Northside People, 23rd January 2013
“New Northside Specialist Education Facility approved” – Senator Power welcomes the news, confirmed to her in a letter from the Minister for Education.

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Irish Examiner, 5th January 2012
“FF senator says party needs more women and younger candidates”  – Senator Power calls for fresh ideas and broader representation.

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Northside People, 10th December 2012
“Elderly in Daycare Centre appeal” – Senator Power calls on the HSE to restore facility for pensioners in Edenmore.

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Irish Mirror, 3rd December 2012
“Fianna Fail’s Battle to Improve Life in Ireland” – Senator Averil Power reflects on the week in the Oireachtas.

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Irish Independent, November 18th 2012
“Legislation is sometimes difficult, but it is a politician’s job” – Senator Power explains her position on the need to legislate for the X case.

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Northside People, 7th November 2012
“Mental Health Support” – Fianna Fail launch a national strategy on youth mental health.

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Herald, 18th October 2012
“McFeely vows to fight to keep his Dublin 4 mansion”  - “Only someone utterly devoid of any morality could show no remorse for the fact that these people’s lives were put at risk by the shoddy building practices of his firm,” Fianna Fail senator Averil Power said.

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Herald, 3rd July 2012
“‘Reckless’ booze deals for children’s allowance day slated” – Senator Power said: “I am genuinely shocked to see a respected company and brand name like Centra associated with such a cynical and reckless promotion.

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Herald, 16th June 2012
“‘Public at risk’ as gardai lose 300 squad cars” - Power says the shortage of cars is causing families and communities to feel “more insecure”.

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Herald, 16th June 2012
“I’m a British citizen, McFeely tells court” – Averil Power critical of NAMA following the decision in the London court, saying it was “crazy that NAMA stood back and left it to a private citizen to challenge Thomas McFeely’s UK bankruptcy.”

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Irish Times, 12th May 2012
“A clear Yes-No divide as voters convey conflicting motives on doorsteps”  - Averil Power Alert

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Pink News, 3rd May 2012
“Ireland ‘missed opportunity to protect LGBT employees’ in Seanad vote” - “We applaud Senator Power for proposing it”

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Irish Examiner, 3rd May 2012
“Government blocks Seanad move to protect gay workers from being fired”  - Power told Seanad provisions in law could serve as a daily chill factor for gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

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Irish Examiner, 2nd May 2012
“Employment Equality Bill defeated in Seanad”

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Irish Examiner, 12th April 2012
“Quinn to tackle anti-gay discrimination”  - Power has published a draft bill that would allow such a move to take place.

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Irish Times, 27th March 2012
“Anseo! How a new generation of gay teachers is fighting back” -  Power explained, “If the Bill is enacted, schools will still be entitled to insist that staff members demonstrate respect towards the school’s ethos and not actively seek to undermine it.

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Cork Independent, 23rd March 2012
“Gay teachers welcome FF bill” - the group is “absolutely delighted” with the bill.

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Irish Medical Times, 2nd March 2012
“Torture in the Dail”

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The Sun, 22nd February 2012
“FF wants State to back gay teachers” - Power says FF is taking the initiative by publishing this legislation and calling on the Government to accept it.

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Irish Times, 20th February 2012
“FF Bill in support of gay teachers” - Power says the Programme for Government contains a commitment to change the status quo.

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The Journal, 2nd February 2012
“Column: Why should gay and lesbian teachers live in fear for their jobs?” - Power states: “as a new member of the Oireachtas, I refuse to sit back and do nothing on this issue…”

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Irish Times, 26th January 2012
“Deis teacher cuts still on agenda” – Power tackles Quinn over education cuts.

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The Journal.ie, 25th January 2012
“Gender quotas welcome – but ‘token’ women won’t work” - Power say it could be worse off if women are put forward who don’t have a chance of winning.

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Dublin People, 9th January 2012
“Disadvantaged School hits out at cuts” – Power argues that such cuts are not just incredibly socially regressive, they are also economically short-sighted…

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Irish Examiner, 16th December 2011
“Politicians urge public to buy single” - Averil joins other TDs and Senators in singing to raise funds for Pieta House.

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Independent, 5th December 2011
“USI warning on university fees hike” - Power criticises the Government’s abolition of the postgraduate grant as a retrograde step.

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Herald, 30th November 2011
“Boxing FF senator is concussed and ends up in A&E” - Averil says: “it was my own silliness that caused me to get hit. I was taking punches I probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t been sick.”

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Irish Times, 26th November 2011
“Senator can’t roll with the punches” - Averil’s doctor dispatched her straight into accident and emergency and she was detained overnight.

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Irish Times, 14th November 2011
“Cross-party singing group bridges troubled waters to help charity” - Averil admits her only singing experience was The Green Fields of France at three in the morning.

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Irish Times, 12th November 2011
“Harmony in the House as TDs eye up Christmas No.1 spot” - Averil joins other TDs and Senators in singing to help charity.

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The Journal, 11th November 2011
“Bill paves way for government to enact puppy farm law” - Averil comments that unscrupulous puppy farmers are making money from animals which are destined to have ongoing physical and emotional problems.

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Dublin People, 24th October 2011
“Priory Hall is a clear case for debt forgiveness” – Averil proposes a freeze on monthly mortgage repayments for Priory Hall homeowners until the apartments are once again fit for habitation.

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Irish Times, 20th October 2011
“Nama offers apartments for Priory Hall residents” - Meanwhile, Averil has called on all financial institutions to freeze monthly repayments until the development works are completed.

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Independent, 30th September 2011
“Quinn ‘powerless’ to get teacher details” - Power says it is “disgraceful” that 40pc of schools failed to respond to the survey.

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FINGAL Independent, 3rd August 2011
“Averil to spend summer recess in Mozambique” – Averil volunteers to work in Mozambique with development charity, VSO.

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Irish Times, 1st August 2011
“Work scheme to encourage migrants to enter politics” - Averil signs up to the Opening Power to Diversity Scheme.

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Irish Times, 28th July 2011
“FF will change behaviour on fundraising, says Martin” - Martin agrees with criticisms of party by Power.

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Irish Examiner, 28th July 2011
“Martin vows to respond to Mahon Tribunal report ‘resolutely and fast’” - Averil’s calls for an end to ethical breaches backed by Martin.

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Irish Medical Times, 27th July 2011
“Defending the right to practice” – the plight of Irish-trained doctors imprisoned in Bahrain.

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Irish Times, 26th July 2011
“Highest ethical standards key to party’s recovery, warns Senator” – Power emphasizes the need for Fianna Fáil to display the highest  ethical standards in public life.

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Irish Examiner, 26th July 2011
“FF senator admits party breached ethics” – Averil says there must be no place for anybody who thinks it’s acceptable to claim expenses from the taxpayer from their holiday home.

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Independent.ie, 26th July 2011
“Averil puts boots into Bertie as FF fights for political future” – Averil’s address to the MacGill summer school in Donegal.

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Irish Times, 25th July 2011
“Fianna Fáil ‘in fight for survival’”

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RTÉ NEWS, 15th July 2011
“Irish delegation secures Bahrain pledge”

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Irish Times, 15th July 2011
“Bahraini minister pledges to ask king to free medics”

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Delegation travels to Bahrain in bid to secure doctors’ release – July 3rd 2011

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Northside People – May 25th 2011
“Power to represent Dublin North East in Seanad”

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Irish Times, 5th May 2011
“Sign up to the Irish Times Archive (1859-2008)” – Guidelines for schools on gay bullying.

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Evening Herald, 24th Feb 2011
“Party bosses in war of words as finish line nears” – Averil exposes the Fine Gael 100 day plan as “a gimmick”.

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Irish Independent, 21st Feb 2011
“Dublin North East” – A report by Michael Brennan on the General Election campaign in Dublin North East.

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Independent, 12th February 2011
“Students push envelope to get registered” - Power says any bureaucracy that even delays someone getting on to the register is just crazy.

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Irish Mail, 12th Feb 2011
“The Jason O’Toole interview” – An in-depth interview about life, politics and General Election 2011.

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Irish Times, 29th May 2010
“Green Issue Confuses North Dublin Residents” – Miriam Lord on Averil’s campaign to save ‘the greens’ in Portmarnock.

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Evening Herald, 25th May 2010
“‘Madness’ of green plan to stop cutting grass in our parks” – Report about Averil’s campaign against Fingal County Council’s plan to turn grass areas in local greens and parks into overgrown meadows.

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Northside People, 29th April 2010
“Northside schools to get summer upgrade” – Averil welcomes the fact that 30 schools serving the Dublin North East area have been approved for upgrades under the Government’s E122 million Summer Works Scheme.

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Sunday Tribune, March 07, 2010
Sunday Tribune article predicting who will be in the Cabinet in 2020. Averil is included as her “her solid performance on a very bad day for Fianna Fáil in the locals last year and her knowledge of government from working with Mary Hanafin makes her one to watch.”

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Northside People, January 10, 2010
“Government Support for Volunteer Centre” – Averil welcomes the Government’s announcement of E115,000 for the Fingal Volunteer Centre in 2010.

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Northside People, January 6, 2010
“Height reduction sought in centre plan” – Article about Fingal County Council’s decision to reject a proposed 5 storey development at Bayside Square.

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Irish Times, October 16, 2009
“Government moves to fill two Seanad vacancies” – An article about potential Fianna Fail nominees to fill vacancies in Seanad Eireann.

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Irish Times, October 1, 2009
“Evidence on the doorsteps suggests a slight swing to Yes’ – Irish Times journalist, Harry McGee, accompanies Averil while she canvasses in Baldoyle for a Yes vote in the Lisbon Treaty referendum.

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Northside People, September 30, 2009
“Council rejects high rise Howth plan” – Local Fianna Fáil representative, Averil Power, told Northside People that a balanced rejuvenation of this part of Howth would be very welcome but this particular proposal was totally inappropriate.

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The Irish Times, May 30, 2009
“Miriam Lord’s Week” – Sketch about Minister O’Dea canvassing with Averil in Baldoyle.

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Sunday Tribune, May 17, 2009
“Gallery of oil paintings fit to put on canvass” – Sunday Tribune article about young candidates running in the 2009 local elections.

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Evening Herald, May 4, 2009
“GAA club makes plea to rescue vandal-hit depot” – Article about Averil campaigning with Na Dubh Ghall GAA Club, Baldoyle, to have a derelict Council depot turned into changing rooms for the club.

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Irish Times, March 2, 2009
“No evidence of Dail consensus – Lenihan” – Some quotes from Averil’s address to the 2009 Fianna Fail Ard Fheis.

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Evening Herald, April 28, 2009
“Writing is on the wall for graffiti in election campaign” – Article about the graffiti removal squad that Averil set up in her area.

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Irish Times, January 3, 2009
“The people to watch in the year ahead” – The Irish Times selects Averil as one of four up and coming politicians to watch in the year ahead.

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The Sunday Times, September 21, 2008
“Fianna Fail turns to women for help” – Article about Fianna Fail running more young and female candidates in the 2009 local elections.