Fianna Fáil launch plan to encourage women in politics
‘Fundamental cultural shift’ needed to get women into politics – FF
‘Party outlines plans to boost female candidates in local elections’
The Irish Times, July 23, 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’
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’
“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
“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.
“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.
“Clonshaugh site for sewage plant sparks outrage” – Averil highlights residents concerns over Clonshaugh sewage plant.
“Plans for monster sewage plant are outrageous” – Averil responds to news that a massive sewage plant is to be built in Clonshaugh.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Epilepsy patient pleads for unit to open” – Senator Power highlights the HSE’s failure to staff specialist Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Beaumont Hospital
“Cruel blow for people with disabilities” – Senator power highlights cuts in services for people with disabilities in Dublin Bay North.
“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.
“Fury over parking charges plan” - Senator Power opposes the proposed introduction of paid parking at Howth harbour.
“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.
“New Northside Specialist Education Facility approved” – Senator Power welcomes the news, confirmed to her in a letter from the Minister for Education.
“FF senator says party needs more women and younger candidates” – Senator Power calls for fresh ideas and broader representation.
“Elderly in Daycare Centre appeal” – Senator Power calls on the HSE to restore facility for pensioners in Edenmore.
“Fianna Fail’s Battle to Improve Life in Ireland” – Senator Averil Power reflects on the week in the Oireachtas.
“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.
“Mental Health Support” – Fianna Fail launch a national strategy on youth mental health.
“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.
“‘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.
“‘Public at risk’ as gardai lose 300 squad cars” - Power says the shortage of cars is causing families and communities to feel “more insecure”.
“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.”
“A clear Yes-No divide as voters convey conflicting motives on doorsteps” - Averil Power Alert
“Ireland ‘missed opportunity to protect LGBT employees’ in Seanad vote” - “We applaud Senator Power for proposing it”
“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.
“Employment Equality Bill defeated in Seanad”
“Quinn to tackle anti-gay discrimination” - Power has published a draft bill that would allow such a move to take place.
“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.
“Gay teachers welcome FF bill” - the group is “absolutely delighted” with the bill
“Torture in the Dail”
“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.
“FF Bill in support of gay teachers” - Power says the Programme for Government contains a commitment to change the status quo.
“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…”
“Deis teacher cuts still on agenda” – Power tackles Quinn over education cuts.
“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
“Disadvantaged School hits out at cuts” – Power argues that such cuts are not just incredibly socially regressive, they are also economically short-sighted…
“Politicians urge public to buy single” - Averil joins other TDs and Senators in singing to raise funds for Pieta House
“USI warning on university fees hike” - Power criticises the Government’s abolition of the postgraduate grant as a retrograde step.
“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.”
“Senator can’t roll with the punches” - Averil’s doctor dispatched her straight into accident and emergency and she was detained overnight.
“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
“Harmony in the House as TDs eye up Christmas No.1 spot” - Averil joins other TDs and Senators in singing to help charity
“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.
“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.
“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
“Quinn ‘powerless’ to get teacher details” - Power says it is “disgraceful” that 40pc of schools failed to respond to the survey.
“Averil to spend summer recess in Mozambique” – Averil volunteers to work in Mozambique with development charity, VSO
“Work scheme to encourage migrants to enter politics” - Averil signs up to the Opening Power to Diversity Scheme
“FF will change behaviour on fundraising, says Martin” - Martin agrees with criticisms of party by Power
“Martin vows to respond to Mahon Tribunal report ‘resolutely and fast’” - Averil’s calls for an end to ethical breaches backed by Martin
“Defending the right to practice” – the plight of Irish-trained doctors imprisoned in Bahrain.
“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.
“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.
“Averil puts boots into Bertie as FF fights for political future” – Averil’s address to the MacGill summer school in Donegal.
“Fianna Fáil ‘in fight for survival’”
“Irish delegation secures Bahrain pledge”
“Bahraini minister pledges to ask king to free medics”
Delegation travels to Bahrain in bid to secure doctors’ release – July 3rd 2011
“Power to represent Dublin North East in Seanad”
“Sign up to the Irish Times Archive (1859-2008)” – Guidelines for schools on gay bullying
“Party bosses in war of words as finish line nears” – Averil exposes the Fine Gael 100 day plan as “a gimmick”
“Dublin North East” – A report by Michael Brennan on the General Election campaign in Dublin North East
“Students push envelope to get registered” - Power says any bureaucracy that even delays someone getting on to the register is just crazy.
“The Jason O’Toole interview” – An in-depth interview about life, politics and General Election 2011
Irish Times, 29th May 2010
“Green Issue Confuses North Dublin Residents” – Miriam Lord on Averil’s campaign to save ‘the greens’ in Portmarnock
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Irish Times, May 30, 2009
“Miriam Lord’s Week” – Sketch about Minister O’Dea canvassing with Averil in Baldoyle
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.
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.
Irish Times, March 2, 2009
“No evidence of Dail consensus – Lenihan” – Some quotes from Averil’s address to the 2009 Fianna Fail Ard Fheis.
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.
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.
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.