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Senator Thomas Byrne, Seanad Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform

Thomas Byrne

Working hard for the people of Meath East

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Meath East

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Leinster House,

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Phone: 01-618 3310 

Email: Thomas.Byrne@oireachtas.ie

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Personal Details

Thomas is married to Ann Hunt. They have three children, Sineád, Tomás and Daithi. Educated St Mary's Diocesan School and Trinity College (LLB). Solicitor and member of the Law Society of Ireland. Member of the Law Council of NUI Maynooth.

Local News

Trolley crisis escalates at Drogheda Hospital following Govt inaction - Byrne

Senator Thomas Byrne has called on the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to take immediate steps to resolve the growing trolley crisis at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Senator Byrne made the comments after figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show that the number of patients waiting on trolleys in the hospital is on rise. Read More | Share

Byrne calls for bus stop at new Kells Health Clinic

Senator Thomas Byrne has contacted the National Transport Authority to make sure that the 109 bus will be able to serve Kells Primary Health Care centre. Read More | Share

Byrne calls for accessible bus stop at new Kells Primary Health Care Centre

Senator Thomas Byrne has contacted the National Transport Authority to make sure that the 109 bus will be able to serve Kells Primary Health Care centre. Read More | Share

Byrne welcomes complete reversal of HSE proposal on preschool SNAs

Senator Thomas Byrne has welcomed the complete reversal of the HSE's decision to end and then cut back on the provision of SNA support in our County's preschools. Read More | Share

Byrne welcomes Element Power Oral Hearing as chance for residents to have their say

Senator Thomas Byrne has stated that he welcomes the Element Power Oral Hearing being held in Kells today as a chance for the communities and residents of North Meath to have their say on the proposal. Read More | Share

Council need to go back to basics on tourism strategy and make sure roads are in shape

Senator Thomas Byrne has claimed that Meath County Council need to go back to basics in relation to tourism and ensure that roads in tourist areas are in good shape. Read More | Share

Emlagh wind farm should be put on hold while legal proceedings are ongoing - Byrne

Fianna Fáil Senator in Meath Thomas Byrne has confirmed that, after calling for the planning process for the so-called Emlagh wind farm in north Meath to be suspended while the project is subject to legal proceedings, An Bord Pleanala has written to him saying it will refuse to do so. Read More | Share

Oireachtas legal counsel should join court action to protect privilege – FF

Fianna Fáil is calling for legal counsel representing the Houses of the Oireachtas to join this week’s High Court action to reassert the Constitutional protection over the reporting of comments made by members of the Dáil and Seanad under privilege. Read More | Share

New figures show social housing provision in Meath drops to a trickle under current Govt

According to figure released to Fianna Fáil in the Dáil this week, the provision of social housing in Meath has dropped to a trickle under this government, with no new social housing provided at all in 2013 or 2014. Read More | Share

Clarity needed on Irish Nationwide deal - FF

Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Byrne has called for full transparency on a recent settlement of litigation between the liquidators of Irish Nationwide Building Society and four former directors. Read More | Share

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Clinics

Thomas holds regular clinics throughout Meath-East. Please contact the constituency office in Meath East on 01-835 2123 for details and an appointment.

Political Record

  • Elected to Seanad Éireann on the Cultural and Educational Panel in April 2011
  • Author of the Debt Settlement and Mortgage Resolution Office Bill (to deal comprehensively with the mortgage crisis and remove the veto from banks)
  • Author of the Family Home Bill (to provide full protection from repossession)
  • Author of Regulation of Debt Management Advisors Bill (requiring tighter controls on firms offering debt advice and household budgeting services)
  • TD for the Meath-East Constituency 2007-2011
  • Convenor of the Oireachtas Committee on Social and Family Affairs
  • Member of the Oireachtas Committees on Justice 
  • Member of the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs 
  • Member of the Oireachtas Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children 
  • Member of the National Forum on Europe

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