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ABOUT FIONA


Fiona O'Loughlin is a member of Seanad Eireann and formerly a member of Dail Eireann. She currently serves as Chair of the Oireachtas Women’s Caucus and Deputy Leader of Fianna Fail in the Senate. She previously served as a Councillor, Mayor and was the first ever female elected TD  for her native Kildare.  

Serving on the Oireachtas Education and Disability matters committees, Fiona is also the head of the Irish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Fiona is a passionate advocate for equality and inclusion, and has always fought for equal rights. From marriage equality for the LGBTQI+ community, to supports for those living with disabilities, to championing womens issues- her career has been one of advocacy. She brings this experience, and her tenacious spirit to the Seanad in the hopes of affecting positive change at a national level


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Senator Fiona O’Loughlin @Fiona_Kildare
The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the appointment of an education welfare officer to support the Curragh-Kildare School Completion Programme.

#Seanad Commencement Matter 1: Senator Fiona O’Loughlin @Fiona_Kildare – To the Minister for Education: To discuss the appointment of an education welfare officer to support the Curragh-Kildare School Completion Programme. http://bit.ly/SeanadLive #seeforyourself

I spoke in the #seanad today about the shoddy service being provided along the 120 bus route from Edenderry to Dublin. People need a reliable service and I will continue to fight for a more reliable route

pleased to facilitate important meeting between @ITBA_Official and @McConalogue about challenges impacting breeders/farmers #ourruralfuture @fiannafailparty

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🏫Leaving Cert reform

Yesterday my colleagues and I on the Education Committee launched our report on Leaving Certificate Reform and the need for a new Senior Cycle in which we make a series of recommendations following examination of the issue.

Minister Foley has already made transformative change to the Leaving Certificate and I was pleased to work with her in that regard.

We have heard from students, parents and teachers from around the country and I am pleased that this report reflects the views expressed, and calls for real and meaningful change to our Leaving Certificate.
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🏠🏡Choice Based Letting🏠🏡

I have been notified that Kildare County Council are advertising the below properties on Choice Based Lettings:-

Ard a Laoi, Castledermot – 3 bedroom house.
Monasterevin – 2 bedroom apartment.
Eyre Street, Newbridge – 1 bedroom apartment.

These properties are going live tomorrow morning (13/05/2022) for housing applicants to register their interest and will remain online until Thursday, 19th May, 2022 at 12.00 noon.

Eligible applicants can apply below:
kildare.ie/.../AllSe.../Housing/ChoiceBasedLettings/
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🚌Bus Services- Route 120

Our public transport system needs to be more extensive and reliable. I raised specifically the 120 bus route which starts in Edenderry and goes through townlands such as Derrinturn, Newbridge, Allenwood, Kilmeague and on to Dublin. It is a key commuter route and I have been in regular contact with the NTA on this.

The route is completely unreliable. I have been contacted by several commuters who complain of the shoddy service. Buses aren't showing up leaving people stranded trying to get to work hospital appointment etc. Last Thursday morning two buses never showed up, 3 buses on Friday morning never showed. Forcing commuters to get taxis or simply miss appointments. It is simply not acceptable, and it will deter people from using public transport.

I have managed to get assurances from the NTA that the signage and infrastructure along the route will be upgraded, but I am pushing to try and improve the routes reliability.
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