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Statement on death of George Nkencho

Labour Party Justice spokesperson Brendan Howlin TD said:“The loss of a life is always a tragedy, and I express the condolences of the Labour Party to the family of Mr George Nkencho who was fatally shot by Gardaí on Wednesday. I am also mindful of those injured during the events leading up to that, and…

Labour Admin

31 December 2020

Has the Minister for Health guaranteed supply of beds from private hospitals?

Private hospital capacity must be on standby as Covid cases increase Nationalisation of some private hospital capacity must be an option to deal with Covid surge. Certainly needed that private beds will be made available. With the number of hospitalisations from Covid-19 rapidly increasing, Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly has called for assurances from the…

30 December 2020

Transparency on COVID Vaccination Roll Out & Strategy Essential

 Kelly asks Government to Publish Daily Figures & Vaccine Procurement Updates. Transparency essential to give people hope for the future. Leader of the Labour Party Alan Kelly has called on the Government to publish a daily report on vaccination roll out numbers along with a daily statement updating the Government’s vaccination procurement and implementation strategy,…

30 December 2020

Defence force personnel have played their part in the fight against Covid

Labour Spokeperson on Defence, Senator Mark Wall has paid tribute to members of the Defence Forces who continue to assist in the battle against Covid-19. On average, Since 13 March 2020, an average of 187 Defence Forces personnel have deployed on COVID-19 related supports on a daily basis. In a detailed reply from the Minister…

Senator Mark Wall
29 December 2020

New Restrictions necessary but extra resources for contact tracing needed

Essential workers over Christmas should be allowed travel for a few more days after 26th. Additional supports needed asap for workers and businesses forced to close. Tracing system must be radically improved. With Covid-19 cases rapidly rising the decision to impose new restrictions including the UK travel ban was warranted but it will impact heavily…

22 December 2020

Irish people in UK struggling to get through to DFA phone line

Extra resources needed for phone lines. Responding to cases of Irish people finding it difficult to get through to Department of Foreign Affairs phone line in the UK, Labour Transport spokesperson Duncan Smith said: “Many Irish citizens are in an information black hole with no guidance on how to arrange travel plans. Many are reporting…

22 December 2020

Deportation of family to UK should not proceed before 31st December

Office of the Minister for Justice refused to halt transfer. Family should not be deported to UK now where new Covid strain is circulating. Having received reports that a family with four young children are facing imminent deportation from Ireland to the UK by 31st December, Labour Seanad Leader Ivana Bacik and spokesperson on Immigration…

Ivana Bacik TD
22 December 2020

Mandatory Covid testing at ports now essential

Cabinet should be brought forward Clear guidance on Covid-19 restrictions now needed.  Ramped up testing and tracing capacity essential for coming weeks. With the government due to introduce a 48 hour travel ban from Britain into Ireland, Labour Transport spokesperson Duncan Smith repeated his long standing call for mandatory Covid-19 testing for visitors arriving at…

20 December 2020

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