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Government barely tinkering around the edges – Cost of living supports need to match reality

• Package of measures needed not piecemeal approach • Labour proposed targeted carbon tax credit • Three year rent freeze desperately needed Labour finance spokesperson Ged Nash has called on government to do more to tackle the soaring increase in the cost of living. Responding to the once-off €100 electricity credit proposed by government, Deputy…

10 December 2021

More to be done for women’s participation in political life

Speaking at the National Women’s Council of Ireland’s Increasing Women’s Political Participation webinar, Labour TD and Chair of the Special Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality Ivana Bacik said that more needs to be done to progress women’s rights in Ireland and improve levels of women’s participation in electoral politics. Deputy Bacik said: “There is no…

10 December 2021

Eleventh-hour decision on EWSS indictment of Government’s failure to develop permanent short-time work scheme

• Labour repeats call for new German-style short-time work scheme • Failure to extend CRSS shows government at sixes and sevens Labour’s Finance spokesperson Ged Nash has welcomed the government’s eleventh-hour decision to restore the previous rates of the EWSS to businesses adversely affected by new public health restrictions. However, he said that the last-minute…

09 December 2021

Abortion review fudge – Extraordinary that Tánaiste and Minister for Health unable or unwilling to answer

Under questioning from Labour leader Alan Kelly, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar was unable to provide a clear answer on the repeal review. With the Tánaiste unclear as to whether the decision to fudge the review was brought to cabinet and decided there, Deputy Kelly said government need to immediately outline what is going on with this…

09 December 2021

Time for a radical rethink of public services in light of cost of living

Labour leader Alan Kelly has called for a rethink of the current approach to public services in light of the increased cost of living in Ireland. With CSO figures confirming prices rising by 5.3% in the year to November, Deputy Kelly said inflation has totally outstripped increases in wages and ordinary hard working people are…

09 December 2021

Minister playing for time on abortion review

Labour Senator and health committee member Annie Hoey said the inability of the Minister for Health to provide a single straight answer regarding the abortion review under questioning is deeply worrying. Highlighting the many areas that need to be examined during the review, Senator Hoey said the Minister cannot continue to push women’s healthcare aside….

08 December 2021

In person college exams must be in adherence to government guidelines

Labour spokesperson on Further and Higher Education Annie Hoey has called on the Minister to provide assurance to all students that in-person exams are being held in line with public health guidance. Senator Hoey said: “Young people have been an afterthought throughout the pandemic. Last month I wrote to Minister Harris asking him to detail…

06 December 2021

Bacik’s Dublin Bay bill would promote and protect the swimmers paradise

Labour Dublin Bay South TD Ivana Bacik will introduce a bill this week for a radical new vision for the protection and enhancement of Dublin Bay. Bacik’s Bill would establish a statutory Dublin Bay Authority charged with preserving for future generations the distinctive character of Dublin Bay and its ecology as a coastal resource. With…

05 December 2021

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