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Confirmation of NPHET sanction for Leaving Cert provisions needed

Clarity on schools welcome but Government continue to firefight this issue   Labour Education Spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, has welcomed the clarity around the availability in-class learning for Leaving Cert students and students with special needs, however the Labour Party want to ensure that the Leaving Cert provisions have been sanctioned by NPHET. Speaking…

06 January 2021

Fuel Allowance should be paid to those on PUP payments during Winter Lockdown

Hundreds of thousands of workers will be confined to home over coming weeks. January is one of the coldest months of the year with low temperatures forecast this week. €28 weekly fuel allowance should be provided to households where only income is the PUP. With a cold weather snap starting, and hundreds of thousands of…

06 January 2021

72 hr old Covid clear test from arriving passengers too little too late

Asking arriving passengers to show clear tests up to 3 days old doesn’t go far enough. Compulsory testing on arrival with rigorous follow up needed. Reacting to the news that the government will now finally require a clear Covid 19 test from arriving passengers Labour Transport spokesperson Duncan Smith said:“For months I have called for…

05 January 2021

Government must fund broadcast of educational content during school closures

January must not be lost month for many school pupils Government needs to allocate serious resources to broadcast educational content. BBC producing content next week – RTÉ and others have critical role to play. With the prospect of school pupils out of the physical classroom for the month of January, Labour spokesperson for Media Affairs,…

05 January 2021

Pathway for in-school tuition for Leaving Cert students must be investigated

Investigation required into the possibility of providing in-school tuition for Leaving Cert 2021 The class of 2021 missed 11 weeks of in-school tuition in 2020, and will potentially miss a further four weeks in 2021 Minister for Education must find solutions and communicate clearly with students and teachers   Labour Education spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin…

05 January 2021

Student Nurses and Midwives must be paid as healthcare assistants as Covid cases rise

€100 a week grant for students not good enough and pay must be backdated to September. Students should be paid again at healthcare assistant rate to reflect higher risk in health service as proposed in Labour Party Bill. Minister should meet with union representatives today and do the right thing. With acute hospitals under severe…

05 January 2021

Confirmation needed that School Meals will continue during lockdown

With schools unlikely to reopen Minister must confirm meals will be available. Weekly food parcels and vouchers were provided in first lockdown. A bonus child benefit payment in January should also be considered to help parents meet extra costs. With schools unlikely to reopen next week, Labour Senator Rebecca Moynihan has called on the Minister…

04 January 2021

Housing Minister needs to be clear on status of Co-living Applications

Labour Housing Spokesperson, Senator Rebecca Moynihan has said that the Housing Minister to clarify the status of co-living applications submitted after his ban was announced.  Senator Moynihan was speaking after a number of applications have been made to An Bord Pleanála after the ban was announced and the Minister issued a circular to planning authorities…

04 January 2021

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