Archive for the ‘Dáil Issues’ Category
For five years now, the Greek people have been on the receiving end of a massive programme of forced austerity. Living standards have fallen, on average, by at least a quarter. Unemployment has risen to 1 in 4 of the labour force; youth unemployment is, officially, a staggering 50% and the real figure is far higher. Suicide rates have risen by 40%– a shocking indicator of the human cost of this failed neo-liberal ideology.
Right from 2008, there has been massive opposition to austerity in Greece. Large-scale protests, student walk-outs, occupations of businesses and government offices, and strikes, including general strikes, have all become common occurrences across the country. That the Greek state, despite three changes in government in the last five years, has ignored these protests and continued with austerity, is only one element in a broader erosion of the very fabric of Greek democracy.
Legislate for X
Repeal 1861 Act now
Repeal 8th Amendment to Constitution
The ULA welcomes the government’s declaration that legislation for the X Case ruling of the Supreme Court in 1992, despite a delay of twenty years, will finally be brought in next year. There is no need to delay however, in the repeal of Sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. This piece of repressive law, retained from the time of British rule, makes abortion a criminal act with severe penalties for women and doctors. We call for the immediate repeal of this legislation.
The Can’t Pay Won’t Pay campaign in Donegal has welcomed a government announcement to provide grant relief for septic tank repairs. This is an indication of the success of the boycott campaign. Up until now the Government had insisted that the home owners would bear the full cost of repairs. This compromise is a result of the campaign’s successful boycott of the registration process.