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Features, National, Social Welfare

 

Minister Vardakar’s right wing posturing is an insult to working class communities. Hiding behind his false beard claims, it’s not hard to see exactly what he’s about.

The recent high profile advertisement campaign, “Welfare cheats cheat us all” launched by the misnamed Department of Social Protection and their chief of deception, Leo Varadkar, is more than empty posturing by the Tory wannabe; it is a deliberate attempt to negatively portray those members of our society who claim their entitlements to social welfare.

Every taxpayer (and everyone pays tax throughout their lifetime in various ways) contributes to a central fund to provide financial support on occasions when we need it throughout our lives. Children’s allowance, old age pensions, sick pay, disability payments, unemployment benefit and housing benefit all come from a central fund we all contribute to.

Welfare is essentially a progressive policy of a caring society, we call it welfare because most of us are concerned with the welfare of our fellow beings, and we should protect it from this blatant attempt to undermine it. Make no mistake this ‘campaign’ is a precursor and indeed an excuse to justify more neo liberal and draconian cuts to the welfare system.
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Health, Human Rights, National, Women's Rights

Press Statement from Coalition to Repeal the Eight Amendment

The Citizens’ Assembly have made clear that the Oireachtas must assume responsibility for legislating for abortion.  That’s according to the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Commenting today (23.04.17), Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition, said: “The Assembly members have recommended this matter be put fairly and squarely in the hands of the legislators – where it should always have been.

“Our politicians know it is their duty, as members of the Oireachtas, to make laws.  When circumstances and public opinion are clearly demonstrating an urgent need for new legislation, they cannot shirk their responsibility.

“The Government cynically established the Citizens’ Assembly to avoid making difficult decisions themselves.  Through their hard work and dedication, the Assembly members concluded what the Government should have known all along: that is the role of the legislature to legislate.

“This puts it up to our politicians now.  There’s nothing left for them to hide behind; they need to get on with addressing this issue once and for all.”

‘Real Step Towards Ending Abortion Ban’

Ms. Smyth said that, overall, the recommendations from the Citizens’ Assembly represent a “real step towards ending Ireland’s abortion ban”.

“An overwhelming majority of Assembly members – 87 per cent – voted for reform of abortion law,” she said.  “It’s evident they want women to be able to access abortion here.

“Overall, this is a real step towards ending the abortion ban and ensuring our health services provide the full spectrum of care that women need, and that women’s rights are honoured and respected.

“The final round of voting this afternoon demonstrated that a caring understanding of women’s needs prevailed amongst Assembly members.  This is a strong mandate for providing access to abortion in this country.”

Dáil Debates, Dáil Work, Foreign Affairs, National, Oral Questions

Dáil Issues, National, Transport Tourism and Sport

Dáil Question
No: 322

To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he has taken to date to assist in the resolution of the strike at Bus Éireann and to address workers’ concerns.
– Clare Daly.

Answered by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Shane Ross
REPLY

I have consistently stated that I will not dictate to management and unions about their internal issues and nor will I become involved in discussions about how the Company organises itself in terms of its work practices etc. These are issues which require agreement between management and unions.
However, in those areas where I believe it to be appropriate to act, I have acted.
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