Climate Change and Natural Resources, Dáil Issues, Environment

To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the timeline for implementing the recommendations of the final report of the Citizens’ Assembly, How the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change, in view of the recent global student strike for climate action. – Clare Daly.

REPLY: Climate Disruption is the greatest challenge facing humanity. That is why the Oireachtas requested the Citizens Assembly, which has played a great role in motivating change in our society, to examine Ireland’s role in meeting this challenge.
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Human Rights, Women's Rights, Worker's Rights

Press statement from Sex Workers Alliance Ireland 27th March

We all deserve to work in safety, access health services and paths to justice. Since the enactment of the 2017 law, sex workers are less safe. Violent crime against sex workers has increased by 92% in the past 2 years.

Kate McGrew, sex worker and director of Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI) says “We deserve to be safe but instead of decreasing demand the laws have created a buyers market, where the purchasers of sex hold the power. This in direct opposition to what we were told was the intention of the law. Sex workers are not decriminalised. The penalties of sex workers sharing premises together, also known as brothel keeping, has doubled since the introduction of the new Sexual Offences Bill in 2017. Sex workers are now forced to work in isolation, which puts them at further risk of violence and exploitation. Since the law has been introduced many more sex workers have been arrested than clients. We want sex work decriminalised so that the power gets put back in the hands of the worker.”
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Dáil Issues, Health, Parliamentary Questions

To ask the Minister for Health the status of the accessibility of termination of pregnancy services including the availability of information materials in different languages and the accessibility of My Options for persons that are deaf or hard of hearing; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY: The HSE’s MyOptions service is a free unplanned pregnancy support service for support and information about an unplanned pregnancy.

MyOptions offers non-directive, free counselling and information for people experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Information is available about all options, including continued pregnancy supports and abortion services.  
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Environment, Features, Human Rights, International

Students from schools across Ireland are joining the global Schools Strike for Climate Action 

next Friday 15th March. As well as marches in Dublin and Cork there will be strike events outside local authority offices in counties 

from Tralee to Donegal, Meath to Galway, and locally at school gates across the country.

This global strike was called by the 16 year-old schoolgirl
Greta Thunberg who began striking outside the Swedish Parliament last August.
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