Suicide stats in Dublin South Central, Clondalkin and Tallaght show the bitter fruits of successive Government’s policies

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit        21/05/2018

Brid Smith TD for Dublin South Central has said that figures for suicide rates among young mothers in Ballyfermot, Clondalkin and Tallaght are shocking and the bitter fruits of successive Government’s policies.

The figures show that mothers in their 20s and 30s, with small children, represented half of the suicides in these areas, some 37 in all. Read more ›

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Varadkar and Harris must go- Bríd Smith TD

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit   11/05/2018

Brid Smith TD of People Before Profit has called for the immediate resignation of Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris. She said: “Internal memos that were released yesterday show that the HSE put their own publicity strategy ahead of informing women about faults in their cervical cancer screening. “Yet the former Ministers, who were responsible for the health services, are taking no responsibility. This is outrageous. I do not believe for one minute that Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris knew nothing about the HSE strategy. It beggars belief that two ambitious men who, to put it mildly, have a record of heightened concern about PR, were not informed about the publicity strategy of the HSE. Read more ›

Brid Smith TD speaking on the cervical screening scandal, 11.5.18

CERVICAL CANCER SCANDAL-WHY THE DELAY?  Bríd spoke on the radio about this recently. the Sean O’Rourke programme, Friday 11th May. This audio recording has some clips of Brid’s contribution to the debate.

Bríd Smith on Rural Ireland, RTE radio 11.5.18

RURAL IRELAND NEEDS MORE THAN THE DRINK-LINK. Brid spoke on the radio about this recently – Sean O Rourke, RTE, 11.5.18. This audio recording has some commentary.

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Bríd Smith TD on the RTE News 10.5.18: the cervical smears scandal

 

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Bríd Smith TD, debates current issues on The Late Debate, 9.5.18

These are clips of Bríd’s contribution to debates on the cervical smear scandal, the ban on online advertising in the referendum, and the state of our schools

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Brid Smith TD speaking in Dáil Éireann on the cervical smears scandal. 10.5.18

 

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Bríd questions use of private for-profit agencies, to administer welfare.

PRIVATISED WELFARE. That’s more or less what the Dept of Social Protection did with dole and ‘job activation schemes’. A bit like the film “I Daniel Blake”. And this heartless and inhumane privatised system was warmly welcomed by our firends – THE TROIKA! No surprises there. I asked at the Dáil committee about sanctions against the unemployed by the private agencies the government now uses instead of State employees – 359 to 16,451 cases in less than 6 years. Not impressed by the answers.

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Danger of an overblown exercise that takes months and yields no new insights, says Brid Smith TD

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit    04/05/2018

TD calls for short focused review of cervical screening service

Danger of an overblown exercise that takes months and yields no new insights, says Brid Smith TD

Bríd Smith TD has called on Minister Simon Harris to focus any inquiry into the actual consequences of the outsourcing of cervical screening in 2008.

The Dublin South Central TD said the core issue remains a simple one, “did the decision to outsource cervical screening result in a deterioration of the quality of the screening and did this put women’s lives at risk?” Read more ›

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Brid Smith TD on accountability for the cervical screening catastrophe.

The government wants an enquiry about the cervical screening debacle, but meantime – no suspensions, no sackings, no accountability. Brid debates this with Simon Coveneny on the floor of the Dáil today

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