Here, Bríd shows not only what the government failed to do in this budget but, but what could have been done, had the FG / FF government not been so slavishly devoted to the interests of the rich, while ignoring pressing social and environmental needs.
Varadkar, fresh from his UN Climate gig in New York, is forging ahead with plans to import fracked gas as LNG (liguified natural gas), poisonous to bio-sphere and humankind (but very profitable!). I pushed for a Dáil discussion, at the very least, on this before it went through. Today we had that discussion – this is what myself and Richard Boyd-Barret had to say
CLIMATE HYPOCRITE! Varadkar boasts in New York how he’s against oil exploration, but is ok with gas exploration. But you don’t get one without the other! He’s ‘spinning’ climate abuse! And at the same time he welcomes importing FRACKED GAS – viciously poisonous to the environment. I discussed this on The Late Debate the other evening (this is an audio clip from the show)
Brid spoke on the radio programme The Late Debate, 4.10.19 though it is also live-streamed (with results of varying quality). The clips here are mostly climate related issues, including ‘Just Transition’ for workers.
We all heard about GOLD-PLATED PENSIONS. The impression given was that public service employees were being too well ‘looked after’. The truth is that only very senior civil and public servants (and politicians) got fat pensions – the remainder of nurses, teachers, gardai, defence force personnel, etc etc have very modest pensions and these are being undermined. The pensioners want access to the industrial relations mechanisms as is their due. I spoke to this yesterday in the Dáil.
FRACKED GAS (LNGs) poisons ground and water in the USA and the bio-sphere of our planet. Our government wants to sign off on importing LNGs here without discussion in the Dáil; I ‘kicked-up’ and called for a vote. The video here records the row. Note this and remember it: FIANNA FAIL AND FINE GAEL BOTH VOTED FOR FRACKED GAS
In the Dail committee today, 25.9.19. various aspects of the very harsh conditions of Direct Provision for Assylum Seekers and Refugees was discussed. This video is of exchanges between Bríd and the Ombudsman