In response to the outrageous conduct of a rape trial in Cork, where the victim’s underwear was presented as evidence of consent, a lunchtime rally was held at the Spire in Dublin, in solidarity with the victim. Other cities also held rallies. Bríd addressed the gathering.
Media Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit 12/11/2018
Request follows PAC committee hearing that reveals HSE reviewed the cases of the 221 women at the centre of crisis
“This information should be public and is the least the family of Julie O’Reilly and other women deserve,” says TD
People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has formally complained to the Dáil’s Ceann Comhairle over the repeated refusal of the HSE and the Health Minister to answer a question on the cervical check scandal.
The TD has claimed that since May she has repeatedly asked the HSE to list the laboratories from which the 221 negligently misread slides came from. The question has never been answered despite assurances from ex HSE boss Tony O’Brien that it would be. Read more ›
The cause of the #cervicalcheck tragedy has still not been addressed or acknowledged. We need to end the outsourcing and privatisation of our health as it puts profits before best practice and peoples needs. This short video explains and asks why after months of asking a simple question we still cant get a answer – What labs do the 221 false negatives come from?
I sit on the Dáil committee for Social Protection. Today we queried Department officials, and got less than satisfactory answers, on BOGUS SELF-EMPLOYMENT. It’s basically a scam that lets the actual employer off the hook of responsibility to their workers and has been better described as ‘social dumping’. And its allowed on state-funded projects! And what about worklplace inspections? compliance? prosecutions? From where I sat, there appeared to be little Social Protection and a lot of tip-toeing around exploitative companies and employers.
I questioned officials from the Department of Agriculture . We have one the worst records in Co2 emissions and our plan is to increase those emissions in agriculture, despite what the IPCC report tells us is happening. They really dont get the urgency of tackling #ClimateChange, and while our forest cover is among the lowest in Europe, planting monocultures of Sitka spruce will do nothing to help the environemnt or climate. Nor will Govt policy help lower-income farmers, who could play a huge and progressive role in mitigating climate change
“A CRAZY FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH” is how Google workers described themselves. And fair play to them – a GLOBAL walkout the other day for pay equality and against sexism!! I asked the Minister to join me in congratulating them, but also, WHAT ABOUT NURSES? Would he congratulate them when they are forced to strike for their, more than reasonable, demands? 7.11.18
The Minister says he must respect the Public Sector Pay Agreement and can’t support the nurses threatened strike for pay. But since that agreement was signed, rents have increased, childcare has increased, fuel has increased and nurses’ (and others) pay has stood still. We are 1,000 nurses short. Nurses are stressed to bits. The health service is on the verge of collapse. This is why they have to strike. How else can they make the government sit up and take notice!! 7.11.18