Dáil suspended as Brid Smith TD demands justice for Ibrahim Halawa

Ibrahim Halawa’s trial was postponed yesterday for the 20th time, despite his being desperately ill. Ibrahim is an Irish citzen wrongly imprisoned by the Egyptian dictatorship for nearly 4 years, and is on hunger strike for justice. A delegation from the government, led by the Dáil chairman Seán Ó Fearghaíl, visited Egypt about him recently. And yet the same chairman, who led this delegation, wouldn’t let Brid explore what might be done to save Ibrahim today. Shame on him.

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Brid Smith TD calls for transparency in company accounts in the Dáil

Most companies making money off the bins, are registered in places like the Isle of Man, Virgin Islands even New Zealand. This means they can hide their profits and ‘wipe our eye’ if they want to. Brid referred to this in opposition to the new regulations proposed in the Dáil last night. The government, backed by Fianna Fáil, want to allow companies to hide information that we need to know, for 5 years! This is not on. I intend to pursue this issue and call on them to account.

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Bríd Smith TD speaks in the Dáil on mother and baby homes scandal: separate Church and State


There were many fine speeches in the Dáil this evening in response to the SF motion on mother and babies homes. But talk is cheap – we need to DO something. Brid proposed an amendment that we SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE. That would mean taking the wealth off Bon Secours – taking our hospitals into State control; getting rid of the religeous off the boards of management of our schools; and recind the deal done by former FF Minister Woods with the religious, which hugely favoured them, over clerical child sex abuse.


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Brid Smith TD takes a stand against Direct Provision, 21 March Dail Eireann

Outside the Dail Brid took a stand against the inhumane system of Direct Provision for refugees and assylum seekers today. The ‘Direct Provision’ centres make money for those that run them and ruin the lives of those that live in them. Its as near to internment as you get – years living on €19 a week, no permission to work or study. Are these the mother and baby homes of our day? Then, as now, this is our State’s shame.


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Bríd on Vincent Browne – Enda coming or going? Enough already – says Bríd


Bríd was on Vincent Brown last night. More banging on about Enda Kenny’s leadership – is he coming or going? Some  on the panel tried to refer to what matters – the fact that this (and previous Fianna Fáil-led) governments have blighted the lives of millions of ordinary people, evident in record leveles of debt, homelessness, failing health care, precarious jobs etc. And all FG and FF policies will produce is more of the same!


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HOW THE DÁIL VOTED ON MY ‘€1 vs 14 years in Prison’ BILL

The table from the Oireachtas website shows clearly the way each TD voted in respect of my Bill to get rid of the 14 year prison sentence for abortion. The table shows the following:
– those who voted TÁ are listed on the left colum, they supported the Government to stop my Bill going through
– those who voted NÍL are listed on the right, they supported me to enable the Bill go through
– those who abstained are listed under STAON in the middle colum and refused to support me. Shamefully, these are mostly Sinn Féin deputies Read more ›

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Bríd on THE WEEK IN POLITICS, selected clips.

Bríd takes on Minister Simon Harris regarding the Tuam babies case and what the State must do. She also discusses International women’s day, State corruption and Kenny’s visit to Trump. March 12 2017.


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Bríd addresses Women’s Day march out Dáil Eireann

After a great day of protest and celebration, the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth march, from Parnell Sqare, arrived at Dáil Éireann. Bríd addressed the crowd of thousands

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Brid Smith on Radio 1, Morning Ireland programme.

Brid on the RTE radio programme Morning Ireland, on March 8, speaking about the Bill to reduce the sentence for abortion from 14 years to €1fine; she also speaks about the Tuam babies case.


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Bríd on Vincent Brown Programme: the Tuam babies scandal.

DISBAND BON SECOUR – RECIND THE WOODS DEAL. These are demands People Before Profit make about the Tuam babies scandal. They discussed Kenny’s speech about Tuam on Vincent Brown Tues, March 7. Kenny, like the FG and FF TD s on the show, huffed and puffed but will committ to nothing.

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