Bríd Smith TD- National Development Plan “fantasy and fraud”

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit

16/02/2018

People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has labelled the new government National Development Plan a “fantasy and a fraud”.

“We are being promised pie in the sky, but only by 2040, we will have new hospitals, houses and trains, but only by 2040. This National Development Plan is simply a pre-election gimmick by Varadkar’s spin team,” said the Dublin South Central TD. Read more ›

Bríd Smith welcomes announcement of May referendum

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit    29/01/2018

Bríd Smith welcomes announcement of May referendum

Calls on people to get active to win the vote to repeal

Deputy Bríd Smith has welcomed the announcement of a May referendum on the 8th Amendment and is calling on all those who want to see an end to this barbaric section of the constitution to get active in winning the vote.

“This is a very important moment and it would not have happened without the energy, commitment and activism of the Repeal Movement and the pressure that this has put on the Government. We cannot be complacent but need to put our shoulders to the wheel and ensure that we win a clear and strong majority for Repeal of the 8th. We need to build a vibrant, dynamic campaign, similar to that of the same-sex marriage referendum and we can change Ireland forever.” Read more ›

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Government should not hide behind Attorney General to overrule the Dáil committee on Eighth Amendment

Brid Smith calls for simple repeal  

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit 29/01/2018

Bríd Smith has urged the Cabinet to set a date in May for a simple referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment from the constitution.

Citing recent opinion polls, the TD stated that the tide had turned on this issue and people are supportive of giving women the right to choose.

It will not be acceptable if the Cabinet ignore the findings of the Joint Oireachtas Committee by following the expected advice of the Attorney General. The Oireachtas Committee also was presented with legal advice that supported a simple repeal.

Deputy Smith stated, “The Attorney General is a political appointee, and his opinion would be just a legal opinion not a statement of fact. Read more ›

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Keep it simple – make it early

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith is calling on the Taoiseach and his cabinet to opt for a simple “Repeal” or “Repeal Simpliciter” at their meeting on Monday 29th January which will decide the wording and the date of the referendum on 8th Amendment to the constitution.

Deputy Smith said “It is worth noting that fourteen of twenty TD’s and Senators who worked on the special joint Oireachtas Committee on 8th Amendment voted to recommend a straightforward repeal of the Eighth Amendment. This is a signifcant majority on the committee and must therefore carry some weight and influence with the Cabinet in reaching their decision. Even if the Attorney General does not recommend a simple Repeal there was very significant legal advice given to the committee that any attempt to keep abortion in the constitution could be very problematic and that it is impossible to give absolute legal certainty in trying to do so.” Read more ›

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Bríd Smith welcomes latest opinion poll on abortion and calls for repeal

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit 26/01/2018

Bríd Smith welcomes latest opinion poll on abortion and calls for repeal
Bríd Smith, the People Before Profit TD for Dublin South Central, has welcomed the latest Irish Times/MRBI poll which indicates that 65 percent of decided voters favour Repeal and abortion up to 12 weeks.
She said, “The latest opinion poll should put an end to all talk about the need for a more restrictive referendum.
“The majority of people want a simple vote on Repeal and the implementation of the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendation of abortion on request up to 12 weeks.
“It also indicates how out of touch Leo Varadkar is.
“He claims to be a leader of opinion and has asked if access to abortion on request up to 12 weeks is a step too far for the majority of people.
“It may be too much for Varadkar’s own conservative instincts but not for the majority of voters.
“It is time to move on and hold a simple repeal referendum in May and for the antics and delaying tactics by some TDs in the Dáil to stop. It is time the people had their say.”
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Bríd Smith calls out anti-abortion campaign for working with Trump supporters

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit.  25/01/2018

Bríd Smith calls out anti-abortion campaign for working with Trump supporters

Brid Smith, the People Before Profit TD has expressed concern at the intervention of well-funded, foreign, right-wing campaigners in the coming Irish referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

She said, “The Irish anti-choice campaign seems to be endowed with lots of money and they are using it to hire social media and PR experts associated with very right-wing forces. Read more ›

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Bríd speaks on ‘reforms’ for refugees and assylum seekers, Dáil 23.1.18

Imagine what it’s like to have to leave your home to avoid war, persecution or grinding poverty. You risk your life getting to safety; many of those with you are drowned, or captured and enslaved. Then you reach the ‘free world’ of the EU and you’re banged up in a detention centre for years, no work, no study, no life. Finally the day comes and your host country – Ireland – says ‘ok you can work, but in a very limited number of jobs, if you pay us €1000 first’. Minister Flanagan – you shame us with this ‘reform’ for assylum seekers.

 

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Bríd speaks on Dáil Environmental Committee – we need real political change – from below!

I spoke on the Dáil #environment committee today about ways in which we have to bring the pressure from below to bear on those at the top, in order to get environmental issues taken seriously. Good to see young people there – lets make sure they inherit a planet that has not been destroyed by the greedy

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Late Debate, RTE radio 1, 23.1.18. Bríd speaks on pensioner’s rights

A shout out to Pensioners for Equality! I tried to get my ‘spoke’ in the other night on the Late Debate on radio, not least because Joan Burton was on as well. Didn’t get much time but tried my best – the audio clip is here.

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‘Pro-Life’ shows its true colours

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit
23/01/2018
Involvement of right wing propaganda agency linked to alt-right, hard-line brexiteers and Trump campaign shows the true nature of the pro-life movement, says Bríd Smith
People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has said that the hiring of Kanto by an Irish anti choice group highlighted the nature and probable tactics of those campaigning against Repeal.  Kanto was heavily involved with hard-line Tory and UKIP brexiteers , the alt-right and the Trump campaign

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