LEO,TRUMP AND ST PATRICK! I was on Primetime last night discussing them. To be fair, St Patrick didn’t figure much – but wastn’t it astonishing that our Taoiseach jokes about bending the planning process for Trump in Clare! And how he could entertain that racist, sexist, homophobe? Surely we’ve gone beyond the days the “The Quiet Man”, where the cringing Irish have to suck up to ‘the rich Yank’!
“China is not the problem, unsustainable production of plastics and other waste is says Brid Smith TD.
Deputy Brid Smith of People before Profit has slammed comments from Mr Frank Conway of the Governments Price Monitoring Group. Mr Conway described the charging for green bins announced by Panda as “inevitable” because of the Chinese ban on imports of plastic waste.
Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit. 14/03/2018
People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has called on the Minister for Communications, Environment and Climate Action to intervene and stop waste companies from introducing green bin charges.
Panda, Ireland’s largest waste company, has said that they will introduce a charge for green waste collection- a lift charge and a weight charge per kg from April 19th Panda have said the charge will result in a 21 euro increase, but Smith said some households will face much higher increases of over 100 euro.
“This is the predictable outcome of the privatisation of waste services, bin charges were justified as a way of getting people to recycle and separate waste; now they are been charged for that as well,” she said Read more ›
MONEY FOR WAR OR MONEY FOR HEALTH? Given a choice most of us would say spend for health care, not for killing people. But our government wants to do the opposite. It makes me very angry. Our soldiers are underpaid, many depend on welfare to top up their pay, and they’ve saved thousands of lives in the Mediterranean and at home. But our money will not go to them, but to PESCO, the new European army.
Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit 09/03/2018
Deputy Smith has asked the Minister for Justice to clarify if the unlawful killing of Shane O’Farrell was one of those cases misclassified on the Garda Pulse system.
The TD submitted a Parliamentary question following last weeks revelations from the Dail committee on Justice which heard evidence from two civilian members of the force about the wide-spread misclassification of homicide cases by Gardai on the Pulse system.
Shane’s mother Lucia Farrell has asked the Garda to clarify this but has so far received no answer from the authorities.
Shane was killed in a hit and run incident which has been the subject of calls for a public inquiry and is presently still under investigation with GSOC after six years.
Lucia has campaigned to raise awareness of Shane’s death and the subsequent Garda investigation and criminal proceedings.
Deputy Smith stated: “The state has treated the family of Shane very poorly and failed them on a number of occasions. They deserve an answer to the simple question was Shane’s case one of those misclassified or not?”
The Dáil began its debate about the referendum on repeal of the eighth amendment to the consitution. Bríd’s powerful speech included tragic stories from the 80’s and her time in an abortion clinic. She makes a very strong appeal to #repealthe8th and allow women guilt-free choice.
SeeTec are a private ‘for profit’ company used by the Dept of Social Protection to run ’employment activation’ services. They were done for fraud in the UK, but our government still gave them the contract, and unemployed people here are finding themselves done down by them. This clip of our questions put in Committee to the Department has been shortened. Just a ‘flavour’ of the Department’s responses are included, but you can check out the remainder here: http://bit.ly/2G7DDDt