Brid Smith clarifying PBP’s position on a United Ireland

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United Against Racism march and protest outside the European Commission Representation in Ireland in solidarity with refugees

Well done to all who marked World Refugee Day today. Refugees are welcome here!

I will be questioning the Minister for Justice in the Dáil tomorrow on Ireland’s dreadful and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in direct provision.WhatsApp-Image-20160620

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Brid speaking on the disgraceful hike on bin charges

AAA-PBP submitted a motion today to reverse Bin Charge hikes and to reinstate waivers for low income families – both the bitter legacy of neo-liberal policies of successive Governments.

Simon Coveney has since been back pedalling rapidly, talking of introducing a new Statutory Instrument next week.

The Government is backing down already. Let’s see how they vote next week!

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Brid speaking at an end Direct Provision event in the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham

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Brid on NewsTalk Breakfast’s “Political Panel”

Brid was on NewsTalk’s Breakfast show today discussing this “people’s convention” on access to abortion and the so-called “new politics” with Alan Kelly and Regina Doherty. You can hear it, on the political panel, here…

http://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/Breakfast/Highlights_from_Newstalk_Breakfast/144323/What_You_Missed_Zappone_political_panel__Snowblow

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‘Tweeting to #Repealthe8th: Challenging the legal regime and Irish attitudes to abortion?’

A great opportunity for the right person – a one-year post-doc research job at UCD, on Twitter, the legal regime and Irish attitudes to abortion.
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Street Feast against Direct Provision

Great photos of Sunday’s Street Feast at IMMA with End Direct Provision Dublin, where we enjoyed food prepared by residents from Direct Provision centres. People living in Direct Provision do not have their own kitchen or table to participate in Street Feast, like other Irish communities. This event aimed to change this for the day and to allow the discussion about ending Direct Provision to continue. Great food cooked by people not allowed to cook for their kids! Photos by Ruth Medjber (Ruthless Imagery Photography) ‪#‎ENDDP‬

Street Feast Photography by Ruth Medjber www.ruthlessimagery.com

Street Feast Photography by Ruth Medjber www.ruthlessimagery.com

Street Feast Photography by Ruth Medjber www.ruthlessimagery.com

Street Feast Photography by Ruth Medjber www.ruthlessimagery.com

Street Feast Photography by Ruth Medjber www.ruthlessimagery.com

Street Feast Photography by Ruth Medjber www.ruthlessimagery.com

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United Against Racism from Ireland to Greece

United against Racism from Dublin to GreeceBrid at solidarity event in Dublin holding a Greek anti racist banner with Memet Uludag from the United Against Racism campaign and other activists.

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The private for profit model of childcare isn’t working

Questioning the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in the Dáil on 9 June, Bríd highlights that the private for profit model of childcare is not working. Some of the poorest people spend up to 25% of their take home income on childcare. We must look at the publicly funded model.

 

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Brid Smith questioning the Taoiseach on Child Benefit being linked to school attendance

In the Dáil on 8 June, Brid asks the Taoiseach to clarify whether child benefit will be linked to school attendance, as set out in the Programme for Government.

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