Bríd Smith TD speaking on 100th anniversary of winning the right to Vote

Very proud to be able to speak on the 100th anniversary of getting the vote in 2018. The right to vote was hard won by revolutionary action; it brought us formal democratic rights, but now we need REAL DEMOCRACY. So instead of a tiny elite deciding how the wealth and resources in society are divvied up – we all get to have a say – ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY. Speed the day!

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Brid Smith TD speaking to the Anti Eviction Bill 2018 Dáil Éireann

A Bill which sought to ban evictions on the basis of the landlords intention to sell or renovate was proposed by Solidarity/People Before Profit and addressed in the Dáil 12.12.18 by Bríd.

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LOOKING AFTER EARLY RISERS?

An ERSI report shows that this govt looks after the top earners – not the ‘early risers’ nor the ‘squeezed middle’! Figures show that the last budget left average households WORSE off than before. Lower income housholds lost most. And according to economist Michael Taft, the real winners over the last 8 years are the very high earners. Average housholds are paying more tax, and are poorer than before the budget. Some recovery!

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Bríd Smith TD speaking on extending the meaning of ‘family’ for refugees.

I welcome the move to define what ‘family’ means for refugees, and I welcome refugees and their families – just as the Irish needed a ‘welcome’ in our darkest days. And I condemn the actions of fascist sympathisers outside the gates of the Dáil as we speak, the ‘Irexit’ bullies who assembled to ‘do down’ these vulnerable people.

 

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Bríd Smith TD questions Minister Harris on National Maternity Hospital plan

Dec 5th – Brid seeks clarity but gets none on the fate of the NMH

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Bríd on RTE news: carbon taxes and the French Yellow Jackets

If RTE had given me more than just one sentence here I would said that what we need to tackle climate change, is not carbon taxes on ordinary people but carbon taxes on the real culprits, the giant corporations, and we need to stop further exploration for fossil fuels. VIVA THE YELLOW JACKETS!

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Bríd at Climate Change cmmte slams carbon tax for ordinary people; demands JUST TRANSITION.

Carbon tax should be paid by the fossil fuel corporations, not by ordinary people. A carbon tax thus applied could help pay for energy saving projects such as increased public transport and retrofitting homes. And if the government is concerned about climate change, it should support my Bill to ban fossil fuel exploration at sea

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Bríd Smith TD gets committment from Minister Harris re conscientious objection

Tonight 5.12.18 Minister Harris gave a committment to Deputy Brid Smith TD that no institution, including the new National Maternity Hospital can conscientiously object to providing abortion services

 

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Bríd Smith TD questions Minister Harris on National Maternity Hospital plan

Dec 5th – Brid seeks clarity but gets none on the fate of the NMH

 

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Bríd Smith TD on the abortion legislation debate Dáil 4.12.18

The hypocrisy of the anti-choicers is very evident in the debate this evening, as is their attitude to those of us representing women’s right to abortion legislation NOW.

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