The Dáil is debating Northern Ireland – this will be a regular event! I was happy last night to have the opportunity to outline People Before Profit’s attitude to such issues as Brexit, Women’s and and LGBT+ rights, Irish unity & the language, the DUP and corruption. PBP is the only all-Ireland party, bar Sinn Féin, to have elected representative North and South and we welcome these debates wholeheartedly.
REFERENDUM FOR MAY – That’s what we have to hold Leo and FF to. Yesterday in the Dáil I asked him when, and May is what he said his preference was for, but because FG don’t have the majority they need, they’ll be depending on FF’s co-operation. And we’ll be making sure they’re both held to account.
Free collective bargaining and dignity at work. That’s what the pilots are striking for. And more power to their collective elbow! I was pleased to speak up for them on RTE’s Primtime programme this evening.
People Before Profit TD and member of the Dáil committee on the 8th amendment has said that tomorrow’s meeting which will vote on a range of issues is a historic opportunity to end the constitutional clause which has brought untold suffering to women.
Welcoming signs that the committee will recommend a simple repeal referendum as well as accept the right of women to choose abortion up to the first 12 weeks, Deputy Smith said that while historic tomorrow’s vote was in reality just the beginning of the end of the 8th amendment. Read more ›
““This is 2017, not a rerun of 1913; workers have the right to be represented by a union,” says Brid Smith TD
Questions remain over state regulator and its oversight in aviation industry says the Dublin South Central TD
People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, today called for the full support of the trade union movement for the Ryanair pilots based in Ireland and across Europe who have voted for strike action for union recognition.
A large majority of pilots based in Ireland have voted to strike over a range of issues at the airline including the right to be represented by a union of their choice as opposed to a company appointed representative body. Hundreds more pilots based in Italy and Portugal are supporting the union recognition campaign.Read more ›
“Government Policy responsible for possible strike action in health and social care services,” says Brid Smith TD
People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, has said that Government policy is directly responsible for a possible strike of over 8,000 staff in the health and social care service which could cause severe disruption to a system already at breaking point.
The TD had asked a number of Dáil questions of the Minister for Health over the funding for so-called section 39 organisations. Staff in these organisations may be taking strike action as, unlike direct HSE employees, they will not receive any pay restoration under recent pay deals and legislation. Read more ›
Three Fianna Fail committee members indicate support for legal abortion up to 12 weeks gestation, without restriction.
People Before Profit TD Brid Smith is a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment and spoke today about the prospects of a majority report to be voted and agreed on Wednesday 13 December. Read more ›