Bríd on the Late Debate on RTE radio 1, 12.6.18: cervical screening

The issue of outsourcing health services, to for-profit companies, lies at the heart of the cervical screening catastrophe

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Homeless family charged by the DPP for their misery.

Housing is a human right – a point made by a UN spokesperson on housing Leilani Farha, as well as by People Before Profit. Against that background, Brid told a harrowing story of homelessness in the Dáil today.

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The terrible case of the killing of Shane O Farrell

The killing 6 years ago of Shane O Farrell by a man who should have been serving one of the 19 offences he was convicted for, but was instead out on bail, is more than a travesty of justice. It stinks to high heaven.

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Bríd on the pope’s visit and other issues

Bríd was on The Tonight Show last night – 11.6.18. Some selected clips here dealing with the pope’s visit and opt-out schemes for anti-choice doctors.

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Updated statement on delayed Scally Inquiry

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit            12/06/2018

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith has expressed her disappointment with the announcement that the scoping inquiry into Cervical screening will not complete its work before the end of summer.

She said: “While I welcome many of the initial recommendations of the Scally scoping inquiry, there is clear evidence of obstruction contained in this report. Read more ›

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TD delighted that Kylemore College proposed hike in Music fees was been deferred

Brid Smith says the move is welcomed and that education courses must be equally available to all citizens.

TD Brid Smith has welcomed the news that Kylemore college has reversed the proposed hike in music fees for adults attending courses at the college. The proposal would have seen fees almost doubled.
The TD said the original move was highly discriminatory as it was aimed at adult students and openly designed to dissuade them from attending courses.
The justification we got when we queried this was that the college had a policy to attract younger students on these courses. They were openly admitting that the policy was to discriminate against mature students on he basis of age.

On the advice of Deputy Brid Smith a number of mature students notified the college that they intended to take a case under the equal status act. In response the college while not admitting the move could be a breech did announce that they would put off any proposed increases for now.
“Its a welcome move but we have to be vigilant and insure all education and courses are open to all regardless of age, class or sex.”

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Suicide stats in Dublin South Central, Clondalkin and Tallaght show the bitter fruits of successive Government’s policies

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit        21/05/2018

Brid Smith TD for Dublin South Central has said that figures for suicide rates among young mothers in Ballyfermot, Clondalkin and Tallaght are shocking and the bitter fruits of successive Government’s policies.

The figures show that mothers in their 20s and 30s, with small children, represented half of the suicides in these areas, some 37 in all. Read more ›

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Varadkar and Harris must go- Bríd Smith TD

Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit   11/05/2018

Brid Smith TD of People Before Profit has called for the immediate resignation of Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris. She said: “Internal memos that were released yesterday show that the HSE put their own publicity strategy ahead of informing women about faults in their cervical cancer screening. “Yet the former Ministers, who were responsible for the health services, are taking no responsibility. This is outrageous. I do not believe for one minute that Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris knew nothing about the HSE strategy. It beggars belief that two ambitious men who, to put it mildly, have a record of heightened concern about PR, were not informed about the publicity strategy of the HSE. Read more ›

Brid Smith TD speaking on the cervical screening scandal, 11.5.18

CERVICAL CANCER SCANDAL-WHY THE DELAY?  Bríd spoke on the radio about this recently. the Sean O’Rourke programme, Friday 11th May. This audio recording has some clips of Brid’s contribution to the debate.

Bríd Smith on Rural Ireland, RTE radio 11.5.18

RURAL IRELAND NEEDS MORE THAN THE DRINK-LINK. Brid spoke on the radio about this recently – Sean O Rourke, RTE, 11.5.18. This audio recording has some commentary.

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