Category: Council News

Brid Smith TD challenges Minister on carers’ allowance and Jobpath scheme

Before Xmas I queried the Minister about the numbers of people refused carers’ allowance initially, who are then forced to appeal (which takes months) before being accepted. I also asked about the dramatic rise in the numbers of people penalised

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Bríd queries Tory Lord on climate committee

Lord Deben (aka John Selwyn Gummer – Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change) was a witness at a Dail climate change committee. I had the opportunity to put a number of issues to him about environmental concerns here,

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Bríd demands protection for workers trapped in bogus self-employment

We need legislation protecting workers from bogus self-employment. Our governent says it needs proper figures on the extent of bogus self-employment before it can act, but employees must be protected first – otherwise they are at further risk of victimisation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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