Category: Council News

Brid Smíth TD debates bogus self-employment in the Dail 8.11.18

I sit on the Dáil committee for Social Protection. Today we queried Department officials, and got less than satisfactory answers, on BOGUS SELF-EMPLOYMENT. It’s basically a scam that lets the actual employer off the hook of responsibility to their workers

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Brid Smith TD on the Abortion Legislation committee 8.11.18

This evening, 8.11.18, we discussed the issue of conscientious objection on the committee, among other matters

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Bríd Smith TD on Dail Climate cmmttee 7.11.18

I questioned officials from the Department of Agriculture . We have one the worst records in Co2 emissions and our plan is to increase those emissions in agriculture, despite what the IPCC report tells us is happening. They really dont

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Bríd applauds Google workers walk-out; invites Minister to do likewise

“A CRAZY FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH” is how Google workers described themselves. And fair play to them – a GLOBAL walkout the other day for pay equality and against sexism!! I asked the Minister to join me in congratulating

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Bríd supports forthcoming nurses strike – explains why their cause is just

The Minister says he must respect the Public Sector Pay Agreement and can’t support the nurses threatened strike for pay. But since that agreement was signed, rents have increased, childcare has increased, fuel has increased and nurses’ (and others) pay

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Brid on Abortion legislation cmte 6.11.18

Debating guidelines vs legislation – progress is depressingly slow

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Brid Smith TD on ‘Plastics’ Bill in Dáil.

It speaks volumes, doesn’t it, when the new Minister for the Environment OPPOSES a Bill that seeks to ban the use of a type of plastic that serves little purpose other than to pollute (and to make profit of course).

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TD slams government on the public procurement process

Its not just dodgy builders, it’s a dodgy procurement system. How do they award public contracts? – the gerry-built schools that will now close; the €16million wasted on the broadband tender; the cervical smear contracts; the ‘Bus Connect’ fiasco; all

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Bríd Smith TD questions the Minister on planned abortion service provision

Brid queries the Minister on provision for abortion care in GP services – services that are already overstretched  

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Bríd slams goverment on cuts to mental health services at Linn Dara

Yet again, the beds at the Linn Dara facility In Cherry Orchard have been cut from 24 to 13. a huge reduction in a vital service for young people struggling with mental health issues. This comes at a time of

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