People Before Profit TD, Brid Smith, has attacked the planned closure of beds at the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health services at Cherry Orchard Hospital in Ballyfermot.
The TD who represents the local catchment area around the Hospital said the closure of 50% of the 22 beds due to a shortage of nurses demonstrates the crisis in both mental health services and the wider National Health Service.Read more ›
I was on Sean O’Rourke’s radio programme earlier today, along with others. The recording here is of my comments on the following: Garda corruption, EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, and upcoming talks on FEMPI and workers rights. You might find it interesting.
Dr Conor Kenny from Sligo spoke on the radio May 9 th (Morning Ireland, RTE) about his experiences as a doctor (MSF) on board a refugee rescue ship in the Mediterranean. It was horrific. Too many people, too few boats, people screaming in pain from injuries as boats sank. At least 200 drowned. He spoke of what refugees told him about their experiences in Libya where men, women and children are beaten, raped, and sold as slaves within the detention centres that are meant to care for them. Back in February I challenged the Taoiseach on his support for EU plans to give Libya €200 million to ‘care for’ refugees. He defended this deal. Taoiseach Enda Kenny should listen to Dr Conor Kenny’s account of the horror that this deal entails. This is the video starts with Dr Kenny (audio recording) folowed by my exchange with the Taooiseach on the Libyan deal, back in February this year. Surely he can’t continue to stand over what he said
I was glad to have the opportunity on Vincent Brown’s programme last night to have a go at Varuka. He’s spending big public money on a minimal amount of welfare fraud but doesn’t have enough resources to make sure new mothers get their maternity benefits. But sure they’re only women!!!!
I questioned Minister Naughton on the policies that our government pursues that make matters worse, rather than better, in relation to emissions that cause global warming. I asked about transport policies and cows, in particular. The video here shortens some of the waffle I got by way of reply, but the evident lack of joined-up thinking is appalling – and very scary.
Great demo on Sunday May 8th – proud of our People before Profit contingent on it. Outrageous that the government would even consider giving the nuns, with a disgraced record in caring for women and children, control of our new National Maternity Hospital – not to mention the €300 million of public money
Brid was on Claire Byrne’s Sat show, May 6th and commented on Noreen O’Sullivan, Citizens’ Assembley, FG leadership and also took the opportunity to ask Tom Parlon, top dog in the Construction Industry Federation, how much profit it took to get the developers ‘out of bed in the morning’.
“I was glad to speak about to the Rural Equality Bill 2017, in the Dáil this evening. Just like us Dubs, communities of ordinary people in rural in Ireland have been hammered by government policies of neoliberalism. In other words, as long as it allows them to turn their back on ‘unprofitable services’, or if it turns a buck for some fatcat – like privatising transport, decimating the small-time fishing industry, closing the post offices, then its fine. Rural and urban communities have to stick together and challenge these rotten priorities”.Brid Smith
ONLY LAST MONTH VINCENT’S HOSPITAL DENIED A WOMAN STERILISATION ….. and yet Minister Simon Harris wants to let the same nuns run the new National Maternity Hospital. I questioned him on this in the Dáil today – he says lots (we’ve cut this clip), but mostly his emphasis is the ‘legal assurances’ in the deal – so don’t worry!! Sounds like he wants to give public money to barristers and nuns rather than provide the services women need. I called for SUPPORT FOR DEMO THIS SUNDAY 2PM, organised by Parents for Choice, meeting Parnell Square.