A great Rally for Justice organised to defend those charged in relation to the inconvenience experienced by the then Tanaiste, Joan Burton. at an anti-austerity protest in Jobstown nearly 3 years ago. Protesters are charged with false imprisonement and the jury is being rigged (it excludes anyone from Tallaght, for instance). And they call this Justice!!
PBP/Solidarity TD Brid Smith, Assembly for Justice, Liberty Hall.
SEPARATE CHURCH AND STATE.
Brid says: “I was happy to speak about divorce and the liberalisation of Irish society, limited as it is, in the Dáil today. But ending unhappy relationships is one thing. Condemning women who suffer in violent marriages to stay in them is quite another. Back to the housing crisis. Where do these women go?”
IBRAHIM’S CONDITION WORSENS – SHAME ON OUR GOVERNMENT
Ibrahim Halawa, a 20 year-old Irish citzen imprisoned by the Egyptian dictatorship for almost 4 years, is on hunger strike and gravely ill. He was imprisioned because he was caught up in a pro democracy protest while on holiday there. His trial has been postponed 21 times. But justice can be bad for business and our government won’t tackle the authorities they want to keep sweet for the beef barons. Brid commented on this in the Dáil.
A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE MEANS JUST THAT – A CHOICE TO BE A MOTHER OR NOT.
Brid welcomed the motion on the extension of maternity leave and maternity benefit. Being Pro-Choice means we are for all the rights a woman needs to support her in motherhood, just as we are for all the rights a woman needs if she wants to avoid motherhood.
RENT CONTROLS, HAPS, THEY’RE NOT WORKING MINISTER!
Brid tackled Coveney today about his ‘solutions’ to the housing crisis. He refuses to accept that HAPS isn’t working – that his ‘Pressure Zones’ to control rents, aren’t working. We need People Power now more than ever – its the only thing that will make them listen!
We had a brilliant AGM for People Before Profit today. But the most inspiring bit of it was the contribution from our honoured guests – the striking Bus Eireann workers. In this clip you will hear Sean Thunder speaking, following Brid’s introduction. Further speeches have been recorded and we will post them as they become available.
Brid and other TDs were interviewed at the lunch break in the AGM of PBP Apr 2 . Brid speaks here about the Bus Eireann strike and the threat of legal action on foot of solidarity given by other transport workers
Brid was on Sean O’Rourke radio programme this morning. One of the topics we discussed was Noreen O Sullivan, police commissioner. Interesting the way the higher-ups stick together. If she was an ordinary worker she’d be gone.