THE MEDICINAL CANNABIS BILL was brought to the Dáil by People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny. I explained on the Week in Politics programme how they tried to kill the bill. What I should have reminded people about too, is that fact that Sinn Féin voted with FG and FF to try to deny this bill. Shame on them
Brid makes the point that instead of scrambling for the crumbs while the rich walk away with the cake – there are other options.Tax the corporations for the full amount – tax the rich – 300 of Irelands’ wealthiest people have €100 Billion between them.
I’ve just finished speaking in Dail to the new Social Protection Minister. I spoke mostly on the pensions issue, and also about how unfair, and unproductive it is, to ignore tax cheats in the corporate sector, while hounding the poor. Will she be any better than Leo? Don’t hold your breath.
Cluid have raised people’s rents with little control or regulation from the Govt. We need to be able to control what agency’s do when using public money and of course we need a lot more public housing in the first place
I raised the issue of pension equality today in the Dáil. If the issue is not adequately and speedily addressed, there are many, many women in this country who are prepared to take to the streets and the government knows it!
BIN CHARGES: ‘DIG DEEPER IN YOUR POCKET’…THE CHEEK OF THEM!
I spoke in the Dail last night and reminded the Minister of the rotten history of these charges…privatisation, loss of waivers, increasing costs and illegal dumping, and crucially – the profits of the operators who registered off-shore to hide how much they make off us. I put the PBP proposal: Fund local authorities to run the services. Meantime – an immediate price freeze before abolotion of all charges.
WE HAVE MORE DOG WARDENS THAN LABOUR INSPECTORS. I’m on the Dail committee that deals with jobs. I spoke today on the underlying reasons for the abuse of foreign workers, especially those outside the EU. Government’s policies make them appear as ‘lesser’ people (think of the misery of Direct Provision centres). ‘Fortress Europe’s racist policies towards refugees, signals what’s acceptable across Europe, including here, and the bosses lap it up. Virtual slavery is seen as okay and of course, increases profits. We must crack down on unscrupulous employers. They do us all down, native and foreign workers.