Many Frontline workers have no sick-pay scheme – they’re employed by agencies that don’t offer one. What a choice then if they feel ill – TEST AND GET NO MONEY FOR 2 WEEKS OR DON’T TEST, AND PUT YOURSELF AND OTHERS AT RISK (but at least you’ll have the rent money)!!!!! I sit on the government special Covid committee and there is NO SENSE OF URGENCY about these risks, and others, to carers or patients. I spoke about this recently on The Late Debate on RTE radio 1, Sept 17 (I think)

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A row erupted on the eve of the Dáil Summer recess. This row was not a procedural row and the anger of many was real as the Govt , Including ALL of the Green party voted to relegate the voices of opposition in the Dail; it wasn’t about speaking time; that remains the same. It was about ensuring the opposition in smaller parties are pushed down the order and ignored by media and press.

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With this new government legislation coming into effect on the 10th August, landlords can evict again, after a temporary ban on evictions over the last few months. This bill – effectively making it legal again to evict tenants – will strike fear into the hearts of many families and individuals who were protected only due to emergency evictions ban that was in place. This minister is loyal to the landlords. What about the thousands of people who are terrified they will have nowhere to live?

 

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WATER IS NOW BEING RATIONED. That’s in the Skellig Star Hotel, in Cahirsiveen, which is being used as a Direct Provision centre, despite it being described as ‘completely inappropriate’ by a public health official. 32 residents are in the third day of hunger strike. I named the owner in the Dáil this morning, and the fact that I named him seems to have been of greater concern to Varadkar than the welfare of the asylum seekers.

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