Bríd addresses a local rally at the disused Players Wills factory on SCR. The rally was to highlight the failure of NAMA to deliver this site for public and affordable housing, instead of developer’s profits. It was also to publicise the National Homeless and Housing Coalition march planned for Dec 1st.

In response to the outrageous conduct of a rape trial in Cork, where the victim’s underwear was presented as evidence of consent, a lunchtime rally was held at the Spire in Dublin, in solidarity with the victim. Other cities also held rallies. Bríd addressed the gathering.

 

The cause of the #cervicalcheck tragedy has still not been addressed or acknowledged. We need to end the outsourcing and privatisation of our health as it puts profits before best practice and peoples needs. This short video explains and asks why after months of asking a simple question we still cant get a answer – What labs do the 221 false negatives come from?

The committe stage, where we debate amendments to the proposed abortion legislation, is frustrating to say the least. Anti abortionists want to rehash the argument (that they spectacularly lost 2:1 in May). But its also frustrating when some amendments are ruled ‘in’, and others ‘out’ of order. Like one today, from Carol Nolan who wants to bill a woman for an abortion unless she’s dying. The other issue addressed in this video is criminality. 14 years for vasectomy? Of course not, so why would they even consider it for abortion. Criminality has no place in health legislation. We debated this at the Committee today.