Bríd took the opportunity to raise ‘legacy’ issues with the Taoiseach: 1. Will he make sure there’s not more public money wasted on ‘spin machines’ to make politicians look good? 2. What about justice for Shane O Farrell? 3. Why all the foot-dragging about extending maternity leave during the Covid crisis? New mothers are very anxious.
Outside the National Convention centre, where we are electing the Taoiseach today. With the Rebel women from #Debenhams in Cork
Awful weather but great spirit down outside the National Conference Centre today demanding that the new government recognise workers’ rights, especially those who are victims of the greed of companies like #Debenhams. Jane Crowe, shop steward from Debehams, was our party’s ‘honoured guest’ (each party was allowed one) and we were inside the Centre most of the morning for the vote, but we addressed the gathering just before the demo broke up
Brid expresses her confidence in the commitment of FF and FG to serving the interests of the rich, and of the Greens to acting as a mudguard for them in the new Dáil
I’m proud to say myself and Paul Murphy TD voted and spoke AGAINST extending the Offences Against the State Act today. A jury is an essential part of democracy, the Act gives the judges sole rights to decide. Judges are mostly political appointees, so who do you think they favour – our class or theirs? Here’s a brief clip from this evening’s news on RTE.
Bríd begins by demanding an appeal against a recent ruling by a High Court judge attacking worker’s rights and goes on to attack the renewal of the Offences Against the State Act and its anti-democratic principles.
The Govt,HSE and health department want to spin the story that everything was done correctly at the right time for our elderly on nursing homes. But the figures for deaths say differently, so do the stories from staff of having no PPE or adequate testing. How can we learn any lessons if no one admits mistakes were made? If we really want to honour those who died we need to stop contacting out the care of our elderly to private homes and make sure we have publicly run care centres with proper staffing levels and medical facilities. We can start by taking over ST Marys centre Telford into public ownership and stop its proposed closure.
Regarding the climate & biodiversity measures in the proposed Programme for Government, “..YOU CAN FOOL YOURSELVES BUT YOU CAN’T FOOL SCIENCE, AND YOU CAN’T FOOL NATURE”. There is nothing in the Programme but pious phrases and ticking boxes – its a betrayal of the Climate Movement. I say to those who are sincere – don’t Greenwash this betrayal. Better to build the movement against #climatechange etc, on the streets, among the youth, in our communities, than believe FF/FG’s snake-like spin.
Those who live on the Islands and in the Gaeltacht areas need government supports and actions. They’ve managed to keep Covid out but they’re under pressure now because tourism has been so important to them. Many basic services are also needed there.I asked the Minister if he would consider a special financial package for the Islanders