Going on 10 years ago now, a young man Shane O Farrell was killed by a drunken criminal who was at large, and who should not have been. There are more questions than answers surrounding Shane’s killing, but his family have remained dogged in demanding a public enquiry into the strange circumstances surrounding his death. I again asked WHEN will we have the enquiry.
Bríd continues to make the case for taking more time before ramming home this Bill and demands of the Minister why he insists on doing so. His response is pathetic
This disgraceful attempt by the government parties, to hide away and seal the records to do with Mother & Baby homes is shameful beyond measure. Bríd spoke passionately against the Bill and the indecent haste with which it is being pushed through.
Brid was prevented by ‘procedures’ rules from setting down her amendment to the Residential Tenancies Board, but spoke to the Dáil about the disgraceful treatment of Travellers in relation to accommodation needs
Minister Roderic O’ Gorman’s justification for rushing through the Mother and Baby Homes Bill, is that if the bill is not passed, the files will automatically be destroyed on October 30th. I wanted to know – how exactly? Will they somehow self-destruct on October 30th? This makes no sense, and the Minister needs to stop listening to whatever top echelons of the Civil Service are trying to convince him of this. Survivors of the Mother and Baby Homes need access to their records. This Bill must be amended by whatever means necessary to ensure they get it
As Level 5 Covid restrictions kick in Brid demands of the Taoiseach that he refuses to allow KPMG’s efforts to break Debenhams strike, be declared an ‘essential service’. Michael Martin responds in the most pathetic manner, to his eternal shame
Leo Varadkar and cabinet Ministers are prepared to disrespect the survivors of Mother and Baby Homes, and the Seanad into the bargain, by rushing through legislation with indecent haste. The proposed laws would mean the records from these homes would be put beyond proper scrutiny for 30 years. The survivors are outraged, as am I. I spoke about this in the Dáil today.
HIT THE ONES WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT. That’s the motto for the FFG government. Disgracefully, grants given by Bord Gais at the outset of Covid are now being clawed back for ‘pay-as-you-go’ customers, so that now when you buy €20 worth of gas, you only get €8 worth. And this is supposed to be a benefit for people? And now increased CARBON TAXES on people who already in fuel poverty and have no alternatives; this is cruel and won’t stop climate change. They should tax the mega-rich fossil fuel corporations instead.