People Before Profit TD claims Varadkar guilty of Double Standards on public sector pay

Varadkar supports equal pay for cabinet members but not for teachers

Workers told they must accept poor deal while ministers jockey for position and big pay increases

People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of gross hypocrisy over the treatment of ordinary public servants compared to the treatment of Junior Ministers and in the appointment of Máire Whelan.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated today in the Dáil that he supported the idea of cabinet members receiving the same pay.

Bríd Smith slammed the statement saying “it is quite breath-taking that a politician that has constantly denied the right of equal pay for equal work for public servants such as teachers can claim that principal for his own cabinet colleagues”.Read more »

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They can commission all the reports they like, and Fianna Fail can be for and against at the same time, in their usual two-faced way, but bottom line is what I said on the news tonight. We are not paying (twice) for water

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pic-of-kenny-plus-othersDeputy Bríd Smith reacted to today’s Irish Examiner story by calling the Water Commission a preordained farce. The Irish Examiner story leaked some of the key elements of the commission report due out on Wednesday.

 

The story suggested that Water Charges would be back on the agenda but done in such a way to allow Fianna Fail move away from their previously stated opposition to any charges and Irish Water.
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Bríd reiterates the importance of rural post offices to their local communities and the vital social role they play. She points out there are initiatives that could be taken, for instance a role in local banking services, that would ensure not only the viability of rural post offices but employment opportunities. So why won’t our government do this?

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Brid speaking against a bill that proposes criminalising those who buy sex, arguing it would drive prostituion further underground and that it would put sex-workers, who are already vulnerable, in a worse situation. We should instead consult with the sex workers themselves look at the research in this area who shows criminalising the punter doesn’t help the women, rather the opposite.

 

 

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In the Dáil today, Bríd Smith TD put Minister Flanagan on the spot demanding to know what exactly is being done to impliment the  resolutions taken in relation to the detention of Ibrahim Halawa, accusing the government of pandering to the Egyptian authoriites instead of defending the rights of an Irish citizen

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