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.
OPPOSITION CAN TAKE MANY FORMS – there was opposition to the Water Charges, opposition to the 8th Amendment, and if the new government threatens austerity to sort out Covid costs, instead of putting a solidarity tax on the very rich, then we can muster opposition again – on the streets. This short clip is from The Week in Politics on Sunday.
Brid tackles the Minister on failure to put decisive measures in place to protect transport workers and the travelling public
Topics discussed were the long-awaited ‘Programme for Government’, and the future for the FF/FG/Greens coalition; racism in Ireland, masking up to beat Covid and the issue of education in the context of Covid
She outlines the situation regarding Covid clusters in the meat plants, the effects of continuing current policies on land use and cattle numbers on Climate and the potential for ‘green’ policies in the context of a Green/FF/FG coalition. Minister Creed responds, sort of.
Women with new infants are sick with worry about returning to work in the context of Covid, without assurances, without childcare, without supports. Extending Maternity leave and benefit would be the solution. But no, the government plays games about whose responsibility this is – Department of Finance? Social Protection? Justice? They each say its the other one’s job. It’s a disgrace. They bailed out banks – no problem, fund the horseracing industry – no problem. But mothers and babies – who cares? Sound familiar?
Let’s make sure they listen. 25,000 signed a petition supporting these new mother’s need to EXTEND MATERNITY LEAVE DURING COVID CRISIS. I was proud to work with theses new mothers in raising the issue and myself and People Before Profit will go to the wire on this, to make sure FG/FF respect their wishes.
Brid is on with a Fine Gael rep and the debate centres on issues surrounding Covid, re-opening after lockdown, new government coalition possibilities, the issue of extending maternity leave and the Covid payment.
DIRECT PROVISION IS INHUMANE as the very least. It’s a disgrace in Miltown Malbay. Rodent infestation, inadequate heating, bad food and NO INSPECTION, despite the committment to 3 inpections per year of such places (that the taxpayer is forking out big money to well connected landlords for). I raised this in the Dáil last night.