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.

 

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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?

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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.

 

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