A WAR ON TEACHERS? The risk of Covid transmission is schools may be being downplayed, but not everyone is assured, and understandably. Forgotten Families Ireland have children among them that cannot attend school, because of concern for vulnerable parents or siblings at home. Very concerning is the attitude to teachers when they are pregnant, as are basic issues like properly equipping and ventilating schools. I raised these issues with Varadkar today. We have to keep up the pressure – would you bet on FFG promises?
Two weeks ago, I raised the imminent deportation of two care workers. Yesterday Gary Gannon raised the same question, and the Taoiseach acted as though he knew nothing about it. The Taoiseach is playing pass the parcel with people’s lives. Health workers should not be deported!
500 CHILDREN DENIED SCHOOLING. Forgotten Families have been trying to ensure that their children receive the supports they need. These are children who can’t attend school for fear of bringing Covid back home, a home where there is someone very vulnerable, a parent, a sibling, whatever. I raised this with the Táiniste, Leo Varadkar today. Let’s see if they’ll deliver.
Can you believe it? An asylum seeker who put herself and her health on the line to help during Covid, in a nursing home, is being denied the right to remain in Ireland and is threatened with deportation. And she’s not the only care-worker affected this way. It’s not only shameful, its stupidity of the highest order.
Brid was on Katie Hannon Saturday programme on radio. Topics discussed were the Mother & Baby Home scandal and Covid issues
Clips of Brid’s contibutions to discussion, remotely, on the following topics: fines for Covid control; essential staff for Covid response; schools and their vulnerability in times of Covid and lastly, Brid’s plea to Michael D regarding the Mother and Baby homes legislation.
Some of the failures of the government’s Covid strategy; in particular the failure of the testing and tracing programme, the failure to support essential workers – health workers in particular, the disasters facing the schools.
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