Tag: General Election 2016
Ireland remains a deeply unequal society for women
About 46,000 young children have complex needs, often relating to slower development of speech and language faculties. Yet the Irish health service does not make adequate provision for early intervention.
Back in 2008, a single person could earn €35,400 before being hit with the top rate of income tax. Now it is €33,800.
People Before Profit call for pay increases for workers so they can afford to live- which will boost the economy
State must play a role in directly creating jobs and increase supports to small businesses
Richard Boyd Barrett in Ballyfermot urging people to come out and support the Right2Water protest on Saturday the 20th
People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett speaking on the Leader’s Debate, RTE Election 2016.
Richard was acknowledged by many to be one of the best performers on the night precisely because he articulated what this election should really be about, i.e. putting the needs of the majority of people before the interests of the 1%, bankers and developers etc.
Councillor Brid Smith from People Before Profit said,
‘We come across many parents who are worried sick by the failure of the state to provide the necessary resources for early intervention. The waiting list for speech and language therapists is so long that parents are being forced to go private – at great cost to themselves.
‘International research suggests that the case load for a speech and language therapist should lie somewhere between 30 and 65 cases.
‘In Ireland, however, the case load of Speech and Language therapists is way more than double this ratio. It amounts to an average of 162 cases per therapist.
‘Like every other aspect of our health service this under-provision helps to support a two tier system. Worried parents will tend to go private rather than wait for months and years to obtain an evaluation.
‘The cost of these private sessions amount to about €50 for a 40 minute session or €100 for an hour.
‘A decent government would have doubled the number of speech and language therapists to cut waiting lists. They would make early evaluation and intervention a priority.
‘But this government cares more about the lifestyle of bondholders and bankers. That is why they sacrifice the most vulnerable on their altar of greed.’