Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit 26/01/2018

Bríd Smith welcomes latest opinion poll on abortion and calls for repeal
Bríd Smith, the People Before Profit TD for Dublin South Central, has welcomed the latest Irish Times/MRBI poll which indicates that 65 percent of decided voters favour Repeal and abortion up to 12 weeks.
She said, “The latest opinion poll should put an end to all talk about the need for a more restrictive referendum.
“The majority of people want a simple vote on Repeal and the implementation of the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendation of abortion on request up to 12 weeks.
“It also indicates how out of touch Leo Varadkar is.
“He claims to be a leader of opinion and has asked if access to abortion on request up to 12 weeks is a step too far for the majority of people.
“It may be too much for Varadkar’s own conservative instincts but not for the majority of voters.
“It is time to move on and hold a simple repeal referendum in May and for the antics and delaying tactics by some TDs in the Dáil to stop. It is time the people had their say.”
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Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit  16/01/2018

People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has raised concerns about the decision to extend the time for Dáil statements on the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment report and suggestions from the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the referendum may not be held in May.

She said that it is extremely worrying to hear the Taoiseach obfuscate and backslide on the issue of holding the referendum in May when young people would still be in the country before heading abroad to work over the summer.

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REFERENDUM IN MAY – NOT JUNE! This is the point Bríd made to Varadkar this morning. Students, who were out in their thousands on Saturday last, demanding bodily autonomy MUST HAVE A VOTE. By June, many of the students will have left the country to get Summer work. Varadkar is slippery though – says May is his ‘preference’. Well then MAKE SURE IT HAPPENS, TAOISEACH! You’re the leader aren’t you?

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Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit . 26/09/2017

Brid Smith TD challenges Varadkar over O’Leary’s Fine Gael fundraising and states lack of protection for worker’s rights

People Before Profit TD Brid Smith has said that the travel chaos inflicted on Ryanair passengers would have had Fine Gael TDs “jumping up and down if it were caused by a workers strike”. Instead both the Government and Fine Gael TDs were remarkably quiet despite the hardship caused by the anti-union practices of Ryanair and Michael O’Leary.Read more »

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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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