We tried today to put a pause, for a year, on shutting down the Commission of Inquiry into the Mother and Baby Homes. They had produced a very flawed Report that many survivors were hurt by. And to add insult to injury, the testimonies given by the survivors to the enquiry were put in serious jeopardy with threats being of permanently erased. I spoke on this in the Dáil today. Tragically, the upshot was that despite the Dáil vote to extend the life of the Commission, the Minister is choosing not to accede to the wishes of the survivors. Interestingly, having said the testimonies were not retrievable, it now turns out (after the survivors fought for the truth) that they in fact are. We’ll keep fighting to have the rights of the survivors, and of history, vindicated. Shame on Roderick O Gorman and the rotten govt he’s part of
Tag: women’s rights
Happy International Women’s Day! The origins of this day go back over a hundred years to a group of women fighters, something like the ex-Debenham’s women (sorry lads), who never gave up. I spoke about both in the Dáil. Hope you can join us for our meeting tonight, advertised on this page – great speakers. It’s at 7.30pm. Register early. #internationawomensday #internationalwomensday2021
THE DAIL WILL DEBATE TOMORROW ON MOTHER AND BABY HOMES. You will probably be aware that the Commission set up to investigate the Mother and Baby Homes scandal, have set out to destroy the testimonies of the survivors. HOW DARE THEY! And Minister O Gorman may, or may not, retrieve a back-up copy of the tapes. For God’s sake – this is important history – is this the best they can do? We say RESPECT THE SURVIVORS – demand those tapes now!
Bríd speaks to the SF motion noting that not only is there not enough refuges, or places in them, for women fleeing violence in their own home, but into the bargain, homeless services don’t recognise domestic violence as a reason for becoming homeless!
Brid urges Minister Coveney’s to step up the intervention in the Loujain al-Hathloul case. More needs to be done to secure release of women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia
This disgraceful attempt by the government parties, to hide away and seal the records to do with Mother & Baby homes is shameful beyond measure. Bríd spoke passionately against the Bill and the indecent haste with which it is being pushed through.
SO WOMEN AND BABIES DON’T MATTER? 28,000 women signed the petition organised by Support Maternity Leave Extension 2020. It would be a simple matter to just agree to the extension for the duration of the Covid crisis, and relatively, the cost is not huge. Yet the government, shamefully, are proposing an alternative that makes no sense. I spoke about this yesterday in the Dáil.
While violence against women is increasing, nine of our 26 counties have no women’s refuge. The State has only one third of the refuges needed by women and children fleeing domestic violence. Yet Tusla handed back, unspent, €60 million of money earmarked for children in need, to Minister Zapone – when all over the country people trying to provide a service are being told ‘sorry, no funding’. Those in power misuse their position, and our money. FF / FG have to go.
A cross party motion on period poverty is welcome, and to be supported. The sickening irony is that many of those supporting this motion, were gung-ho for the policies that caused or exacerbated poverty among so many women, lone parents and precarious workers in particular.
One of the most inspiring slogans raised on the day of the Repeal referendum was “The North is Next”. And the women in the North consistently supported us and campaigned down here with us. So why is there no mention of them in all the Brexit talk?