“Homelessness is an affront to every value that we assign to the concept of citizenship. In a real republic there is an onus on us to ensure that all citizens have a place they can call home,” Minister Jan O’Sullivan said today following the launch of the Government’s Homelessness Policy Statement at the Custom House.
The Minister set 2016 at the target for ending long-term homelessness saying ‘achieving this important goal in the year that marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising is something that I would urge everyone to support’.
The Minister for Science and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, today opened a conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying, in association with Ireland’s Presidency of the EU Council.
Held by the ILGA – Europe, (the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) which is examining the issue of homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools in association with the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and BeLonG To Youth Services.
After almost ten years, I held the final vigil on Saturday outside the Mater Hospital A&E on Saturday. I am delighted that theMater’s new Accident and Emergency Department finally opened for patients on Sunday, the 17 th of February . I visited the new state-of-the-art A&E last week, and I saw for myself the impressive new facilities that should greatly enhance the environment for both patients and staff.
The purpose of the weekly vigil, which started in April 2003, was to highlight the deplorable state of the A&E in the Mater Hospital and the unacceptable practice of A&E patients left sitting on chairs and lying on trolleys for long periods of time while waiting for a bed for treatment.
Leaders' Questions taken by Minister Brendan Howlin today saw debate on the Promissory notes/bank debt, the leaking of the report into the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar and property tax. You can watch the entire proceedings from the video.
Speaking in the Dáil last night Minister Kathleen Lynch about the Magdalene Laundries Minister Kathleen Lynch told the House of the importance to acknowledge the hurt that many people felt during their time in the laundries which was 'exacerbated by the failure of others over many years to listen to their stories or to seek out the truth of what happened to them'.
She said the decision by the Government to establish a committee to look at the issues of the State's involvement with the Magdalen laundries was a 'clear recognition' that that failure had to be addressed and the truth had to be found.
"Indeed, when the truth was found, it had to be told."
Youth unemployment was high on the agenda for today’s meeting of European Ministers for Social Protection and Employment which was part of a two-day event held in Dublin Castle as part of the Irish Presidency. Chaired by Minister Joan Burton , the theme of yesterday and today’s meetings was ‘Getting people into work’.
“Unemployment when young has been shown to have lasting negative effects throughout a person’s life, which makes it imperative to tackle the youth unemployment crisis in Europe, “ Minister Burton said.
Today, 7 February 2013, the Irish Government has agreed with the European Central Bank to replace the odious promissory note with a long-term, low interest (cheaper) loan (government bond).
So what does the deal mean for Ireland?
The Taoiseach announced in the Dáil, following a discussion with cabinet and agreement of the ECB, that the promissory note arrangement (IOU) would be replaced with long-term, low interest government loan (bond).