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  1. Time for Ireland to ban microbeads and microplastics

    Thu Apr 19, 2018 - 05:10 pm - Sean Sherlock TD Statements on Plastic and Packaging PollutionDáil Éireann, April 19th 2018I welcome the opportunity to speak to this issue.  As we speak, I have a Bill before the House on the prohibition of microb...
  2. Repealing the 8th Amendment is a workers’ rights issue

    Thu Apr 19, 2018 - 03:36 pm - Senator Ged Nash Labour Party spokesperson on Employment and Workers’ Rights, Senator Ged Nash, has welcomed the Irish Congress of Trade Unions highlighting how important repealing the eighth amendment is for workin...
  3. State needs to speed up delivery of social housing

    Thu Apr 19, 2018 - 11:23 am - Jan O'Sullivan TD Labour spokesperson on Housing, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has said the State needs to increase its social housing targets and not continue to rely so heavily on the private sector to provide social and aff...
  4. Dáil speech by Jan O'Sullivan on the Provision of Objective Sex Education Bill 2018

    Wed Apr 18, 2018 - 05:36 pm - Jan O'Sullivan TD Provision of Objective Sex Education Bill 2018Dáil Éireann, April 18th 2018CHECK AGAINST DELIVERYThe objectives of this Bill are broadly in line with the recommendation on Sex Education of the Oirea...
  5. ESRI report confirms minimum wage hikes do not cost jobs

    Wed Apr 18, 2018 - 01:47 pm - Senator Ged Nash Labour Party Employment and Social Affairs spokesperson, Senator Ged Nash, has welcomed the publication of ESRI research commissioned by the Low Pay Commission (LPC) which confirms that the 50 cent an...
  6. Speech by Seán Sherlock TD on Data Protection Bill 2017

    Wed Apr 18, 2018 - 09:38 am - Sean Sherlock TD The first issue I wish to raise relates to the complexity of the data protection code. In Ireland we have chosen to retain most of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, although we will in the futur...
  7. Dáil speech by Willie Penrose on the fodder crisis

    Wed Apr 18, 2018 - 09:33 am - Willie Penrose TD Motion on the fodder crisisDáil Éireann, April 17th 2018I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak in this important debate pertaining to the fodder crisis in the Dáil this evening.  I do so on...
  8. Flanagan agrees to Kelly Request for Departmental Trawl Regarding Co-operation with O'Higgins and O'Neill

    Tue Apr 17, 2018 - 06:44 pm - Alan Kelly TD Questioning the Minister for Justice today in the Dáil, Labour TD Alan Kelly had asked if the Minister is satisfied that his Department provided full information to and co-operated fully with the O...
  9. Student Accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones

    Tue Apr 17, 2018 - 03:17 pm - Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin Labour Party Education spokesperson, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has said that the Government should ensure that student accommodation should be included in rent pressure zones.Senator Ó Ríordái...
  10. Penrose pays tribute to the late singer Big Tom

    Tue Apr 17, 2018 - 02:54 pm - Willie Penrose TD Labour TD Willie Penrose has paid tribute to the late singer Big Tom McBride who has died at the age of 81.Deputy Penrose said:“As someone who has always been very supportive of the Irish music indu...
  11. Moves to strengthen tenants' rights welcome but do they go far enough?

    Tue Apr 17, 2018 - 10:38 am - Jan O'Sullivan TD Labour spokesperson on Housing, Jan O’Sullivan, has said reports of Government legislation to strengthen the rights of tenants are positive, but that the devil will be in the detail of the plans.Dep...
  12. Voices of those with disabilities must be heard in Repeal campaign

    Mon Apr 16, 2018 - 02:30 pm - Kathleen Lynch Labour Party spokesperson on Disability, Kathleen Lynch, has welcomed Inclusion Ireland joining the Together for Yes civil society group to repeal the eighth amendment.Ms Lynch commented:“It is welc...
  13. Affordable homes urgently needed to help tackle housing crisis

    Mon Apr 16, 2018 - 11:52 am - Jan O'Sullivan TD Labour spokesperson on Housing, Jan O’Sullivan TD, has said the Government cannot rely on the private sector to provide homes that are genuinely affordable for people on normal incomes.It comes as n...
  14. FF giving Government free pass on school building

    Fri Apr 13, 2018 - 01:40 pm - Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin Commenting on today’s new schools announcement, Labour spokesperson on Education, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, said:“While welcoming today’s announcement of 42 new schools, some of which will ...
  15. Schools waiting for refurbishments shouldn't be pushed to the back of the queue

    Fri Apr 13, 2018 - 11:39 am - Joan Burton TD Labour Finance spokesperson, Joan Burton TD, has called on the Minister for Education to explain whether plans for new schools will impact existing school refurbishment projects, and whether extra cap...