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Public Meeting -Tuesday 30th Sept, at 8pm in Whites Hotel, Wexford, opposing the Water Charges.

Access to water is a Human Right. Public Meeting tomorrow evening, Tuesday 30th Sept, at 8pm in Whites Hotel, Wexford, opposing the Water Charges. All Welcome. Mick.

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Which God condones Obama’s behaviour?

Dáil Diary no 38- 25 September  2014 For over 20 years now, the US involvement in the Middle East has been a tale of destruction which has continued to worsen. The United States and its allies, along with Russia and its friends, have poured military equipment into this region, and the end result is brutal destruction, hundreds of thousands dead, and as always, the most vulnerable suffering the most. All for what? To control the price of oil? To support the Arms Industry? These interest groups pay for the American elections, so they buy the right to call the tune. [...]

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We need to appeal the 8th Amendment Now, Not Later…

Dáil Diary no 37. 19th September 2014 We need to appeal the 8th Amendment Now, Not later…  On Thursday, both Clare Daly and myself had an opportunity to raise the issue of Abortion, in light of the Miss Y case, with the new Minister for Health Leo Varadker. We called for a referendum to repeal the Eight Amendment to the Constitution, and to legislate to provide services to women seeking abortion due to rape, incest, fatal foetal abnormality or serious risks to health. It was very disappointing to hear Minister Varadker play political games with the issue- He said that [...]

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It’s Time the Irish State had a Serious Housing Strategy….

Dáil Diary no 36. 18th September 2014 It’s Time the Irish State had a Serious Housing Strategy…. At Environment Minister’s Questions, I asked the new Minister Alan Kelly if the review of Part of the Planning and Development Act 2000 has been completed; the outcome of this review and any legislative changes he will make on foot of it. A serious housing strategy has been non existent to date, with the present Coalition, just as it was with the previous government. This needs to change. Here’s my contribution in the Dáil yesterday – “The previous Minister with responsibility for housing stated [...]

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Women are not Vessels – Labour & Fine Gael must act now, and not leave it to next Government…

In July, the chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, Sir Nigel Rodley, commented that Irish abortion law treats women as a “vessel” – his remarks could not have been more accurate. The details reported in the media over the weekend about the manner in which a pregnant woman – suicidal and the victim of rape – was treated by the State are nothing short of horrific. We cannot begin to imagine how traumatised this woman must be after suffering such a gross violation of her bodily integrity and privacy. Although we do not have the full facts, it also [...]

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