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  1. Justice Minister dodging questions on decriminalisation of drug users

    Tue Oct 19, 2021 - 03:45 pm - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Responding to the Minister of Justice’s failure to answer questions about decriminalising drug user, Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said we need to change the culture around drug use in Ireland. Ó...
  2. Healthcare workers should receive boosters

    Tue Oct 19, 2021 - 03:04 pm - Duncan Smith TD Labour health spokesperson Duncan Smith has called for all healthcare workers to receive a booster vaccine. As case numbers continue to rise, Deputy Smith said we have the capacity to provide booster ...
  3. Extension of the shared healthcare scheme welcome

    Tue Oct 19, 2021 - 02:02 pm - Senator Mark Wall Speaking after the Seanad Special Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, Labour defence spokesperson Mark Wall welcomed the confirmation from the Department of Health that the ...
  4. Cohabiting couples deserve same welfare supports and recognition – support modern families

    Tue Oct 19, 2021 - 09:07 am - Alan Kelly TD No Widow’s/Widower’s Pension for surviving partner if one dies.Constitution only recognises the marital family.Laws and social protection payments must be changed to protect cohabiting couples.The...
  5. Pets are not an extravagance – landlords must end blanket ban

    Mon Oct 18, 2021 - 01:23 pm - Senator Rebecca Moynihan Labour housing spokesperson Rebecca Moynihan said the rogue practice of landlords charging 'pet rent' must be stamped out. Calling for government support for Labour’s renters’ rights bill, Senator...
  6. HSE must confirm ICU capacity is available

    Mon Oct 18, 2021 - 11:07 am - Duncan Smith TD Urgent briefing for opposition needed this weekLabour health spokesperson Duncan Smith has called on the HSE to ensure that they are in a position to provide surge capacity at short notice should it b...
  7. Advice to work from home must be matched by immediate Government action on tax relief for utility costs

    Sat Oct 16, 2021 - 11:02 am - Senator Marie Sherlock 30% tax relief announced in the Budget for remote workers must be backdated for 2021Marked contrast in Budget this week compared with Budget 2021 where tax relief was backdated last yearGovernment mus...
  8. What will it take for Minister and DCC to act on Dublin Fire Brigade Concerns?

    Fri Oct 15, 2021 - 08:40 am - Senator Marie Sherlock Labour Senator Marie Sherlock has called on the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage and Dublin City Council to make an immediate start on resolving the very serious issues for Dublin F...
  9. Flu vaccine should be free for all

    Thu Oct 14, 2021 - 01:57 pm - Duncan Smith TD Marking EU Flu Day, Labour health spokesperson Duncan Smith TD, has called on the Government to provide the flu injection to all for free.Deputy Smith said:“If the Government are serious about helpi...
  10. Workers need sick pay certainty

    Thu Oct 14, 2021 - 12:47 pm - Senator Marie Sherlock Labour employment spokesperson Marie Sherlock has urged government to urgently progress sick pay for all. As public health officials reiterate the importance of staying at home if people are experienc...
  11. Concerns youth travel card will not be delivered for all

    Thu Oct 14, 2021 - 12:02 pm - Duncan Smith TD Labour transport spokesperson Duncan Smith has raised huge concern that the much heralded youth travel card will not be delivered for all under 24s. Questioning the Tánaiste in the Dáil, Deputy Smit...
  12. Supply, supply, supply – chronic rise in house prices demands solutions

    Thu Oct 14, 2021 - 11:57 am - Senator Rebecca Moynihan Rent to Buy scheme needs to be consideredSingle people totally forgottenLabour housing spokesperson Rebecca Moynihan said government’s housing for all plan will not bring the supply of homes despera...
  13. Basic Income Pilot is welcome, but more could have been done in Budget 2022 to promote arts, culture and the Irish language

    Thu Oct 14, 2021 - 08:37 am - Senator Marie Sherlock Basic Income pilot is welcome, but the momentum behind increasing arts & culture funding has undoubtedly slowedMore must be done to protect and preserve unique cultural and artistic spacesExtra in...
  14. Commuting still not working

    Wed Oct 13, 2021 - 03:32 pm - Senator Mark Wall Labour Senator Mark Wall has highlighted the need to review the short hop rail zones to make public transport more affordable and more accessible for commuting students and workers. Reiterating the ne...
  15. An Anti-Climactic Budget for Climate Inaction

    Wed Oct 13, 2021 - 02:50 pm - Ivana Bacik TD Following the publication of Budget 2022, Labour Party spokesperson for the environment and climate, Ivana Bacik TD has called for a more radical vision on climate, and for an ambitious carbon budgeti...