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  1. Urgent update required to the Homeless COVID Strategy

    Thu Jan 7, 2021 - 08:31 am - Senator Rebecca Moynihan Recent increase in homeless deaths show updated Homeless COVID Strategy needed Government should ensure that there is an isolation bed for everyone who requests it People living in home...
  2. Increase Mobile Data Allowances to Support Disadvantaged Children Learning from Home – Sherlock

    Thu Jan 7, 2021 - 08:00 am - Senator Marie Sherlock In response to the Government’s decision to close schools, Senator Marie Sherlock has called for increased data allowances to support disadvantaged children to continue learning online.Senator Sherl...
  3. Bottled decision on travel testing doesn’t go far enough – new policy is window dressing

    Wed Jan 6, 2021 - 05:58 pm - Duncan Smith TD No date for PCR test requirement for passengers arriving from other red zones.Asking arriving passengers from UK and South Africa to show clear tests up to 3 days old doesn’t go far enough.Compulsor...
  4. Priority must be hospital capacity and supporting frontline healthcare workers

    Wed Jan 6, 2021 - 05:12 pm - Alan Kelly TD  Private hospital capacity must be urgently secured.Healthcare staff shortages are a huge concern now. The rising hospitalisation rates and impact of soaring Covid cases on frontline healthc...
  5. Assurances needed on safety concerns and access to vaccines in Childcare sector

    Wed Jan 6, 2021 - 05:12 pm - Senator Ivana Bacik The Government must clarify how childcare providers will be supported to continue care for children of essential workers.Childcare workers must have early access to the Covid-19 vaccine.Parents who ha...
  6. Confirmation of NPHET sanction for Leaving Cert provisions needed

    Wed Jan 6, 2021 - 04:44 pm - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Clarity on schools welcome but Government continue to firefight this issue Labour Education Spokesperson, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, has welcomed the clarity around the availability in-class learn...
  7. Fuel Allowance should be paid to those on PUP payments during Winter Lockdown

    Wed Jan 6, 2021 - 12:04 pm - Senator Mark Wall Hundreds of thousands of workers will be confined to home over coming weeks.January is one of the coldest months of the year with low temperatures forecast this week.€28 weekly fuel allowance should...
  8. 72 hr old Covid clear test from arriving passengers too little too late

    Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 08:42 pm - Duncan Smith TD Asking arriving passengers to show clear tests up to 3 days old doesn’t go far enough.Compulsory testing on arrival with rigorous follow up needed.Reacting to the news that the government will now f...
  9. Government must fund broadcast of educational content during school closures

    Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 07:09 pm - Senator Marie Sherlock January must not be lost month for many school pupilsGovernment needs to allocate serious resources to broadcast educational content.BBC producing content next week - RTÉ and others have critical rol...
  10. Student Nurses and Midwives must be paid as healthcare assistants as Covid cases rise

    Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 10:30 am - Senator Annie Hoey €100 a week grant for students not good enough and pay must be backdated to September.Students should be paid again at healthcare assistant rate to reflect higher risk in health service as proposed ...
  11. Pathway for in-school tuition for Leaving Cert students must be investigated

    Tue Jan 5, 2021 - 10:27 am - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Investigation required into the possibility of providing in-school tuition for Leaving Cert 2021The class of 2021 missed 11 weeks of in-school tuition in 2020, and will potentially miss a further four...
  12. Confirmation needed that School Meals will continue during lockdown

    Mon Jan 4, 2021 - 08:24 pm - Senator Rebecca Moynihan With schools unlikely to reopen Minister must confirm meals will be available.Weekly food parcels and vouchers were provided in first lockdown.A bonus child benefit payment in January should also be c...
  13. Housing Minister needs to be clear on status of Co-living Applications

    Mon Jan 4, 2021 - 03:58 pm - Senator Rebecca Moynihan Labour Housing Spokesperson, Senator Rebecca Moynihan has said that the Housing Minister to clarify the status of co-living applications submitted after his ban was announced. Senator Moynihan wa...
  14. Plan for continued teaching for some cohorts needed if schools remain closed

    Mon Jan 4, 2021 - 12:14 pm - Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD If schools are to remain closed after January 11th, there must be some middle ground solution between full closure and all attending, said Labour Education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, calling ...
  15. Certainty needed for parents and childcare operators on who should access services

    Mon Jan 4, 2021 - 11:15 am - Senator Ivana Bacik Current crisis demonstrates need for a publicly funded system of childcare and early childhood education.Labour spokesperson on Children, Senator Ivana Bacik has called for the government and Minister...