Abortion Legislation: Ruth Coppinger submission on Ireland's abortion legislation

Shaping Ireland's Abortion Legislation: Current Scientific Evidence and Best Practices from Medical Guidelines Worldwide 

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger today publishes a submission sent to to Minister for Health Simon Harris on issues which should be covered in the abortion legislation, which is currently being drawn up, to meet best international practice. 
The report which she commissioned titled Shaping Ireland's Abortion Legislation: Current Scientific Evidence and Best Practices from Medical Guidelines Worldwide was prepared by Dr. Abigail Aiken, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Dr Aiken had previously given evidence before the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment. 

 

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Solidarity - "Minister Murphy must legislate to end mass evictions by landlords"

At a press conference in Buswell’s this morning, Solidarity TD Mick Barry was joined by Aimee O’Riordan, a resident from the Leeside Apartments and Father Peter McVerry.

They called on Minister Eoghan Murphy to immediately introduce legislation to prevent mass evictions as has happened in Leeside.

The press conference came in the wake of a ruling by the Residential Tenancies Board which upheld the right of vulture fund Lugus Capital to carry out a mass eviction of low income families from the Leeside Apartments in Cork.

Notices to quit issued to more than 30 residents by Lugus Capital after their 2017 purchase of the Leeside Apartments were contested at the RTB in April and May. There are more than 20 households remaining in the complex who are affected by this ruling.

 

 

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Government should officially condemn racist actions of Trump administration – not just tweet about it

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger has this morning said that she welcomes the sentiment of Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney’s tweet last night condemning the racist policies of the Trump government, but called on him and the government to officially condemn the actions rather than just tweet about it.

They said that the best response and condemnation of these policies would be to withdraw the invitation which Taoiseach Leo Varadkar issued to President Trump to visit Ireland.

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Rainy day fund? More like a new bank bailout fund!

This morning Solidarity TD Paul Murphy responded to reports that Minister Paschal Donohoe intends to take €1.5 Billion from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to establish the fund, alongside a portion of corporation tax income, to establish the 'rainy day fund'.

Paul Murphy TD, member of the Finance Committee, said:

“The establishment of a so-called ‘rainy day fund’ by Fine Gael and agreed by Fianna Fail is another example of how out of touch they are with reality. For the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the many crises in society – be it housing or health – every day is a rainy day, it's monsoon season.

“People will remember what happened the National Pension Reserve Fund, which was raided to pay for the bank bailouts. That is in reality what this fund is being established for again – it will be a new bank bailout fund. The 'expenditure benchmark' fiscal rule will effectively prevent it being used for necessary public investment. It will only be allowed to be spent in cases of ‘external shocks’, which in reality means when banks inevitably fail again.

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Don't let them shelve the #SexEdBill - Act Now!

The government are trying to shelve the #SexEdBill - they're saying that it needs a 'money message' - without this it means that the government are saying they won't budget for it, and the Bill will be shelved. 

This Bill would require a small amount of expenditure on training staff on sex education, but unfortunately, the reality is that refusing to give a 'money message' is the government's favoured way of blocking opposition legislation. 

When this Bill originally came to a vote in the Dáil a huge campaign was waged by people by email, phone and particularly on social media which forced Fianna Fail to abstain on the vote and the Bill passed. 

We now need your help again and a similar campaign to tell them not to block this Bill!

Contact your local TD and tell them that you won't accept this Bill being blocked and that objective sex education in schools should be legislated for and funded. 


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Scally Inquiry: Women deserve full & speedy co-operation from state bodies

This afternoon Soldiarity TD Ruth Coppinger commented on the Progress Report and the First Stage report which were produced by Dr. Scally as part of the scoping inquiry. 
She said that the women at the centre of the case deserve better from state agencies like the HSE and the Department of Health. 
She also questioned how the government had decided upon a figure of €2,000 as an ex-gratia payment to the women.
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"Not one job,one cent in wages or one school should be lost over this" - Solidarity TD

Solidarity TD Mick Barry has this morning called on Minister Richard Bruton and the state to step in to guarantee the jobs of workers and the delivery of schools which have been affected by the collapse of Carillion and subsequently the liquidation of Sammon.
He said that there now must be major concerns over not just the completion of the schools by the consortium of Carillion, and the Dutch Infrastructure Fund, but also their ability to fulfil their 25 year contract for the provision of maintenance in the schools. 
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Mick Barry TD accuses Minister of 'fiddling' the homeless numbers

Solidarity TD Mick Barry has this morning responded to accusations by Junior Minister Damien English that he was 'out of order' in the Dail yesterday and should retract comments he made in regards to the number of people who are homeless. 
Mick Barry accused the government of 'fiddling' the homeless figures. Junior Minister English called on Deputy Barry to 'correct the record', and said that the comments are 'typical of the person he seems to be.'
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Youth voter surge in 2015 delivered marriage equality, in 2018 it can deliver Repeal

Commenting on reports this morning that show that up to 125,000 people have been registered in recent months, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger said that such levels of voter registration was unprecedented and showed the desire for social change among young people. 

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Abortion is a reality for women in the workplace, colleges and community

This morning in Buswell’s Hotel, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger hosted a press conference calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum.

She was joined by Susan Fitzgerald a Regional Industrial Organiser for Unite, Liza Kelly a community activist from Castleknock, Sandra Fay a school teacher and trade unionist from Jobstown, and Jess Morris a college officer from DIT Cathal Brugha Street.  The speakers gave voice to the reality of abortion in the lives of women in workplaces, communities and colleges.

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