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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O'Brien Gone - But Major Questions Remain

HSE memos raise serious questions which need immediate answers:
 
Was Quest the company which engaged in legal correspondence around patients being informed?
 
When did Ministers for Health Varadkar & Harris know about this scandal?
 
Did the HSE engage in an attempted cover-up to protect themselves & private firms?
 
Is a 31% misreading of scans acceptable for the government?

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger today commented on the memos from 2016 which were released by the HSE to the Public Accounts Committee yesterday. 
 
She said that the memo raised a new series of questions which need to be answered. 
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Teach, don’t preach - one week to pass #SexEdBill

In a week’s time, the Dáil will debate and vote on the ‘Provision of Objective Sex Education Bill’. The Bill seeks to ensure that all school students receive factual and objective sex education, removing religious ethos from the relationships and sexuality education curriculum. This would be sex education which has consent at its core, which teaches about methods of contraception, is not gender normative and is LGBTQ+ positive.

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Sex Education - Protest Works, Support the #SexEdBill

Responding to reports that the government are to review the sex education curriculum, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger said that the review is due to the pressure being exerted by protests and Solidarity’s Sex Education Bill.
 
The Objective Sexual Education Bill is due to be debated in the Dáil on April 18th. 
 
Ruth Coppinger said “The review of sex education is due to pressure the government are under following the #WeStandWithHer protests and Solidarity’s sex education Bill. 
 
“The message to everyone who marched on Saturday is clear - protest works. 
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''Vulture funds should be treated as a menace'' says Solidarity TD

Solidarity TD has said that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's 'soothing words' in the Dail yesterday would have done nothing to ease the fears of tens of thousands of mortgage holders with PTSB who may be 'thrown to the vulture funds'. 

He said that rather than looking to regulate them, they should be treated 'as a menace' who have no role in the dealing with mortgages of people's homes.

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Over 25% of cabinet are landlords - Is there a conflict of interest?

The Oireachtas Register of Members Interests was published yesterday which showed that 20% of TDs are landlords, but that this figures rises to over 25% of cabinet members. 

Solidarity TD Mick Barry has said that such a cabinet was never likely to introduce legislation which decisively shifts the balance of power between tenants and landlords or introduces measures which would seriously reduce rents. 

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Richie Boucher interview shows how out of touch the Establishment are

The Irish Independent recently published a brief interview with former Bank of Ireland boss Richie Boucher.  He waxed lyrical on his view of the flexibility of lifestyle and menu of life choices available to young people today.  The interview is worth reading for an insight into the self-satisfied, tone-deaf opinions of a member of Ireland’s ruling class.

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Government criticised over precarity and pay for teachers

Ahead of lunchtime protests today by members of the Teachers Union of Ireland against pay rates for new entrants, Solidarity TD Mick Barry has criticised the government's two-tier pay scales and increased precarity for young teachers. 

He also called on the public to support the protests which he said were ''defending public education.''

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Funding of 'Catholic youth leadership' programmes in schools to be reviewed by ETB

Ruth Coppinger received a letter from the Minister for Education this morning stating that there is to be a review of the Education and Training Boards (ETB) funding religious based youth leadership programmes.

The review follows Ruth raising the matter in a Dáil question on 18 January following Freedom of Information requests from Atheist Ireland regarding the funding of religious training courses.

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