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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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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