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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Solidarity TD calls for JobPath to be scrapped

Following the release of documents which show that only 18% of those who take part in the JobPath scheme find a job, Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has called for the scheme to be scrapped. 

He has also pointed to the link between the scheme being launched and the sharp rise in the number of penalties being applied to those on social welfare and claimed that people were being harassed and bullied by the companies who run the schemes Seetec and Turas Nua.

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Abortion Opinion Poll - 'Mobilising young people will be key to winning referendum'

Today the Irish Time published an Ipsos/MRBI opinion poll on abortion rights. The poll found that when 'don't knows' are excluded 65% of people support the recommendations of the Committee on the 8th Amendment to allow unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks. 

When don't knows were included the results were 56% 'support', 29% 'against', 15% 'don't know'.

 

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''This won't provide one affordable home'' - Solidarity criticise government scheme

Minister Eoghan Murphy's 'affordable mortgage' scheme has been criticised by Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger. 

The scheme which was announced this morning, however, Solidarity have said that it won't provide one affordable home, rather it will 'funnel' money into developers' pockets and maintain the property bubble.

The Dublin West TD said that to make homes really affordable the market must be tackled and highlighted a proposal they had made to Fingal County Council to provide 'below market cost' housing in Damastown.

 

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'Health system is plagued because of low pay' - Solidarity TD claims

Solidarity TD for Cork North Central, Mick Barry, last night called for 'significant increases' in pay for nurses and health staff. He said that the health system is currently losing staff due to low wages. 

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''The Oireachtas is far behind the public on abortion rights''

An Irish Examiner survey of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail Oireachtas members published today shows that only 25% of Fine Gael and 12% of Fianna Fail Oireachtas members support the proposal from the Oireachtas Committee to allow for abortion up to 12 weeks on request.
Commenting on the findings, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger said that it showed ''how far removed the political establishment is from the general public on abortion rights.''
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Calls for Coveney to raise jailing of Ahed Tamimi during official visit

Solidarity TD Mick Barry has called on Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney to raise the jailing of 16 year old Ahed Tamimi with Benjamin Netanyahu during a state visit today.

Ahed Tamini is one of thousands of children who have been arrested by the Israeli forces over the last number of years, and is one of over 300 currently in prison.

He also condemned the decision to ban Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign from entering Israel.

 

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