Equality

A FAIR START FOR EVERY CHILD

23 January 2020

It is expensive to raise a family in Ireland, but we can ensure that no child is left behind. We must ensure that all of our children are treated equally and given the chance to fulfil their potential. Labour will make primary education genuinely free-of-charge, to fulfil the guarantee in the Constitution. This will include … Continue reading A Fair Start for Every Child

PETER CASEY’S MESSAGE OF DIVISION IS NOT WELCOME IN DUBLIN WEST

22 January 2020

Like any other citizen Peter Casey has every right to put his name on the Dublin West ballot paper. Nonetheless many citizens will be uneasy at his sudden intervention in the constituency. Dublin West is one of Ireland’s most diverse and inclusive communities, in part because it is the location for so many major international … Continue reading Peter Casey’s Message of Division Is Not Welcome in Dublin West

‘CONNECTING COMMUNITIES’ INFORMATION BOOKLET

25 November 2019

The Fingal Community Facilities Network has launched an information booklet that provides information on the range of services, facilities and activities available across all of the 31 community facilities supported by Fingal County Council’s Community Development Office. The information booklet, compiled by the Fingal Community Facilities Network, provides a snap shot of what each community … Continue reading ‘Connecting Communities’ Information Booklet

UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN

18 November 2019

Last week in the Dáil, I questioned An Taoiseach about the estimated 3,000 undocumented children living in Ireland. I called on An Taoiseach to end the limbo these children live, and the restrictions placed on their freedom to life, and to pursue educational, social and work opportunities. You can read a recent Sunday Times article … Continue reading Undocumented Children

YOUTH ASSEMBLY ON CLIMATE CHANGE

18 November 2019

The Youth Assembly conducted itself with professionalism and seriousness in discussing a wide range of proposals and recommending ten of them to the political parties. Some of these proposals will require further research from the Labour Party, but we are glad to be able to immediately agree to several of them. Labour will support legislation … Continue reading Youth Assembly on Climate Change

WINTER PRIDE 2019

13 November 2019

Dublin LGBTQ+ Pride’s first ever Winter Pride festival, focusing on physical & mental health and well-being in the LGBTQ+ community, will take place from 25th November – 1st December this year! The festival will include musical events, discussion panels, workshops and a Community Day on Saturday, 30th November. Winter Pride is a new festival brought to you by … Continue reading Winter Pride 2019

TRANSGENDER HEALTHCARE

13 November 2019

Recently, I was shocked and disappointed to read that people waiting for transgender healthcare spent up to three years on the wrong waiting lists after the HSE “misplaced” their referrals. The National Gender Service (NGS) at St Colmcille’s Hospital in Dublin, which runs transgender healthcare for the HSE, recently confirmed that 109 patient referrals were … Continue reading Transgender Healthcare

FINGAL INCLUSION WEEK LAUNCHED

8 November 2019

The first-ever Fingal Inclusion Week, which will see over 100 events take place across the county of Fingal, runs from Monday 11th November to Sunday 17th November 2019. Co-ordinated by the Fingal Public Participation Network (the PPN) and the Council’s Community Office, Fingal Inclusion Week aims to highlight the positive work that communities, agencies and … Continue reading Fingal Inclusion Week Launched

INCLUSION OF ARTISTS FROM THE TRAVELLER COMMUNITY

7 November 2019

I recently asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht about her Department’s approach to the inclusion of people from the Traveller community in funding for the arts. When I previously tabled a question in this respect, the Minister refused to answer, and it was referred to the Department of Justice and Equality. Yet … Continue reading Inclusion of Artists from the Traveller Community

AUTO-ENROLMENT PENSION SCHEME MUST REMAIN IN STATE CONTROL

31 October 2019

This morning, I appeared on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland to discuss the implementation of the long-awaited pension auto-enrolment scheme. The Government must ensure the newly announced pension scheme remains in State control, as I am concerned that privatising the scheme would lead to significantly higher charges and costs for workers. You can listen back to my … Continue reading Auto-Enrolment Pension Scheme Must Remain in State Control