Equality

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

SUSI APPLICATIONS FOR 2019/20

29 October 2019

Online applications for a student grant in the 2019/20 academic year close on Friday 1st November 2019. All students who still wish to apply for a student grant in academic year 2019/20 should be aware of this closing date. If a student has started an application but not yet completed it, they should do so … Continue reading SUSI Applications for 2019/20

MOTION ON SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION

27 September 2019

This week in the Dáil, I spoke on a motion on special needs education. A summary of my contribution can be read below. The video of my contribution can also be viewed below. I owe a degree of thanks to the parents of Dublin West who over the past year have mounted a series of … Continue reading Motion On Special Needs Education

THE IRISH SUN INTERVIEW

11 September 2019

I recently spoke with the Irish Sun about gender balance in the Dail and ending the sexist “pat on the head” politics of the past by moving towards a 50/50 gender balance. You can read more here or below. GENDER BALANCE: Girl power on rise in Dail but top female TDs say there’s long way … Continue reading The Irish Sun Interview

PREVENTING AND COMBATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

1 July 2019

Today, Monday July 1 sees the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission has marked this significant date by setting out its recommendations for key priority actions from the State in the attached policy statement. Priority areas identified … Continue reading Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women

MARRIAGE ACT BEGINS AS BURTON SIGNS ORDER ALLOWING CIVIL PARTNERS TO MARRY

10 November 2015

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., has today signed regulations that make it easier for civil partners who now wish to marry following the commencement of the Marriage Act 2015. The Tánaiste signed the Regulations and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald signed the Commencement Order for the Act at a ceremony in … Continue reading MARRIAGE ACT BEGINS AS BURTON SIGNS ORDER ALLOWING CIVIL PARTNERS TO MARRY

PASSING OF MARRIAGE BILL A HISTORIC DAY FOR IRELAND

22 October 2015

The passing of the Marriage Equality Bill in the Seanad today means that generations of young LGBT people will now grow up in a country where they are equal, according to Joan. Joan said: “Marriage equality will mean that all couples, regardless of gender, will be able to have their love recognised by the state … Continue reading Passing of Marriage Bill a Historic Day for Ireland

JOAN AND LYDIA FOY MARK HISTORIC DAY FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

8 September 2015

Today marks a historic day for transgender rights in Ireland. With the Gender Recognition Act coming into force, it is now open to any transgender person to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate from the Department of Social Protection, and subsequently to obtain a new birth certificate which reflects their preferred gender. Joan invited Lydia Foy, Michael … Continue reading JOAN AND LYDIA FOY MARK HISTORIC DAY FOR TRANSGENDER RIGHTS

GENDER RECOGNITION ACT COMES INTO FORCE

4 September 2015

I have today (Friday 4th September) signed the Commencement Order for the Gender Recognition Act 2015, which will enable transgender people to be formally recognised in their preferred gender for all purposes by the State for the first time. I am delighted to announce that from Tuesday next 8th September, it will be open to … Continue reading GENDER RECOGNITION ACT COMES INTO FORCE

ADOPTION BILL IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP

27 July 2015

On the publication of the Heads and General Scheme of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015   For many years, adoption in Ireland happened very much in the shadows, with little or no regulation and great secrecy. Children were put up for adoption, often against the will of the mother, usually under the auspices … Continue reading ADOPTION BILL IS A VERY IMPORTANT STEP