Over 14,000 people homeless for first time in history of the State

Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan has responded to figures published today showing that the number of people living in homeless accommodation has risen above 14,000 for the first time. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “There are now 14,009 people living in homeless emergency accommodation – the highest ever recorded in the […]

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ESRI report exposes the human cost of failed housing policy

Failed Government housing policy is having a major impact on the physical and mental health of families, according to Rory Hearne, the Social Democrats’ Midlands-North-West candidate in the European Elections. Mr Hearne, who is a housing campaigner, author and lecturer, said: “Today’s ESRI report lays bare the human cost of the housing crisis. The study […]

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Ireland facing billions in fines because of Government’s failure to meet climate targets

It is scandalous that Ireland is facing billions of euros in fines because of the Government’s failure to meet its climate targets, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on climate and biodiversity, said: “According to the latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, Ireland is set to miss […]

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Housing Commission report shows that Government have their heads in the sand

A damning report from the Housing Commission highlights how the Government rejected a long list of practical solutions to the housing crisis, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “The report from the Housing Commission presents a scathing picture of this Government’s ‘ineffective decision making and […]

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Cairns welcomes recognition of the State of Palestine

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has warmly welcomed the Government’s decision to recognise the State of Palestine but called for further pressure on Israel to end the carnage in Gaza. “The Social Democrats have long called for the Government to match its strong words of condemnation with action – and this is a historic move […]

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Getting rid of best before dates would help reduce food waste

Getting rid of best before dates would dramatically reduce food waste in Ireland, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on climate and biodiversity, said: “At today’s meeting of the Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action, I pointed out that a million tonnes of food is thrown […]

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Damning Housing Commission report is further evidence of failed Government policy

A damning report from the Housing Commission is further evidence that the Government’s housing targets are hopelessly inadequate, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “According to reports today, the Housing Commission estimates that Ireland’s housing deficit from pent-up demand is as high as 256,000 homes. […]

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Government fails to tackle income gap at the heart of child poverty

Shameful levels of child poverty will be one of this Government’s enduring legacies, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on children, said: “The release of the Children’s Rights Alliance’s third Child Poverty Monitor makes for grim reading. “The report reveals that 260,773 children experienced enforced deprivation in […]

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