So-called affordable housing scheme not fit for purpose

Long anticipated affordable purchase housing at Oscar Traynor Woods in north Dublin has finally been advertised for sale – but the prices are anything but affordable, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “First time buyers will be paying up to €475,000 for a so-called affordable […]

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Shocking rise in number of rough sleepers is a result of failed Government housing policy

The large number of people sleeping rough in Dublin is a damning indictment of the Government’s failed housing policy, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “New data from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive shows that 128 people were sleeping rough over the week of April […]

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DPP must review leniency of sentence in Limerick assault case

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has expressed disgust and outrage at the fully suspended sentence handed down to a serving member of the Defence Forces who viciously beat a young woman unconscious in Limerick. “People around the country are shocked and angered by the leniency of the three-year suspended sentence that Cathal Crotty received, despite […]

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Chronic underfunding of National Cancer Strategy is impacting patient care

Chronic underfunding of the National Cancer Strategy is compromising patient care, according to Social Democrats health spokesperson Róisín Shortall. “It is clear that implementation of the National Cancer Strategy is no longer a priority for this Government. “When the Irish Cancer Society appeared before the Health Committee in April, their message was received loud and […]

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Home ownership increasingly out of reach for ordinary workers

New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that house prices have become increasingly out of reach for ordinary workers, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “House prices increased by 7.9 per cent in the 12 months to April 2024. “The median price of […]

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Medical card scheme for dental treatments is close to collapse

The medical card scheme for dental treatments in Ireland is close to collapse, according to Social Democrats health spokesperson Róisín Shortall. “Figures reported today reveal there are 252 fewer dentists signed up to the Dental Treatment Service Scheme (DTSS) compared to last year. There are also major disparities in the number of participating dentists depending […]

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