Taoiseach must demand EU intervention to genocide in Gaza

The Taoiseach must demand an emergency European Council meeting at which sanctions on Israel are on the agenda, according to Social Democrats Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Gary Gannon. “Israel is pursuing a policy of annihilation and mass destruction in Gaza. Its outrageous ground invasion of Rafah, and the closure of the border crossing which facilitates the […]

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Dublin city’s problems require more than just a policing solution

Making Dublin city centre safer will require a multi-agency approach and not just a policing solution, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is a TD for Dublin Central, said: “In a newspaper interview published today, Dublin City Council’s chief executive Richard Shakespeare belatedly offers his views on last November’s riots and […]

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Education Minister must urgently address deepening teacher recruitment crisis

The Minister for Education is continuing to sleepwalk through the teacher recruitment crisis in our schools, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s education spokesperson, said: “The annual teachers’ conferences taking place this week should refocus Minister Foley’s mind on one of the most serious challenges facing our education […]

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Government must act urgently to reduce poverty levels

The high number of people living in poverty in Ireland highlights the prevailing level of income inequality in this country, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s spokesperson on social welfare, said: “The at risk of poverty rate, as measured by the Central Statistics Office, was 10.6 per cent […]

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Changes to allocation model for Special Education Teaching (SET) hours will be devastating for children with additional needs

Changes to Special Education Teaching allocations will have a devastating impact on children with additional needs, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s education spokesperson, said: “The decision by the Department of Education to completely remove children with complex needs as a criteria for the allocation of Special Education […]

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Tánaiste’s call for sanctions against violent settlers must include Israeli government extremists

The Tánaiste’s call for an EU-wide travel ban on violent Jewish settlers must be extended to include extremist members of the Israeli government, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s foreign affairs spokesperson, said: “Last month, the Tánaiste said he would be calling for sanctions to be applied against […]

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War on drugs must be replaced with a war on causes of poverty

The decriminalisation of drug use must be accompanied by a health-led response to addiction and a comprehensive plan to tackle poverty and deprivation, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon made his comments during today’s Dáil debate on the Misuse of Drugs (Cannabis Regulation Bill 2022), which is being supported by the Social […]

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Multi-agency taskforce needed to halt the decline of Dublin city centre

A planning application seeking permission to place steel railings around Dublin’s Ambassador Theatre to deter anti-social behaviour highlights the need for urgent Dáil statements on the decline and neglect of the city centre, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is a TD for Dublin Central, said: “It is a sad state […]

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Minister must outline long-term policing plan for Dublin city

The Minister for Justice must immediately outline her long-term policing plan for Dublin now that the garda overtime budget for the city has been exhausted, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who represents Dublin Central, said: “The €10 million in garda overtime announced for the capital last summer was always going to […]

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Gannon expresses solidarity with workers as thousands gather to denounce violence

Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon has expressed his solidarity with the thousands of workers who gathered on O’Connell Street today to denounce the scenes of violent disorder witnessed during last week’s city centre riots. Deputy Gannon, who represents Dublin Central, said: “Those who participated in today’s peaceful demonstration at the GPO encapsulate the true spirit […]

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