Gannon expresses no confidence in Garda Commissioner

Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon has expressed no confidence in Garda Commissioner Drew Harris following last night’s unprecedented level of rioting in Dublin city centre. Deputy Gannon, who represents Dublin Central, said: “The scenes of near anarchy in our capital city last night have no place in any civilised democracy. “Last night’s shocking events are […]

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Government’s refusal of Dáil debate on Ireland formally recognising Palestinian State is a missed opportunity

The Government’s refusal to allow time next week for a Dáil debate on Ireland formally recognising the State of Palestine – to coincide with International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People – has been described as a missed opportunity by Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s spokesperson on foreign […]

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Government TDs who called for expulsion of Russian ambassador to Ireland urged to support Soc Dems’ motion on Gaza conflict

Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon has written to nearly 50 Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael parliamentary party members, who signed petitions to expel the Russian ambassador due to Russian human rights abuses, asking them to support his party’s motion to expel the Israeli ambassador on similar grounds. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s spokesperson on […]

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Disadvantaged communities left behind by the Government

The Government is failing miserably to address the issue of generational poverty, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s spokesperson on Social Protection, said: “An analysis of data included in the Pobal Deprivation Index reveals that the number of people living in areas classed as ‘very disadvantaged’ or ‘extremely […]

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Taoiseach must condemn remarks made by EU Commission President in Israel

At tomorrow’s emergency summit of European leaders, the Taoiseach must condemn EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s decision to offer unqualified support to Israel’s ethnic cleansing in Gaza, according to Social Democrats foreign affairs spokesperson Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon said: “On Friday, Ursula von der Leyen had a valuable opportunity to make a positive […]

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Budget 2024 fails to make education genuinely free

Budget 2024 missed an opportunity to make primary and secondary school education in Ireland genuinely free, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s education spokesperson, said: “Although the provision of free schoolbooks up to Junior Certificate level is welcome, it is baffling that the Government chose to take a […]

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Reliance on garda overtime has left Dublin city centre exposed

The impending withdrawal of voluntary overtime by gardaí next month underscores the fragility and inadequacy of the Minister for Justice’s policing plan for Dublin city centre, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who represents Dublin Central, said: “Following media reports of a spate of vicious assaults in Dublin during the summer, Minister […]

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