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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Cairns welcomes decision by ICC to seek arrest warrants for top Israeli and Hamas leadership

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has welcomed the decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to seek arrest warrants for top Israeli and Hamas leadership. “Charges against Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Defence Minister Yoav Gallant include causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war – including the denial of humanitarian relief supplies – and […]

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EU Must Act To Stop Massacre In Rafah

The EU’s collective response to the massacre in Gaza has been weak and inhumane. If EU values stand for anything, that must change The Taoiseach must request an urgent European Council meeting, at which sanctions on Israel are imposed, if Israel proceeds with a ground invasion in Rafah, according to Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns. […]

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Statement by Holly Cairns TD on Accusations Made by the Israeli Ambassador against the Social Democrats

“I strongly reject accusations of discrimination made by the Israeli ambassador against the Social Democrats. “If the Ambassador had contacted the party before making her remarks, she would have been told that Ms Degani was deselected after a number of failed attempts to resolve issues. Those efforts extended to hiring an external mediator as well […]

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Adults with eating disorders abandoned by the Government

Adults with eating disorders have been abandoned by the Government, according to Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns. “There are just three public hospital beds in the country for the treatment of eating disorders in adults – all of them in St Vincent’s in Dublin. This is despite a Government commitment, when Simon Harris was Minister […]

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Cairns welcomes scrapping of insulting Green Paper on disability payments reform

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has welcomed the Government’s decision to abandon its controversial Green Paper proposals on overhauling the system for disability payments. Deputy Cairns, who is the party’s spokesperson on disability, said: “The proposals in Minister Humphreys’ Green Paper were ill-judged and highly insulting to disabled people. “It should therefore come as little […]

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