Minister’s statement a desperate attempt to distance himself from Government’s objection to landmark climate case

Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore has criticised Minister Eamon Ryan’s attempts to distance himself from the Irish Government’s objection to the ‘Swiss Grannies’ climate case taken in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on climate and biodiversity, said: “The Minister is trying to blame a badly worded […]

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Underwhelming international protection accommodation plan suggests government is floundering

Pushing targets for delivery out to 2028, while we are in the midst of a crisis, points to a government that is floundering The only surprise in the government’s new accommodation strategy for international protection applicants is that this flimsy document took so long to produce, according to Social Democrats Jennifer Whitmore. “Integration Minister Roderick […]

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Government should fast-track Soc Dems’ Bill to improve safety of election candidates

A taskforce examining the safety of politicians echoes calls by Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore to remove the requirement for election candidates to publish their home address on nomination and ballot papers. Deputy Whitmore, who has proposed these measures in her Electoral (Home Address of Candidates) Bill 2024, said: “According to media reports, the Taskforce […]

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Soc Dems introduce Dáil motion on Government’s disastrous handling of asylum seeker accommodation

The Government’s disastrous handling of the international protection accommodation crisis will come under increased scrutiny when a Social Democrats’ motion is debated in the Dáil next week (Thursday, March 21). Deputy Jennifer Whitmore, the party’s spokesperson on integration, said: “In recent weeks, we have seen growing numbers of international protection applicants forced to sleep in […]

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No justification for returning vulnerable asylum seekers to the streets

Ejecting vulnerable asylum seekers from emergency accommodation, back to living in tents on the streets, is inhumane, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore said: “The State’s treatment of vulnerable asylum seekers is shameful and inhumane. “Ireland is a rich country. There is absolutely no justification for forcing people to sleep in sub-zero […]

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Government is Deliberately and Consciously Failing Vulnerable Migrants

It is absolutely disgusting that more than 1,000 vulnerable asylum applicants are living in tents on the streets – during sub-zero weather – while nearly 5,000 asylum and refugee beds are vacant, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore said: “It is absolutely disgusting that there are literally thousands of empty beds throughout […]

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