Unlocking the Future: Social Democrats launch Alternative Budget 2024

Housing, children and climate take centre stage Read the full Alternative Budget here Housing, children and climate action are the main focus of the Social Democrats’ Alternative Budget, ‘Unlocking the Future’, which is published today. The party’s key priorities for 2024 include: Deliver 10,000 affordable homes next year – a near doubling of the Government’s […]

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Consumers to receive paltry reductions in energy bills, despite dramatic drop in wholesale electricity prices

Energy companies should no longer be allowed to ride roughshod over their customers while generating huge profits Households will only see a derisory reduction in their energy bills from November, despite a significant drop in wholesale electricity prices over the past year, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s […]

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The Minister must instruct AIB to restore full banking services at cashless branches – Social Democrats

Vulnerable customers and local businesses have been greatly impacted by the erosion of banking services  The Minister for Finance should direct AIB to end the practice of operating cashless branches in parts of the country, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore made her comments after it emerged that all public bodies are […]

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More transparency needed on prices charged by energy companies

Electric Ireland announcement should just represent the start of a succession of energy price drops for consumers  Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore has called for the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) to be given increased powers to investigate prices charged by energy companies. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s energy spokesperson, said: “Today’s belated […]

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Government must rebuild trust with retained firefighters following resolution of dispute

Staffing numbers must also be brought up to required levels  Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore has welcomed the news that retained firefighters have voted to accept proposals from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to resolve their industrial dispute. Deputy Whitmore said: “It is positive to learn today that firefighters, through their union SIPTU, have voted […]

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Government must not be allowed to sit on damning CAMHS report

More than 4,000 children and adolescents waiting to access mental health services across all nine CHOs The publication of individual reports for each of the nine Community Healthcare Organisations (CHOs) provides further insights into the level of dysfunction within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, […]

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Minister must address parents’ concerns over School Transport Scheme

Bus Éireann needs to clarify the numbers affected by driver shortages and give a timeline for resolution of the issue  The Social Democrats have called on Bus Éireann and the Department of Education to immediately outline what steps will be taken to address serious shortcomings in the operation of the School Transport Scheme. Jennifer Whitmore, […]

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