Taoiseach entering discussions on possible EU economic sanctions against Israel is welcome but overdue

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has welcomed confirmation that the Taoiseach has finally commenced discussions with other EU states on possible economic sanctions against Israel. “This is a welcome but overdue development. Since November last year, the Social Democrats have been calling for the suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which has an ‘essential elements’ […]

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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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Record number of children spent Christmas in homeless accommodation

Figures released today by the Department of Housing show that 3,962 children spent Christmas living in homeless emergency accommodation. Commenting, Social Democrats housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan said: “This is 520 more than December 2022 and a shocking 49 per cent increase since this Government has taken office. “Growing up without a home can have devastating impacts on […]

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Cairns welcomes landmark ICJ ruling against Israel

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has welcomed today’s decision by the International Court of Justice, calling it a landmark ruling that must be a turning point to end the violence. “Today’s landmark ruling by the ICJ is a clear win for South Africa and must be a turning point in this horrific conflict. “Significantly, the […]

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Ryanair bulk-buying homes shows housing plan is in chaos

The revelation that Ryanair has bought up 25 homes in an estate in Swords, Co. Dublin, is another kick in the teeth for first-time buyers, according to Social Democrats housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan. “It is already hard enough for people looking to get a place of their own when rents are at the highest ever […]

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Latest National Biodiversity Plan is a missed opportunity

The fourth National Biodiversity Plan, which was published today, has been described as a missed opportunity by Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on climate and biodiversity, said: “A biodiversity crisis was declared in 2019, yet the actionable targets in this latest plan are few and far between. “It […]

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Government is failing to address rising child poverty levels

Figures published today show that the Government is failing to get to grips with rising child poverty levels, according to Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore. Deputy Whitmore, who is the party’s spokesperson on children, said: “The 2023 State of the Nation’s Children (SONC) report paints a bleak picture of child poverty in Ireland and shows […]

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