Absence of FAI safeguards to protect women players is unforgiveable

The weekend revelations concerning the abuse of young women players represent the lowest point in the history of scandals involving the Football Association of Ireland, according to Social Democrats TD Gary Gannon. Deputy Gannon, who is the party’s spokesperson on sport, said: “It was deeply unsettling to watch the RTÉ Investigates/Sunday Independent documentary as it […]

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House prices rising at fastest pace for nearly two years

The latest report from myhome.ie is further proof that the Government is unable or unwilling to bring down the cost of buying a home, according to Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan. Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said: “The findings of the Q2 2024 MyHome.ie Property Price Report will come as little surprise to first-time buyers. “The median […]

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Soc Dems’ motion calls for meaningful zero tolerance approach to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence

The Dáil will debate a Social Democrats’ motion on Wednesday, July 10, calling on the Government to match its words with action on adopting a zero tolerance approach to domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. Party leader Holly Cairns said: “Just last night, a harrowing RTÉ Investigates documentary revealed details of historic abuse allegations made by […]

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Minister for Health and CHI must account for misspending of scoliosis funds

The Minister for Health must come into the Dáil and answer questions as to why €19m in funding specifically allocated to reduce waiting times for children’s spinal surgery was spent elsewhere, according to Social Democrats health spokesperson Róisín Shortall. “This latest controversy is a further betrayal of children awaiting scoliosis surgery. “In 2017, then Minister […]

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Former Soc Dems co-leaders will not contest the next general election

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has paid tribute to former Social Democrats co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall after they announced they will not contest the forthcoming general election. The former co-leaders made the announcement this morning saying it was time for a new generation to take over. Catherine Murphy said: “I love my job […]

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Statement from Holly Cairns TD

Social Democrats leader Holly Cairns has paid tribute to former co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall as they announce they will not contest the forthcoming general election. “Catherine and Róisín are trailblazers in Irish politics and have accomplished an incredible amount in careers that spanned decades of committed political work and dedicated public service. “Róisín […]

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Statement by Catherine Murphy TD

I love my job and have always had a deep passion for my work and tackling the many pressing social, environmental, economic, and governmental issues we still face. However, after more than 30 years in representational politics, now it is the right time for me to step back. I am therefore confirming I will not […]

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