Meet Róisín

Róisín Shortall is a co-founder of the Social Democrats and a TD for Dublin North-West.

She has been re-elected at every general election since first winning a Dáil seat in 1992, giving her over 30 years’ experience in national politics.

A former primary school teacher with a degree in Economics and Politics, Róisín has throughout her career been particularly vocal on social justice issues, in all its forms, and good governance.

She is a former Minister of State at the Department of Health and chaired the All-Party Committee on the Future of Healthcare which produced the Sláintecare reform plan for the Irish health service.

Róisín is passionate about accountability and fair distribution of resources.

Healthcare is a human right – not a commodity. Healthcare should be equally accessible and free at the point of access, not dependant on your ability to pay.

Róisín’s Priorities

  • Ensure the full implementation of Sláintecare.
  • Establish universal access to quality public services based on fair taxation.
  • End child poverty.
  • Drive down the cost of housing.
  • Reverse the creeping privatisation of health and social care services.
  • Establish a statutory right to homecare.
  • Increase capacity of primary care including all essential therapies.
  • Introduce the Living Wage.

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Social Democrats health spokesperson Róisín Shortall has welcomed the Taoiseach’s response to her in the Dáil that there will be a three-month extension of a temporary payment scheme for healthcare workers suffering from long Covid. “It is simply unconscionable that this cohort of workers, who have been unable to resume their employment due to ongoing Covid symptoms, were […]

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