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“Owning a home an impossibility for thousands” – Shortall

Co-leader of the Social Democrats Róisín Shortall TD called on the Minister for Housing to urgently introduce an affordable housing scheme. Speaking today in the Dáil, Deputy Shortall said: “Given the pricing trends we’ve seen reported this week, it’s clear the government needs to intervene now. Without urgent introduction of an affordable housing scheme home ownership will continue to be an impossibility for thousands Read More

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Fine Gael’s Planning Bill will cut the Public out of Planning Process

Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has warned that the Government are trying to force the public out of the planning process. The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016, which is currently going through the Dáil, will allow developments of at least 100 houses, or 200 bed student accommodation, to skip the local authority planning process and go straight to An Bórd Read More

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Belated Coveney support for Social Democrats’ anti-corruption agency proposals

The Social Democrats welcome Minister Simon Coveney’s belated support for its idea to set up an independent anti-corruption agency. Party co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said: “While imitation may be the best form of flattery, it is unfortunate that Minister Coveney is only now putting forward these proposals as part of Read More

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True purpose of the Commission on the Future of Policing is to provide political cover

Speaking in the Dáil today, co-leader of the Social Democrats, Róisín Shortall TD, told the Taoiseach that “we cannot wait for the results of yet another review while the force continues to flounder.” In response to the Taoiseach’s claim that the new Commission on the Future of Policing would address Read More