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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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Social Democrats demand answers on nakedly political judicial appointment

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has demanded answers from the government on how the nakedly political appointment of the outgoing Attorney General to the Court of Appeal came about. Deputy Shortall said the silence of Minister Shane Ross on the scandal was the height of hypocrisy, given his forthright Read More

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Taoiseach must halt grubby appointment of former AG as judge

The new Taoiseach must halt the appointment of the former Attorney General as a judge and come before the Dáil next week to answer questions on all the circumstances surrounding the filling of the Court of Appeal vacancy, the Social Democrats’ co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said today. Deputy Shortall said: Read More