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Fine Gael has already forgotten the lessons of last year’s General Election

As Fine Gael gather for their think-in it seems that they have already forgotten what they were told by the electorate last year – “people want decent services not tax cuts,” claimed Roisin Shortall TD, co-leader of the Social Democrats. “The Taoiseach and his Cabinet colleagues are hung up on the notion of tax cuts for middle income earners, while what people in that Read More

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Grave concerns for local community in Ballymun after shooting today

Róisín Shortall, TD for Ballymun and co-leader of the Social Democrats, expressed her horror at this afternoon’s shooting incident in Ballymun and at the shocking loss of life. She voiced her grave concerns about the impact on the local community in Ballymun. Róisín Shortall said: “This afternoons gun attack in Ballymun where two people lost their lives and a number of other people were Read More

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Expert group on separating private practice from public hospital system needs clear mandate and independence

Any group set up to examine the impact of separating private practice from the public hospital system must be fully independent and free from conflicts of interest, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD cautioned today. Deputy Shortall was speaking as the Cabinet meets in Cork to discuss the Sláintecare blueprint Read More

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Minister cries crocodile tears while women lose out on pensions payments

The Social Democrats have accused the Finance Minister of crying crocodile tears while failing to address punitive rules that mean tens of thousands of women are losing out on pensions payments. The party’s joint leader Róisín Shortall TD said today: “The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has admitted it is Read More