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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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Publication of agreement on new maternity hospital raises fresh questions over ownership and governance

The publication of the agreement for the new National Maternity Hospital raises fresh concerns over its ownership and governance arrangements, Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has said. Deputy Shortall said: “While I welcome the publication tonight of the agreement struck between St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and the National Maternity Read More

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Strong welcome for Citizens’ Assembly Recommendations – Referendum must follow swiftly

The Social Democrats welcome today’s votes by the Citizens’ Assembly. Social Democrats co-leaders, Catherine Murphy TD and Róisín Shortall TD, said: “Today’s votes by the Citizens’ Assembly show that there is a very clear mandate for far reaching legal reform to allow for abortion on a range of grounds. “We Read More