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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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Why is the State building a €300million hospital and handing it over to a religious order?

The move by the Minister for Health to give ownership of the new state-funded National Maternity Hospital to the Religious Sisters of Charity has been criticised as highly inappropriate and deeply insensitive by the co-leader of the Social Democrats, Róisín Shortall TD. Ms Shortall’s comments follow reports that the Department Read More

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Social Democrats Introduce Bill to end ‘Baptism Barrier’

The Social Democrats today, Thursday 13th April 2017, publish a Bill to finally end religious discrimination against school children. The Equal Status (Amendment) Bill 2017 removes the so-called ‘baptism barrier,’ ensuring that all children have fair and equal access to publicly-funded schools, regardless of their faith. Currently, children can be denied access to their local primary schools solely on Read More