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Soc Dems urge voters to bring compassion and care home with a Yes vote on Friday

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The Social Democrats today urged people to vote Yes in Friday’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment to ensure that women can access the healthcare they need in Ireland. The party’s co-leader Catherine Murphy TD said: “With just a few days to go to polling, we are urging people to use this once in a generation opportunity to remove the Eighth Amendment from our Constitution. “The Eighth Amendment is an impediment Read More

Social Democrats’ bill to increase parental leave to six months goes to committee tomorrow

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A Social Democrats’ private members’ bill to enable working parents to spend more time caring for their children goes to committee stage tomorrow, Wednesday 16th May. The Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017 allows parents to take a total of six months (26 weeks) unpaid leave from their jobs without their employment rights being affected. This is an increase on the current maximum of four months (18 weeks) of unpaid parental leave Read More

Shortall calls for action on 1,631 women diagnosed with cervical cancer

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has said she is deeply concerned that two weeks after their cases were identified, no action has yet been taken in relation to the 1,631 women who developed cervical cancers and were not included in the CervicalCheck audit. Deputy Shortall said: “I have been raising the position of the 1,631 cases of women diagnosed with cervical cancer who have not been audited by CervicalCheck. Read More

Soc Dems delighted that Bill to help working families one step closer to becoming law

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The Social Democrats have welcomed the passage today at committee stage of our Bill to increase to six months the amount of unpaid parental leave available to working parents of children aged up to 12. The Parental Leave (Amendment) Bill 2017 aims to help working families enjoy better work-life balance by permitting parents to spend more time caring for their children. The Bill allows parents to take a total of Read More

Serious questions in Cervical Check crisis require immediate answers

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has said that serious questions remain following today’s cabinet meeting on the Cervical Check crisis and that the public should not have to wait until the outcome of a formal investigation to get answers. Deputy Shortall also called on the government to expedite legislation to allow for a statutory duty of candour ahead of the summer Dáil recess and for the government to introduce Read More

Social Democrats condemn Israeli attacks in Gaza and US embassy move

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The Social Democrats have strongly condemned today’s violence in Gaza in which dozens of Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured by Israeli troops on the day the US opens its embassy in Jerusalem. The party’s co-leader Róisín Shortall TD said: “The decision by President Trump to move the US embassy to Jerusalem is utterly misguided and reckless. It was inevitable that this provocative move, timed to coincide with the Read More

Chair of hospital boards must be removed for good governance and public confidence

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD today called on the Minister for Health to relieve Mr Thomas Lynch of his chairmanship of Irish hospital boards, saying his public-sector positions are incompatible with his extensive involvement in big pharma and medical supplies companies and his private fundraising efforts for the Taoiseach. Deputy Shortall said: “Mr Lynch is at the centre of a web of personal, political and professional connections that appear Read More

New HSE head should not be appointed until legal accountability reforms complete

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD today called on the Minister for Health to appoint a new head of the HSE on an interim basis – and to only fill the post permanently once key accountability reforms are carried out. Deputy Shortall said: “At the heart of the Cervical Check crisis is a lack of oversight, governance and accountability within the HSE and throughout our entire health system, from the Read More

Minister for Health shows extremely poor judgment in allowing HSE head to take up paid board role

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has accused the Minister for Health Simon Harris of showing extremely poor judgment in allowing serving HSE Director General Tony O’Brien to take up a remunerated position on the board of a US medical supplies company. Deputy Shortall said: “It is entirely inappropriate that the head of the HSE has been allowed to take up a boardroom position with Evofem Biosciences female contraceptive manufacturer Read More

Minister for Health needs to make sure that all 206 women affected by cervical cancer scare are notified immediately

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD today called on the Minister for Health to intervene to make sure that all 206 women whose smear tests have shown they have cervical cancer are notified immediately. Deputy Shortall said: “It beggars belief that no lessons appear to have been learned out of the tragedy of Vicky Phelan’s experience. Today the head of the CervicalCheck service was not able to say for certain Read More