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Limits on tax relief for high-end pensions would fund reversal of unfair cuts in State pensions for women

The Government has been accused of double standards by Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD over its refusal to reverse the unfair 2012 cuts affecting state pensions for women. Speaking ahead of a Dáil debate tonight, Deputy Shortall said: “The changes to state pension introduced in 2012 have resulted in an estimated 36,000 people, mainly women, receiving reduced rate pensions. Yet the Government chooses to ignore the plight of these Read More

Government must wake up to vast Home-Care shortages

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The Government must immediately address the funding shortage in home-care if its late conversion to the Right to Home-Care is to be believed, said Social Democrats T.D. Róisín Shortall. In advance of the Dáil debate on the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Amendment) Bill 2016, Ms. Shortall said that services for older people have been neglected for many years. “There are particular shortages of home care in the South East and in Read More

We need a ‘fair deal’ for home care packages

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Roísín Shortall TD, co-leader of Social Democrats, has called for a legal entitlement to have a Home Care package, citing the lack of respect for older people in the current healthcare system as a fundamental reason for a total overhaul of the system. “We need a ‘fair deal’ for home care packages. The dire shortage of home help and home care supports to enable older people to live independently in Read More

HSE Memo Indicative of an Inhumane Attitude to Patients and Seeks to Place Nurses in an Impossible Position

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Social Democrats T.D. Róisín Shortall has expressed serious concern about the contents of a HSE memo which has been highlighted by RTE. The new memo, it is reported,  provides direction to nurses in acute hospitals in respect of the handling of public patients who have completed the acute phase of their treatment. It instructs nurses on the “removal of patients from beds”, using “minimal force”. Disgracefully, it refers to such Read More

Róisín raises disgraceful bin charge hikes in the Dail

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New regulations to change to pay-by-weight bin charges were signed by then Minister, Alan Kelly, in January of this year. At the time he heralded it as a saving for 87% of customers. This is proving to be far from reality. Bin companies have not only changed to pay-by-weight, but have also introduced massive increases in service charges. These sneaky charges will mean huge price hikes for customers. Minister Coveney must Read More

Minister Coveney must intervene to stop sneaky hike in waste charges

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Press Statement issued in relation to extensive Bin Charge Hikes : Minister Coveney must intervene to stop sneaky hike in waste charges Social Democrats TD, Róisín Shortall has called on Minister Simon Coveney to urgently intervene to stop waste charge companies exploiting new bin charge rules. There is significant  evidence that some waste companies are using the new waste charge rules to introduce massive increases in charges for certain customer Read More

Carers Waiting 35 weeks for Welfare Decision while same Department is doling out free Water Conservation Grants

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Applicants for Carer’s Allowance are waiting 35 weeks on average for a decision on their payment according to a Dáil reply. The Dáil reply (see at end) sets out the long average waiting time across a number of schemes including: Carer’s Allowance 35 weeks Disability Allowance 32 weeks Invalidity Pension 21 weeks State Pension Non-Contributory 20 weeks When waiting times for appeals are excluded, the waiting times for carers allowance Read More

Axing of Ballymun-Whitehall Partnership is another nail in the coffin of local community services

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The decision this week to axe Ballymun-Whitehall Partnership is an outright attack on local communities. Following a tender competition, the contract for services has been awarded to the Tolka Area Partnership. Ballymun-Whitehall Partnership has been a key driver of progress before and since the Ballymun regeneration project. It provides absolutely vital services to Ballymun, Santry, Whitehall and parts of Ballygall and has underpinned a lot of the work of several Read More

Tackling the Housing Shortage is not just about new Housing Estates

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For a country that had too many houses just a short number of years ago, it seems bizarre that now we are faced with a housing crisis where there are far too few.   But a housing crisis it is. It used to be the case that people who had difficulty finding a place to live were either single or separated or there were underlying issues such as substance abuse Read More

Ballymun-Whitehall Positive Ageing Week

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Photo: Róisín with (L-R) Brian Mongey (DCC),  Eamon Morrisey (Actor), Caroline Molloy (Chair of Positive Ageing Week steering committee and Director of the Ballymun Whitehall Area Partnership), Niamh Fitzpatrick, (Axis) at the launch of Positive Ageing Week.   Congratulations to Dublin City Council for organising a great programme of activities for Positive Ageing Week. It drew a great crowd from older people living in Ballymun, Santry, and Whitehall