HIQA Chair’s position untenable – McDonald


Following evidence given to the Public Accounts Committee today by the Chair of HIQA Brian McEnery Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD has described his position within the authority as untenable. The Dublin Central TD said: “Despite the restrictions imposed on the committees questioning of HIQA’s Chairperson at today’s meeting of the PAC Brian McEnery's evidence was truly … [Read more...]

Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald to Host Health Conference

Sinn Féin’s Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD is to host a health conference in Cabra on Friday 27th October entitled ‘Are you sick of waiting?.’ The conference will focus on the current record high levels of waiting lists and hospital over-crowding. It will include contributions from Stephen McMahon from the Irish Patients Association, Dr Austin O’Carroll a GP from the North Inner-City … [Read more...]

Fianna Fáil’s support for reversal of discriminatory state pension eligibility criteria late, cynical and self-serving – McDonald


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described confirmation by the Taoiseach that Fianna Fáil never raised the reversal of the discriminatory 2012 state pension changes with the Taoiseach in advance of Budget 2018 as shameful but not surprising. The Taoiseach was responding to questions put to him by the Dublin Central TD during this afternoon’s Leaders Questions in the Dáil. … [Read more...]

Paschal Donohoe’s inaction on women’s pensions bonkers and unbelievable – McDonald

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Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald today criticised Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for refusing to address gender discrimination within the state pension system in Budget 2018. Speaking in the Dáil during Leaders Questions the Dublin Central TD said: “Budget 2018 perpetuates the discrimination faced by many, but particularly women, when it comes to the state pension. “35,000 … [Read more...]

McDonald calls on HIQA Executives and Chair to return to PAC next week


Sinn Féin Public Accounts Committee member Mary Lou McDonald TD today secured the agreement of committee members to recall HIQA, the authority’s Chairperson Brian McEnery and the CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland to address significant governance issues relating to nursing home fees. The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said, “During HIQA’s attendance at the PAC two weeks ago I raised specific … [Read more...]

McDonald calls for HIQA Executives to return to PAC with Chairperson to address governance issues relating to nursing home fees


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and Public Accounts Committee member Mary Lou McDonald TD has today written to the Clerk and Chair of the Committee calling for HIQA’s Executives to return to the PAC with the authority’s Chairperson to address governance issues within HIQA relating to nursing home fees. Deputy McDonald said; “HIQA were before the Public Accounts Committee just over a week ago … [Read more...]

Clock is ticking on government to intervene in Aldborough House redevelopment


Sinn Féin’s Deputy Leader and Dublin Central Teachta Dála Mary Lou McDonald has today repeated calls for the Government to urgently intervene and acquire one of the last remaining Georgian buildings in Dublin’s North Inner City and restore it for community use. Aldborough House, which was constructed in 1796 has fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years. A private company was … [Read more...]

Delivering A Vision for Change – Sinn Féin


Sinn Féin’s Mental Health Spokespersons today launched the party’s fully costed alternative Budget 2018 proposals setting out an additional €51.23m investment in mental health care and services. Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD, Sinn Féin All-Ireland Spokesperson for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention said: “Sinn Féin’s alternative Budget 2018 is a budget for the … [Read more...]

Boylan demands greater clarity from Housing Minister


Dublin City Sinn Féin Councillor Janice Boylan has criticised Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy TD for failing to provide credible answers following his attendance at a Dublin City Council meeting to discuss the ongoing housing crisis. Cllr Boylan asked the Minister a number of questions during last night’s meeting of Dublin City Council and has since written to the Minister’s department seeking … [Read more...]

Childcare costs for parents halved in Sinn Féin Budget 2018 proposals – McDonald


Speaking at Sinn Féin’s Budget 2018 launch today Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald set out the party’s proposals to halve the cost of childcare for parents, increase wages for workers in the sector and provide additional supports for community providers. The Dublin Central TD said: “Rising childcare costs are putting undue financial pressure on many parents who are in effect paying out … [Read more...]