Fine Gael in Government failing women workers in the public and private sectors – McDonald

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Responding to figures published today exposing the low numbers of women in top jobs across the civil service Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD has accused Fine Gael and the Taoiseach of failing women workers in the public and private sectors. The Dublin Central TD said: “Whilst the figures published in the media today are disappointing, the low level of women in top jobs across the civil … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin campaign against the bin charge hikes gathers steam – McDonald

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Speaking at a rally in Dublin last night in Wynns Hotel Mary Lou McDonald TD called on households to join Sinn Féin in campaigning against the unfair bin charge hikes over the summer months adding that what Ireland needs “is a cohesive waste management strategy implemented by government that is fair and protects the environment for generations to come”. The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said: … [Read more...]

Aldborough House must be restored for the community, not a soulless corporate entity – McDonald

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary McDonald TD has called for the Government to intervene immediately to ensure that Aldborough House is preserved for community use and not surrendered to private business interests. Speaking after a planning application for the development of office space inside the 18th century landmark building was lodged with Dublin City Council, the Dublin Central TD … [Read more...]

Fagan to meet Gardaí about anti-social behaviour in East Wall

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Sinn Féin Councillor for Dublin’s North Inner city area, Gaye Fagan is to meet with local Gardaí in the coming days to discuss on-going anti-social behaviour in the East Wall area. This is in response to complaints which have been received in recent days. Councillor Fagan said, “Local residents have been in touch with me recently about this anti-community behaviour, and some of them … [Read more...]

Mary Lou McDonald welcomes publication of Mental Health Reform Advocacy Report

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Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD today welcomed the publication of an important report by Mental Health Reform detailing the advocacy needs of mental health services users living in the community, and called on the government to act on the report’s recommendations. The Sinn Féin All Ireland Spokesperson on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention said: “A Vision for Change recommended … [Read more...]

Taoiseach’s defence of Garda Commissioner’s failures extraordinary and unprecedented – McDonald

Pubic Accounts Committee member Mary Lou McDonald TD has described today’s comments by An Taoiseach defending Noirin O’Sullivan’s failure to inform the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Minister for Justice of financial irregularities at Templemore as extraordinary and unprecedented. The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said: “The Taoiseach condones the failure of the Garda … [Read more...]

Mary Lou McDonald MacGill Summer School Speech

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Brexit has created a constitutional earthquake and its aftershocks have exposed the fault   ines of partition in Ireland. ‘The border’ is now laid bare as the false construct it has always been, and its contradictions must now be dealt with. 95 years on would anyone now propose partition as a means to resolve division and conflict? Does anyone believe that partition has been an economic … [Read more...]

Templemore report should be the end of the road for Commissioner O’Sullivan – McDonald

Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee Mary Lou McDonald said today that the findings of the report into the handling of the Templemore College irregularities are damning and that Commissioner O’Sullivan can no longer continue in her role. The deputy said the report reveals catastrophic failures on the part of Garda Management and Commissioner O’Sullivan. These include; the … [Read more...]

Taoiseach must make statement outlining how he will deal with Jobstown trial allegations

Following yesterday’s admission by the Garda Commissioner that the review into the policing of the Jobstown protest will not include trial testimony by gardaí Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member Deputy Mary Lou McDonald has called on the Taoiseach to clarify where exactly the matter will be dealt with. Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said: “Just this week the Taoiseach … [Read more...]

McDonald Welcomes Passing of Mental Health Rights Legislation

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Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin All-Ireland Spokesperson for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Mary Lou McDonald TD welcomed the passing of legislation that will promote the rights of people accessing mental health care. The Dublin Central TD said: “Progress on mental health reform has been painfully slow, and that this why for many people this legislation promoting the rights of … [Read more...]