Research finds state agencies boards under remit of An Taoiseach have the lowest proportion of women – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has today called on the Taoiseach to take proactive measures to address the entrenched gender imbalance in senior posts across the civil service and non-commercial state board membership. The Dublin Central TD was responding to the findings of the latest Public Sector Trends research published by the Institute of Public Administration. Teachta … [Read more...]

McDonald extends solidarity to the people of Palestine

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on the Irish government to recognise the State of Palestine without further delay. The Dublin Central TD said: “Today is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. “'In recognition of this, Sinn Féin have organised nationwide events marking our on-going solidarity with the people of Palestine. “Over … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin leader supports Gender Pay Gap Reporting legislation

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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD criticised the Government for frustrating the introduction of gender pay gap reporting in Ireland. Speaking in the Dáil today, the Dublin Central TD said: “Senator Ivana Bacik is to be commended for introducing the Gender Pay Gap Bill last year. It is an important piece of legislation that brings Ireland in line with practices already in place in … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin leader supports ‘Know Your Status’ HIV Ireland World Aids Day Initiative

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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald today joined with leaders across the political spectrum to demonstrate how easy taking a HIV test can be and that there should no stigma attached to taking the test. The global theme for this year’s World Aids Day (December 1st) is ‘Know Your Status’. With the number of new HIV diagnoses set to reach an all-time high in Ireland HIV Ireland have today … [Read more...]

Urgent need for a cap on moneylenders interest rates – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that "it is time to introduce a cap on moneylenders interest rates so they do not get away with extortion any longer". Referencing a recent report by the Social Finance Foundation on interest rates, she said the rates moneylenders can charge represents “State sponsored robbery” and that “there is an urgent need to introduce a cap on the … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin leader supports annual 16 Days Campaign Opposing Violence Against Women

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In support of the of the annual 16 Days Campaign Opposing Violence Against Women Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald will outline the party’s priorities to protect and support women and girls exposed to domestic and gender based harassment and violence over the next 16 days. The Dublin Central TD said: “November 25th marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women … [Read more...]

Brexit agreement endorsed by EU leaders is the ‘least worst option’ – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Speaking at the conclusion of the European Council Meeting this morning, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said: “The decision by the British government to impose this unwanted Brexit against the will of the people in the North, is fundamentally wrong. “It was undemocratic and will hamper the economy, agreements and restrict the rights of citizens. “The agreement endorsed … [Read more...]

The hard won gains and progress of past twenty years must be protected and built upon post-Brexit – Mary Lou McDonald TD

This evening the Dáil is debating a motion on the Brexit Draft Withdrawal agreement. Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that progress since the Good Friday Agreement must be protected and built upon post-Brexit. Teachta McDonald said: “Over the past twenty years, our island has changed beyond recognition. “Children born today - in Belfast, in Cork, in Derry, in Galway, … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin leader welcomes progress on SAVI survey

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed the Justice Ministers announcement that the CSO is to take charge of a major survey on the prevalence of sexual violence in Ireland and has called on the Government to ensure that the CSO works closely with and learns from frontline organisations to ensure the value of the 2002 SAVI report is sustained. The Dublin Central TD said: “The … [Read more...]

Proposal for a north inner city Authority must deliver a safe, sustainable, vibrant and hopeful community – McDonald

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Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald today warned that the limited ambition and scope of the Dublin North Inner City Authority proposed by Fianna Fáil could result in the delivery of another underperforming state quango that fails to deliver for the long term. Speaking in the Dáil the Sinn Féin leader said: “Fianna Fáil’s legislation is a welcome recognition by the party of … [Read more...]