Mary Lou McDonald welcomes decision by Oireachtas Committee to recommend repealing Eighth Amendment of the Constitution

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Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald welcomed the decision by the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to recommend repealing Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution. The Dublin TD said: “Yesterday, we received the very good news that the Committee on the Eighth Amendment had voted to recommend the repeal of Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution. “It … [Read more...]

Taoiseach must ensure Joint Report legally cast iron before moving to Phase 2 of Brexit talks – McDonald

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Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald today sought confirmation from the Tánaiste that the Taoiseach will seek additional assurances from the British government and EU Commission that the joint report is legally cast iron before allowing the Brexit talks move to Phase Two. The Dublin Central TD said: “The Taoiseach is attending the European Council Summit, a meeting that is crucial … [Read more...]

Implementation of the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy must be prioritised by Government – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Addressing the annual 'Women for Election Year in Review' event in the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has called for the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy‘s implementation to be prioritised Government. The Dublin Central TD said: “Women for Election continue to make an important contribution not only to the increasing the numbers of … [Read more...]

SAVI II Report must address substantial shortfalls in state agencies ability to collect gender based violence data – McDonald

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Marking today's conclusion of the 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women campaign Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has commended the work of organisations providing domestic, sexual and gender based violence supports and services. The Dublin Central TD said: “Today, 10th December, marks the end of the annual 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence Against Women … [Read more...]

Time now for Government to deliver on commitment to recognise Palestine – McDonald

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Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald called on the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to deliver on the Programme for Government pledge to recognise the state of Palestine. The Dublin Central TD said: “When raising this important matter with the Tánaiste today he refused to give any indication of when such a decision will be made by … [Read more...]

Taoiseach and Tánaiste must defend the north’s remain vote at crucial European Council meeting – McDonald

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Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald today called on the Tánaiste to commit to protect the north of Ireland from being dragged out of the European Union’s Customs Union and Single Market against the majority will of the people. The Dublin Central TD said: “The British Prime Minister is playing make believe that the north can be forced out of the Customs Union and Single Market and … [Read more...]

Fagan raises street cleaning with Dublin City Council

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Sinn Féin’s representative in Dublin north-east inner city Councillor Gaye Fagan has called on Dublin City Council to make greater resources available towards street cleaning in the north-inner city. Speaking after raising a number of questions with Dublin City Council officials, Councillor Fagan said, “I’m concerned that adequate resources aren’t being provided towards street … [Read more...]

Ten-year term limit for Worker Directors of port companies must be removed – McDonald

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Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald today introduced legislation to remove the ten-year term limit imposed on Employee Directors of port companies. The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said: “The Harbours Act of 2015 included a provision to restrict to ten years the period of service Directors can serve on a port company board. This restriction makes eminent sense for appointed … [Read more...]

Mary Lou McDonald TD selected as Sinn Féin candidate for Dublin Central in General Election

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Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald was selected last night by party colleagues to represent the constituency in the next general election. Speaking at the convention which took place in the Gresham Hotel Trinity Suite, O’Connell Street the Sinn Féin Deputy Leader said: I am hugely honoured to be selected this evening as the Sinn Féin candidate for the Dublin Central … [Read more...]

Brexit negotiations ‘absolutely critical for the future of the island of Ireland’ – McDonald

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Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the north of Ireland must remain within the EU, including the Customs Union and the Single Market, as it is the only guarantee of stability and certainty that will deliver the full protection of the Good Friday Agreement The Dublin Central TD said: “The ongoing Brexit negotiations are absolutely critical for the future of the … [Read more...]