Weekly Update – 19th February

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This week, the Social Democrats held our annual conference – my first since becoming Leader! 

💜 In my first leader’s speech, I spoke about the Social Democrats vision for a better, more equal Ireland. The wrong political decisions got us into the crises we face today, but the right ones can get us out.
You can watch the full speech here: https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/social-democrats-party-conference-the-leader-s-speech-s1-e1/491378216085

🇵🇸 The Palestinian Ambassador gave a powerful and emotional address to our conference last Friday. Israel’s genocide in Gaza must be brought to an end: https://www.instagram.com/p/C3bG_-NMem7/

🎙️ We had so many fantastic panels over the two days at conference – our panel on ‘Building a Society that Works’ featuring Gary Gannon TD,  Liz Carolan from Digital Action, Mary Murphy from Maynooth University, and Michael Taft from SIPTU can be watched here: https://youtu.be/g6bEIpdtZFQ?si=tU5Tu6gCte7LE-s6

🇵🇸 Earlier this week, I called on the Taoiseach to take action in response to the Israeli attacks on the city of Rafah – where 1.5m people are sheltering in an area the size of Heathrow Airport: https://youtu.be/Zh9RcJ4cUXM

🎣 I asked the Minister about issues facing our fisheries sector and coastal communities including quotas, pier infastructive, pair trawling, and Keelbeg Pier in Union Hall: https://youtu.be/ThBiiwyrOow

📺 RTÉ’s funding model needs serious reform, and must remain free from political interference. The Social Democrats are proposing a three pronged approach – guaranteed multi annual State funding, a household charge at a reduced rate than currently, and a levy on social media companies: https://youtu.be/dJYzIDV-aBU

📻 I spoke to Pat Kenny about the Social Democrats approach to the issues facing Ireland across housing, climate, and agriculture: https://www.goloudplayer.com/episodes/social-democrats-leader-holly-ca-YjQ3NGUzZTM2NDRjY2YxMzMzZmFkNjcxYmE4NjAwNjY=

📻 I spoke to This Week yesterday following our party conference: https://www.rte.ie/radio/radio1/clips/22357376/

🔵 Section 39 workers have still not received the pay increases agreed late last year. I asked the Minister for an update and have been assured that workers will soon receive a 70% interim payment: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2024-02-15/335/

🚨 The Mother and Baby Institutions Payment Scheme is due to open before May this year. There can be no further delay in opening this scheme to allow survivors to access the limited amount of redress available: https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2024-02-13/546/

🛟 West Cork Beacon are hiring a Domestic Violence Accommodation and Support Worker, and a Sexual Violence Support and Advocacy Worker. More information can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/p/C3P00QQonkM/

💡The Skibbereen Community and Family Resource are holding a free training session for parents on understanding suicide and self harm tomorrow 7-9pm: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=828847332616555&set=a.487608296740462

🌊 Kinsale library will be hosting a talk with the Oceans Plastic Project CLG to discuss plastic waste, our oceans, and how to protect them. Saturday 24th, 12pm-1pm: https://www.facebook.com/westcorkoceanspp/posts/803865208442162

🗳️🗳️ The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming referendums is tomorrow (Tuesday 20th February 2024). To make sure you’re registered, and that you’re registered at your current address, go to: https://www.checktheregister.ie/en-IE/

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