Weekly Update – 11th December

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11th December 2023

📸 🙌 Chris Heinhold has been selected as the Social Democrats candidate for Bantry in next June’s Local Elections. Follow him here: @Chrisheinholdwestcork

🗣️ How much longer will the international community sit back and watch an impending genocide in Gaza? I called on the Taoiseach to advocate for sanctions against Israel at the next EU Council meeting: https://youtu.be/p_-1tGqiDxs?si=h4YFH05H912bH5Cj

🌾 ACRES payment delays are unacceptable and will put farmers under extreme financial pressure: https://www.agriland.ie/…/payment-delays-put-farmers…/

📢 Rural Independent TDs used their time in the Dáil last week to spread fear about migrants. We cannot allow people to create divisions in our communities, we are stronger together than we are apart: https://youtu.be/HYPRDuxqbuc?si=blEtdpG2aqqi0Odd

🎙️ I was interviewed on the Hard Shoulder on Newstalk about the dangers of misinformation about asylum seekers, and the overwhelmingly positive influence migrants have on our society: https://www.newstalk.com/…/there-is-no-link-between…

🔵 I called on the Taoiseach to scrap the Government’s Green Paper on disability reform. Tiered payments based on a medical assessment and ability to work will further marginalise disabled people: https://youtu.be/f_F1RHXuurE?si=Fb4JnVLEatilZWFP

🏡 Cian O’Callaghan’s Tenancies Protection Bill passed second stage in the Dáil on Thursday. The Bill aims to put an end to mass evictions. There is a legal loophole which allows landlords to issue mass eviction notices without consequences: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C0hRFBeMxRR/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

🌍 Jennifer Whitmore, the Social Democrats climate spokesperson, offered to pair with Minister Eamon Ryan for the no-confidence vote in Helen McEntee which allowed Ireland to have a continued presence at the COP28 summit. As their votes cancel each other out, this made no difference to the outcome of the motion: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C0cYdJus622/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

📍Skibbereen’s draft Town Centre First Regeneration Plan will be on display in the Town Hall on Wednesday December 13th. Register for the event here: https://form.jotform.com/233302961769361

🎅 There will be a Christmas Market and Santa experience on Sunday 17th December from 11am-4pm on New Street in Bantry.

🏆 A massive congratulations to Castlehaven who were crowned Munster Senior football champions yesterday after a sudden-death penalty shoot-out:

https://www.rte.ie/…/1421195-castlehaven-triumph-on…

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