Weekly Update – 13th November

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13th November 2023

(📸 Isobel, the Social Democrats local election candidate for Skibbereen – Clonakilty)


📢 On Wednesday, the Social Democrats will put forward a Dáil motion to sanction Israel over its actions in Gaza: https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/social-democrats-motion…/

🌍 The EU’s trade deal with Israel should be suspended until Israel complies with international law. The trade agreement allows either side to unilaterally suspend the agreement in response to serious breaches of human rights: https://youtu.be/oYpq504vfxk?si=4oTQu9YbsKwe9nKd

🤐 We need urgent reform of our defamation laws. Powerful individuals are exploiting the current system to muzzle their critics and silence public interest journalism: https://youtu.be/hWU9iFWpFjw?si=YNqLeKEgu2-tUbmw

🌍 On Tuesday I met with Ambassadors and diplomatic representatives from Palestine, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and The UAE to discuss the horrific situation in Gaza: https://www.instagram.com/p/CzWtyyssGKx/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

📰 I wrote an Op Ed for the Journal.ie speaking about the need for Ireland to take meaningful action in response to Israel’s war crimes in Gaza: https://www.thejournal.ie/readme/gaza-bomb-6219764-Nov2023/

🏡 Cian O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Housing how he plans to tackle record numbers of child homelessness. Instead of answering, the Minister walked out of the chamber while his junior minister read a pre-prepared script: https://x.com/OCallaghanCian/status/1722674157891067938?s=20

🙌 I’d like to sincerely thank Cllr Ross O Connell for all his hard work as the Social Democrats Councillor for Bantry over the last number of years. Ross has announced he will be stepping down in the New Year, and the selection process for a new Social Democrats Councillor in Bantry has been opened.

🥳 Isobel Towse has been selected as the Social Democrats candidate for Skibbereen – West Cork in next June’s local elections. I was delighted to attend Isobel’s selection convention on Sherkin Island: https://www.instagram.com/p/Czg1byxsHOH/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

🔵 The Government has spent €1.5m on an ad campaign promoting disability rights – all while the State continues to deny disabled people those very rights: https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/government-squanders-e1…/

🟡 I asked the Minister for an update on the excavation and exhumation of the mother and baby institution site in Tuam: https://www.oireachtas.ie/…/question/2023-11-07/1051/…

🌳Cork County Council have published their draft Climate Action Plan 2024-2029. A public information webinar will be held on the 17th Nov at 1pm. Register at the link: https://t.co/TaVG8NrQdE

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