Weekly Update – 29th January

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🇵🇸 On Wednesday the Social Democrats put forward a motion calling on Government to signal their intent to join South Africa in their case against Israel in the ICJ: https://youtu.be/9tRl0_lMp3s

🇵🇸 Unfortunately the Government once again chose inaction and voted against our motion. You can see the breakdown of votes here: https://www.oireachtas.ie/…/vote/dail/33/2024-01-24/21/

☕ Restaurants and Café’s across West Cork are struggling to keep their doors open. I appealed to the Taoiseach for increased supports for the hospitality sector: https://youtu.be/lDVcVcJ2xuw

📺 I was on Ireland AM Thursday about the need for Ireland to take action in every way we can in response to Israel’s annihilation of Gaza: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C2pqJBOMWUB/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

🏡 Figures released on Friday show that 3,962 children spent Christmas living in homeless emergency accommodation. This is 520 more than Dec 2022 and a shocking 49% increase since this Govt has taken office. This has to stop: https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/record-number-of-children…/

🚨🏘️ There are over 100,000 vacant homes around the country. The Government’s tax on vacancy is blatantly tokenistic. We need a tax with teeth to unlock the potential of these empty houses.

🙌 I was honoured to officially launch the Ballincollig Menopause Hub. The taboo around menopause and women’s health must end. Information and support must be readily and openly available to all: https://www.instagram.com/p/C2lA-xENiFI/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

👩🏽‍💻 Cllr Chris Heinhold attended a meeting this week to discuss the challenges facing remote workers in Beara. So much more needs to be done on broadband, housing, and childcare supports: https://www.instagram.com/p/C2m-lSUNY-N/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

🌍 Jennifer Whitmore, the Social Democrats spokesperson for Climate, raised the failures in the Government’s Biodiversity plan. Targets are vague and immediate action is limited. We are in the middle of a biodiversity crisis and the response from Government doesn’t go near far enough: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C2kHJeSsXdq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igsh=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

🚴‍♀️The public consultation for the Skibbereen section of the West Cork Greenway is now open. Contribute to the consultation here: https://wcgskibbereen.ie/public-consultation-1/

(📸 🚒 Alongside Ciarán McCarthy, the Social Democrats candidate for Cork City South West, I visited the Ballincollig Fire Station which has been sitting idle since 2021. It is essential that it be reopened and upgraded to a full time fire service.)

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