Weekly Update – 20th November

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20th November 2023

🗣️ Last week, we called on the government to call for the suspension of EU trade with Israel, remove the diplomatic status of the ambassador, implement the Occupied Territories Bill, and refer Israel to the International Criminal Court: https://youtu.be/TCphfDtUZLo

❌ Unfortunately the government parties and some Independent TDs voted the Social Democrats motion down. You can access the vote breakdown here: https://www.oireachtas.ie/…/vote/dail/33/2023-11-15/150/

📺 “Ireland is punching above its weight because the bar is so low. It’s unconscionable that the likes of the US, the UK and the EU can’t even call for a ceasefire in Gaza.” Gary Gannon spoke to Al Jazeera last week about our motion to sanction Israel: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CztYtWEha1Q/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

📢 Last Wednesday’s vote was disappointing, but the government can still choose to act. We need to keep up the pressure. Please show your support at local protests this weekend: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CztJ2d5NKJx/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==

🏡 Sex for rent practices must be banned. When Cian O’Callaghan introduced a bill to that effect, the government promised to address the issue urgently. 20 months later, there isn’t even a timeframe to do so and renters remain vulnerable to predatory landlords: https://youtu.be/YHdyUDYcJDg

🔵 The Government’s proposal to tie access to disability payments to employment is disgraceful. The proposal is open to public consultation until 15th Dec. You can make a submission here: https://www.gov.ie/…/3b001-green-paper-on-disability…/

🪼 A new documentary about the Bantry Bay – Protect Our Native Kelp Forest campaign is now online. Watch it here: https://www.irelandwildlifefilmfestival.com/forest

🚲 Work on the Cork-Kinsale Greenway is underway. This will be an incredible resource for cyclists and pedestrians https://www.independent.ie/…/cork-to…/a753089446.html

🎄 Bantry will be turning on the Christmas lights this Friday at 6.30pm with live music from the Curious Keys Music School

👩‍💻 The Social Democrats have a new website! Check it out: www.socialdemocrats.ie
Interested in becoming a member? Join here: https://www.socialdemocrats.ie/join/

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