Alan Kellyon a visit to Gardiner Street, Dublin today
Further to Anne Ferris’ expulsion from the Labour party…
“The Labour Party is a very united party, we’re very clear on what we have achieved and very clear on why we’re going into the future, and as deputy leader, I will drive that.
I spoke to Anne. Obviously it’s a very sensitive issue, and it’s an issue that Anne felt very strongly on, but we’ll be speaking to Anne into the future. I mean, this is a unique issue, a very sensitive issue.
But constitutionally, I can’t stand here and vote for something that I know to be unconstitutional. In fact, it would be against the constitution to do that.”
“I’m used to those comments from him [Homeless activist Peter McVerry about progress on the number of beds available]. I haven’t heard him say one thing positive yet in relation to anything. Which is unfortunate because many members of his staff who work with us would have contrary views or express contrary views. I’d rather if people were more constructive...”
“I feel bad having voted against my own party and the government on this but it’s an issue very close to my heart and I could not but have supported Clare Daly’s bill [allowing abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormalities].
“We are forcing people to go to England to have terminations of a much wanted and much loved baby. I think that is really, really wrong. That service should be available in this country.
I wanted to vote for the bill to go to the next stage, which is only committee stage so that the medical experts, the legal experts can come in and have a look at it and go through it line by line.
“If we were told after that definitively it is unconstitutional, then we wouldn’t have been able to vote for it. But I am not sure it is unconstitutional.”
Wicklow TD Anne Ferris after her expulsion from the Labour Party for opposing the party whip.
The Facebook page “I bet this brick can get more likes than the Labour Party” was only created 17 hours ago, but it is already nearly half way to achieving it’s goal. Only a matter of time to when we’re ruled by the brick instead of the planks we’ve already got.
Former Clare County Councillor Pascal Fitzgerald was made a director [of the Irish Aviation Authority] at the beginning of August. Directors on the board of the Irish Aviation Authority are paid up to €13,000 a year
…Mr Fitzgerald, who is a publican, served as a councillor for ten years before he lost his seat in the Shannon area last May. He could not be contacted for comment.
The Department of Transport said the IAA carries out “a range of operational and regulatory functions and services relating to the safety and technical aspects of civil aviation.”
Over 9,000 families are to lose their One-Parent Family Payment from today.
The change is dependent on the age of the claimant’s children, along with when the payment began…
By this time next year, almost 60,000 families will have lost the One-Parent Family Payment. “What it actually means for the nearly 60,000 families that are going to be moved off next year is that a lot of them are going to be down money, and they are already extraordinarily poor families, who are finding it difficult to make ends meet”, said Karen Kiernan, chief executive of One Family…