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This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Debenhams workers outside the Dáil calling on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to intervene in their redundancy payment dispute and convene talks involving the government, Debenhams shop stewards, Mandate and the store’s liquidator KPMG. They also called on the public to boycott Debenhams online store.

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There you go.

More as he gets it.

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This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

From top: Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan; Fianna Fail TD Mary Butler; Soc Dem co-leader; Roisin Shorthall; Fianna Fáil TDs Thomas Byrne and Jim O’Callaghan; Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly; Independent Mattie McGrath; Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis and John Halligan.

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Earlier: Question Time

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Scenes from the first socially distant day back at the Dáil with From top: Social Democrats Anne Marie McNally (left) and Catherine Murphy; People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett; Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly; Independent Michael Lowry and Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin.

Earlier: He Technically Isn’t Accountable To It

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This evening.

At 6pm.

To mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland will host a candlelit vigil outside Leinster House. The group writes:

Together we will honour those who have suffered violence and lost their lives due to the dehumanising stigma and marginalisation created by criminal laws.

This year the extent to which our laws both actively harm sex workers and fail to protect us have come into sharp focus. Two workers have been prosecuted and sentenced to jail for the crime of working together for safety. One of these workers is pregnant.

We now know that violent crime against sex workers has increased by 92% since the law came into effect in 2017. Less than 1% of sex workers would report crime against them to the police. Recent spates of attacks and robberies on sex workers show that the law is failing to protect us.

Every sex worker we speak to wants to work with another worker for safety. Our so-called brothel-keeping laws prevent us from keeping ourselves safe.

This is the final IDEVASW before our law is reviewed in 2020. We must be listened to as the experts in living and working under this law.

Candlelight Vigil: End Violence Against Sex Workers (Facebook)

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On Saturday, December 14.

Outside Leinster House, between 1pm and 4pm.

A Rally for Peace On Earth, Against The Politics of Hate will be held. To wit:

In this season of peace and joy, we – faith groups, trade unions, community groups, ordinary working women and men, children, families – are coming together on Saturday December 14, to sing and eat mince-pies in the spirit of the festive season, and to stand up for an Ireland where everyone feels safe and welcome, where we don’t give airtime to those who seek to divide us and where we can benefit from the richness that all cultures, and all people bring to this island we are proud of.

Rally for Peace on Earth – Against the Politics of Hatred (Facebook)

Alternatively:

Yellow Vest Ireland writes:

Non-partisan rally to take place on Saturday 14th December outside Leinster House on Kildare street. 1pm

All parties and all people welcome. Fight Charlie Flanagan and Fine Gael’s attempt to control what we can and cannot say. No pretext is justifiable to limit speech, “hate speech” or otherwise.

Freedom of expression

You have a right to freely express your convictions and opinions (Article 40.6.1.i). However, the Constitution asserts that the State should try to make sure that the radio, the press and the cinema are not used to undermine public order or morality or the authority of the State. It also states that it is an offence to publish or utter blasphemous, seditious or indecent matter.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has said he would like to see new legislation on freedom of speech introduced next year.

A public consultation has been launched to update Ireland’s law regulating hate speech.

The consultation phase will run to 13 December, while a second phase dealing with hate crime will be published in the new year.

Mr Flanagan said it is important that our legislation in this area is fit for purpose.

There have been about 50 prosecutions under the existing hate speech legislation in the 30 years it has existed, with a handful of convictions.

The fear is the government will introduce hard-line legislation to prosecute political decent to the FG/FF governments that have caused such calamity across Irish society

Protect Free Speech Rally (Facebook events)