Tag Archives: People Before Profit

THis morning.

PBP-Solidarity TDs Mick Barry (top right) and Paul Murphy on the plinth discussing the group’s Private Members Motion on the Minimum Wage, Carbon Tax, and the cost of living.


…..Catherine Murphy, Social Democrats co-leader, said:

“Core social welfare rates – which were only increased by a paltry €5 in January – should be increased by a further €5. We know pensioners are among those most impacted by high energy costs. A €5 increase to the pension, which had not been increased for two years, was never going to be enough. The minimum wage must also be increased to factor in record levels of inflation.

“The fuel allowance should be extended beyond March and must also be paid to low income earners in receipt of the Working Family Payment. Currently, they are ineligible for this payment. The Exceptional Needs Fund should be doubled, and restrictions loosened, so that families at risk of fuel poverty can be assisted.

“A €300 refundable tax credit, for those earning below €50,000, should also be introduced. This would target support to those low and middle income earners who desperately need it. As it stands, the government is about to spend more than €6 million on electricity credits for holiday homes. This is not a good use of State resources.”

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews

This afternoon.

Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2.

Zero covid enthusiastic People Before Profit TDs, including  Bríd Smith (top), at a press conference on her party’s Ventilation Bill which will be debated in the Dáil at second stage this week.

The bill seeks to guarantee a certain standard of ventilation in workplaces ‘to help stop the spread of coronavirus’ and ensure every employee the right to request an inspection of their workplace by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) to verify sufficient levels of fresh air.


This morning.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

People Before Profit TDs Richard Boyd Barret and Paul Murphy hold a press briefing on the planned re-opening of pubs to the vaxxed. The pair have called for a ‘Zero Covid ‘strategy of further, more severe lockdowns and the closure of pubs and restaurants.

Via Irish Times:

The Government’s decision to reopen indoor hospitality in bars and restaurants for people who are vaccinated or who have recent immunity has been described as a “reckless mistake” by an Opposition TD. People Before Profit TD Paul Murphy said the Government was “rushing” into the move, which he said was being made at “the behest” of a private business lobby.
The impact of the decision would come at a cost to public health, he told RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland.

Reopening indoor hospitality now a ‘reckless mistake’, Paul Murphy says (Irish Times)



Mr Murphy following his first Covid jab.

Soon he will be free.

Paul Murphy TD (Facebook)

This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

People Before Profit TDs Brid Murphy (above left) and Richard Boyd Barret (above centre) hold a demonstration with elderly activists outside Leinster House calling for all TDs to support their party’s Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill.

This bill would give retired workers and their associations the right to go to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) ‘when their occupational scheme has been affected, regardless of the length of time the workers concerned have been retired from their workplace’.

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Or do you?

Haven’t a clue, I’m afraid.

This morning.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

People Before Profit candidate for the Dublin Bay South by election Brigid Purcell and Richard Boyd Barrett TD on the ‘hustings’ oputside Leinster Houser. The by-election takes place on Thursday, July 8.

Sam Boal/RollingNews

This afternoon.

Rathmines, Dublin 6.

A poster for People Before Profit candidate Brigid Purcell in the upcoming Dublin Bay South by-Election announced for Thursday, July 8

The Dáil had earlier moved the writ confirming the date of the election triggered when Fine Gael TD Eoghan Murphy resigned as a TD in April.



This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Labour candidate Ivana Bacik brings her posters to Leinster House…

…as does Social Democrats candidate Sarah Durcan (above).


This afternoon.

Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2.

Fine Gael Councillor and Dublin Bay South bye-election candidate, James Geoghegan (centre), with Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, TD, and Dublin MEP Frances Fitzgerald, take part in a media ‘doorstep’.

Dublin Bay South by-election confirmed for 8 July (RTÉ)



This morning/afternoon

Zero Covid enthusiasts People Before Profit make a u-turn ahead of a debate this evening on whether the covid Emergency powers are to be extended until November, with the possibility of a three-month extension until February next year.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said last month the November date was informed by ‘public health advice’ and “may well be required into late autumn or early winter”.



This morning.

More as we get it.

‘End the exploitation’ – Student nurses’ pay petition gets 20,000 signatures (BreakingNews)

Last night.

Voting in the Dáil chamber at the Convention centre on a People Before Profit motion calling for pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) to be restored to its previous rate of €350

People currently receive between €203 and €300 a week if they lost their job as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Yesterday: Comply Or The PUP Gets It