Co-leaders of the Social Democrats Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy
Politicians are returning to the Dáil after the summer break with Leaders’ Questions set to begin at 2pm.
Meanwhile, on the plinth…
Watch Dáil proceedings live from 2pm here
Pic: Gavan Reilly
The Boiler House, Ballymun Road., Ballymun, Dublin 9.
The Social Democrats’ pre-Dáil Think-In at the Rediscovery Centre with, above, from left Catherine Murphy TD, Cllr Nuala Killeen (Leixlip) and Róisín Shortall TD.
More as they think it.
Soc Dems: Gov needs to ensure ordinary people don’t pay price of Brexit (Irish Examiner)
Gresham Hotel, Dublin 1
Scenes from the third Social Democrats National Conference.
In a joint statement, co leaders Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shorthall said:
“People are increasingly asking the question – where is Fine Gael taking us and is it really where we want to go?
We had many doorstep conversations at last months’ local elections about overspends on the Children’s Hospital and the National Broadband plan and people were dismayed at the laissez-faire attitude of Fine Gael to such colossal cost overruns while basic services are starved of critical investment.
People are seeing, more clearly than ever, the disparity between the politics of privilege and the lives of ordinary working people. The flathúleach approach of the spin-perfect glossy privilege of Fine Gael is at odds with the daily lives of those working to stand still.
Fine Gael pay lip-service to a so-called squeezed middle but they never put any squeeze on those at the very top of the tree. And, for most people who are not at the top of that tree, the current government has failed.”
Fine Gael failing people who feel their ordinary aspirations are a pipe-dream (Social Democrats)
From top: Gary Gannon; The former Magdalene Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1
Dublin City Council Social Democrats led by Councillor Gary Gannon have secured agreement on the development of “a multipurpose site of conscience” at the former Magdalene Laundry on Seán McDermott Street.
Cllr Gannon said:
“During my last term as a City Councillor, Dublin City Council stopped the sale of the last surviving Magdalene Laundry in State ownership…
I am immensely proud to say that as part of the Dublin Agreement, which will be Council policy for the next five years, we have secured an agreement on the development of a multipurpose site of conscience…
Work has already begun in listening to the views of survivors, their families and women’s groups to develop plans for the site that recognise the social, cultural and personal history that it symbolises.
“This opportunity allows us to repurpose this building into a physical space where future generations can touch the walls and know that what occurred in these institutions were not exaggerated.”
Previously: Gary Gannon: The Last Laundry
Social Democrat European Election candidate and Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon
Tom Burke writes
Our promo (above) for Gary Gannon is having a little moment on Twitter and is already up to 50,000 hits. As you might remember it is a door by door remake of his election video from few years back….
Previously: The Gaz Doorstep Challenge
Richard Osman’s House Of Games contestant SocDem Dublin European Election candidate Gary Gannon’s bold posterage.
Figaro magnifico, in fairness.
Dublin City Councillor with Social Democrats Gary Gannon and journalist Philip O’Connor
Stockholm-based journalist Philip O’Connor, of the blog Our Man in Stockholm, will be contending the selection convention of the Dublin Social Democrats branch for a run at the European Elections this May.
Social Democrats Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon is also seeking a nomination to run in the European Elections for Dublin.
It follows reports in the Sunday Business Post on March 3, 2019, that it was understood Mr O’Connor was “in talks” with the party.
In the same newspaper, journalist Hugh O’Connell reported that Mr Gannon had threatened to quit the party if it decides to withdraw support from its local election candidate Ellie Kisyombe, following a report in the Sunday Times on February 17 concerning Ms Kisyombe’s background.
Mr Gannon told the newspaper:
“If Ellie is not a candidate for the Social Democrats, then neither will I be.”
Pics: Philip O’Connor and Gary Gannon
Previously: Deep Purple
From left: Róisín Shortall TD, Annmarie McNally, Catherine Murphy TD, Carly Bailey, of the Social Democrats during the abortion referendum; Ellie Kisyombe
Aaron Rogan, in The Times Ireland edition, reports:
The Social Democrat branch running the election campaign of Ellie Kisyombe, a Malawian asylum seeker, has restated its support for her in spite of continued controversy.
The Sunday Times has reported that the two most senior executives of the party resigned after a disagreement over plans to hold an internal review into Ms Kisyombe’s background. The paper had reported that she had given journalists inaccurate information.
Joe O’Connor, the party chairman, and Carly Bailey, vice-chairwoman, resigned after a meeting of the party’s national executive on Friday at which the decision to hold the review was taken.
The pair had disagreed with Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall, the party’s TDs and co-leaders, who favoured a review. Yesterday Chris Bond, who represents Dublin South West on the national executive, resigned.
Third Social Democrat quits over Ellie Kisyombe review (The Times Ireland edition)
Ellie Kisyombe will run as a Social Democrat candidate in Dublin’s North Inner City in the local elections on May 24 next for a seat in Dublin City Council.
The Social Democrats write:
“Ellie Kisyombe came to Ireland from Malawi in 2010 and has spent the last eight years living in Direct Provision. During this time she’s lived through and witnessed the uncaring conditions people in this country’s asylum system experience.
Following a volunteering position with the Irish Refugee Council, Ellie co-founded Our Table in 2015 as a response to the ban on asylum seekers cooking for themselves and in order to give an outlet to her passion for food and cooking.
Our Table is as a community-based, non-profit project designed to highlight the need to end direct provision in Ireland. The project operates pop-up cafés in Dublin and provides catering services in the rest of the country.
Creativity, activism and entrepreneurship have been the foundations of Ellie’s life in both Ireland and Malawi – lessons and talents she hopes to bring to Dublin City Council.”
Further to Ellie getting a huge amount of support on Twitter last night, Ellie tweeted this morning:
I want to take this opportunity in thanking all of you for your great love and support!! I am not sure which right words to use!! Am speechless ❤ ( The community spirit) That’s what is known to me from Irish people am proud to be here! Ireland is home for me!! (Zikomo Kwambili)
Related: Ellie Kisyombe to be first female asylum seeker up for election (Sean Pollock, The Times Ireland edition, December 18, 2018)
From top: Social Democrat co-leaders Catherine Murphy (left) and Roisin Shorthall at Leinster House this morning; Social Democrat motion on the National Broadband Plan
The Social Democrats have introduced a Dáil motion (above) – to be debated this evening – calling for a “Government commitment that any National Broadband Plan roll-out will prioritise affordability for homes and businesses in rural Ireland”.
Party co-leader Catherine Murphy TD said:
“People in rural Ireland are desperate for reliable and sustainable broadband but they will only be guaranteed such a service if we get the National Broadband plan contract award process right while we have this chance.
We have to ensure that the process of awarding the contract is totally beyond reproach. There is no point in going ahead with a process if, when the infrastructure is finally in place, an average household cannot afford to connect to the network.”
Deputy Murphy added:
“The problems we are now witnessing with the National Children’s Hospital for example are not the result of something that happened after the project began. They are the result of a laissez-faire approach to the original tendering and contract process.”
Previously: National Broadband Plan on Broadsheet