Tag Archives: Social Democrats

Taoiseach Micheál Martin at the  Respond social housing development in Balgriffin, Dublin 13 yesterday; New Build activity in the second quarter of 2020

This afternoon

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien has published the Q2 2020 Social Housing Construction Status Report, outlining the delivery of social housing across the country.

It states that, at the end of the second quarter of 2020, fewer than a thousand homes were delivered under ‘New Build activity’.

Social Democrats Housing Spokesperson and Dublin Bay North TD, Cian O’Callaghan, said:

“The Government set a target to build 7,736 social homes in 2020. In the first half of the year, they reached less than 10% of that target, building just 725.

“This is a shocking level of under-delivery. Needless to say, Covid-19 has had a significant impact, but this is the third year in a row that the Government has missed its own target for building new social homes.

“We cannot allow this to continue. Thousands of people in this State are homeless. This housing crisis will only end if the Government builds new homes.”

Minister O’Brien Publishes Social Housing Construction Status Report for Q2 2020 (Rebuilding Ireland)


From left: Social Democrats co-leaders Roisin Shortall with Catherine Murphy, Jennifer Whitmore TD and Holly Cairns TD this morning

This morning/afternoon.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

The launch of a Social Democrats Private Members’ Bill which will be brought to the Dáil tomorrow to ‘eliminate consistent child poverty’ by 2025.

Jennifer Whitmore TD, the party’s spokesperson for Children, said:

“Our motion calls on the Government to firmly state that they will eliminate consistent child poverty over the next five years and asks that they make that commitment in law to the children of Ireland. With political will, this can be achieved during the lifetime of this Dáil.

“We want the Government to legislate for this ambitious target, and establish a cross-departmental Child Poverty Unit, headed by the Department of the Taoiseach.

“The statistics are stark. One in five children under the age of 18 – that’s over 200,000 – are living in poverty in Ireland today. Of these, more than 90,000 children are living in consistent poverty.

“All previous Government targets to reduce child poverty have failed time and time again. These targets are meaningless unless there is a coherent, comprehensive and properly resourced approach, matched with the ambition to deliver.”

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Go shawties.

This morning/afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Social Democrats co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shorthall celebrate their party’s 5th birthday outside Leinster House.

Deputies Murphy and Shorthall, along with Stephen Donnelly, now Fianna Fáil Minister for Health, launched the party on July 15, 2015 proposing a Nordic model of social democracy,

Which means their birthday cake is also technically ours if we can prove we are peckish and lack the means for treats.


Previously: ‘We Are The Soc Dems”

Pic by Aaron

From top: The East End Hotel Direct Provision centre in Portalington, County Laois;  Direct Provision payments from 2016-1019; Social Democrat TD Catherine Murphy in the Dáil on May 26

Last night.

In the Dáil.

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy raised comments earlier made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar about direct provision when he twice said that some direct provision accommodation is “substandard” and “that needs to change”.

Ms Murphy was addressing the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan when she said:

“I want to raise the issue of direct provision with the Minister. I listened to the Taoiseach this afternoon when he described some direct provision centres as being substandard. Will the Minister give us an indication of how many of those locations he regards as being substandard?

“I share the views that many members of this House make about the system needing to be dispensed with and a more humane system being put in place. In the meantime, things can be done immediately.

Will the Minister address the issue of how many direct provision centres would be deemed to be substandard? Where are those centres located? Would Miltown Malbay be included as one of those centres? I suspect that it is.”

Unfortunately, in his response, Mr Flanagan did not answer Ms Murphy’s questions about direct provision.

Monday: Direct Debit

Transcript via Oireachtas.ie

From top: The COVID-19 testing facility on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay on the Liffey in Dublin city centre, Róisín Shortall co-leader of the Social Democrats

This afternoon.

Following the closure of some testing centres, Róisín Shortall, of the Social Democrats, has called on Government to ‘provide an explanation’.

Ms Shorthall said:

“The public deserves clear answers about the reason we are not operating at full testing capacity. The national strategy to combat Covid-19 is test and trace, but some testing centres were closed over the weekend.

For example, the test centre in Tallaght was closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday and is only working a half day today. Others have been operating very restricted hours or not opening at all on some days.

Given that the infrastructure and staff are in place, and indeed many volunteers have been sent home, what is holding up the full-scale operation of test and trace?

Last week Ireland had a testing capacity of 60,000 and yet only 41,470 tests were carried out.

“The case definition remains very narrow and this is a cause of much frustration for GPs, many of whom believe a wider cohort of their patients need to be tested.

We’ve been told that not enough is known about the behaviour of the virus at community level, yet puzzlingly very little community testing is taking place.

The public has put in a huge effort to stay at home for many weeks now, but the success of their efforts and the country’s recovery is entirely dependent on the test and trace strategy.

“Why are we not using the full testing capacity when the national strategy is based on test and trace? The facts don’t add up, and the public deserves a clear answer from the Government.”


Previously: Without A Trace


This afternoon.

John L Gillen tweetz:

I made planters for my tomatoes from some of [Social Democrat] Gary Gannon posters from the European election.

In fairness.


Come a long way, in fairness.

This morning.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Freshly-elected Social Democrat TDs gather for a press and photo call.

More as we get it.

Pic by Aaron


From left: Jennifer Whitmore (Wicklow), Cian O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay North), Catherine Murphy (Kildare North), Róisín Shortall (Dublin North West), Gary Gannon (Dublin Central) and Holly Cairns (Cork South West).

Have you noticed.

They look strangely human.




Social Democrat Jennifer Whitmore has taken the second seat in five seat Wicklow.

More as we get it.



Social Democrat Cian O’Callaghan wins the third and final seat in Dublin Bay North.



From top: Gary Gannon (Dublin North West), Holly Cairns (Cork South West), Róisín Shortall (Dublin North West) and Catherine Murphy (Kildare North) with Clem Ryan of KFM

This afternoon.

Social Democrat Gary Gannon has beaten off a challenge from Christy Burke to take the last seat in Dublin Central.

It gives the Social Democrats six seats with Mr Gannon joining Holly Cairns (Cork South West), Cian O’Callaghan (Dublin Bay North), Jennifer Whitmore (Wicklow) and co-leaders Catherine Murphy (Kidare North) and Roisin Shortall (Dublin North West).

Bigger than Labour?



From top Couple Holly Cairns, Social Democrat, and Christoper O’Sullivan, Fianna Fáil, were both elected in Cork South-West

This morning

At the start of the campaign, Holly Cairns said running against her boyfriend was like being in a bad rom-com movie, but at nearly 4am today it had a fairytale ending.

Social Democrat Cairns and her partner Christopher O’Sullivan (FF) were both elected amid incredible scenes in the Clonakilty count centre.

Fine Gael was left without a seat in the constituency, unheard of around these parts….

Cork South West result: Fairytale ending for the couple who ran against each other … both are elected (Cork Evening Echo)

This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Social Democrats co-leaders Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shorthall speaking to the media outside Leinster House on the second last day of the canvass before polls open in General Election 2020. The party is pitching itself as a ‘genuine alternative’ .


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