Solidarity/People Before Profit launch their housing policy for General Election 2020 outside the De La Salle school site with middle pic above from left: Solidarity PBP candidate for Dublin North West Conor Reddy, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, Brid Smith TD and councillors Hazel De Nortuin and Tina McVeigh.
Increase the supply of social and affordable housing through an extra €2.3 billion in Budget 2019;
Increase the contribution of private builders from 10-20% of their developments – and 30% in strategic areas;
Make it illegal to evict people into homelessness and;
Hold a referendum to enshrine the right to housing in the constitution.
Great news! Solidarity’s Objective Sex Education Bill has been passed at the first stage vote. It will now go on to be debated at Committee stage. Thanks to everyone who contacted their TDs to support it. #SexEdBillpic.twitter.com/nEHLB7K1Xv
The launch of Solidarity’s Equal Participation in Schools Bill – to be be debated in the Dáil tomorrow evening – which would abolish the ‘Baptism Barrier’ and usher in a pluralistic curriculum.
A quarter of of parents baptise their children for the sole reason of beating a system that favours children born to Catholic parents. And problems exist once inside the classroom.
Ms Coppinger said:
“Currently, it’s practically impossible to truly opt-out of religion in schools; many schools have an ‘integrated curriculum’ with religion being mixed into other subjects. Religion should be on an opt-in basis, not out-out. Make the curriculum objective and pluralistic. There is a legal obligation on the Department to respect religious views when setting the National Curriculum. This means no proper sex education dealing with issues for LGBTQ.”
Above from left Megan Brady, secondary school student and LGBTQ rights campaigner, Sarah Lennon, chair of Education Equality, Ruth Coppinger, Solidarity TD, Roopesh Panicker, a Hindu parent whose daughter was denied admission to local primary schools, Richard Boyd Barrett , People Before Profit TD.,
From left: Sinead Kennedy, Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Rita Harrold, ROSA,TDs Ruth Coppinger, Brid Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett and Dr Peadar O’Grady, founding member of Doctors for Choice
Buswells Hotel Dublin 2
A Solidarity/People Before Profit press conference to urge immediate government action on the recommendations from the Citizen’s Assembly on abortion in Ireland.
The pro-choice coalition Dáil grouping want a referendum held before the fifth anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died in University Hospital Galway on October 28, 2012.
Ms Coppinger said:
“The Dáil didn’t want to abolish water charges . . . but they were made to do it by public opinion and pressure. The Repeal movement is burgeoning, it’s growing…The Dáil is a conservative bastion, light years behind where most people’s views are.”