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Rent Allowance cuts “making families homeless”

Joan Burton’s cuts to rent allowance are making families homeless. Families who have been renting homes for years are now being given notice to quit by landlords because community welfare officers have told them they have to negotiate their rents down to a level the landlords won’t accept. Families also can’t find landlords who will accept rent allowance at all and are faced with being homeless. The councils are not building houses and so there are no social houses for these families. The only thing they can do is ring the council when they become …

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Abortion Rights in The “Age of Austerity”

Austerity is the robbing the poor to pay the debts of the rich. The role and position of women in the family and society means that they are especially vulnerable to the impact of attacks on social services and on the lower paid. Women are the primary carers for the young, the old and sick. 86% of childcare is carried out by women and 82% of care to the elderly. Cuts to social and educational services such as home help hours, respite care, special needs assistants in schools, reductions in public beds in nursing homes …

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X is Not Enough, Fight for Repeal Abortion Rights now

Savita Pro Choice Protest

For the first time ever, an Irish government has been forced to consider abortion legislation – a historic step – but under the severe restrictions of the Constitution. The legislation would Include abortion where a woman’s life is at immediate risk, but possibly narrowing the threat of suicide as grounds to only include women who can prove definite suicide intent. It will still possibly exclude women with fatal foetal conditions. It would definitely exclude victims of rape and incest and women with medical conditions whose health is endangered by pregnancy. The tragic Death of Savita …

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A breach of trust – children’s needs before profits

The nation watched in horror as the shocking truth about what happens behind closed doors at our privately owned crèches unfolded on Prime Time. Disturbing images of children being mistreated have enraged parents up and down the country, and all for some of the highest child care costs in Europe. Already burdened, Irish families fork out 29% of their family net income on childcare more than double the European average of 13%.  “A Breach of Trust” exposed the extreme failure by the state to regulate and inspect the ran for profit child care system that …

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