14 | 10 | 2019
Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald highlights International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The East Derry MLA said: "February 11th marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science which promotes the achievement of full and equal access to, and participation in, science for women and girls, to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Despite efforts over recent years, the numbers of women participating and working in science, and in particular fields of science, remain much lower than men."

The Workers’ Party has welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling that the state’s ban on asylum seekers taking up employment is unconstitutional saying it now needed to be followed by immediate measures to not only allow asylum seekers to work but to fully recognise the United Nations Conventions on the Status of Refugees which prohibit the penalisation of refugees for illegal entry into a country when the purpose of their entry is to claim asylum.

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressedconcern at the warning from EU negotiator Michel Barnier that border checks are‘unavoidable’ as a result of the British government’s failure to agree progresson the transition arrangements following Brexit next March.

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that Special Designated Status for the North of Ireland within the European Union is a live project and that all Irish parties must be unite in pursuing it.

Carthy’s comments followed a news conference in which EU’s chief negotiator, on Brexit Michel Barnier, said that the EU will prepare a draft of the British withdrawal treaty that envisions the North of Ireland remaining in the customs union.

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has welcomed the decision of the European Parliament to form a new special committee to examine the Paradise Papers revelations.

Carthy, a member of the Panama Papers inquiry committee which presented its final report and recommendations in December, said the new special committee would provide MEPs the opportunity to continue their work examining financial crime, corporate tax avoidance and tax evasion within the EU and internationally.

The Workers’ Party have given a broad welcome to the commitment to holding a referendum on the 8th amendment issued by the Taoiseach on behalf of the cabinet last night (Monday). Speaking on behalf of the Workers’ Party, Cllr. Éilis Ryan (North Inner City) said:

“The announcement made by the Taoiseach is a credit to the tens of thousands of women and men who have never given up on this issue. In 1983, in 1992, in 2002 and ever since, politicians have not been allowed to forget the thousands of women each year forced out of their own country to access basic healthcare.

Meath Workers’ Party representative Seamus McDonagh has said that the collapse of the Carillion consortium not only poses a threat to the completion of schools in Kells, Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford but has left many workers without pay or assurances as to their future.

Kells based Mr. McDonagh said that the collapse of Carillion and its knock-on effect in Ireland has shockingly demonstrated the folly of so-called Public Private Partnerships.

The Workers’ Party has said increased penalties for those who do not take up certain work or training amounts to punishing those already in dire straits for the government’s failure to create jobs.

Workers’ Party Meath representative Seamus McDonagh said the proposed fines of up to €44 for jobseekers labelled as failing to engage with employment services amounts to taking food out of the mouths of people who through no fault of their own were unable to find meaningful work.

The Workers’ Party have said that the failure of the country’s local authorities to meet minimal construction targets belongs at the door of the government and of Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy in particular.

Cork Workers’ Party Councillor Ted Tynan said the minister could not expect local authorities to reach even these insignificant targets because he had not provided the funds to build the houses and the government has consistently refused to countenance a major fully funded public housing construction programme of the type required.

There have been calls for the government to reconsider its strategy of employing private developers to build social housing, in the wake of the collapse of Carillion construction company today (Monday).

Workers’ Party Cllr. Éilis Ryan called for the government to rule out the use of any Public-Private Partnership mechanisms in the ‘Housing Land Initiative’ in Dublin, saying:

“With the collapse of Carillion, Irish public services are yet again left in the lurch by a private, for-profit developer going belly up. This is far from the first time we have had this experience. Entire social housing developments have been delayed by over a decade now, because we chose to trust a private developer to build basic public infrastructure.

The Workers’ Party have called for fees for postgraduate teaching degrees to be scrapped as an urgent measure to address the collapse in numbers of applicants to train as teachers.

Cllr. Ryan said: “It is perfectly clear what has caused this collapse. The course fees and expenses to train to be a teacher doubled, and – in almost direct response – the numbers applying for and graduating from those courses collapsed.

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