Month: March 2020

**Updated** Social Protection Provisions for Covid-19

**Updated** Social Protection Provisions for Covid-19

A great deal has changed in the two weeks since the first raft of #Covid-19 supports were introduced by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.  I travelled to Dublin last week to attend a briefing on these measures along with spokespeople from other parties. What’s clear is that these payments have been designed…

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Maiden Speech, Dáil Éireann

Maiden Speech, Dáil Éireann

March 19, 2020. Recently elected TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh made his maiden speech before a much reduced Dáil during last Thursday’s debate on emergency legislation to tackle the Covid-19 health crisis.  Only one third of elected TDs were allowed to enter the chamber in order to minimise the chance of transmission during the…

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Social Protection Payments, Covid-19

Social Protection Payments, Covid-19

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection have a range of new measures in place to help workers and businesses affected by #CoronaVirus #Covid-19. Firstly, they’ve simplified the form you need to fill in. However, don’t go to your local Intreo Office (or the Dole Office, in old money) – they’re asking people to…

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Exploratory Talks

Exploratory Talks

Just a quick update after a very productive and very intensive week. As has been widely reported in the media, the Green Party last week convened a series of in-depth exploratory talks with a number of other parties. To date, we have met with representatives from Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil, and will meet in…

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