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Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme: 33 grants for artists and creative arts workers in Waterford

Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme: 33 grants for artists and creative arts workers in Waterford

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh has welcomed the announcement that 33 grants for artists and creative arts workers have been awarded in Waterford through the once-in-a-generation Basic Income for the Arts Pilot Scheme. The pilot scheme will see 2,000 artists nationwide receive a basic income of €325 per week over 3 years…

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Green Party TD welcomes AIB decision to reverse move on Cashless Branches

Green Party TD welcomes AIB decision to reverse move on Cashless Branches

Green Party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has welcomed the announcement that AIB is to reverse its decision to move to cashless branches at 70 locations across the country. The decision, which was set to have impacted services in Ardkeen, Lismore and Tramore, will not now go ahead after significant public and political pressure…

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Plans to Improve Rural Transport across Co. Waterford Gathers Pace

Plans to Improve Rural Transport across Co. Waterford Gathers Pace

The plan to increase and improve rural transport, a key Green Party led commitment in the Programme for Government, took another important step forward this week with the publication of the 2022 Implementation Schedule for the Connecting Ireland Rural Mobility Plan, which includes proposals for new bus routes across Co. Waterford. It signals the first…

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Famine in the Horn of Africa: Dáil Statement on Post EU Council Meeting.

Famine in the Horn of Africa: Dáil Statement on Post EU Council Meeting.

Full Transcript:I thank the Taoiseach for his comprehensive update on what was discussed at the European Council. None of us is surprised that the Russian aggression in Ukraine and the resulting outcomes dominated much of the meeting. It is striking to hear the language used and reiterated by the Taoiseach in describing some of the…

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Dáil Contribution on LGBTI+ Equality

Dáil Contribution on LGBTI+ Equality

Full Transcript: I start this contribution by saying that I fully agree with the points raised by Deputy Ó Ríordáin on the need to tackle this issue within our schools and in respect of employment equality. I have known teaching colleagues during my career who have not felt that that they could be open about…

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Well-being Indicator for Language and Culture

Well-being Indicator for Language and Culture

Full Transcript:Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh: The second report on Ireland’s well-being framework was published at the beginning of this month. It mirrors very closely the OECD Better Life Index, which is excellent in many respects but largely silent on questions of language and culture. Does the Minister see a role for a specific dimension within…

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Foreign Affairs Committee: Global Food Crisis

Foreign Affairs Committee: Global Food Crisis

I contributed on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence during their engagement with representatives from Dóchas to discuss their pre-budget submission and the Global Food Crisis with a particular focus on the Horn of Africa and West Africa. Full Transcript will be available here for the 21st June 2022 session:https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/committees/33/foreign-affairs-and-defence/

Statements on Further Education

Statements on Further Education

A document on well-being measures is progressing through the Cabinet. It is based closely on the OECD Better Life Index. One of the factors measured is education. One of the other things measured in the OECD framework is the idea of different forms of capital and of human capital being one of them. Investing in…

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