A potential leadership rival slapped down publicly as an “obedient employee”, claims the recovery is the party’s not the people’s, a baby narrowly avoiding a politicians’ puckered lips, and a vase broken in the very first shop entered marked Labour’s first day on the campaign trail.
Traveller groups have described the decision to accommodate the survivors of the Carrickmines tragedy in a carpark as a “sad indictment of our society” and said once again Travellers’ rights were second to the demands of the majority population.
Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has criticised people protesting against emergency accommodation for Traveller families caught up in the Carrickmines blaze, saying their views “remind me of Alabama in the 1950s”.
The head of the Government’s strategy to find jobs for people with disabilities has insisted the Coalition plan will create real jobs and not lead to a return to vulnerable people being “taken advantage of” by unscrupulous employers.
DESPITE a welcome shift in attitude on the refugee crisis at political level across Europe and in this country, it is demonstrably clear that Ireland is ill-prepared to cope with an influx of refugees from Middle East war zones and Africa seeking asylum here. Were it not for the compassion shown by German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has convinced Germany to take in as many as 800,000 Syrian refugees this year, it is doubtful other EU leaders would have budged.
ON THURSDAY evening, as he talked of “leadership” and how Ireland will accept “thousands [of migrants] over the coming months and years”, Environment Minister Alan Kelly was asked why it had taken a heartbreaking picture of a three-year-old boy lying dead on a beach for Government to act.
Boys of all ages who clearly identify themselves as being of a different gender than their actual sex should be allowed to enrol in girls’ schools, and vice versa, under changes to a new law being sought by children’s rights’ groups.
A group which says people can change their sexuality through counselling and “conversion therapy” is set to hold a public meeting on the same-sex marriage referendum today, after claiming the national debate is mired in political “bias”.
A Fine Gael councillor has been forced to apologise after tweeting his dismay at the demise of The Sun newspaper’s Page 3 feature with disparaging remarks about people who object to the use of topless models to sell newspapers.