Green Party Bring in Gender Pay Gap Information Bill 2021

With the Gender Pay Gap Information Bill the Government is ensuring that companies will need to address the pay gap between men and women.  In Ireland many low paid workers are women and can earn 14% less than men. Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly welcomed the Bill which was brought…

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Government must now prioritise investment in family life over cars

Senator Pauline O’Reilly has today called for Government to make a significant and meaningful shift in focus to prioritise investment in family life over cars. This is on the back of today’s (June 3rd) publication of the ‘Report on Reducing Emissions in the Transport Sector by 51% by 2030’ from…

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€17.3m package to help Ireland’s road network become more climate resilient

Galway is to receive €1.2m of a €17.3m climate adaptation investment programme for regional and local roads. Speaking about the investment programme announcement Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said that she “welcomes the investment in our local roads network.  Making our roads safer for users is paramount”  She went on…

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Why are Local Authorities Not Spending Funding Allocated?

Speaking in the Seanad today Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly raised the matter of local authorities failure to spend funds allocated to them by government. O’Reilly stated “I would like to see that we invest more in outdoor recreation facilities for young people - older young people.  I was in…

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Galway to Benefit from the Summer of Play initiative with €6m in funding for outdoor play

Galway to benefit from the €6million in funding for outdoor play as announced by Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., today. Speaking about the fund, Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said, “I am delighted that funding will be allocated for a ‘We-go-swing’ for Salthill Playground,…

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A Little Less Conversation a Little More Action!

Speaking in the Seanad today on the Affordable Housing Bill 2021 Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said that she welcomed the Bill as it includes all of the elements that NESC has been flagging such as “cost rental, beefing up the LDA so that it can really deliver for us,…

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Menopause: The Conversation Continues within the Seanad

The menopause was once again raised in the Seanad today.  Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly stated that “since I spoke about this issue last Tuesday, little did I know that this issue was going to dominate the airwaves for almost another week”. O’Reilly stated “I think that is really welcome,…

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Menopause, from the Joe Duffy Show to the Seanad

Speaking today in the Seanad Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly called for better understanding of the menopause and for more open discussions on the subject within the Seanad. O’Reilly stated “I often stand up here and speak about breastfeeding, about periods about different stages of women’s lives …. There’s a…

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Some Children have Thrived in Lockdown Due to Being Spared a Level of Persecution Through Bullying in School, Education Committee Hears.

Speaking from her own experience as former chair of the Home Education Network Ireland and a homeschooling mother Senator Pauline O’Reilly noted that at least half of students who left school to be home educated left due to extreme bullying and other traumatic experiences.  O’Reilly went on to ask how…

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Green Party launches roadmap for improved maternal care in post-Covid Ireland

The Green Party has today (May 4th) launched a roadmap for maternal care, calling for urgent action to address the shortfall in services and supports for pregnant women and new mothers. As the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic and the enormous impact it has had on our health services,…

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