Senator Mullen continues to ignore the vote of the Irish people on abortion

Speaking in the Seanad today Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said “I’m kind of stunned that Senator Mullen is continuing to say that we have to have a conversation that is fifty fifty.  Actually, the Irish people have already voted on this issue and we have abortion in this country,…

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16 Year Olds Should Get the Vote Just Like Wales

Speaking in the Seanad today Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly “that for the first time sixteen year olds in Wales got the opportunity to vote this week, and again something that we in the Green Party have been looking at and calling for for a long time.  O’Reilly went on…

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No Reason not to Allow Partners into Maternity Hospitals

Speaking today at Order of Business in the Seanad Senator O’Reilly stated that “I’m particularly frustrated at that postcode lottery … the fact that in Galway partners are allowed in for one hour a day, once the baby is born.  In the rest of the North West there is no visiting…

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Galway Success Bounce Back is Something That Could be Replicated Across the Country, Oireachtas Committee Hears

On Tuesday the Joint Committee on Key issues affecting the Traveller Community met to discuss the findings of the report: Travellers in the mainsteam Labour Market: Situation, Experience and Identity. The Committee heard from Galway success Bounce Back Recycling who employ twelve Travellers, have recycled 50,000 mattresses at their waste…

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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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Biodiversity Officers Needed for Every Council Climate Committee Hears Today

The importance of getting the work done on biodiversity at local level was raised by Senator Pauline O’Reilly today at the Joint Committee for Climate Action.  O’Reilly introduced the prospect of having biodiversity officers on every council across the country to “help bring the public onboard but also ensure that…

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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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Maternal healthcare is also reopening, but it is a postcode lottery

Senator Pauline O'Reilly said today in the Seanad that the reopening of business gives hope to so many. Maternal health services have been announcing reopening of services over the last week too. She pointed out that while partners in University Hospital Galway could now visit for one hour per day,…

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Moving industry to the West and North West can help the energy grid

Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly today raised job and business opportunities for Galway and the West with the increased investment in wind energy. The potential was explored at the Climate Action Committee in the Oireachtas today. Senator O’Reilly is part of a committee of 15 TDs and Senators  “that is…

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Sex education raised by Senator Pauline O’Reilly in the Seanad

Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly “This weekend the Citizen’s Assembly has recommended the recognition of all family types, not only those based on a man and a woman. It is therefore important that the our education system does the same when it comes to education on relationships and sex”. She…

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