Galway to receive €90,682 from the National Biodiversity Action Plan Local Authority Biodiversity Grant Scheme

Speaking today Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly said that she “welcomes the investment for biodiversity projects at local level”.   She went on to say “putting biodiversity to the top of the agenda is key for us in government. Well done to all volunteers for the work you have continued to…

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If Birds could vote would policies in Ireland have been different?

Green Party Senator Pauline O'Reilly speaking at today's Oireachtas Climate Committee examining biodiversity said she “sometimes wonders what different policies would have been put in place if birds could vote”. "When we look down the list of birds that have moved from Green to Amber, and Amber to Red on…

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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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I’m Tearing My Hair Out Over the Inequality in Our Healthcare Services

Speaking today in the Seanad Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly once again raised the issue of inequality within the healthcare system around the country. O’Reilly stated “I’m practically tearing my hair out, as I know Senator Chambers is as well, around the inequality in our healthcare services around the country. …

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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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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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