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# Richard Boyd-Barrett

Last month
March 2023
# Dublin Airport
‘Sleeping at the wheel’: Minister Ryan comes under renewed criticism for drone disruptions
‘Once again he has been found to be sleeping at the wheel,’ claimed Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly.
This year
# heated debate
Mother and Baby Homes: 'Morally obnoxious' and 'callous' redress scheme passes Dáil vote
There were heated exchanges in the Dáil this evening as members of the opposition warned that the Government will face legal action.
# Housing Crisis
'The situation is getting worse and worse': PBP warn of homeless spike if eviction ban lapses
People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett called for the Government to support the eviction ban bill.
# Redress
'I was the child of a fallen woman': Boyd Barrett gives powerful speech in Mother & Baby debate
The TD said the mother and baby home system perpetrated “shocking, perverted, twisted stuff”.
Last year
# pre budget protest
Thousands march across Dublin in cost of living protest
The demonstration aims to heap pressure on the government ahead of the Budget on Tuesday.
# Cost of Living
People Before Profit call for 'radical measures' to tackle sky-high energy prices
TD Richard Boyd Barrett called for an energy price cap to be implemented by the Government.
# housing for all
'A total disaster': Varadkar criticised over comments saying Govt needs 'another go' at housing
Labour’s Rebecca Moynihan was critical of the Tánaiste, calling for him to ‘roll up his sleeves’ and deliver.
# heated debate
'You want to subsume PBP into Sinn Féin': Rent bill questioning leads to heated Dáil debate
The heated debate kicked off during Leaders Questions this afternoon.
# ukraine refugees
Minister confirms Aramark given refugee catering contract as process had to be 'short circuited'
Minister for Integration Roderic O’Gorman says Government hasn’t used the traditional procurement processes.
# Ukraine
People Before Profit TDs didn't clap Zelenskyy's speech in protest over sanctions
“We can’t applaud calls for more sanctions which are hurting ordinary Russians and only bolstering the Putin regime at home.”
# Neutrality
Government parties vote against bill calling for a referendum on Ireland's neutrality
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said Ireland’s neutrality has never stopped us participating in world events.
# Neutrality
Taoiseach floats idea of a Citizens’ Assembly on Ireland’s military neutrality
TD Richard Boyd Barrett said he was concerned about recent calls for greater cooperation with NATO.
# Inflation
'Government doesn't get it': Opposition parties say cost of living package won't go far enough
The rising cost of living is ‘hurting people in the pocket’, said Leo Varadkar.
All time
# Homelessness
Taoiseach tells councils that families shouldn't be evicted from homeless accommodation
Micheál Martin has urged local authorities to ‘use common sense’.
# fuel costs
Carbon tax increase should be deferred due to surging fuel costs, ex-minister says
Mayo TD Michael Ring said ‘we are facing into an uncertain winter’.
# student nurses
'She doesn't get paid for that': Dáil told of student nurse whose patient's toe 'came off in his sock'
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has been accused of gaslighting student nurses.
# Leaders' Questions
Mother and baby home report and government's response is a 'whitewash', says Boyd Barrett
The Taoiseach said he is concerned his statement yesterday is being presented in a certain light.
# Covid-19
Government voting against motion to pay student nurses described as 'betrayal'
The Solidarity-People Before Profit (PBP) motion was defeated by 77 votes to 72.
# Covid-19
Fifteen Dublin-based contact tracers unpaid for four weeks due to error
The contact tracers are set to be paid tomorrow.
# Dáil over the place
'I'm embarrassed to be a member of this chamber': Dáil business suspended twice on marathon final day
The late-night sitting saw business stopped twice and a minister vote against the government.
# apple tax
A major ruling is expected tomorrow in the €13 billion Apple tax row - but don't expect the saga to end there
Whoever loses is likely to appeal that decision to a higher EU court.
# community transmission
TD asks who is getting infected: 'Is it young people drinking cans on the canal or young people in Direct Provision?'
Richard Boyd Barrett raised the issue of concern being expressed about the number of Covid-19 cases among younger people.
# Leinster House
Dáil to sit on Thursday, but Labour TDs will stay at home to support the 'national effort'
Alan Kelly and Ged Nash will publish subtitled videos of their statements on social media.
# Coalition talks
'Discussion about the potential for a government of change': Mary Lou McDonald meets with Green Party and People Before Profit
She will meet with the Social Democrats tomorrow.
# the candidate podcast
The Candidate Podcast: Richard Boyd Barrett, Peadar Tóibín and Catherine Murphy answer your election questions
We put your questions to those looking for your votes.
# The candidate
What are your big election questions for Richard Boyd Barrett and Peadar Tóibín? It's YOUR chance to ask
We want to put your questions to all the party leaders before 8 February.
# Planet Before Profit
Free public transport and a 50% cut in national dairy herd pledged by Solidarity-People Before Profit
The party launched its climate action manifesto in Dublin today.
# Stardust fire
'Do the right thing. Finally lift the lid on this': Stardust activists urge end to delay on inquest decision
Families of the victims have urged the Attorney General to grant new inquests, but that decision has been delayed a number of times.
# Out of Order
'Shenanigans' - Dáil suspended twice after TDs row over fossil fuel Bill
People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett accused the government of ‘dancing to the tune of fossil fuel companies’.
# Parenting
Same-sex couples will be able to use ‘parent’ on birth certificates under new law
The changes will resolve a number of difficulties in the registration of donor assisted births.
# nowhere to go
'I don't want to spend Christmas in a hotel': Family facing homelessness over inability to find new home
‘Elaine’ told RTÉ that she has refused to leave her home despite being ordered to by 7 September.
# school closures
Whistleblowers alleged to have raised school building concerns to Department of Education in 2012
The Joint Committee on Education heard claims that industry officials met with former Minister Ruairi Quinn over the issue.
# no snaps
Taoiseach slaps down proposal to ban people taking photos of gardaí on duty
Leo Varadkar said he wanted to give assurances today that such a measure is not being considered by government.
# delayed discharges
Elderly people can't leave hospital due to council taking up to 18 months to fit walk-in showers and ramps
The Housing Department has also confirmed that the waiting list for home ramps is up to 10 months.
Dáil votes for Ireland to join Pesco EU military defence pact
The motion was passed by 75 votes to 42 and was supported by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
# European army
'We're being asked to sell out our neutrality': Government accused of trying to rush EU defence deal vote
Some argue Pesco is the first step towards an EU army.
# crisis
Dáil defeats Bill that would make housing a constitutional right
Dun Laoghaire TD Richard Boyd Barrett has called the government “shameful” for not supporting the Bill.
# Rulebook
Ireland needs to break EU rules in order to build more houses, says Solidarity-PBP
Richard Boyd Barrett said the government needs to declare Ireland’s housing crisis an emergency.
# st helen's court
'People realise it could be them': 4,400 sign petition to stop Dun Laoghaire eviction
The residents have written to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy about the issue.
# Homelessness
Transplant patient was homeless and living in his car on Killiney Hill before being hospitalised
James* says he has been homeless since he returned to Dublin from England last year.