Senator Catherine Ardagh condemns sale of non-performing loans worth €4 Billion Euro by TSB to vulture funds and calls on the Minister to address the Seanad in relation to it
Senator Catherine Ardagh highlights the difficulties Canal Way Educate Together NS in Basin Lane are facing and calls on the Minister for Education to intervene and accommodate them without delay
Senator Catherine Ardagh calls for a greater focus on women's health and encourages more people to take up the cervical cancer vaccine
Senator Catherine Ardagh addresses An Taoiseach in Seanad Éireann and raises lack of delivery on housing, health and justice
Senator Catherine Ardagh calls on the Minister for Health to attend the Seanad to explain how the primary care centre for Drimnagh fell away from "the funded plan"
- Locals worried for their safety -
Fianna Fáil Senator Catherine Ardagh has condemned the latest shooting in Dublin and has called on anyone who knows anything about last night’s incident to contact the Gardaí.
She made the appeal following a shooting outside the National Stadium on the South Circular road in which two men were injured.
“This latest incident has increased fear levels among locals. The rise in shootings and violent crime across the city is extremely worrying and people living in these areas, particularly older people, are concerned for their safety. The fact that innocent by-standers are being injured in these senseless attacks adds a worrying new dimension to this feud”, said Senator Ardagh.
“What happened last night must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. There was an event on in the National Stadium last night and this incident caused widespread panic in the area. The public nature of this callous attack could have seen more people injured.
“The perpetrators of this vicious and violent crime must be brought to justice and I am appealing to anyone who was in the area last night and saw anything that could help the investigation to come forward and talk to the Gardaí”.
Senator Catherine Ardagh calls on the Minister for Housing to attend the Seanad to address how local authorities can further assist those in receipt of the HAP and again calls on the government of implement a state wide house building programme
- Criticism of Department’s handling of Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme must be reviewed -
Fianna Fáil Seanad Group Leader, Senator Catherine Ardagh has said that the Department of Justice must fully act upon the recommendations outlined as part of Ombudsman Peter Tyndall’s investigation into the Department of Justices’ handling of the Magdalene Restorative Justice Scheme.
The investigation which recommends that the women who were denied redress as part of the scheme should have their applications reassessed with a view to approving them, took close to 12 months to complete. The findings were published last week as part of the investigative report entitled; Opportunity Lost.
The Senator, who is based in Crumlin, Dublin 12 was speaking in Seanad Éireann earlier today and said, “This redress scheme was put in place to compensate Irish women who were cruelly mistreated while resident in Magdalene Laundries.
“It is my view and the view of many others that Ombudsman Peter Tyndall’s report vindicates precisely what both survivors and campaigners have been saying regarding the failure and inadequacies of the current redress scheme.
"Serious administrative irregularities within the Department of Justice including narrow terms of reference and inconsistent criteria led many applicants being denied access to the redress scheme despite their eligibility.
"Quite alarmingly there was blanket refusal to include those who were once resident in any of the institutions listed under the Residential Institutions Redress Board in the scheme. This was appropriately found to be manifestly unfair.
"The report also reveals that the Department relied heavily on the word of mouth from those in the various religious orders and also noted serious delays in making payments to the women who were included in the scheme.
“It seems in Ireland that when we impose wrongdoing on any proportion of society we double down and cause more hurt instead of facing our failures and remedying them.
The Senator concluded, “An immediate review of the scheme must be carried out and in particular those left out under the blanket ban should be included.
“I am calling on the Minister, Charlie Flanagan to attend the Seanad when we reconvene in the New Year to address these and other findings of this report.”
Senator Catherine Ardagh calls on a debate in the Seanad on the Ombudsman's report into the administration of the Magdalene Laundries redress scheme