PROTESTING PAYS: says anti-water-charges Cork TD

PROTESTING PAYS: says anti-water-charges Cork TD

6 September 2017 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Cork North Central Solidarity TD Mick Barry this morning welcomed the news that today’s Cabinet meeting will approve full refunds for households that paid water charges and said that the move underlines the lesson that protest pays. It is understood that up to a million households will receive […]

CRISIS: 3 homeless people died in Ireland last week, how many will die once we hit winter? – asks Cork opposition TD

CRISIS: 3 homeless people died in Ireland last week, how many will die once we hit winter? – asks Cork opposition TD

4 September 2017 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Cork North Central Solidarity TD Mick Barry said this morning that he would welcome a repeat of last winter’s Home Sweet Home occupation and street protests to demand action on the homelessness crisis. His comments came in the wake of a week in which three homeless people died […]

SOLIDARITY PARTY: Cork TD worries about Irish Rail Route Closures

SOLIDARITY PARTY: Cork TD worries about Irish Rail Route Closures

29 August 2017 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Cork North Central Solidarity TD Mick Barry this morning expressed strong opposition to Iarnrod Eireann’s suggestion that shutting down 4 routes might be an option and called instead for the reversal of state funding cutbacks which he said had crippled the company. In a submission to the Labour […]

IRISH HOUSING CRISIS: Government policy is creating a “disaster” for renters and a “paradise” for landlords – says Cork TD

IRISH HOUSING CRISIS: Government policy is creating a “disaster” for renters and a “paradise” for landlords – says Cork TD

22 August 2017 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Cork North Central Solidarity TD Mick Barry this morning said that Government housing policy is creating a “disaster” for renters and a “paradise” for landlords. His comments came in the wake of the new daft.ie report which shows rents to have risen 12% year on year to June […]

HOUSING CRISIS: Now some landlords want a ‘holding deposit’ in addition to rent upfront

HOUSING CRISIS: Now some landlords want a ‘holding deposit’ in addition to rent upfront

14 August 2017 By Tom O’Sullivan tom@TheCork.ie Solidarity TD Mick Barry this morning condemned the practice of landlords asking for “holding deposits” from prospective tenants to secure leases. This morning’s Irish Times carries a report which claims that prospective tenants are being routinely asked for holding deposits of between 300 and 700 euro to increase […]

SOLIDARITY v FINE GAEL: Cork North Central TD unhappy with comments from Cork South West TD over home help finances

SOLIDARITY v FINE GAEL: Cork North Central TD unhappy with comments from Cork South West TD over home help finances

13 July 2017 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Cork North Central TD Mick Barry (Solidarity) this morning slammed comments from the newly-appointed Minister for State for Older People Jim Daly TD (Fine Gael) that a charge should be introduced for the HSE home help service. Minister Daly told the Sunday Business Post last weekend: “People should […]

IRISH MILITARY CANNOT JOIN TRADE UNIONS: Cork TD suggests that pay and conditions would improve if Army, Naval Service, and Air Corps personnel could join

IRISH MILITARY CANNOT JOIN TRADE UNIONS: Cork TD suggests that pay and conditions would improve if Army, Naval Service, and Air Corps personnel could join

10 July 2017 By Tom O’Sullivan tom@TheCork.ie Solidarity TD Mick Barry today said that the time has arrived for a debate on granting trade union rights for members of the Defence Forces. His comments came in the wake of a report by academics from the University of Limerick covered in today’s Irish Examiner, which finds […]

POLITICS: Cork City Council motion on voter registration positive, but more can be done, says Green Party

POLITICS: Cork City Council motion on voter registration positive, but more can be done, says Green Party

3 July 2017 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie The Green Party in Cork has lent its support to a motion before Cork City Council to make voter registration easier. However, the party has said the proposals could go further. The motion, which is being put forward by Solidarity councilor, Fiona Ryan, would create a “Voter Registration […]

POLITICS: Cork Solidarity TD Mick Barry will resist any attempts to cut Dail speaking time

POLITICS: Cork Solidarity TD Mick Barry will resist any attempts to cut Dail speaking time

13 June 2017 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Cork North Central Solidarity TD Mick Barry this morning stated that any attempt to cut the speaking time of smaller parties in the Dail will meet with opposition and resistance. His comments came as this morning’s Irish Independent runs a front page story quoting Micheal Martin as stating […]

POLITICS: As Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney would REDUCE workers rights – warns Cork Solidarity TD Mick Barry

POLITICS: As Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney would REDUCE workers rights – warns Cork Solidarity TD Mick Barry

23 May 2017 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Solidarity TD Mick Barry this morning said that the mood in the country is to extend workers’ rights not to restrict them, and that yesterday’s comments from both candidates in the Fine Gael leadership contest showed that the Fine Gael party is “increasingly out of step with the […]

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