POLITICS: Cork TD accuses Government of “fiddling the figures” on number of new houses built

POLITICS: Cork TD accuses Government of “fiddling the figures” on number of new houses built

9 January 2018 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Solidarity TD for Cork North Central Mick Barry this morning questioned whether the Government are “fiddling the figures” on the number of new houses built in the country last year. The Government claim that 17,309 new houses were built in the country in the first 11 months of […]

POLITICS: Hospital overcrowding crisis shows need for an Irish NHS – says Cork TD

POLITICS: Hospital overcrowding crisis shows need for an Irish NHS – says Cork TD

3 January 2018 By Elaine Murphy elaine@TheCork.ie Solidarity TD Mick Barry this morning said that the hospital overcrowding crisis shows the need for a National Health Service in Ireland. Deputy Barry said that 33% of patients reporting to hospitals in Ireland are either not admitted or discharged within 6 hours whereas with the NHS system […]

AUDIO: Cork City Council needs more funds from Central Govt to tackle homeless crisis – says Solidarity Cllr

AUDIO: Cork City Council needs more funds from Central Govt to tackle homeless crisis – says Solidarity Cllr

9 December 2017 By Bryan Smyth bryan@TheCork.ie Cork City Cllr Fiona Ryan (Solidarity) has called on central government to allocate additional resources to homelessness services after news of the death of another homeless woman emerged this week. Councillor Ryan said: “The reality is that the housing crisis will worsen over the next two years, and […]

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 […]

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