Nurses Strike Ends

Mary welcomed the resolution of the nurses and midwives strike within the framework of the public sector pay agreement. As with all disputes, there was always going to be a solution. So the question a lot of people are asking is why did it take three days of strike action, postponement and cancellation of 10s…

Standing With Nurses & Midwives

For only the second time in 100 years, on January 29th 2019, nurses and midwives went on strike for equal pay and safer working conditions. Mary supports the nurses and midwives campaign for equal pay and safer working conditions. The fact that nurses decided to take this action shows just how frustrated they are with…

Drug Injection Centers are not the answer to addiction.

The Government is proposing legislation for the establishment of drug injection facilities where users will be exempt from prosecution to use illegal drugs in a supervised setting.   Supervised drug injection facilities are not the answer to drug addiction.  The government should prioritize investment in recovery over addiction. For many years I have been raising…

Health Priorities

The next Dáil must restore public health services.   You can read our health policies here or watch this this short video in which I explain what it will mean for Dublin Central.

Minister must explain why NEW Mater Hospital is closed to sick and injured.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar needs to explain why the Mater Hospital is this afternoon turning away sick and injured people from its Emergency Department.  This is a state of the art purpose built hospital.  It cost more than €280million and took twelve years to deliver. The only possible reason there can be for telling people…

Disability Grants Cuts

This week Minister Jan O’Sullivan was on the air-waves brazenly defending the Governments latest attack on the sick and elderly by saying she is increasing funding for grants to help the elderly and disabled. This is simply not the case. In Dublin funding for these grants has been cut by 33% over the past year….

Disability Grants Cuts

This week Minister Jan O’Sullivan was on the air-waves brazenly defending the Governments latest attack on the sick and elderly by saying she is increasing funding for grants to help the elderly and disabled. This is simply not the case. In Dublin funding for these grants has been cut by 33% over the past year….

Mater Emergency Department

I welcome the announcement that the new Emergency Department at the Mater Hospital will open on Sunday 17th February at 10pm.  To facilitate opening the new Emergency department Emergency services will be suspended at the Mater for 18 hours.  The Department will close to walk-in (self arrival) patients from 4am until 10pm on Sunday 17th February….

Mater Emergency Unit Delayed

It is very disappointing that the opening of the new, state of the art, Mater Emergency Unit has been postponed. The new Emergency Unit was due to open last Friday 25th of January but was postponed until further notice. The management in the Mater hospital made the decision to postpone opening the new unit because…

New Mater Car Park

As part of the New Mater General Adult Hospital a 436-space basement car park will open at noon on Sunday 27th January 2013. This car park will service staff, patients and visitors to the Mater Hospital. There is direct access from the Car Park to the Whitty Building. Vehicle access to this car park is from…