Ruth Coppinger

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The Taoiseach paraphrased the comment of John Henry Newman (pictured) that ‘I drink to the Pope but first I drink to my own conscience’. Photograph:  The Fathers of The Birmingham Oratory/PA Wire

Catholic politicians should look to the comments of newly canonised Saint John Henry Newman when considering issues of conscience, Taoiseach Leo Varad(...)

Students, teachers and parents from North Wicklow Educate Together Secondary School protest outside Leinster House, Dublin recently. The school is still awaiting a permanent home.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has been urged to clarify how a cut in the capital budget for education next year will impact on the delivery of school buildings and o(...)

Former Workers’ Party members Pat Rabbitte, Proinsias De Rossa, Liz McManus and Eamonn Gilmore campaigning for Democratic Left in 2002. Photograph: Eric Luke

A growing number of political groups have positioned themselves further left of the Labour Party and Sinn Féin, including: People Before Profit The(...)

Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett  and Bríd Smith of Solidarity/People Before Profit. Murphy has left the Socialist Party to form his own far-left party which he will launch on Monday.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Here’s a heartwarming little announcement aimed at Paul Murphy – who left the Socialist Party on Thursday – which arrived too late for this week’s Soc(...)

 Ruth Coppinger: she said that since the repeal of the Eighth Amendment “some right-wing and religious fundamentalist groups are now targeting the area of sex education, and oppose any change or progress in it”

Two TDs on opposite sides of the debate on abortion have clashed again in a Dáil debate about relationships and sexual education (RSE). Solidarity TD(...)

Paul Murphy is leaving  the Socialist party after it failed to resolve an internal year-long dispute over the extent and level of co-operation it should have with other left-leaning parties and movements of the left. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Dublin South West TD Paul Murphy is leaving the Socialist Party and will launch what he describes as a new socialist group next Monday. Mr Murphy(...)

Ruth Coppinger points to screen shots of text messages during a press conference at Buswells Hotel in Dublin discussing landlord and tenant relationships prior to her raising the issue again in the Dáil. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The housing crisis has created the “perfect storm for predatory landlords”, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger has told the Dáil. She warned that in the Ho(...)

Giving details of the case TD Ruth Coppinger said the woman was renting a ‘bedsit in all but name’ in the Rathmines area. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Dáil has heard claims that unscrupulous landlords are seeking “sex for rent” from vulnerable tenants. Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger said that a yo(...)

Dublin South West TD Paul Murphy said it was ‘fundamental problem’ with the Brexit negotiations that there was ‘no representatives of ordinary people anywhere in Europe on either side of the negotiating table.’

The Government should refuse to introduce checks on goods crossing the Border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Solidarity-People Before Profit TDs ha(...)

Figures indicate that the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour on board the Dublin Bus fleet, or at its bus stops, has fallen by nearly a fifth in the first quarter of this year, compared with 2018. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Twenty six Dublin Bus staff have been assaulted in the first six months of 2019, down from 22 in the same period last year, according to figures relea(...)

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