Sean Sherlock

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 Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon: The State has been guilty of “decades of dereliction of duty” for the disabled. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Disabled children “are being left behind again” because welfare staff who should be helping them have been redeployed by the Health Service Executive (...)

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly: said the current law was unacceptable, unenforceable and wrong. Photograph: Alan Betson

Current law on remote working is “ludicrous in the extreme” where an employer is effectively required to inspect employees’ homes to ensure they are s(...)

Leas Cheann Comhairle Catherine Connolly said a record of what is said in the chamber has been kept since the first sitting of the Dáil 101 years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Tuesday marked a unusual milestone in the history of the House. Leas Cheann Comhairle Catherine Connolly announced that the sitting would see the comm(...)

Minister for Community Heather Humphreys: ‘We may need to alter and adapt our approach to delivering the competition next year, given the ongoing constraints posed by Covid.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The annual Tidy Towns contest will go ahead next year, Minister for Community Heather Humphreys has said. After concerns were raised that the competi(...)

The Dáil heard Government support was needed for events like   the Electric Picnic music festival to go ahead next year. Photograph: Haydn West/PA

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys has ruled out restoring the €350 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (Pup) rate for workers in the entertai(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said there were “blatant contradictions” in the regulations. Photograph: Eric Luke

There is “no logic” to regulations in the hospitality sector where a hotel can hold a wedding with up to 50 people but cannot host a funeral party for(...)

Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys insists it was legal for her department to stop the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) to social welfare recipients travelling abroad. Photograph: PA

Legislation to put the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) on a statutory footing and provide PRSI credits to recipients of the €350 emergency payment(...)

 The Government must now go back to the drawing board on childcare, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/ PA Wire

The Government must now go back to the drawing board on childcare, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said. A scheme to offer chil(...)

Alan Kelly expressed a view that was in line with the ‘thrust’ of the general attitude of the meeting, according to a source. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A private meeting of Labour TDs has reiterated the party’s position that it should go into opposition rather than enter government. The six party TDs(...)

Sean Sherlock: In the last Dáil, as spokesman on children and youth affairs he contributed frequently on the Scouting Ireland abuse controversy, on childcare costs and provision, and on insurance for creches. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

In 2016 Seán Sherlock (47) was one of only seven out of 37 TDs elected in 2011 to survive the battering Labour got after its coalition with Fine Gael.(...)

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