Seanad passes FEMPI Bill 2015 giving effect to the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

On Thursday November 26 Seanad Eireann passed the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2015 without amendment giving effect to the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

The Bill passed Report Stage on 18th November with 106 TDs supporting the legislation and 16 TDs rejecting its passage.

See how your TD voted on FEMPI 2015 here.

The Seanad also backed a government request to the President to sign the FEMPI Bill earlier than the fifth day after the Bill is presented to him.

Seanad debate on FEMPI 2015

Lansdowne Road Agreement – Frequently Asked Questions

Dáil Debate, Wednesday, 18 November 2015, Webcast Recording

SIPTU calls for increase in Home Help services at Dáil hospital crisis protest

SIPTU Health Division Organiser, Paul Bell, told over 100 health workers protesting outside Leinster House this afternoon (Wednesday, 14th January) that an immediate increase in Home Help services is critical to solving the overcrowding crisis in our hospitals.

Addressing the protest, organised by unions calling for government action to end the overcrowding crisis in hospital emergency departments, Paul Bell, said: “A lack of available hospital beds is a crucial factor in this worsening crisis. However, there are currently 800 patients waiting to be discharged from hospitals across the State.

“While many of these patients will need nursing home care, many more can and should be enabled to return to their own homes where they can be supported through HSE Home Help services. We have thousands of SIPTU members working as Home Helps who are ready, willing and able to provide the necessary supports to facilitate such a process.”

He added: “The crisis in our hospitals is integrally linked to the running down of health services within our communities. Nearly three million hours have been cut from Home Help services since 2008, with cutbacks only coming to a halt after a concerted campaign by our union.

Watch video of protest here