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Entries Tagged as 'Mary Hanafin'

‘While Blindness is a terrible disability…’

December 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Disability, Equality, Irish Politics, Social Policy

Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin, was responding to the committee stage of the Social Welfare Bill (No. 2) in the Dáil today – (after Gogartygate). The bill provides for the cuts in social welfare of 4.1% for all social welfare payments for those under 65 and a cut in childnd I benefit. […]

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Changing Gender for financial gain?

December 1st, 2009 · 9 Comments · Equality, Green Party, Irish Politics

Some in Fianna Fáil think that those who wish to have their gender legally recognised as the gender they acquire do so for financial gain or to fiddle welfare systems. This is news to me! I don’t get how someone who changes their gender is better off financially (particularly as women still only earn 4/5ths […]

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Civil Partnership some initial observations…

June 27th, 2009 · 5 Comments · Equality, LGBT, Same Sex Partnerships

Firstly for those people who’ve waited for the moment the state actually recognises their relationship and offers a chance to get their affairs in order I’m sure yesterday was a very good day and by the end of the year or early next year there will be a lot of people queuing up to get […]

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If it’s bad today – it was bad on Saturday

March 3rd, 2009 · 4 Comments · Elections, Irish Politics, Recession

Several times on Saturday at the Ard Fheis I wondered aloud and online about the absence of news. Ok so there’s no money available to announce anything new but that shouldn’t stop a bit of “makey uppey re-announcing previous new news” if you understand me. I did hear that everything was being put into the […]

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Who had themselves beautified in Florida?

November 26th, 2008 · 8 Comments · Irish Politics

You may remember one of the more salacious details in F?Sgate is the payment of a bill via a FAS credit card to Solutions Nail and Beauty Bar in Florida in August 2005. How many Government Ministers were in Florida in August 2005? We know Mary Hanafin was there – but was Mary Harney also […]

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