STATEMENT: Costello calls for end to Minister Foley’s inaction on national policy to combat sexual harassment in schools

Green Party Spokesperson for Justice and TD for Dublin South-Central, Deputy Patrick Costello, has called for an end to the Minister for Education, Norma Foley’s inaction on implementing a national policy to tackle sexual harassment in second-level schools. Deputy Costello’s calls come following today’s launch of damning new research from the Rape Crisis Network Ireland…

STATEMENT: Decision on injecting centre will “cost lives”

A court decision overturning approval for a supervised injection centre in Dublin will literally cost lives, local Green Party representatives have warned. The medically supervised injection facility is planned for Merchant’s Quay in Dublin 8, and would offer a safe, secure space for people injecting heroin. Like other facilities around the world, it aims to…

WATCH: Statements on Domestic Violence

Deputy Costello speaks on the failings of the Irish state in respect to victims of domestic violence. Full speech transcript: I want to start by pointing out that the programme for Government refers to domestic violence as an epidemic, and that was long before Covid hit our shores and long before we saw, as Deputy…

STATEMENT: Costello concerned by lack of plans to vaccinate housebound under 70s

Green Party Spokesperson for Justice and TD for Dublin South-Central, Deputy Patrick Costello, has called on the Minister for Health to implement without delay procedures to allow the vaccination of housebound under 70s. His calls come following queries made to the HSE on behalf of housebound constituents, where he learnt there are still no provisions…

STATEMENT: New rules for minor offences critical step in justice reform

The Green Party has today welcomed the news that the Criminal Justice (Rehabilitative Periods) Bill 2018 will proceed to Second Stage in Dáil Éireann. During Government negotiations, the Green Party fought to ensure that there was a clear commitment to progressing reform for minor offences in the Programme for Government and is very pleased to…

Expansion of the opening hours of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Today Patrick Costello TD wrote to the Minister for the OPW requesting the expansion of the opening hours of the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Full letter text: Dear Minister O’Donovan, I am writing to you today in my capacity as TD for Dublin South-Central on behalf of my constituents to request the expansion…