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Kildare Focus 12.10.21

Kildare Focus

Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 - 39 minutes

Nat O’Connor
Senior Public Affairs & Policy Specialist, Age Action
• Calling for proper benchmarking and indexation of the State pension that is linked to the cost of living

Patrick Jackson
Founder & Chief Executive, Picker Pals
• Litter-picking programme that inspires young environmentalists
• Received funding from DECC and local authorities including KCC to run the programme in 62 classrooms
• Currently half way through recruiting in Kildare want to hear from teachers/principals at primary level

Fíona Ní Chinneide
Executive Director, IPRT
• Prisoners who commit assaults and other serious offences are less likely to receive automatic time off their sentence, under new proposals
• Currently majority of prisoners automatically entitled to 25% remission from their sentences

Vittorio Bufacchi
Dept. Philosophy, University College Cork
• Article – ‘Is vaccine hoarding a kind of genocide?’

Wayne Stanley
National Spokesperson & Head of Policy & Communications, Simon Communities Ireland
• Budget 2022
• Needs to be better co-ordination between voluntary and statutory groups working with Dublin's homeless – says there are too many charities operating in Dublin

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