“It’s a symbol of their failures and we are now offering a choice to the electorate, the choice is for more of the same or for change,&rd
McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister
McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister
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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald says Ireland is having the election because the government could not win a confidence motion in their Minister for Health, Simon Harris.

“It’s a symbol of their failures and we are now offering a choice to the electorate, the choice is for more of the same or for change,” she said.

“Sinn Féin will stand up for communities, workers and families, we’ll give workers and families a break.

“This is about the kind of Ireland we want to create and live in, and the electorate will have to ask themselves these questions: Who do they believe will put money back in their pocket?

“Who do they believe will take on the insurance industry and other vested interests? Who do they believe can deliver a huge council house building programme and affordable housing?

“Who do they believe will plan for their future? And the answer to all of these questions is Sinn Féin will.”

Ms McDonald added that although they are open to speaking to both major political parties, “the first people who have to be consulted are the citizens of this land”.

“People know that for all the talk of economic recovery, many, many families actually have less money in their pocket than they had three of four years ago,” she said.

“The people are first, the political establishment are a very, very distant second to them.

Their track record is plain to see, we’re in an election because the government know they cannot continue defending their desperate record in health provision and the Fine Gael-Fianna Fail coalition has collapsed and here we are.

Although her party suffered major losses in the previous local elections last year, Ms McDonald said she was looking forward to her first general election as party leader.

“We’re going to run a very vigorous campaign, I’m looking forward to it, I like being out on the stump, I like meeting people and it’s a welcome relief from the political show that can go on in the Dail,” she said.

“We’re setting out to defend the seats that we hold, we’re confident we can do that, we don’t underestimate the challenge, but we’re confident.

“Every election is about convincing people voter by voter and there is no room for complacency.

“This campaign will be very different, we’ve listened, we’ve learned, we’ve been very honest with each other.

“This time you’ll see a clear policy platform for workers for families, for those people who hear about economic recovery but aren’t experiencing it in their lives, critically for us, for people who don’t have a secure roof over their head.”

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McDonald: Election is because government could not win confidence motion in Health Minister

Homeowners threatened with large knife after house robbed in Dublin

Homeowners threatened with large knife after house robbed in Dublin

Homeowners were threatened with a large knife after their house was robbed in Dublin.

At around 1am on Sunday thieves broke into a house at Sundale Park in Tallaght while a baby slept upstairs.

A Playstation 4 and an iPhone 6 were stolen during the burglary.

The parents of the baby say when they looked out the window the thieves waved a large chef knife at them.

In a statement, gardaí said they are investigating "an incident of burglary that occurred at a premises at Sundale Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24 on 12 January 2020 at approximately 1.30am.

"A number of items were taken. Investigations are ongoing."

Challenge over generic dog drug authorisation brought outside time limit, High Court rules

Challenge over generic dog drug authorisation brought outside time limit, High Court rules

A challenge to a marketing authorisation for a generic drug to treat osteoarthritis in dogs was brought outside the applicable time limits, a High Court judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Garrett Simons said it seemed his preliminary finding means the judicial review challenge must be dismissed but he deferred a final decision on that issue for a week to allow the sides make submissions.

Arthopharm (Europe) Limited sought judicial review against the Health Products Regulatory Authority over a marketing authorisation granted by that body on July 20th 2018 to Chantelle Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Ltd for a generic product known as Osteopen 100mg/ml Solution for injection for dogs.

Arthopharm, which has been authorised since 1991 to market Carthophen Vet 100mg/ml Solution for Injection, used to treat osteoarthritis and related musculoskeletal disorders in dogs, challenged the Osteopen authorisation on several grounds.

As a result of case management of the proceedings, a number of issues were identified on which preliminary rulings were sought.

In a judgment on Tuesday, Mr Justice Simons ruled the proceedings were brought outside the relevant three month limit for judicial review.

He found the relevant date for calculation of the three month limit was July 23rd 2018, when the decision to grant the marketing authorisation to Chantelle was posted on the HPRA website.

These proceedings, initiated on December 20th 2018, were outside the three month limit, he held.

He also ruled Arthopharm had failed to demonstrate "good and sufficient" reason to extend the time for bringing the proceedings. He rejected arguments otherwise, including that Arthopharm was entitled to await receipt of analysis of a sample of the generic product before taking its case.

While he considered his findings meant the judicial review proceedings should be dismissed "in their entirety", that was subject to arguments concerning whether the Authority had made a "fresh" decision which meant the three month time limit only began to run from March 2019, he said.

He will hear the sides on that issue next week before finalising his decision.

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