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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Jillian van Turnhout

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# no longer viable
LGBT charity Glen to cease operations
Reduced staffing levels, no financial reserves and diminishing public trust all contributed to the decision.
LGBT charity orders full review of services in light of Charities Regulator review
The charity is being reviewed by Charities Regulator.
# stepping down
CEO of suicide charity Console resigns as "history of deception" is revealed
The alleged bizarre financial practices of the charity were the subject of a RTÉ Investigations Unit special screened tonight.
# Analysis
Don't hold your breath for that new political party...
Analysis: The latest stories about a new party being imminent are nothing new.
# no new members
Our newest Senator is 'dismayed' at being denied entry to independent group
Averil Power got the nod, but Gerard Craughwell did not.
# power vacuum
Averil Power gets new office after Fianna Fáil tell her to make way for new TD
The independent senator was asked to leave her office in Leinster House just hours after her resignation from the party.
# Conflict of Interest
DrinkAware wants to educate young people about drinking but it's facing criticism
It’s funded by the alcohol industry.
# to join or not to join
'Lucinda or Shane never knocked at my door ... they probably knew better'
So, are any Senators going to join the new alliance or party?
# Vacancy
Fine Gael could have another Seanad headache on its hands
With independent senator Jillian van Turnhout in the running for Children’s Ombudsman there could be another vacancy in the upper house.
# Close Call
'Sickened by the threats': Will Senators reject water charges?
“If the Seanad wants to be taken seriously it must do the right thing and not be merely a rubber stamp for the Government’s brutal austerity policies.”
# language in the law
Calls for new law to 'call child pornography what it is' - child abuse
“It’s time to get tough with these people.”
# birth certs
Adoption group urges support for new law to stop adoptees 'feeling like pariahs'
James Reilly has said that the Adoption Bill will benefit from further consultation.
'My son died believing I had rejected him': Philomena Lee calls on Senators to support Adoption Bill
The Seanad is set to debate a Bill on the rights of adopted people this week.
# stubbed out
Ireland is one step closer to a ban on smoking near children in cars
A bill will go to the Dáil next week, and has government support.
# house of cards
'The other one is worser': Winners, losers and one we couldn't decide on from the political week
You win some, you lose some – even during the summer recess.
# contest
It's 'great news' that child beauty pageants have been axed - Senator
The Universal Royalty Beauty Contest is planning to proceed with its Belfast pageant.
# Child Protection
Complaints to Children's Ombudsman have increased by 15% since 2010
One particular investigation showed that a child had been moved to 11 different residencies in 4 months.
# Health
Senators pass law banning smoking in cars with children - and the government's backing it
The bill now moves to the Dáil where it will have government support.
# van turnhout
Seanad motion to stress "there is no place in Ireland for child beauty pageants"
The motion aims to ‘protect childhood from sexualisation’ and oppose further pageants in Ireland.
# Election 2014
Hayes says 'wait and see' on Euro election run but Norah Casey insists: 'I'm out'
With the new constituencies decided political parties will soon be picking who they want to represent them in next year’s European Parliament election.
# Beauty Contest
Child beauty pageant goes ahead in Monaghan
The organisers managed to keep the new venue of for the competition secret until today.
# Jillian van Turnhout
Senator calls for child beauty pageant to be cancelled
The Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant is taking place in Dublin this weekend, but Jillian Van Turnhout said the contest has ‘no place in Ireland’.
# Seanad Recall
Senator accused of ‘talking through his derriere’ and ‘invoking memory of Bobby Ewing’
The Seanad is debating an emergency motion to annul legislation on organ transplantation.
# Petition
'Appalling', 'ghastly' and 'brutal' - doctors describe symphysiotomy ordeal
Medical professionals from around the world have come out in support in Ireland’s symphysiotomy survivors. Here’s what they had to say.
# Fine Gael
Van Turnhout in discussions with Fine Gael over filling Mitchell's MEP seat has learned that the senator is in discussions over the possibility of joining Fine Gael and running for the seat being vacated by Gay Mitchell next year.
# Forced Labour
Forced labour 'alive and well in Ireland'
Senator Jillian Van Turnhout is calling on the Government to legislate against forced labour, saying that 160 cases have been documented in Ireland since 2006.
# Youth Work
Council's report: Investing in youth work saves money in long run
The National Youth Council of Ireland says every €1 spent on youth work results saves the State over €2 in the long run.
# Child Deaths
Report on deaths of children in State care shows 'systemic failure'
The report by the Independent Review Group set up to examine the deaths of nearly 200 children in care and young adults known to child protection services will be published this week.
# Smoking Ban
Reilly will not oppose bill to ban smoking in cars when children are present
The bill proposed by a number of senators now moves forward to Committee stage next month.
# Your Say
Poll: Should smoking in cars when children are present be banned?
Three senators are hoping to introduce legislation that would ban smoking while driving in cars but critics would argue people should be allowed the choice or that such laws would be hard to enforce. What do you think?
# Child Abuse
Child pornography blocking system to be debated by Seanad
New proposals could radically cut the number of people in Ireland accessing child abuse material, according to backers.
# Budget 2012
Two senators nominated by Enda Kenny critical of Budget 2012
Katherine Zappone has questioned ‘external pressure’ on the Government’s choice of cuts while Jillian van Turnhout says it was not a child-friendly document.
# Budget 2012
Fears mount over Budget cut to child benefit
Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan has admitted that child benefit could be subject to cuts, despite warnings it could “push families into poverty”.
# Race for the Áras
Senator says requests for Norris support 'feel like harassment'
Jillian van Turnhout says some people asking her to nominate David Norris for the Presidency “have been abusive”.
# Race for the Áras
As Dana and Norris’s presidential hopes fade, who’s supporting who?
David Norris would appear to have the best chance of being on the ballot paper but he faces an uphill task. We crunch the numbers to find out who independent TDs and Senators are supporting.
# Seanad Éireann
President's husband among Taoiseach's 11 Seanad nominees
Dr Martin McAleese will become a member of the new Seanad – as will Eamon Coughlan and Fiach MacConghail.