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Recognise Catalonia as an Independant stateCatalonia are being robbed financially and culturally and the majority want independence from Spain. Spain is divided up into 17 communes and each should pay 5.88% tax but Catalonia pay over 20%.Their infrasture has not been invested in with road charges going straight to Madrid while most of the rest of Spain enjoy no tolls on their roads. Their trains are over 40 years old as the rest of Spains trains have been updated while their system is falling apart. Catalonia are forbidden to create flights to the USA therefore American businesses set up in Madrid instead. Catalonia are not allowed to use renewable energies in such a sunny climate as this would affect profits for electricity suppliers based in Madrid. An agreement that Spain would reimburse Catalonia with 769 million euro was reneged upon.Spain also are trying to wipe out the Catalan language by not funding schools to teach it. There are 50 corruption cases opened with no sign of anyone been held responsible. Catalonians want a Republic like ours and not a dictatorship and I think Ireland should stand behind them.
Disincentive Diesel CarsAir pollution is responsible for up to 1,660 premature deaths in Ireland each year, according to the 2017 Air Quality in Europe report. The Environmental Pillar pointed out that diesel fuel exhaust is one of the leading emitters of automotive greenhouse gases and particulate pollution, with the WHO clear that diesel exhaust fumes can cause cancer and emit ten times more health-damaging pollutants than petrol cars. Diesel is taxed at 11c less per litre than petrol and as a result, Ireland has one of the highest percentage sales of diesel cars in Europe. The OECD has recommended equalising the rate, while the European Commission has called Ireland's policy of taxing diesel less than petrol "environmentally unjustified". According to the Budget spokesperson for the Environmental Pillar, Oisin Coghlan: "Minister [Denis] Naughten has continually repeated, air pollution is estimated to cause four deaths per day in this country and diesel fuel is a key contributors to that pollution.
BONKERS Restore Pension Qualifications BONKERSBecause i worked summer jobs from 1968 to when i entered the work force fully in1973 the Dept of Social Protection calculates by working life at 47 years total. This rule only applied from 1st Sept. 2012. Prior to this date had the previous criteria applied and my working life been reckoned at 42 years and my contibutions total would then be 1769, i would have averaged 42.11 contibutions per year. This would have been the second point on the averaging scale. Gross loss pension earnings for my wife and myself in over 10years = €14560
Irish Business Leaders Against CETANotes https://www.comhlamh.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Comhlamh_CETA_2017-publication.pdf https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/fears-for-irish-beef-industry-if-canada-trade-deal-goes-ahead-1.3142428 http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/blog/2016/nov/17/ten-reasons-why-canada-eu-trade-deal-ceta-must-be-stopped http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/ceta_simulations.html http://www.arc2020.eu/will-ttip-follow-cetas-geographical-carve/ http://data.consilium.europa.eu/doc/document/ST-10973-2016-ADD-5/en/pdf#page=2 https://www.foeeurope.org/sites/default/files/eu-us_trade_deal/2016/12_labour_rights.pdf https://stop-ttip.org/blog/ceta-ads-not-all-that-glitters-is-gold/ http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/policy_research/ceta_simulations.html http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2014/september/tradoc_152806.pdf https://www.foeeurope.org/sites/default/files/eu-us_trade_deal/2016/12_labour_rights.pdf
Save Donaghmede LibraryDublin City Council have confirmed that they are actively considering moving Donaghmede Library out of Donaghmede Shopping Centre and potentially relocating it outside of Donaghmede altogether. For over 30 years, Donaghmede Library has provided an essential resource to all age groups and backgrounds living in Donaghmede and in the wider community. The community are very much opposed to this potential relocation. It is essential that Dublin City Council commit to renewing their lease when it expires in June 2019.
Get rid of of motor tax on electric and hybrid carsIt's environmentally essential to reduce fuel emissionsfrom. motor vehicles, but it looks likely that the budget will seek to increase the cost of diesel. This will not work to reduce emissions but act as a money grab for the exchequer. Abolishing road tax on electric and hybrids will actively incentivise people to switch.
Progressive TaxationThere has to be some attempt to distribute wealth. Proactive measures in the application of taxation to ensure that those who can afford to pay, such as myself, will be taxed accordingly. Let's say one has a total gross income of 150k, anyone earning above 100k should be taxed at 90%. People with big houses, large property portfolios, signature cars generally don't pay enough tax, otherwise how could they afford such indicators of wealth. Taxed young people cant afford a house yet certain individuals can afford a plush property in Aylesbury Road. There is no fairness in this.
Against Birdhill, Kilcomenty and Newport moving to the Limerick City ConstituencyThis is important because these three areas are in the county of Tipperary and that is where all locals have voted previously. This is a decision that they were not consulted on and which has left many people infuriated. All three areas will now be left in a situation where they will vote in Tipperary in local elections and in Limerick City for Dáil Éireann elections. This leaves all areas in a precarious situation. The economic interests of all areas are best suited in Tipperary, where local and national politicians can work together in the best interest of the areas.
Drop ALL charges against Jobstown protestersThe finding of all defendants to be not guilty today is a victory for the #JobstownNotGuilty campaign. These seven people have had this hanging over them for over two years and have spent nine weeks in court. They are now vindicated and walk out of court proven to be protesters rather than the kidnappers Joan Burton and the Gardai said they were. What was exposed in court was as Sean Guerin SC said 'a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice'. It involved high-ranking Gardai telling lies in an attempt to present a protest as a kidnapping. This was a politically driven investigation vindictively designed to punish those who fought against water charges and wounded the political vanity of Joan Burton. It was an attempt to criminalise the largest movement of people power in decades, by presenting sit-down protests as false imprisonment. This is not over for any of us. Millions of euros were spent by the state in attempting to stand up the false charges of false imprisonment. A 17-year old was found guilty of false imprisonment on the same evidence in a judge-only court. That conviction should be overturned. Our fellow defendants face further charges including trumped-up charges of violent disorder in the coming months. Millions more will be wasted on pursuing them. All of these charges should now immediately be dropped and the attempts to criminalise protest should be stopped. Serious questions now need to be asked about the Garda conspiracy which saw Garda after Garda take the stand and tell blatant lies designed to incriminate protesters. Numerous Gardai took the stand to say they heard things that they couldn't possibly have heard, because they weren't said. The same Gardai failed to see things that did happen. It so happened that every false recollection served to bolster the prosecution case. Some of the lies were only shown up because of the existence of video footage that the Gardai didn't uncover. How high did this conspiracy go in Noirin O'Sullivan's Gardai? Large sections of the media effectively convicted us before our trial. Biased coverage against us continued in the course of the trial. Will those commentators who said we were guilty of false imprisonment now apologise and correct the record? Will the Labour Party apologise for its former leader attempting to criminalise a working class community and protest?