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- Disability rights
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- Gender Equality
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- Rural Inequality
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Redress for Bethany Home SurvivorsThese are some of the worst incidents of abuse in the history of the Irish State. Many children died through neglect and ill-health and possibly physical abuse. All suffered. The State at the time knew this was taking place, but rather than shut them down, they paid these organisations to house those they deemed undesirable. Places like Westbank in Greystones were used as an illegal adoption agency and profited very handsomely out of it. Whilst victims of similar Catholic-run organisations have been recognised under the Redress Act 2002, no such move was made for those in Protestants homes, even though Bethany Home falls under every category for redress.
Return Gaeilge Option to BOI ATMsFor many years, this Irish language option has been a very welcome addition to banking services in this country and it’s removal shows very little regard for those who use the Irish language daily and live in Gaeltacht areas. The latest Census figures tell us that 190,276 people speak Irish every week. Initiatives like being able to take out cash as Gaeilge are a novel way of inserting the Irish language into your daily life.
Stop Nursing Homes Charging Extra FeesNursing homes need to be up front with an 'additional charges'. Many elderly people are too infirm to participate in 'additional extra’s and services! whatever they turn out to be. A reported example is of some being charged €20 for Mass is disgraceful. All private nursing homes should publish their list of what they are charging for over and above the fee for care. The list of ‘services’ should have the cost next to each item listed as well.
Appoint a qualified consultant for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in IrelandEhlers-Danlos is a complex genetic condition resulting in faulty collagen. Because of this fault, patients' joints can dislocate on a daily basis, leaving us in agony. And that is only the beginning of the catalogue of symptoms that inflict us; some, life threatening. Early diagnosis and intervention is fundamental for long term prognosis and care, but unfortunately Ireland does not have one, qualified, appointed specialist in the whole country. This has lead to people with EDS becoming so de-conditioned, with years of no medical intervention, that they cannot work, function and sometimes cannot walk. I was only diagnosed in my early 30's, after a life in pain -at times, extreme agony. I saw numerous specialists in various areas, spent my 20's on waiting lists. By the time of my diagnoses I had deteriorated so much that I found it very difficult to find even a physiotherapist or occupational therapist to keep me on as a patient. I am slowly clawing back parts of my life, but must pay out of my own pocket for treatment in the UK. My story isn't special, or unique -it's a very similar story for most Irish patients. This cannot continue. People are literally being left to rot. We cannot let another generation of EDS patients go undiagnosed and untreated. Please support our campaign -Sign the petition and share on social media.
Safety of children should be guaranteed before access given to violent partnersChildrens safety should be paramount in situations of domestic abuse. Studies show that 40 - 60% of men that abuse women also abuse their children. Irish law needs to change to protect children and prevent abusive parents from having access.
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
Keep Lough Key Forest Park In Public OwnershipLough Key Forest Park is a national treasure and must at all costs be kept in public ownership. We're really worried that plans are afoot to sell it or part off, similar to what happened at Newcastle Forest where publicly owned land of which we the Irish people are the stakeholders of was sold off to a foreign private company for profit. A Plan for Reforestation has recently been launched by the Government so it might be more sustainable ecologically and commercially to provide employment for people anxious to work locally in this plan instead of private investors taking over the place.
Give Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Ass a seat on the Rural Development Programme EU Monitoring CommThe INHFA represent over 30,000 farmers in the West of Ireland. As they have no seat on any of the decision making committee, these farmer have no voice on these committees, which decides the future of farming and rural life in Ireland.
Ban now the use of Glyphosate based and other toxic Weedkillers used by Roscommon County CouncilThese chemical based weedkillers are highly carcinogenic and linked to a variety of potentially fatal diseases. Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, Pathclear, Gallup, Pistol, Weedol and Mossgo are to name but a few of the weedkillers currently on the market that contain the cancer causing chemical glyphosate which is lethal to all living organisms. Ireland has the second highest level of glyphosate in our surface water in the EU and the third highest death rate of cancer in Europe. To ensure a safer, cleaner living environment for our current and future generations we want a complete ban of glyphosate weedkiller. We are extremely concerned that our Agricultural sector/farmers are bombarded with misinformation and pressure from government bodies that are directly lobbied by toxic chemical companies. 1. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/farmers-weapons-of-mass-destruction-carry-cancer-fears-1.3148492 2. http://greennews.ie/why-is-ireland-diluting-legislation-on-banning-hormone-changing-chemicals/ 3. https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/france-tables-eu-wide-non-agricultural-pesticide-ban/
Don't air the Living With Lucy episode featuring Katie HopkinsRacism and hate speech is dangerous and legitimises and provokes hate crime. Programmes such as Living With Lucy are designed not to critique or analyse the views of guests but to increase their popularity and familiarity with the general public.
No Oil or Gas Drilling off Irish CoastOn 11th July, just one week after onshore fracking was banned in Ireland, Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, granted consent to oil & gas drilling by Providence Resources PLC in the Porcupine Basin off our south-west coast . They expect to find 5 billion barrels of oil . In an Orwellian twist, a “Department of Climate Action” has allowed for the burning of 5 billion barrels of oil when international climate experts state that 80% of the known fossil fuels have to stay in the ground if we want to avoid going over the safe 2 degrees limit of global warming . Any investment in fossil fuel industry and infrastructure will result in what is known as “carbon lock-in”, taking us on a one-way unstoppable trip to dangerous levels of global warming that threaten global health and eco-systems . Oil and gas exploration is also deadly for Ireland’s unique dolphin, whale and porpoise population  and plankton, the basis of the marine ecosystem . Yet, Minister Naughten has refused to confirm if drilling will stop if a threat to the population is found . We call on Minister Naughten to retract the Providence Resources permit immediately. Furthermore, we call on the Minister to follow the lead of France  and ban all new oil and gas exploration in Irish waters. We need to halt all dead investments in the fossil fuel industry and prepare a just transition to an economy that can provide workers with real, sustainable long-term jobs that can provide for their families and their future . ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  http://www.independent.ie/business/world/providence-resources-commences-drilling-off-the-southwest-coast-of-ireland-35921724.html  http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/amp/news/180745  http://www.carbontracker.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Unburnable-Carbon-Full-rev2-1.pdf http://priceofoil.org/2016/09/22/the-skys-limit-report/  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2014/02/140228-atlantic-seismic-whales-mammals/  https://www.theverge.com/2017/6/23/15861932/offshore-drilling-airgun-seismic-surveys-zooplankton-death-oceans  https://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2017-02-07a.382 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-ban-new-oil-gas-exploration-stop-granting-licences-macron-hulot-renewable-energy-drive-a7806161.html  http://www.impact.ie/climate-change-workers-communities-must-protected-just-transition-carbon-free-economy-says-impact/