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Cap personal injury awards and safe guard play opportunities for Irish childrenThink back to your own childhood and ask yourself where was your favourite place to play? Was it outdoors? What did that play look like? Did it make you feel alive, free? The UK have begun to take radical steps to tackle exaggerated personal injury claims and insurance fraud. In April, 2018, Journal article wrote ‘the UK's justice secretary David Gauke, declared his intention to bring in legislation governing civil liabilities through the House of Lords. The bill will seek to place caps on the compensation payable for soft tissue injuries sustained in driving collisions.’ So what are personal injury claim’s like in Ireland? The April article above also quoted ‘The average settlement for a whiplash injury in the UK is in the region of €7,000 (£5,000 sterling). In Ireland? It’s about three times that figure (between €15,000 and €18,000).’ On 26 Jan, 2018, an Irish Times article reported ‘the average cost of a minor ankle injury in Ireland is €54,700, compared to €12,554 in the UK.’ On 2nd October, 2018, Irish Times wrote of a young girl who injured her lower lip in a creche 13 years ago, being awarded €30,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court, a minor injury she received on a tricycle. We understand tragic things happen and we need to keep our children safe. But we need a counter balance now. We need to safe guard childrens health and well-being in play. We need the Minister to take radical steps to change the culture of claims for cash in Ireland today that has become so vigorous and has schools, childcare services and parks in constant fear of litigation. I call on the Minister for Equality and Justice to strike while the iron is hot and act immediately to follow the UK example and set caps on personal injury claims in Ireland now. As personal injury claims go, Ireland is almost at top of the scale. As a result of the Irish culture of litigation, there is a growing culture of fear easing into every part of the modern Irish life and it is hurting those we care for most, our children. Children's fundamental rights and freedoms in play are slowly being eroded. Play on the streets, in parks and on school playgrounds looks very different today than in the past. How does all of these exaggerated personal injury claims affect children's play? Schools, childcare services and public parks are all in fear of being sued. Bans on children running at play in school yards. ‘No ball games’ signs posted in public parks across Ireland. Stories of lower branches being cut off trees to stop children climbing them. With rising obesity levels and mental health issues for children and young people, where does it all end Minster? In May 2018, Irish Independent quoted David Duffy, an education and research officer with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) stating ‘many schools are concerned about a litigious culture in Irish society. He stated “Logical but regrettable responses to that litigious culture include schools being so concerned about accidents in the school yard that some have instigated limitations on students’ physical activities such as running in the school yard” Enough is enough. We need decisive action now Minster and we need a proper debate on legislative measures to safe guard play opportunities for all Irish children. Support our schools, childcare centres and public parks committees who are so afraid of being sued they have to ban running in play in schools and post 'no ball games' in parks. Cap personal injury awards to tackle exaggerated insurance claims and fraud in Ireland while ensuring childrens right to experience freedom in play is preserved. I'd like to ask the Minister personally to think back to his own childhood and ask himself where was his favourite place to play? Was it outdoors? What did that play look like? Did it make him feel alive and free? Please sign and support this petition today and share as much as you can. Thank you
Reinstate funding to Lifeline InishowenEstablished in 1996, Lifeline Inishowen provides professional and confidential support to women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse: physical, emotional, sexual or financial. The service's volunteers provide support to 54 families per year, on average. HSE funding was withdrawn in 2010. Although Lifeline receive a small sum from TUSLA towards their Child Counselling service, their main source of funding for the past 8 years has been donations through their own fundraising efforts, and their charity shop. Local support has been overwhelming, but is sadly not enough to secure the future of this vital service. Inishowen has a bigger population than Co Leitrim and a larger landmass than Co Louth. The only funded domestic violence support in the entire county of Donegal is located in Letterkenny – a 120km round-trip from Lifeline's Carndonagh base. This is simply impossible to access for Inishowen women and children in controlling and abusive households. Minister Zappone and TUSLA, we demand that the funding for Lifeline Inishowen's running costs is reinstated. The centralisation of domestic abuse services in a big, rural county like Donegal is disastrous for families in Inishowen. Closure of Lifeline will literally put lives at risk. Reinstate the funding to secure the future of these essential services in Inishowen. Lifeline Inishowen Charity nr: 19971
More Secondary School places needed in Rush, Co. DublinSeveral Children and parents were let down yesterday when they received their letters from the local Secondary School, over hundred on the waiting list. The situation already looks grim for over hundred families and since Rush and Lusk have been dynamically expanding fears arose that the situation can only get worse in the coming years. Commuting is not a solution. Rush needs more Secondary School places.
Reinstate funding the INFANT Centre, UCC.The Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) is Ireland’s first dedicated perinatal research Centre. INFANT works to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies by focusing on clinical and health research and innovation in pregnancy, birth and early childhood. This is the only research Centre in Ireland focused on this work. Research focused on mothers and children must be prioritized.
Provision of Objective Sex and Relationship EducationIn our work in Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, we see the often life-long consequences of the trauma and harm caused by sexual violence of all kinds. We also know from our experience that some of this harm results from a lack of knowledge around how to engage in healthy intimate relationships. A 2018 survey conducted by the Irish Second Level Student Union revealed over 87.5% of students did not have regular Relationship or Sexuality Education. This means the majority of Irish students are not learning about sexual consent, gender diversity, sexual orientation, contraception, or sexual health. We believe our education system can do better, and that the Government has a responsibility to look after the social, emotional and sexual development of young people.
Save Sean Walsh Park, TallaghThe top nine reasons why this is important is 1) We do not want to lose the SDCC depot as this will severely erode the ability to maintain the high standards within the park thereby threatening our Green Flag status 2) We will lose the precious and unique urban farm that delights children 3) We will lose the socially inclusive community garden 4) We will lose the St John of God garden that provides horticultural therapy for people with various disabilities 5) The highly invasive Giant Knotweed is present on the site. The proposal to move it is dangerous and reckless as Whitestown Stream runs parallel to the proposed building site 6) We will lose the last remains of a 200 year old bridge that should be a protected structure 7) Every inch of Sean Walsh Park is an Objective OS zoned area i.e.to preserve and provide for open space and recreational amenities (as set out in the SDCC Development Plan 2016-2022) 8) Putting old peoples homes beside Tallaght Stadium which hosts matches regularly and will host concerts represents extremely poor planning 9) There is at least one more appropriate site available in Tallaght for the proposed Cluid development that would not not cause any of the foregoing problems and issues. *If you wish to support our offline please email email@example.com with your name and address* See why Sean Walsh Park should be preserved from property development: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MpP7Osf3YYo
Ireland for Sensible Drug PolicyDrug Policy, and the war on drugs has had children, parents, politicians and stranger murdered in broad daylight. Thanks to gang activity, I myself shake and fear at the noise of bangers going off. The entire country lives in fear of gangs, gangs fed through drug money, drug money coming from the "black market". Little do they realise that the failing drug policy, the politicians and their lobbyists are directly financing this through their stern, "moral" views on dirty drugs. It is absolutely unacceptable. I am sick & tired of burying my friends and lending their brokenhearted families a soaking shoulder to cry on because the government failed them. The governmental position on drugs, the policy set in place in the early 1970's, has absolutely failed them. Where were you when they found their bodies, that nobody heard of because the news would rather report the stash of Class A narcotics they found in a shed, behind a burnt out house and a car filled with hand guns and machetes. Where were you and where are you now? What are you going to do to change this? My name is Sandy Brun, I am a qualified Toxicologist and I hope to graduate with a Master's degree in Neuroscience & Pharmacology. You can find me on LinkedIn. I am sick and tired of burying my friends with dirty drugs in their veins, up their noses and everywhere else. I am sick and tired of being let down by this never ending agonizing political situation that is murdering my friends and breaking the hearts of their families. I've lived in Ireland since I was 10 years old, and I've buried a friend every year since I was 13. You're so proud of the 100th 1916 Easter Rising anniversary that the country celebrated 2 years ago. You're so damn proud to be Irish. You're so damn prejudicial and soft. Stand and fight. For our sons and daughters.
Ireland u/21s Soccer Team, Don’t Play Israel.An International Boycott campaign aims to put pressure on Israel because of its racist occupation of Palestinian land and brutal treatment of the Palestinian people. This Boycott includes sport. UEFA has a commitment to anti-Racism and a tradition of promoting Fair Play. There is overwhelming evidence that the system instituted by the Israeli government against the Palestinian people meets the UN definition of Apartheid. (1) Israel doesn't do 'fair play' when it comes to soccer and Palestine. There are legitimate concerns that Israeli State Forces target Palestinian soccer players as shootings and maiming of youth players/ club players form a pattern going back over a number of years. Israel has bombed Palestinian football stadiums.(3) Lack of freedom to travel also severely restricts Palestinian soccer teams from being able to participate in the sport locally and internationally. This has even interfered with World Cup qualification.(4) The Israeli Football Association plays a role in supporting the illegal settlements which are a war crime under international law. (5) Some examples of what has happened already this year: *The Argentinean soccer team cancelled a friendly fixture with Israel. (6) *In March 2 youngsters were shot by the Israeli army in the West Bank One died. The other boy, aged 14 who was returning from football practice fortunately survived after being shot in the thigh. (8) *30th March 23-year-old football player Mohammad Khalil Obeid was shot in both knees as he filmed himself. The video, published on social media, shows the moment he was shot: standing in an isolated area, not posing any threat. He needs a knee replacement to be able to walk again. As a soccer player his life has been destroyed.(2) *This summer a Gaza children’s soccer team was unable to play in a kid’s tournament in Ireland because of travel restrictions. (7) *Large demonstrations met the Israeli soccer team in Belfast this September. (9) *Adidas withdrew its sponsorship of the Israel Football Association (10) Please, show your support for Palestinian rights and call on the FAI to stand up against apartheid and for fair play, equality and justice. thank-you, Knocknacarra Palestine Network ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (1) http://www.un.org/depts/dpa/qpal/docs/2012%20Geneva/P3%20mutaz%20qafisheh%20E.pdf (2) https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/israel-deliberate-attempts-military-kill-and-maim-gaza-protesters-continues (3) https://www.thenational.ae/opinion/a-footballing-test-for-israel-1.132370 (4) https://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/11/football/palestine-asian-cup-japan-football/index.html (5) https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/13/fifa-ban-israel-settlement-football-teams (6) https://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2018/0606/968505-argentina-cancel-israel-visit-for-world-cup-warm-up-tie/ (7) http://imemc.org/article/solidarity-cup-to-commence-despite-cancellation-of-gaza-kids-to-ireland-trip/ (8) http://imemc.org/article/israeli-soldiers-kill-a-young-palestinian-man-in-nablus/ (9) https://www.irishnews.com/news/2018/09/12/news/hundreds-turn-out-to-protest-at-northern-ireland-game-against-israel-1430702/ (10) https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/BDS-Win-Adidas-No-Longer-Sponsoring-Israel-Football-Association-20180801-0009.html
Scrap Commercial Rates for Childcare ProvidersIndependent childcare providers across Ireland face unfairly high levels of commercial rates on their business properties. Early Education and Childcare (EEC) is not the same—and cannot be treated the same—as other commercial enterprises. In many cases, independent EEC providers are administering and delivering publicly funded services, provided for under public sector schemes, but do not benefit from public sector tax rating. A level playing field where all EEC providers are exempt would ultimately benefit the State and the wider economy. The removal of commercial rates would enable these businesses to remain financially viable and provide an essential, quality service to children and their parents. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone has recently called for cuts to rates for childcare facilities. Furthermore, we note the decision by the Welsh and Scottish Governments to exempt nurseries and crèches from commercial business rates in their respective countries. Seas Suas wholeheartedly supports these actions and now petitions the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to follow suit here in Ireland. For us to make a difference, we need your voice in support. Help us alleviate the immense pressures on Ireland’s childcare system by signing our petition to Minister Donohoe and Minister Zappone, urging them to scrap commercial rates on EEC facilities in Budget 2019.
Make Sign Language (ISL) a Leaving Certificate SubjectI think that if you can learn Russian, Ancient Greek and Latin for your Leaving Cert then you should be able to learn a language that people born here speak as their first language. I also think that it would encourage students to learn Sign Language, even if it is just a non-curricular language that has to be studied outside of school. If more hearing people could speak sign language, the deaf community wouldn't be so isolated in society.
Routine Blood Glucose Testing For AllDiabetes is a disease that currently affects 425 million people worldwide - and HALF do not even know they have the disease, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). There are different types of Diabetes, but the main two are Type 2 (95%) and Type 1 Diabetes (5%). (You can read up on the difference between the two here: https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/guide/types-of-diabetes ) Early diagnosis can be accomplished through relatively inexpensive testing of blood sugar - so why are both children and adults worldwide still dying of Diabetic Ketoacidosis? (Diabetic Ketoacidosis is a life threatening complication of Diabetes that occurs when your body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones. The condition develops when your body can't produce enough insulin, and can result in swelling of the brain, coma, and death. Read more here: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetic-ketoacidosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20371551 ) If medical professionals administered a simple finger prick as standard at every and any medical appointment, early detection could prevent these deaths. Routine Blood Glucose Checks should be as common as taking a patient's temperature or blood pressure, especially since half of all Diabetics remain undiagnosed and Diabetes in general is still rising globally (Estimated 620 million people by 2040).