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"'Shame'rock for Trump - Not in our name"An Taoiseach is our representative abroad. When he accepts prejudice, racism and bigotry, it shames the people of our country. We feel that such an alliance is not good for our country's reputation and undermines our relationship with other countries. Trump is a despicable human being. A point must be reached where falling at the foot of a powerful man, at the expense of our values and morals and international reputation is not acceptable! "'Shame'rock for Trump: Not in our Name"
Meet with Jonathan SugarmanJonathan Sugarman, former risk manager of Unicredit, decided to blow the whistle on illegal and dangerous banking practices in 2007. He discovered that banks were breaching liquidity safeguards by up to 20 times the legal limit. Sugarman decided to alert the Central Bank, who imposed no sanctions or significant penalties, despite evidence of clearly illegal activity on multiple occassions. Over the last 10 years, Jonathan Sugarman has fought to expose Ireland's banking practices in order to protect the public. His recent testimony before the finance committee was explosive, and is leading to a chain of events that has now embroiled even the Central Bank itself. If Philip Lane follows through on his agreement to meet with Jonathan Sugarman, it will shed light on some of the murkiest innards of Ireland's banking systems; it's a necessary step in developing better enforcement, transparency, and public understanding. Ireland deserves clear answers about the 2008 banking crash, and safeguards to prevent it from happening again. Philip Lane, Governor of the Central Bank, agreed to a meeting with Sugarman, and now he must follow through in a timely manner. Philip Lane agreed to this on 17.10.19 -- at 9:49 to 9:50 in this video: http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=37059&&CatID=127
Mandatory sentencing for sex offendersThe two and a half year sentence, handed down to a high profile figure today for grooming and defiling an underage girl is beyond words. Rape is the second-most serious crime on Ireland’s statutes after murder. It is appalling that sentencing is based on the person and not the crime committed. Sexual violation is a lifelong sentence for the victim. Sex offenders should be meted thet same sentence that they inflict on their victims. Judges show no concern, care, or understanding for the victims of rape and sexual violation.
Social Hubs instead of rural post officesWe seem to be allowing a continuous stripping of services from rural Ireland, this would be a start of a serious opportunity to reverse this trend and offer a genuine service to elderly people who want to remain in their homes. We could customise these hubs to suit each village or location, eg combine this service with the local community centre, a cafe a local business or a stand alone unit. This hub could be staffed by locals and would offer all the services of a post office, plus access for the elderly to a government services help desk, environmental help, grants, tourist info etc, it could also be a start of decentralisation from Dublin.
NO MORE WEAPONS OF WAR IN IRELAND!Specialist armed Garda units have been directed to beef up security in several Irish cities from this evening. (Sunday 4th June 2017) Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit (ASU) have been dispatched to the cities of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Kilkenny, beginning their duties at 7pm this evening. While the threat of a terrorist attack in Ireland is currently deemed to be possible but unlikely, the directive comes as a proactive and preventative measure in the wake of the past fortnight’s attacks on Manchester and London. The Taoiseach should be reminded that Ireland is renowned around the world for it's neutrality, friendliness and respect for the views and beliefs of others. An unarmed police service is something the Irish people are proud of. Therefore, we call on the Taoiseach to show leadership and not bow down to these cowardly acts by bringing more weapons of war onto the streets of Ireland.
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.
Drink Driving Zero ToleranceScientific evidence shows that one drink impairs your ability to drive. RSA official figures show that 38% of fatal crashes are alcohol related. Drink driving is on the increase. In Co. Donegal alone the detection rate is up 50% even though the enforcement has reduced by 30%. The lives of innocent men women and children have been lost and thousands have been seriously injured, some injured so badly that their lives have been ruined due to the severity and extent of the injuries. Families are left grieving and bereft and in some cases family members lives are also changed forever as they become carers of the injured survivors.
Expand the investigation into Jonathan Sugarman's whistleblowingThe billions of euro debt that were transferred to Irish citizens was and is a travesty due to inept administration. No one has been held accountable and the media in Ireland is stonewalling and obstructing Jonathan Sugarman's obligation to inform the Irish people.