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Help stop the Bayer- Monsanto mergerIt would be an altogether too powerful body and they would have a complete monopoly on pesticides, fertilizers, seeds etc. Monsanto is a producer of genetically modified crops. A merger between these too would spell disaster for farming and farming produce in Ireland.
Marks & Spencer stop overcharging your Irish customersM&S made £115.7 million profit this year. M&S customers that made this possible. We are tired of being ripped off. Excuses such as currency changes do not explain why customers are being overcharged. https://www.irishtimes.com/business/retail-and-services/m-s-charges-irish-shoppers-up-to-39-more-than-uk-counterparts-for-christmas-products-1.3252787
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/
Vote for a sustainable food future in Ireland!Ireland finds itself under increasing pressure to reduce its agricultural GHG emissions. Climate change is upon us and is a serious threat to our environment, social and economic world, subsequently affecting our ability to continue a business-as-usual approach to food production. The state cannot continue to ignore the fact the expansionist agenda in agriculture is not working. It is not environmentally, economically or socially sustainable. Environmentally Unsustainable: Under Food Harvest 2020 and Food Wise 2025, our emissions under a best case scenario are set to rise by 6/7% to 2020 Over 53% of water pollution is directly related to agriculture, with one in three rivers and lakes now at risk of further pollution. What’s more, biodiversity continues to decline, with rare species on the verge of extinction Economically Unsustainable: Ireland’s agri-sector is dominated by small farmers, who are struggling to survive. Farmers find themselves caught between pressures in trying to get a fair price for produce and a CAP ( European Common Agricultural Policy) that rewards the bigger land-owner. Farm incomes continue to decline, a fact blamed on falling milk and grain prices, with the OECD-FAO outlook predicting that markets will continue to remain weak Socially Unsustainable: A shocking and unacceptable fact is that only 1% of Ireland’s agricultural land is used to grow vegetables. Ireland has to import vegetables worth 1.2 billion euro each year, making us vulnerable to fluctuations on the market. Earlier this year, a drought in Spain resulted in higher prices for vegetables. Food prices hikes impact everyone forcing many to substitute vegetables with cheaper, nutritionally poor, energy dense foods. Leading to various health problems. Climate change, political instabilities and other factors can affect imports, if imports stopped today we would have approximately 4 weeks of fresh produce left on our shelves. We are not food secure! We stand on the side of small farmers, who risk it all, day in day out, to produce healthy food, true custodians of the land, protecting the environment, preserving biodiversity, keeping skills alive and ensuring that future generations have the opportunity to produce nutritionally good food. These farmers continue to be pushed to the fringes, by the state and the EU. With this petition we want to show that we stand with these farmers. That we care and all want a sustainable food future. If you care about what’s on our plate, care about local economies and about a sustainable future. Make you voice heard by signing this petition. Let’s speak as one voice to the Irish government and tell them: - to support small farmers financially - to support farmers in diversifying their holdings - to offer supports to increase the amount of vegetables produced in Ireland for food security - to increase environmental standards in agriculture beyond carbon footprints and give incentives to those who meet and surpass those standards - to practice the polluter pays principle and heavily fine those who continue to pollute our land and waterways - to increase reforestation with native species in and around farms, to support farmers in transitions to agroforestry 1. http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/air/airemissions/2020_GHG_Projections_2016_Bulletin.pdf 2. http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/water-quality-in-one-in-three-irish-rivers-and-lakes-is-at-risk-of-deteriorating-35850649.html 3. http://www.thatsfarming.com/news/curlew-ireland 4. http://www.independent.ie/business/farming/beef/beef-farmers-will-again-struggle-to-cover-costs-in-2017-35290234.html 5. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/ifa-president-says-farmers-again-struggling-to-make-a-living-1.2057112 6. http://www.independent.ie/business/farming/schemes/system-failure-massive-difference-in-cap-payment-rates-35118778.html 7. http://www.irishtimes.com/business/agribusiness-and-food/average-family-farm-income-down-9-to-24-060-1.3102770 8. http://www.agri-outlook.org/
Repeal the Health (fluoridation of water supplies) Act 1960We the undersigned request the assistance of our three West Cork TD's in having the ongoing and outdated policy of nationally enforced Community Water Fluoridation brought to an end. In recent years the National Effort has received the support of people and communities from all over the Country including in West Cork all of the former Town Councils of Bantry, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Bandon, Kinsale and Macroom, over 20 business in Bantry, Clonakilty and elsewhere as well as over half the Country's County and City Councils including Cork County Council and Cork City Council. We wish to raise the following concerns relating to the matter including; - The issue of informed consent to medical treatment for a recognised human disease with a substance that continues to be indiscriminately delivered to the general population through the country's public water supplies and by default, the national food chain - Our concern that two of the primary principles relevant to the administration of a medicine including “first do no harm” and “dose control” continue to be disregarded - Conditions attached to the Judgement of Ryan v Attorney General (1965) including a) That the legislation would be unconstitutional if any citizen would suffer dental fluorosis as a result of the policy where modern scientific evidence (York 2001 & Cochrane 2015) indicates some 40% of the population will suffer from dental fluorosis who live in an area that adds fluoride quantities to the public drinking water at a level of 0.7ppm (Parts Per Million) which corresponds with estimates published by the Irish Dental Association in 2012 b) That the legislation was implemented on a further condition that a clear and discernible margin of safety or margin of error existed (also known as the optimal level) between the caries preventative effect and the risk of dental fluorosis attributable to fluoride exposure noting scientific evidence presented to the High Court and on appeal to the Supreme Court, on the day indicated the risk of dental fluorosis was not present until fluoride concentrations in drinking water exceeded 2ppm whereas modern evidence (York 2001) now indicates some 6.3% of the population will suffer from dental fluorosis where fluoride concentrations are as low as 0.1ppm therefore inferring the reality that no margin of safety or “optimal level” actually exists in 2017 - Our concern that fluoride is likely responsible for the developing foetus suffering enamel (amelogenesis) deformities to the first set of teeth (baby teeth), a concern that is attributable to findings contained in the European Commission sanctioned SCHER Report (2011) To this end we note and wish to express appreciation for past or current support for the campaign in West Cork and the National Effort by; Minister Jim Daly TD by meeting with the director of the West Cork and Fluoride Free Towns Project, by facilitating a meeting between the same director and the former Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee for Health and Children, Senator Gerry Buttimer in his former capacity as a TD, for making representations to the Department of Health regarding fluoridation induced birth defects through a Parliamentary Question (No 466) and currently by requesting recently raised issues with regards public health and legal matters be dealt with directly by the Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD. Ms Margaret Murphy O’ Mahony TD in a former capacity as a Cork County Councillor who in advance of the most recent local elections attended a meeting at Inishannon which was also supported by every other member of the Bandon and Kinsale Municipal District Council further noting in the current lifetime of Cork County Council, a motion was passed calling on the Government to immediately cease the policy of water fluoridation which prompted over half of the Country’s City or County Councils to also pass motions calling on the Government to scrap the policy over the following 12 months. Mr Michael Collins TD in a former capacity as a Cork County Councillor who in advance of the most recent local elections attended a meeting in Dunmanway which was also supported by every other member of the West Cork Municipal District Council further noting in the current lifetime of Cork County Council a motion was passed calling on the Government to immediately cease the policy of water fluoridation which prompted over half of the Country’s City or County Councils to also pass motions calling on the Government to scrap the policy over the following 12 months. With utmost urgency whilst noting no other European Union Member State currently maintains a similar policy due to health, environmental, legal or ethical concerns where many countries have indeed scrapped similar policies whilst acknowledging serious implications for the Fundamental Constitutional Rights of individuals and the unborn to bodily integrity with specific reference to Articles 40.3.1 and 40.3.3 of Bunreacht Na hÉireann, we respectfully request our TDs accord this matter of national importance their due concern and consider tabling a cross party motion in Dáil Éireann calling for the immediate repeal of the Health (fluoridation of water supplies) Act 1960 as amended by SI No 42 of 2007. Yours truly, The Undersigned Notes: - For verification or references, please send enquiries to fluoridefreetownsatgmail.com - During 2014 and 2015 County or City Councils who explicitly and formally called on the Government to cease the policy of adding fluoride to the public water supplies include Cork County Council, Cork City Council, Kerry County Council, Laois County Council, Dublin City Council, Wexford County Council, Leitrim County Council, Galway County and City Council, Cavan County Council, Monaghan County Council, Donegal County Council, Dublin South County Council, Waterford City Council and Waterford County Council
Ban the use of Glyphosate by Leitrim 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 are 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. http://greennews.ie/why-is-ireland-diluting-legislation-on-banning-hormone-changing-chemicals/ https://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/france-tables-eu-wide-non-agricultural-pesticide-ban/
Justice for Fyffes Workers in Costa Rica and Honduras!Food workers and trade unions in the food export sector of Honduras and Costa Rica continue to be subjected to unsafe working conditions and not having their legal rights fulfilled. The estimated 25,000 people employed in the melon export sector in Honduras, of which 70% are women, regularly work 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week. The International Labour Rights Forum (2012) reports that 85% of workers earn less than the minimum wage . Fyffes has been at the centre of several shocking scandals involving trade union violations and abuse of workers in Honduras and Costa Rica. A report by the US Department of Labor (2015)  detailed a litany of exploitative practices, ongoing labour code violations and ill-treatment of workers by the Fyffes subsidiary SurAgro in Honduras, including: That the company failed to pay the minimum wage, the 13th and 14th month bonuses, the seventh day bonus, and overtime; Failed to provide personal protective equipment and potable water; imposed a 300 HNL (US $14.40) penalty for missing a day of work (even with permission from a supervisor) in addition to that day’s salary; Threatened workers with dismissal for speaking with the Honduran Secretariat of Labor and Social Security (STSS) The general union in the United Kingdom, GMB, has called the actions of SurAgro one of the worst cases they have recorded, having documented “a shocking litany of abuse and exploitation on the part of Fyffes subsidiaries in Honduras”  and commented that “Fyffes... have no respect for domestic or international law governing workers’ rights and must be brought to book” . In January 2016, workers at the Fyffes subsidiary became the first workers in the melon export sector to unionise and a local branch of the agriculture trade union STAS was formed. The following day, four trade union leaders were locked up in an office and threatened by the Chief of Security until they signed a document renouncing their union membership . In an equally sinister occurrence, it was reported by the International Trade Union Confederation that on 13 April 2017, the trade unionist Moisés Sánchez (General Secretary of STAS’s sub-branch at Fyffes’ subsidiary in Honduras) was kidnapped, beaten and threatened with death if he continued his trade union work . In May 2017 Fyffes was suspended from the Ethical Trading Initiative [ETI], an alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe, finding that “the actions and approach taken by SurAgro [the Fyffes-owned Honduran melon plantation at the centre of the allegations] … contravene the open approach to legitimate trade union activities that ETI would expect within the supply chain to an ETI member” . Despite the sale of Fyffes to the Japanese Sumitomo Corporation in early 2017, the Irish business news website Fora reported in June 2017 that David McCann and the “senior management team” based at the Fyffes head office in Dublin were handling the negotiations between the complainants, ETI and Fyffes . Therefore, the Latin America Solidarity Centre is joining with other trade unions, NGOs and international Civil Society Organisations and demanding this actions from Fyffes.
No Oil or Gas Drilling off Irish Coast"Petition Update: The Green Party will bring their Keep It In The Ground Bill, aiming to ban further petroleum exploration in Irish waters, before the Dáil soon. More info here:.https://greenparty.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Briefing-Note-on-Keep-it-in-the-Ground-Bill-2017.pdf. People Before Profit will also introduce a bill, the "Petroleum and Minerals Extraction Bill (Climate Emergency Bill) 2017", which calls for an end to extraction licences for exploration of fossil fuels. Please support both bills when they come before the Dáil." On 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/
Bantry Bay Says No to the Mechanical Extraction of Native Kelp ForestInadequate advertising took place for the issue of this licence. No public consultation meetings were held to inform the residents of Bantry Bay of this proposed mechanical harvest by a company from Tralee. No regard is being shown to the pristine marine environment in Bantry Bay which is home to many species protected by Irish, European and International legislation i.e. White Tailed Eagles, Otters, Choughs to name but a few. An Environmental Impact Assessment is not required for this licence! An extensive Environmental Impact Assessment should be done before any mechanical harvesting of native kelp is allowed in any Irish coastal waters. No regard has been shown for the people who rely on tourism and marine activities such as fishing in the bay to make a living. The Kelp forest slows the wave action approaching the land, so removal of this kelp forest may lead to more coastal erosion along the Bantry Bay coast.
Don't Bottle ItBottled water is an invented consumer need.Thirty years ago the Irish public laughed at the idea of being sold a product that you could get from the tap for next to no cost. Today we feel as though bottled water is just a normal, or even essential, item to be included in our shopping baskets. In 2016, Irish consumers spent around €76.5 million on bottled water. We are sending about 800 million plastic bottles to be processed every year and are spending about €38 million annually on disposing of plastic bottles alone. This money could be used for investment in public drinking fountains, or for improving our public water infrastructure. By choosing to not consume bottled water, you will not only reduce the environmental impacts of plastics, but you will also eliminate a senseless daily expense. Plastic bottles pollute our oceans. About 80 percent of plastics found in our oceans come from land-based sources. In 2016, the United Nations World Oceans Assessment reported that as plastics entre the oceans they breakdown into microplastics. Plastics ingested by animals, such as fish, seabirds and marine mammals, can harm the intestines, and results in infection or death. Plastics also leach an assortment of dangerous chemicals into the water, and also act as a carrier for invasive species which can contaminate remote areas of the globe. The production and distribution of bottled water is a waste of resources. Research carried out by the Pacific Institute on the "energy implications of bottled water" in the United States worked out that bottled water is estimated to cost 2,000 times more than tap water to produce. The bottled water industry in the United States required an energy input equivalent to 54 million barrels of oil and roughly three times this amount is required to satisfy global bottled water demand. This adds around 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide to our atmosphere every year. The high energy cost of bottling water is not the only way in which this industry is needlessly wasteful. One litre of bottled water takes three litres of water to be produced. Fresh safe drinking water is a valuable, and over exploited resource that every living organism on this planet depends upon. It is not an overstatement to argue that the continued use of single-use plastic water bottles should be considered nonsensical, wasteful and extraordinarily expensive. By eliminating bottled water from your shopping bag you are helping us move towards meeting four Sustainable Development Goals. Often the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are thought of as only being relevant for protecting the most vulnerable ecosystems, and supporting the most disempowered communities, on our planet. People often forget that to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, social, economic and environmental problems that are endemic within western consumer-lead countries must be considered as integral to the project. Our seemingly inconsequential habits have direct effects on the health of the planet, and the livelihoods of some of the world's most vulnerable communities in the world. We need to become aware of the consequences of our actions, but we also need to be responsive, and take brave steps towards a truly sustainable future. Let's reduce our use of plastic bottles in Ireland, and all place pressure on the Irish government to stop selling, or providing, bottled water in public institutions. Don't Bottle It! Be Brave we can make this change.
Please End Mandatory Water Fluoridation in IrelandADDING FLUORIDES TO WATER is tantamount to child abuse because more than 100 scientific studies have shown that children who drink water with fluoride compounds added have lower IQs than children who drink fluoride-free water. Any policy that results in a lowering of children's intellectual abilities is a human rights abuse. Fluoridation has also been linked to a host of medical conditions, including bone cancer, (By Elise Bassin), to thyroid illness, Arthritis and Alzheimers Disease. Its presence in pipes degrades our ageing infrastructure faster and we know now that it is a huge WASTE of public money. The policy is estimated to cost us more the 10 million euro a year. So please act now to rectify this Fianna Fail mistake, for the sake of children's health. Repeal The Mandatory Water Fluoridation Act of 1964