- Animal Rights
- Corporate accountability
- Disability rights
- Food and Sustainable Production
- Gender Equality
- Governance and Transparency
- LGBT rights
- Mental health
- Privacy and Data Protection
- Rural Inequality
- Social Justice
- Transport and Infrastructure
- Workers' Rights
Pro Choice: Kilkenny/CarlowThe 8th Amendment prevents people who can get pregnant in Ireland accessing abortion, and in doing so, denies them the right to choose what happens to their own body. This law was enacted 33 years ago, and many argue that it does not reflect the Ireland of today. It is essential that a new generation of people in Ireland should be given the opportunity to vote on whether this amendment has a place in Irish society today.
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.
Give Women With Gestational Diabetes Back Their RightsWomen diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes were previously granted temporary LTI numbers to allow them access free drugs and testing strips to monitor their condition (as people with Type 1 and 2 can). This right was removed in 2013, causing untold stress to any pregnant woman diagnosed with GD. Because of how dangerous the condition is in pregnancy, many women have to test their blood multiple times a day. The strips for the testing machines can cost anywhere up to 59 euro a box, meaning that many women are spending 144 euro a month (max you pay on DPS scheme) buying strips, which were previously free. People with other types of diabetes are given an automatic right to free strips, for life, while pregnant women are once again punished by a government that does not care about them or their well being. There are few among us who could cope with suddenly needing to shell out 144 euro a month, especially low paid workers with no medical card entitlements - and when you're saving for a new baby it's even more stressful. Pregnancy is universal, people from all walks of life want to have families, but the working poor are once more being punished by a government that does not care. Give women back their rights, treat pregnant women equally and fairly.
Demand Ronan Mullen's RemovalNational University of Ireland's Ronan Mullen has a long history of unprofessional, embarassing, and offensive behaviour. He most recently made apalling comments about Savita Halappanavar, who is no longer here to defend herself -- due to the kinds of policies Senator Mullen himself promotes. Ronan Mullen made the following statement about Savita Halappanavar, who was trying to start a family and was intentionally pregnant with her first child: "If there was abortion on demand she wouldn't have been in the hospital because she wouldn't have been pregnant and she wouldn't have been having a miscarriage." Savita died due to lack of medical intervention during pregnancy, as a direct result of the 8th Amendment.
Give older women their full pension rightsIreland has a gender pension gap of 37%, and women have considerably less access to State pensions than men. Changes to pension contribution bands in 2012 made it harder for women to qualify for a State pension, compounding the situation. Tens of thousands of women get smaller pensions, or sometimes no pension at all, simply because they took time out of the workforce to care for their children.
Publish all salaries over €100,000 in RTEThe top 10 earners in RTE get nearly €3 million between them. Meanwhile RTE is looking for redundancies and also increasing the licence fee. We need our public broadcaster to demonstrate fairness and equality before struggling families are asked to foot the bill for pay discrimination.
Demand for Redress Promises to be FulfilledIn 2013 the Magdalene redress scheme was placed into action under the former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and the Department of Justice. Today, several of the important parts of the redress scheme still have not be implemented. The lack of action on promised redress commitments betrays the Magdalene women and makes a mockery of the State apology. The Magdalene redress scheme included a dedicated unit, which would assist the women to meet each other and facilitate the 'acquisition, maintenance and administration of any garden, museum or other form of memorial.’ It was agreed upon by the government that any such memorial or archival center or project should be overseen by an advisory board or committee that includes Magdalene women. Unfortunately, the consultation of government officials with Magdalene laundry survivors on how they believe the institutionalized abuse they endured should be memorialized has yet to occur. With some of the institutions being up for sale for private ownership, the promises of consultation become bleaker each day. Along with the institutions being sold off, most survivors are older, and every delay increases the risk that they will not see justice done in their lifetime. We are calling for those in leadership roles such as the current Taoiseach, Tanaiste, and Minister for Justice to organize a consultation of Magdalene survivors immediately and to implement the women's proposals for active memorialisation. The Magdalene women have suffered enough and it is now time for those who promised justice to facilitate the reparation process. We want the government officials responsible for the implementation of the redress scheme to be held accountable, to guarantee the Magdalene women are never forgotten. Although the Ireland of the past allowed the abuse of Magdalene women to occur, the Ireland of the present can stand firm in its convictions to see that justice is given to whom it deserves.
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.
Keep Anti-Choice Protesters out of Our Airports!For too long, anti-choice supporters have subjected women, choosing to decide their fate, to guilt, and shame. The Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform must not be allowed to demonstrate in both Dublin Airport, and Cork Airport. This is a step too far. This is personal. They must not be allowed to harass women and girls, who are already going through a stressful journey, to access their basic human right to bodily autonomy. It's sickening that they attempt to organize an 'educational project' like this when the Irish State have an underage girl withheld for seeking her right, under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, 2013 - clearly they have little or no respect or care for children when they've defended the State's action over this. Between Saturday, the 29th of July, and Sunday, the 13th of August, the ICBR has planned to stage an 'Ireland Airport Education Project'. This 'educational project' will involve supporters holding their 'educational' signage, directly addressing the 'abortion passengers', which they say will be either inside, or outside of the Airport itself (specified as being as close as is 'lawfully possible'). Spokespeople for both Dublin and Cork Airport have echoed airport by-laws, which do not allow 'the distribution of leaflets, pamphlets or other documentation to staff, passengers or visitors...conducting or taking part in public meetings, demonstrations or processions are specifically prohibited unless permission has been given by the airport authority'. This is not good enough. We want clear, and absolute affirmation by the DAA - not just a reproduction of their by-laws. The ICBR have stated that they 'hope that they (An Garda Síochana) will do what they can to ensure that we, the volunteers, are free from unlawful interference with our Constitutional right to freedom of speech'. There is a difference between the respectful exercise of the freedom of speech, and the grotesque, and damaging freedom of speech which they wish to exercise. This petition is calling for all pro-choice supporters and allies to tell the DAA that we will not have this 'educational project' in our Airports - we will not let the 12 women leaving Ireland per day to undergo this private, and traumatic journey be subjected to this message, which the ICBR alleges is 'non-judgmental and non-polemical and offer(s) no negative commentary concerning abortion, or the people who choose abortion, or the people who perform abortion'. Non-judgmental does not equal non-damaging!
Women Should Not Be Locked Up Because They Want An AbortionThe misuse of the mental health act as a means to deny women and young girls the medical care they need is not acceptable. It's time for real choice, it's time for a referendum on the eighth amendment that offers real choice to the Irish public.