• Save Weaver Square Gardens & Allotments
    Dublin City Council are set to bulldoze the Weaver Square Community Garden & Family Allotments from 31st December 2018. This is a serious concern for ALL residents of Dublin 8: 1. Dublin 8 is being subjected to an onslaught of short-term, high-density property development (Hotels, student accommodation) at the expense of the existing community. Over 2000 such units have been constructed in 2018 in this district alone. 2. Dublin 8, a high-density urban community, has the lowest amount of green space per m2 in Dublin. Now it will have even less! 3. This is the latest Dublin 8 community resource lost to property development in 12 months. We have already lost Dublin Food Co-Op, Green Door Market & Flea Markets. There is also uncertainty over the future of Meath St, Liberty Market, St Theresas & now Players Wills site developments. 4. DCC are reneging on written commitments to keep the Weaver Square community garden/allotments. 5. There are alternative vacant DCC sites that could be used for development without destroying this valuable Green Space. 6. Over 300 people benefit directly from the community garden & allotments on a weekly basis. These social, health, environmental & educational benefits will stop on 31st December. The garden & allotments are used by schools, pensioners, community groups & families.
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  • Let's Make Limerick Nuclear-Free
    Limerick is a city without nuclear weapons, with no plans to stockpile them. This campaign demands the rest of the world follows suit. In a world where armies are growing, and we come ever closer to war, the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons must be brought into law. Ireland is one of the only countries in the Western World to sign the Treaty, as powerful people with money-driven agendas want to stop it from happening. However, Ireland has not yet ratified the Treaty, which would bring it into law. The United Nations & ICAN is calling on towns and cities across the world to raise their voices in support of humanity. Let's bring the movement to Limerick, and let the world know who we are. Let's ensure our children have a future. Let's make Limerick a Nuclear Free City. #icansavemycity Email me for further information: mfitz20013@gmail.com The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is the 2017 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
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  • Get off the fence - RTE policy on climate change
    Climate Change is accepted as an existential threat to the the planet and humanity. It affects us all and underpins every issue we fight for. The recent IPCC Report on 1.5°C is unequivocal: time is running out. Media in general and public service broadcasters in particular have a critical role to play in supporting public understanding of this issue and the transition to a low carbon future. Despite this, broadcasters still often obscure facts in the pursuit of so called "balance". In September 2018 the BBC became the first major broadcaster to implemented clear editorial guidelines to address this. We now call on RTE to issue a clear editorial policy in line with the science, in line with its public service mandate.
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  • Make PARENTAL ALIENATION a CRIME in IRELAND
    Parental Alienation is 1. Child Abuse often for life by the Parental Alienator 2. Coercive Control by the Parental Alienator on the targeted Parent and extended family 3. Emotional Abuse by the Parental Alienator on the targeted Parent and extended family 4. It hurts and damages more victims than any other form of Domestic Abuse many for life 5. Your Government including Departments Justice, Children and Health ignore this abuse (is this condoning torture and ill treatment?) 18 Councils in the Island of Ireland (March 2020 with many more to follow) have unanimously passed motions for legislation to recognise and address Parental Alienation; it is expected that the rest will follow in 2020. Parental Alienation is a form of child and domestic abuse and coercive control that is harming children, parents and grandparents often for life! Parental Alienation is not being addressed in Ireland and is being ignored by the Government, its agencies and most community & voluntary organisations. This is the case even though the World Health Organisation has included it in their foremost Health Handbook their is the International Classification of Diseases version 11( Ireland presently operates on the outdated version 10). Affects to the child: Emotional abuse, Uncertainty, Confusion, Hostile environments, Lack of communication, Loss of concentration, The loss of other important relationship such as siblings, aunts, uncles, nans, grandads etc. ...and many other negative effects in every aspect of a child’s life. Affects to the Non-residing parent: Loss of a relationship, Depression, Lack of support, Financial hardship after paying for mediation (and possibly refusal to mediate certificate dependant on residing parents co-operation) Court costs Cost for representation if needed. Costs of proving against false allegations (ie. Alcohol/Drug testing). Affects to the Alienating ‘Parent with care’: None? - Their ultimate aims were achieved, contact was prolonged, children are emotionally scarred (often for life!) and the parent with care gets away with no repercussions. The World Health Organisation recognises this and defines Parental Alienation as “Substantial and sustained dissatisfaction within a caregiver-child relationship associated with significant disturbance in functioning.” Also Parental Alienation undermines the core principles of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in which article 9 states “The child has the right to maintain contact with both parents if separated from one or both.” While there is no single definition, Parental Alienation is when a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result of psychological manipulation by the other parent. Commonly known as when a child "is poisoned against their mother or father". Parental Alienation is a serious form of child abuse, it not only alienates the children involved from their other parent but can negatively affect their future relationships, emotional well-being and ability to thrive as individuals in their own right and within the wider realms of our society. The manipulation of an alienated child with the resulting psychological damage can distort the child’s developing personality and subsequent life adjustment. It also creates an affliction of grief and loss for the targeted parent who may lose complete contact with their children who claim they don’t want to see or be with the targeted parent or others in their family. So why has the Irish Government, Irish Political Parties, Domestic Abuse & Voluntary Sector not addressed this issue. Please ask them why by phone, email or even better face to face; as to why they are allowing thousands of children to be abused (often for life) without any sanction or punishment? Where can I get more information on parental alienation? https://parentalalienation.eu/ https://www.facebook.com/PAAA.International/ http://pa.aps.ie/about.html https://www.paawareness.com/ https://www.irishpaconference.com/ O'Sullivan. B (2013) Irish Journal of Family Law 16 (1) pp. 20 - 23 PASG.thinkfic.com Or just Google or Youtube the topic Other useful reading material: Don't Hug Your Mother (2016) Gareth & Fintan Murphy A Family's Heartbreak - A Parents Introduction to Parental Alienation (2008) Jeffries & Davis The High Conflict Custody Battle (2014) Amy J Baker, J. M. Bone, Brian Ludmer Parental Alienation is Abuse (2017) David R. Shubert The Alienated Child "I wanted one life, you wanted another, we couldn't have our cake, so we ate each other"
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  • Blood Coal: End the ESB's support of community displacement and exploitation in Colombia
    Since 2001 the ESB has purchased 90% of its coal for Moneypoint from Columbia and two thirds comes from the Cerrejón mine in Colombia’s northern department of La Guajira. The ESB is 95% owned by the Irish government. The mine has displaced 1000s of indigenous Wayúu, Afro-Colombian and Campesino communities. 123 local leaders have been assassinated in the first 6 months of 2018. The local population has access to less than 1L of water each while the mine guzzles 17 million L per day. Not only is the Irish government complicit in these human rights abuses by purchasing blood coal but Ireland should be investing in clean energy. "The International Energy Association says that “Ireland’s location at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean ensures one of the best wind and ocean resources in Europe.” A clean-energy economy can happen. An Irish energy revolution can happen. But not without government help." The Guardian Please ask the Irish government to stop supporting the Cerrejón mine in Colombia (a Blood Coal company) and to work with local NGOs to rebuild the communities that their commercial practices have helped to destroy. Please read the full article here, https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/oct/25/blood-coal-irelands-dirty-secret
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  • Remove Palm Oil from ALL products
    We have lost 60% of Wildlife and biodiversity in the World since the 1970's. We are destroying wildlife habitat and replacing it for Palm Oil Plantations, to produce 'cheap' vegetable oil. Most products don't even need the ingredient as they had the same product before using palm oil. Do You know what Palm Oil is? Did you know that Palm oil is in most biscuits, cakes, crisps, chocolate bars, snacks, sweets, ice cream, crackers? It's in soap, shampoo, makeup and cleaning products? It's in drinks and health products too? It is the most consumed vegetable oil in the world and you probably don't even realise you're eating it!! Did you know that 60% of Wildlife has been removed since the 1970's? Palm oil doesn't need to be in any products we buy. It is there because its cheap and the industry wants to sell more and more of it. 180,000 Orangutans have disappeared in the last 100 years, due to hunting, capturing and now in the past 20 years the Palm Oil Industry. This Petition is a cry for help, It is to ask everyone and anyone to STOP buying palm oil products. Please take the time and JUST read the ingredients to see if what you are buying is apart of this massive environmental crisis. Stop buying products with Palm oil which support destruction. If you like your chocolate bars, just buy one that is organic and without palm oil and enjoy it more. We need to make a collective change in how we shop, buy and support the whole environment. We also need to start realizing that we have the power to make the change. Not allowing governments and corporations to make decisions for us, empowers us to make the right choices and in turn, the corporations and governments will have to follow US !! We have a massive opportunity to come together and fight for something that is bigger than ourselves. We all need the environment to support us. We need to start working with holistic systems, design, and management that carries good ethics, values, and morals with them. Please sign this petition but most importantly STOP BUYING Palm Oil Products, period. NO MORE. let's act together with our hearts, our heads and our consumer choice.
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  • Ireland for Sensible Drug Policy
    Drug 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.
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  • Preservation of 18th Century Carton Avenue in Maynooth
    Carton Avenue is of National and International interest because of its connection to the Geraldines Its 18th Century aesthetic has remained intact since it was designed It was aesthetically designed to link Carton estate and parklands to the Town of Maynooth and 13th century Geraldine Castle
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  • It's time to reign in Facebook
    Facebook should be regulated to prevent illegal private information use, personal data leaks, and to preserve individual privacy. Its a multi billion profit making company that more or less knows the details, behaviour and tastes of a majority of people in Ireland.
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  • Real Rent Controls Now!
    Is most of your income going on rent? Is it a struggle to have any money left over for a social life, a holiday in this lifetime, or to save anything after you've made rent? There is now a whole generation of people for whom security, having a home of their own or starting a family is starting to seem more and more like a pipe dream. Landlords have been taking advantage of the housing crisis to push up rent, with the average one bedroom apartment now at a shocking €1,459 per month in Dublin; €926 in Cork City; €848 in Galway City; €791 in Limerick City and €663 in Waterford City. This is appalling and must be stopped. Introduce real rent controls now!
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  • Save Our Qualified Pharmaceutical Assistants
    The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) Council approved rules that will mean that 248 women- in their late 50's, with an average 35 years of experience working as qualified professionals, will lose their livelihoods. The new rules would restrict a qualified Pharmaceutical Assistant (PA) to working ONE HOUR PER DAY in the absence of a pharmacist, rendering the qualification worthless and the job position economically unsustainable. If the new rules are signed into law by the Minister for Health, PA's will no longer be able to provide professional cover for pharmacists’ day off. “It is not possible to get locum cover so if the PA can’t cover I may have to remain closed some Saturdays…It’s fairly disastrous for pharmacy in Ireland”, a pharmacist explains in research carried out to assess the impact of the rules on pharmacy services. PA's have worked on average 18 years in their present pharmacies and know their customers very well. Continuity of care is paramount to patients' health and safety. This is something that PA's offer but the PSI have totally disregarded and ignored this crucial cornerstone. PA's like Sarah explain how “I will be out of a job. I am only 60 and state pension only available at 67…I have two children in college…it will be a financial disaster…I need my work and my money “, Marie spoke of how “I still have a mortgage so am worried about keeping my family home as I am a widow with a disabled adult living with me” NO consideration or provision for compensation has been made by the PSI, in drafting these rules.
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  • Scrap the Religious Declaration for incoming Presidents on October 26th
    The Constitution discriminates directly against the non-religious as they are effectively barred from the Presidency, the Council of State and the bench unless they make a declaration which is manifestly contrary to their beliefs and their conscience. As it is now clear that there will be a presidential election this year, there is no better time to act to remove these out-dated and discriminatory requirements. By holding a referendum on this issue on the same day as the presidential election and blasphemy referendum, the Government has the opportunity to deal with this matter expeditiously and to save a large amount of taxpayers' money. We therefore urge the Minister to seek Cabinet approval without delay so that a General Scheme can be prepared in time for 26th October.
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