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Easter Rising 2019 - A Call to Action: Walking as One for an Inclusive SocietyThe year 2017 marked twenty years since Ireland’s first comprehensive plan to address poverty: the National Anti-Poverty Strategy 1997-2006. The year 2018 marked key anniversary for End Poverty activists and for the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights! The 30th anniversary of the death of Joseph Wresinski, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela (who launched the Make Poverty History Campaign) and the 70 years of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The year 2019 is starting with the Centenary of the first meeting of Dáil Éireann which occurred on 21 January 1919 in the Round Room of the Dublin Mansion House. In this first and highly symbolic meeting, the proceedings of the Dáil were conducted for the only time entirely in the Irish language, except for previously drafted declarations including the proclamation of the "Democratic Programme" including the following pledge: "It shall be the first duty of the Government of the Republic to make provision for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the children, to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing, or shelter, but that all shall be provided with the means and facilities requisite for their proper education and training as Citizens of a Free and Gaelic Ireland." We believe that Ireland needs a new Integrated Framework for Social Inclusion, to tackle inequality and poverty. We know Ireland faces major challenges: - to end the housing crisis - to deliver the SlainteCare’s vision for a better and fairer health system - to implement the 17 Global Goals set down in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including action to limit climate change - to become a society with communities ready to leave no one behind, the promise of the UN 2030 Agenda If we are serious about tackling these issues, and serious about lifting people out of poverty and eliminating its causes, we must have a consistent, comprehensive plan to address poverty and social exclusion. Such a plan will only succeed if it is owned by civil society at large and also by the people experiencing poverty, not just politicians and the organisations that work to combat inequality and exclusion. Our call to action: let's rise on Easter 2019! In the follow-up of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10 December 2018), as Ireland marks the Centenary of the Democratic Programme, inspired by the "End Poverty" legacies of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, inspired also by the pledge of Joseph Wresinski: "To come together is our solemn duty," and following the call by Mary Robinson and the Elders to "Walk Together", we seek a new approach. Let's bring everyone who wants to make a difference together! All stakeholders: public bodies, teachers, trainers and researchers, corporates and services, youth groups and pensioners, and the people who fight against the poverty and stigma that they experience. Let's say: "We – citizens, workers, leaders, managers, carers, parents, activists or professionals or both – are ready to be part of the End Poverty plan. We all need to own this plan: to know the goals and own them. Together we wish to take part in a strong participatory process to make the next Anti-Poverty Plan the best ever. Those who live with poverty and social exclusion deserve it. They also should have the opportunity help develop this new plan. And when the plan is in place they should be able to play their part to ensure it is implemented. I have a role to play and I support this call to action and would like to be involve in the design, implementation and monitoring of our common plan!” Let us leave no one behind! All together in dignity!"
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.
Stop reinforcing the stereotype of "the drunken Irish".We have a unhealthy relationship with alcohol and some politicians seem to be more concerned about protecting the profits of Diageo and publicans than of taking a stand in favour of the health of our people. They pay lip service to the problems caused by alcohol abuse, yet are quite happy to go along with the Diageo (Guinness) marketing charade that this practice supports. We hear excuses that banning drink driving will cause rural isolation. It is possible to go the the pub and order something other than an alcoholic beverage. Driving is a responsibility - not a right. Ask any A&E staff member or any one in a refuge for victims of domestic violence about the effects caused by excess alcohol use if you feel that this is harmless. Ireland has far more to offer than just a pint of Guinness. Shame on our politicians for ensuring this is what we are best known for and perpetuating the stereotype of "the drunken Irish". Personally I find it demeaning and offensive. I hope there are other like minded people who will sign this petition to end this practice.
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/
Stop Nursing Homes Charging Extra FeesNursing homes need to be up front with an 'additional charges'. Many elderly people are too infirm to participate in 'additional extra’s and services! whatever they turn out to be. A reported example is of some being charged €20 for Mass is disgraceful. All private nursing homes should publish their list of what they are charging for over and above the fee for care. The list of ‘services’ should have the cost next to each item listed as well.
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
Appoint a qualified consultant for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in IrelandEhlers-Danlos is a complex genetic condition resulting in faulty collagen. Because of this fault, patients' joints can dislocate on a daily basis, leaving us in agony. And that is only the beginning of the catalogue of symptoms that inflict us; some, life threatening. Early diagnosis and intervention is fundamental for long term prognosis and care, but unfortunately Ireland does not have one, qualified, appointed specialist in the whole country. This has lead to people with EDS becoming so de-conditioned, with years of no medical intervention, that they cannot work, function and sometimes cannot walk. I was only diagnosed in my early 30's, after a life in pain -at times, extreme agony. I saw numerous specialists in various areas, spent my 20's on waiting lists. By the time of my diagnoses I had deteriorated so much that I found it very difficult to find even a physiotherapist or occupational therapist to keep me on as a patient. I am slowly clawing back parts of my life, but must pay out of my own pocket for treatment in the UK. We get no where on the treatment abroad scheme (especially in cases to see consultants) and as the main UK clinic is private this is automatically excluded form the scheme. My story isn't special, or unique -it's a very similar story for most Irish patients. This cannot continue. People are literally being left to rot. We cannot let another generation of EDS patients go undiagnosed and untreated. Please support our campaign -Sign the petition and share on social media.
Sneem needs a doctor.Our Doctor in Sneem will retire in October. During 33 years the village and the wider region of Sneem have been looked after by an outstanding, caring and deeply committed professional. But now the time has come to turn the page. We all know that Sneem needs a new doctor. Not only the elderly need a doctor, not only our Pharmacy needs a doctor in order to stay open, not only the young families in the town and the many visitors we welcome each year, also the groceries and all the shops and businesses depend on the presence of a local doctor in Sneem. As we live two and a half hours away from the nearest hospital, and forty minutes from Kenmare where the nearest doctor would be and no bus service to get us there, it is of vital importance that we have a doctor appointed for Sneem. We invite you to sign this petition and to ask your family and friends to help us make known all over Ireland that Sneem is looking forward to welcome and to support a new doctor.