• Ban super trawlers in Irish waters
    Let's send a clear message to the Irish Government and the European Commission that it's time to ban super trawlers and to ensure a sustainable fishery that supports coastal communities around Ireland and Europe.
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    Created by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
  • Tánaiste Martin retract home-ed statements
    An Tánaiste comments about homeschooling can be read here: https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-41096002.html The socialising and isolating issue is brought up very often by those who do not know the rich and varied experiences home-educating and unschooling families have and share with each other. Despite the right of parents to be the primary educator of their children, protected by the Constitution, the Tánaiste’s comments reveal that he considers there is something misaligned in parents who chose home-education over sending their children to state schools, or something misaligned with their children as a result. It is a classic misperception by those who know little about home-education that children do not learn to socialise when educated at home, and that home-educating families are isolated or somehow removed from society at large, in an ignorant bubble, as the minister himself projected. Sometimes you find the truth when you turn 180 degrees. In all fairness, it's an understandable knee jerk reaction to think that without classroom activities, children don't socialise. The reality is radically different and backed up by studies. Homeschooled children do not only have ample time for visits with their school going friends, there are many wonderful home-ed communities to connect with any time of the week. You see, as a general rule, home-educating families love meeting with home-educating families. There's people across the length and breadth of this country meeting up, organising museum visits, art projects, play sessions, camping trips, shared educational opportunities etc etc. Furthermore home-educated and unschooled children meet with a variety of people throughout the day, the post man, the busker in the street, the person giving the guided tour just to them, their grandparents, etc. etc. Within home-education children's interactions are not restricted mostly to their own age groups and therfore there is an increase in having friendships with much younger or older children and adults too. It was deeply offensive to hear the comments from our Tánaiste who is meant to protect every child and person in the county. The comments crudely undermined our sincere efforts, and were regarding a case which anchored on religious beliefs and did not in any way represent the home-educating communities of Ireland. We ask Minister Martin to please make a retraction and restore the faith of this minority group by expressing respect for personal decisions regarding our families, as is our right. Home-educating and unschooling families and their children are very much part of modern Irish society, and their local communities. We are a Constitutionally protected minority, and in other countries this legality is deemed progressive and supportive of democratic choice. Photo by Sasko Lazarov
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    Created by Jacintha van Roij
  • Landsdowne Valley Park Drimnagh needs an upgrade
    Landsdowne Valley park is used by mostly dog walkers and joggers at the moment. It has a disused pitch & putt section - that is home to many birds. The lock down showed how important local green spaces are. The climate crisis is showing the importance of biodiversity, restoring rivers, bird habitats etc Landsdowne Valley Park has a lot of untapped potential and this petition asks Dublin City Council to come up with a plan for Landsdowne Valley Park, using community consultation & feedback from local. Locals are concerned about the River Camac which flows through Landsdowne Valley Park and Inchicore. Dublin City Council needs to write a concrete action plan for Landsdowne Valley Park, with actions around river restoration, biodiversity, control of invasive species, disabled access to the park, family friendly design, tourism potential and any other feedback from the surrounding community.
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    Created by Zoe Obeimhen
  • Ban mega-trawlers from Irish coasts
    One of these giant fishing vessels has been seen less than 40 nautical miles off the coast of Ireland in the past week - the FV Margiris has been called the 'Death Star of the Ocean' and can land up to 250 tonnes of fish a day, 14 times what a regular Irish trawler might take, while often leaving tonnes of unwanted 'by-catch', marine life including marine mammals, dead in its wake. The vessel has already been banned from Australian waters - is undoubtedly causing untold damage to marine life off Ireland’s coast. In February of last year, French authorities launched an investigation after pictures of a huge 'carpet' of dead fish left behind the FV Margiris caused international condemnation from environmental groups. Up to 100,000 dead by-catch from the huge ship, were left floating in the water and it led to calls for the ship to be banned from French waters. The mega trawler - the second largest of her type in the world, is banned from some international waters, where countries have decided the cost of these types of factory fishing operations is just too high. https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/alarm-for-marine-life-and-local-fishing-crews-as-monster-super-trawler-fishes-in-irish-waters-for-a-third-day-42388536.html https://afloat.ie/port-news/fishing/item/58163-controversial-supertrawler-margiris-currently-fishing-off-irish-coast https://mobile.twitter.com/TrawlWatch_EU
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    Created by Alex Barton
  • Extend Presidential voting rights to Northern Ireland
    Despite an Irish citizen from Northern Ireland having held the role of President of Ireland (Mary McAleese), it is an anomaly that they are not allowed to vote in the election. 125 states and territories allow people living abroad to participate in legislative elections, 88 allow participation in presidential elections and 73 countries and territories allow citizens overseas to participate in referendums. Ireland is not one of them. Of the 14 EU Member States that hold direct Presidential elections, only Ireland, Slovakia and Cyprus deprive their overseas citizens of the vote. Source: Votingrights.ie
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    Created by Nicola Browne
  • Make Spike Island accessible for all Disabled Visitors
    This petition asking the Spike Island Development Company Limited wholly owned by Cork County Council to purchase a wheelchair-accessible bus is to ensure disabled visitors are not excluded from the tourist site but can safely reach the exhibition area. Until this happens, an exhibition celebrating the life of Kay McShane, who grew up on Spike island and won acclaim as a medal-winning Paralympian cannot go ahead.
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    Created by Nicola Meacle
    Shane has exposed multiple Health scandals and should be protected not punished. Ireland has just legislated for further protections for Whistleblowers, but Department of Health has refused to investigate Shane's multiple Protected DIsclosures
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    Created by Una Dunphy
  • Referendum to keep Water in Public Ownership
    It is vital Water Services are kept in public ownership with public servants providing dedicated service. Privatisation of water services has failed miserably globally. Look at Thames Water in the UK, 14 billion pounds Sterling in debt, pollution, leaks, lack of repairs and now the banks move in and take over Water Services. Water will now be a currency.
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    Created by Anthony Moore
  • Protect community services in Northern Ireland
    The most vulnerable people in society will suffer if community services lose funding at the end of March. Money from the European Social Fund (ESF) is due to stop on 31 March as a result of Brexit. Young people, people with disabilities, those living in poverty and people with mental health issues are among many who will suffer.
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    Created by Nicola Browne
  • More Gardaí for Newbridge
    We urgently call on the government to increase the number of gardaí in Newbridge up to the national average, which will help to improve community safety. We believe that this increase will require the assignment of a substantial number of new and experienced gardaí to our community.
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    Created by Chris Pender
  • Stop traffic danger for Kids walking & cycling on SCR
    Cyclists are being hit by cars at this junction. Cars are jumping the red light. Hundreds of children and cyclists walk and cycle to work & school every day here. They are not safe. Dublin City Council traffic engineers must urgently review this junction and upgrade pedestrian & cyclist safety with 2 new pedestrian crossings & cycle lanes.
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    Created by Zoe Obeimhen
  • Stop the Restriction of Planning Permission in Rural West Cork
    Many people are now homeless. Some are literally appealing to peoples' kindness to let them stay with them because they have nowhere to go after a landlord ends their tenancy. Available rental housing is at an all time low, and the need for it is extremely high. Local authority housing is like gold dust. Mostly landlords are either selling their property or they're turning to the Air BnB model to earn more money. This situation is hiking up the cost of renting a home, and buying an existing house is often far out of reach. This situation is exacerbated by planning restrictions in rural areas. Many people would take care of their own housing needs by buying a small plot of rural land if they could get planning for a low-cost dwelling that is fitting in its surroundings. There is ample land lying idle in West Cork, whilst rural communities are dwindling and people hopes for the safety of a home are dying. This is an easily solvable situation, if the people with the power would only do the right thing. It's up to us to help them make the correct decisions.
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    Created by Sue Richards