• Refund Student Fees 2020/21
    Across Ireland students are struggling to adapt to online learning. Even those with decent broadband and working computers are reporting difficulty keeping up and paying attention. Pre-recorded lectures with little interaction leave lecturers seeming even less approachable than before, courses which previously had time allocated to practical sessions now have significantly less or none at all. All of this, on top of the loneliness students are facing as they remain isolated from their peers, results in a massive decline in the quality of our education. We are left feeling like we are paying for the opportunity to teach ourselves. This is unacceptable. All this when the North of Ireland ranks within the top 10 of countries with highest student fees in Europe. Stormont have taken no measures to aid the situation, instead opting to leave it up to the discretion of the institution on whether or not students receive any aid at all. Students who paid for accommodation only to learn that all their classes would be online deserve better. Students who are teaching themselves and feel as if they’re attending “YouTube University” deserve better. Students without strong broadband who are forced to rely on mobile data deserve better. Many of the facilities that our fees are supposed to be paying for are closed, while we still pay the same amount as last year. We demand a full refund of fees this year, and that the Department for the Economy begin to seriously consider the abolition of tuition fees. Education is a human right, and it’s high time it be treated as such. After signing this petition please share your online learning story with #WhatAmIPayingFor, and don’t forget to tag Diane Dodds, Arlene Foster, Michelle O’Neill, the Department for the Economy and your local MLAs and/or MPs! After you've done that, we encourage you to join catuireland.org, a tenant & community action union that's taking on landlords who are taking the piss. Finally, we're organising an open Zoom meeting to discuss further campaigns, actions and occupations that can take place to fight for our fees. Join us on the 3rd of December at 6 pm here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvceCorz4rGdcVB0A01oKRAGT6wtOte2Hj
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    Created by Seán Johnston
  • Refund Student Fees 2020/21
    Across Ireland, students are struggling to adapt to online learning. Even those with decent broadband and working computers are reporting difficulty keeping up and paying attention. Pre-recorded lectures with little interaction leave lecturers seeming even less approachable than before, courses which previously had time allocated to practical sessions now have significantly less or none at all. All of this, on top of the loneliness that students are facing as they remain isolated from their peers, has resulted in a massive decline in the quality of our education. We are left feeling like we are paying for the opportunity to teach ourselves. This is unacceptable. All this when the Republic of Ireland has the highest student contribution fee in the EU, with our peers in the North paying even more. The current measures that have been taken by the government to aid this situation, the free laptop scheme and €250 refund, are welcome but simply not enough. Students who paid for accommodation, only to learn that all their classes would online, deserve better. Students who are teaching themselves and feel as if they’re attending “YouTube University” deserve better. Students without strong broadband who are forced to rely on mobile data deserve better. Many of the facilities that our fees are supposed to be paying for are closed, while we still pay the same amount as last year. We demand a full refund of fees this year, and that the Department of Further and Higher Education begin to seriously consider the abolition of tuition fees. Education is a human right, and it’s high time it is treated as such. After signing this petition please share your online learning story with #WhatAmIPayingFor, and don’t forget to tag Simon Harris, Micheál Martin, the Department of Further and Higher Education and your local TDs! After you've done that, we encourage you to join catuireland.org, a tenant & community action union that's taking on landlords who are taking the piss. Finally, we're organising an open Zoom meeting to discuss further campaigns, actions and occupations that can take place to fight for our fees. Join us on the 3rd of December at 6 pm here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvceCorz4rGdcVB0A01oKRAGT6wtOte2Hj
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    Created by Andrew Duffy
  • Pension Reform
    many people start paying contributions as teenagers. If there is a gap in contributions (travel, periods of unemployment, caring etc) over 40 or more years a full contributory pension is not paid. However if one works for only 10 years prior to pension age the full contributory pension is paid. This situation mostly affects women
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    Created by Maggie Mew
  • Stop Smith Toys Using Plastic Bags
    Shocking amount of unnecessary single use plastic bags being used, bad. Are they paying the levy for all these bags? It would be very easy to switch to brown paper bags(similar to TK maxx) for most of their
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    Created by Carina Fitzgerald
  • Bodyke NS Needs a Parking Solution
    With no designated parking area, parents and teachers must pull up onto the footpath to drop and pick up from school. An increasing volume and speed of traffic on the Bodyke-Limerick road, makes the situation as it currently stands dangerous for all and we would ask that this matter be taken with the urgency it deserves. Off-road parking and a safe turning area near the school are urgently required. Clare County Council and Clare TDs have been asked to look at how this might be made possible. Local community support is hugely valuable and we would urge you to sign this petition and help draw attention to this local issue.
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    Created by Bodyke National School Picture
  • Attymass Against Eirgrid 110kV Powerlines
    The North Connacht 110kV project proposes a number of overhead and underground cable corridors from Ballina to Ballaghaderreen. There are 7 corridors in total, 4 overground and 3 underground. For further details on the routes, please click on the link below to the Eirgrid North Connacht Web page and go into the virtual exhibition for further details. Attymass is an area of great natural beauty. It is also an area rich in heritage and culture. There are is also the health and welfare of the people living in the area. We are seeking to ensure that these cables go underground so we can preserve Attymass for future generations. The closing date is the 16th November and we as a community need to work together to keep Attymass beautiful and keep our community safe. Please join our petition. You can get more information on the exact route option on https://www.eirgridgroup.com/the-grid/projects/north-connacht/the-project/ Please put your name to our petition and fill out the feedback form on the website- Thank you
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    Created by Olivia Harrison
  • Implementation of Additional Leave for Pandemic Parents before April 2021
    Babies born in during the initial lockdown and their parents were isolated from crucial supports as well as family support due to the restrictions. The Government acknowledged this and agreed the additional paid leave but will not implement until April 2021 and this penalises many parents. Not everyone can afford to avail of the unpaid maternity leave entitlement either partially or in it's entirety. Parents need to be able to avail of this before returning to the workplace. Parents are only permitted to take this leave in some cases over twelve months after the birth of their children. This is unacceptable and needs to be implemented as soon as possible.
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    Created by Laura O'Connell
  • Respect Tallaght Village - No to 8 storeys. SDA/0250
    Tallaght village existed back before 800 when the Ceilí Dé established monasteries here. Since the hamlet grew into a bigger village and is now part of a town in 2020. The village area is small ( Main St, Main Rd, Old Blessington Rd, Old Greenhills are), and traditional in design and scale. The taller apartments are mostly limited to the edges and closer towards The Square. We want to retain the traditional scale and streetscape in the village. A bulky, overly modern 8 storey block does not enhance a village ! We want all development in the small village area to respect the existing streetscape not parachute in a jarring style and size. This site is the Alamo for the village. No high rise Apartments are welcome in our village. Show respect to this small corner of a growing town. Make your opposition know by supporting this petition please. !!
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    Created by Kattia Siles-Tomney
  • Save Tallaght Village
    Tallaght Community Council Believes the Plan for Esso Site, Tallaght Village is Wrong Scale and Design for Village. Decades of committees of Tallaght Community Council have championed the historic village area, more closely since the masterplan of 2006. We have brought a firm focus to trying to improve the compliance with conservation standards and retain it as a place of heritage. We do not object to the vacant site being brought into use after almost 15 years of vacancy. But this can’t be at any cost! We are objecting to the scale and lack of respectful design given its location fronting into the Main Street.
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    Created by Kattia Siles-Tomney
  • Eircom Pension Scandal
    During members active service contributions were paid into the pension fund to provide pensions and regular pension increases in parity with pay increases for members still working. This was deferred salary which was entrusted to the trustees to invest to provide the pension benefits promised. By unilaterally discontinuing these pension increases the company has declared the funds contributed to secure these increases, which belong to the scheme members, as "surplus" . In the period between 2013 and 2019 the company with the active collaboration of the trustees has diverted E109 million of these funds to its own use. In 2019 company top management awarded themselves over E100 million in bonuses. Pensioners have had no significant increases since 2008
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    Created by Martin O'Grady
  • MAKE SCHOOLS COVID19 SAFE
    You, the Department of Education have a duty of care for the safety & protection of our children & school staff. Parents and school staff were promised “protection measures” yet none are in place. Now at level 5, there are still no safety measures and schools are reporting that when a positive case is in a classroom, they are unable to get hold of HSE and have no guidance only to get on with it and continue with positive cases within the class. NOT ACCEPTABLE.
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    Created by Teachers & Kids Lives Matter
  • Require Employers to Allow Working from Home
    Currently there is no legislation to stop employers from requiring employees to attend offices in person. This means employers are allowed to ask employees to come in if they decide creating a hot spot for virus transmission.
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    Created by Joseph Alexander