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The Liberties needs a sports pitch NOT a big waste depotThe Liberties, is home to the Guinness Storehouse in South Inner City Dublin. 50,000 local people have no access to playing team sports, like football. Many local boys and men go to prison from this area. 11 local primary schools have really small playgrounds so they can't play much sport. This means they might get unhealthy and overweight. John Lonergan, who used to be the boss of Mountjoy Prison has said that a lot of prisoners in Mountjoy have always come from the Liberties. He said it is because they don't have enough to do in the area, to keep them busy. This is the last plot of derelict land in The Liberties, that can fit a big grass sports pitch for team games like Football, Hurling or Rugby. The boss of Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan wants to build a big waste depot, but he needs to get the local Dublin City Councillors to go along with him. At the moment, the only use is for recreational, so he can't build a big waste depot without their help. The land is really close to the Guinness Enterprise Centre and the Guinness Storehouse. A local pitch would help people working there, to do sport. 10 million euro is being spent on the Guinness Enterprise Centre, so that it can get bigger by 65%, making it a business superhub. The Guinness Storehouse is one of the best tourist places to go in Ireland. In 2017 1.7 million people went there. The Chief Executive must give people living and working in the Liberties, the chance to play sport. He must act on the advice of Ex Mountjoy Prison Boss John Lonergan, and make the area near the Guinness Enterprise Centre and Guinness Storehouse better. The plans for the sports pitch are ready, and the land is zoned 'recreational'. We ask the Chief Executive to please build the sports pitch, not a big waste depot.
Provide public water filling stations & water fountains in GalwayThere are both health and financial benefits with the scheme. Small practical steps like this will save money, reduce the use of plastics and improve our environment. It is the first of many, and a small practical step to stem the tide of single use plastics & therefor plastic pollution, and of course provide free and safe drinking water in areas of high pedestrian footfall such as Salthill Promenade and our various parks. Unlike many European countries, Ireland took explicit ownership of natural resources in its 1937 Constitution. Water, as well as the nation’s other resources, ‘belong to the State’. Since the introduction of Irish Water in 2013 the infrastructure is already in place to easily implement such a scheme if the political will is there. Dublin city Councils are working with 'Cool Planet' with an aim to reduce the use of single-use plastics and we enourage Galway City and County Councils to follow suit. South Dublin County Council also plans to examine the provision of public water fountains by assessing suitable locations. Fingal County Council recently installed a public water fountain at Howth in an effort to reduce plastic waste and introduce water sustainability measures, a second fountain is due to be installed at Malahide Demesne.
Get off the fence - RTE policy on climate changeClimate 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.
Blood Coal: End the ESB's support of community displacement and exploitation in ColombiaSince 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
Save Markievicz Pool & GymThe public Markievicz leisure centre, managed by the DCC, is the only available in Dublin City Centre with a 25mt swimming pool. Thousands use this public pool and gym. Local children learn to swim there. On top, up to 150 people could lose their homes because the apartments above the pool will also be demolished with the current project. There is already a housing crisis in the city.
Remove Palm Oil from ALL productsWe 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.
Solidarity with TravellersThe presidential election gave a platform for anti Traveller hostility to be openly displayed and the Traveller community to be harassed and abused. The conduct of the presidential candidate Peter Casey, his supporters and some sections of the media, took us back to the expression of open hatred that we haven't seen since the civil rights marches. Travellers have been pushed to the margins of our society, often denied access to the most basic of services. The Traveller community is 10 times more likely to experience homelessness and 7 times more likely to die by suicide. Children from the Traveller community are growing up being made to feel like they don't belong, they are growing up thinking they are not good enough, growing up to be made feel ashamed of their background, in order to be accepted. No one should feel this way in the Ireland of today. I believe we can all play our part in stopping the rise of hatred and oppression. Instead of looking to Traveller groups and organisations to have to challenge anti Traveller racism, we all can and must play our part. It is the settled community who need to call it out and say that this wont be tolerated in our name. If we want to live in a fair and equal society, we must stand together, build each other up and build bridges, not walls. Sign the pledge to stand in solidarity with Travellers, and help stamp out racism and discrimination.
Extend all Part 4 TenanciesMany tenants are being evicted because landlord currently can prevent a further Part 4 tenancy. We are in the middle of a Housing Emergency, there is no reason why a tenant should not be allowed security of tenure if the aren't in breach of their obligations as set out in the Residential Tenancies Act 2004.
Cap personal injury awards and safe guard play opportunities for Irish childrenThink back to your own childhood and ask yourself where was your favourite place to play? Was it outdoors? What did that play look like? Did it make you feel alive, free? The UK have begun to take radical steps to tackle exaggerated personal injury claims and insurance fraud. In April, 2018, Journal article wrote ‘the UK's justice secretary David Gauke, declared his intention to bring in legislation governing civil liabilities through the House of Lords. The bill will seek to place caps on the compensation payable for soft tissue injuries sustained in driving collisions.’ So what are personal injury claim’s like in Ireland? The April article above also quoted ‘The average settlement for a whiplash injury in the UK is in the region of €7,000 (£5,000 sterling). In Ireland? It’s about three times that figure (between €15,000 and €18,000).’ On 26 Jan, 2018, an Irish Times article reported ‘the average cost of a minor ankle injury in Ireland is €54,700, compared to €12,554 in the UK.’ On 2nd October, 2018, Irish Times wrote of a young girl who injured her lower lip in a creche 13 years ago, being awarded €30,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court, a minor injury she received on a tricycle. We understand tragic things happen and we need to keep our children safe. But we need a counter balance now. We need to safe guard childrens health and well-being in play. We need the Minister to take radical steps to change the culture of claims for cash in Ireland today that has become so vigorous and has schools, childcare services and parks in constant fear of litigation. I call on the Minister for Equality and Justice to strike while the iron is hot and act immediately to follow the UK example and set caps on personal injury claims in Ireland now. As personal injury claims go, Ireland is almost at top of the scale. As a result of the Irish culture of litigation, there is a growing culture of fear easing into every part of the modern Irish life and it is hurting those we care for most, our children. Children's fundamental rights and freedoms in play are slowly being eroded. Play on the streets, in parks and on school playgrounds looks very different today than in the past. How does all of these exaggerated personal injury claims affect children's play? Schools, childcare services and public parks are all in fear of being sued. Bans on children running at play in school yards. ‘No ball games’ signs posted in public parks across Ireland. Stories of lower branches being cut off trees to stop children climbing them. With rising obesity levels and mental health issues for children and young people, where does it all end Minster? In May 2018, Irish Independent quoted David Duffy, an education and research officer with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) stating ‘many schools are concerned about a litigious culture in Irish society. He stated “Logical but regrettable responses to that litigious culture include schools being so concerned about accidents in the school yard that some have instigated limitations on students’ physical activities such as running in the school yard” Enough is enough. We need decisive action now Minster and we need a proper debate on legislative measures to safe guard play opportunities for all Irish children. Support our schools, childcare centres and public parks committees who are so afraid of being sued they have to ban running in play in schools and post 'no ball games' in parks. Cap personal injury awards to tackle exaggerated insurance claims and fraud in Ireland while ensuring childrens right to experience freedom in play is preserved. I'd like to ask the Minister personally to think back to his own childhood and ask himself where was his favourite place to play? Was it outdoors? What did that play look like? Did it make him feel alive and free? Please sign and support this petition today and share as much as you can. Thank you