• Make Sick Pay Mandatory in Ireland
    The pandemic has exposed big failings in how workers are protected against loss of income when they have to take days off work due to sickness. Ireland is completely out of line with European norms in not requiring all employers to continue to pay our wages if we are forced to miss work because we fall ill. We ask that a guaranteed period of paid sick leave of no less than 2 weeks and paid at 100% of the worker's wage is mandatory. Hundreds and thousands of low paid essential workers do not receive sick pay and face being financially compelled to keep working when sick.
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    Created by Nicola Browne
  • STOP using B&B’s & HOSTELS as emergency or temporary accommodation for young people aged 16-18!
    It is inappropriate for a vulnerable young person (16-18) needing temporary or emergency accommodation to be placed in a B&B or Hostel where adults are also placed. Gabby Connelly was only 17 when she was placed in a B&B where she was sexually assaulted. No prior police checks where carried out on those working in the B&B. The sexual assault impacted Gabby massively and when Gabby sought counselling she was told she would have to wait months. Tragically Gabby is no longer with us to fight for this change, however her mum Lisa has started this campaign #JusticeForGabby to ensure change happens within the care system. Gabby recorded her story a few months before her death where she highlights the failings within the system. Please support our campaign by signing and sharing this petition. This is only the start of #JusticeForGabby.
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  • Protect Arts in Temple Bar from Commercial Interests - Support the Icon Walk - Save the Icon Factory
    ** The Balance is Wrong! ** Current evidence proves that it is next-to-impossible for non-commercial activities to survive in Temple Bar with artistic and cultural endeavours being pushed to the side. We believe that there is a lack of balance between all stakeholders and there is an over emphasis on money making activities, to the detriment of the Temple Bar area. Temple Bar area has been designated and developed to be a cultural hotspot for Dublin, with supposed encouragement given to small businesses, art and culture projects, and the repopulation of the area. However, the dominance of large (super) pubs and the increasing number of restaurants (incl. fast food) has led to many Dubliners avoiding the area as its largely regarded as a drinking and clubbing area with a reputation for anti-social behaviour and drug use. ** Our Story (Who Are We?) ** We are the Icon Walk project (a registered charity) based on Aston Place in Temple Bar. We are an artist collective. The Icon Factory and Aga Szot Studio are part of our activities and are responsible for much of our fundraising. We have a new landlord that seeks vacant possession of the premises, to make way for a proposed restaurant. We will fight in court, and even if we win, it may be a pyrrhic victory. We wish to preserve the Icon Walk and to do this the Icon Factory needs a permanent home. Otherwise all we have brought to the area will be gone. To find out more or if you think you can help us, please find us at www.iconfactorydublin.com, or on social media (search Icon Factory Dublin). We are looking for potential sites (if required), and also we will have to fundraise to go to court.
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  • Lift Maternity Restrictions in NI
    We believe that the restrictions currently in place due to the Covid outbreak are not necessary, not based on scientific evidence, are disrespecting human rights and are not proportionate to achieve the objective of limiting the spread of the virus. We are concerned about Birth and Perinatal Trauma and the long term Mental Health issues that these restrictions are causing/will cause.
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  • Education for All
    In the fallout of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, a subsequent economic recession and the establishment of the department of further and Higher Education, the funding crisis of Higher education continues to roar on in an age of soaring rents, poor working conditions for academic staff , inadequate student supports and the highest fees in Europe. Students are hungry for change, and this campaign seeks to earn it. Our demands are for the government to commit to and representatives to support a series of commitments outlined in our pledge... 1. An end to the student contribution charge of €3000, the highest in the EU. 2.An end to the study now pay later and earn and learn policies and a move toward publicly funded education at the heart of government policy. 3.A publicly financed student accommodation building strategy and charter for student tenant rights. 4. A reform of student supports across the island that match the cost of being a student in the new decade. 5. A plan to address the crisis in Irish creative institutions. 6. An end to precarious working conditions for academic staff
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  • Fund Perinatal Mental Health Care for Northern Ireland
    At least 1 in 10 women are impacted by mental health issues in the perinatal period, from pregnancy until their child is 2 years old. Specialist perinatal mental health services are desperately needed, comprising specialist clinical teams in every health trust, community support services, peer support, education and a specialist inpatient mother and baby unit. Campaigners and perinatal mental health experts have been working together for years calling for these vital services to be put in place but Northern Ireland remains far behind the rest of the UK as the only region with no mother and baby unit and extremely limited specialist service providers. The Health Minister has committed to establish new perinatal services as part of the 2020 Mental Health Action Plan but has not published any details about what will be included and states in the action plan that "[i]t is likely that creating this service will take some time." The Minister has still not agreed to meet the urgent need for a mother and baby unit so that women suffering from acute perinatal mental illness can be treated without being separated from their babies. Meanwhile, women in Northern Ireland have lost their lives and many more have suffered the consequences of being unable to access services. The devastating impact of covid-19 on women who have been allowed limited support from partners and family during their birthing experience and reduced access to health visiting services at home has made the situation even worse. We urgently need the Minister to fund these services and allow the professionals who are ready to deliver them to get on with this important work. Mums and babies cannot wait any longer.
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  • Courtown Adventure & Leisure Centre
    Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre has entered into liquidation jeopardising the continued learning of thousands in North Wexford. As the only public swimming facility providing lessons in the Gorey area it has been a vital amenity for the provision of swimming lessons for children and adults alike. The associated health benefits with regular exercise are widely accepted, for some the Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre is their only outlet for regular exercise. Whether it’s swimming, aqua aerobics or using the gym, the loss of the facility will be keenly felt by people of all ages and abilities within the surrounding communities. In a seaside area the loss of year-round swimming lessons to the local communities could result in a fear of using our beautiful beaches and the various offerings that come with those, such as surfing, sailing, sea-swimming etc. and in turn a loss of income for local businesses. In the worst cases the loss of swimming lessons at an early age could lead to mortalities because of a fear of the water. We urge WCC to take these factors under consideration and to keep the Courtown Adventure and Leisure Centre open by taking over the ownership and operation of the facility. Please share and use #savecourtownpool when posting on social media Thank you, Save Courtown Pool Campaign Group Members: Leah Johnston Killian Ormond Joy Redmond Nivard Rush Thelma Blehein Laura O'Gorman Supported by: Swim Club Courtown Special Olympics Club Gorey Area Surf Life Saving Sammy's Swimmers (open water) Swim Academy parents and many schools in the area
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  • I stand with the Debenhams Workers
    This is a message to the Irish Government and the company overseeing the liquidation of the company's assets that a lot of people are behind the Debenhams workers. This is also a message to those on the picket that you have our support and solidarity.
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  • Improve facilities & increase funding in the mental health sector in Ireland
    I’ve found myself asking the question was this the right time to create this petition with all of the others issues going on in the country and in the world right now. But the thing is when is the right time for change? There’s always going to be other problems unfolding around us but that doesn’t mean this issue is any less relevant or important. I have experienced first hand having been in a variety of mental health services from private and public general and psychiatric hospitals, community facilities and various counselling services that the system and resources available in the country of Ireland to people who are struggling are limited and over-capacitated, unable to deal with the large volumes of people who are seeking out support. How unfair is it that incredible non-profit charities like Pieta House or Jigsaw or Spunout are being overwhelmed in the community by the countless people who do not have the access or money to go to the mental health services that they desperately require. Or hearing about another individual taking their own life who was on a 3 month or 6 month long waiting list to be seen by a counsellor or start a therapy programme. It’s time we start seeing more money being put into the mental health sector to create crisis centres as a safe place for those to go to if they’re feeling suicidal and to see an increased number of facilities, counsellors and resources in the community. Excuses and explanations aside, it’s fundamental that we all get the help and resources for our mental health that we need and that we deserve because the way things are now is just not good enough! If you want please sign the petition if you feel strongly about this issue too. Let’s use our voices to propel the change that we want to see in this country, not in 5 or 10 years but now. I don’t want to see those suffering with their mental state to be turned away by a private hospital because they aren’t covered or don’t have insurance, or a long term patient being repeatedly over-medicated because there’s no other help available to them, or to see a young person arriving to the emergency department feeling suicidal and then walking away feeling as though they weren’t listened to or didn’t get the help that they desperately needed. We have the ability to save lives if we start making this change right now. Let’s prioritise our mental health and encourage the government to do the same with the services that are in place!
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  • Amend the Harassment & Harmful Communications Bill
    The bill was categorised by the Law Reform Commission in 2016 after focus groups of young teens identified it as a privacy issue. However on greater examination it is clear that this should fall under sexual violence laws. It is important that people who engage in image based crime should face serious implications for sharing inappropriate images without consent. Also it is important that judges and barristers should understand the full impact on victims lives from the sharing of these images, and be trained up to deal with what is a reasonably new crime, with the age of smart phones and widespread internet access.
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  • Protect Northern Ireland's Peace
    The Troubles in Northern Ireland cost thousands of lives and tore generations of families apart. The fragile peace brokered after was hard won. It was a process which took years and involved people who had been at war with each other sitting down together to work out a way forward. No matter which way people voted on Brexit, no one wants to put peace in Northern Ireland at risk. Please don’t risk the fragile peace in Northern Ireland. It’s too important to sacrifice.
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  • STOP Dublin Airport passenger drop-off and collect charge.
    This is important because Dublin Airport are citing the need for people to use Public Transport more. However, they appear to have forgotten that there is no Train, no LUAS and no DART to Dublin Airport yet. The only real options are taxi, bu that's not a car alternative, or buses, which are irregular and not available from large swathes of Ireland.
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