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Make the National Maternity Hospital Ours!Repealing the 8th Amendment was only half the battle. Without ready access to abortion and other services, REPEAL will mean little. With the new maternity hospital set to be in private Catholic ownership, this access will be compromised. Despite its name, the National Maternity Hospital is a private Catholic corporation. The hospital recently agreed to be taken over by a private company owned by the Sisters of Charity, St Vincent's Healthcare Group (SVHG), which manages the nuns' three hospitals. The National Maternity Hospital is now slated to get a new facility built by the government on land owned by the nuns. This new build will cost an estimated €350m. Contrary to what the Minister for Health has repeatedly claimed, the State will not own the new hospital. All the government will own are the bricks. Current plans will see the maternity hospital governed by the nuns' company, SVHG, and owned by a new private Catholic company to be set up by SVHG. The Minister also claims the new hospital will be free of religious influence. Such claims ring hollow. With private ownership come legal powers and privileges. Private hospitals cannot be forced to provide services that conflict with their ethos. They cannot even be compelled to submit to independent inquiries into patient safety, as a High Court case taken by the same National Maternity Hospital against the Minister shows. The hospital recently won its case, blocking a HIQA inquiry following the death of a 34 year old woman during surgery at the hospital. The new maternity hospital was designed to be private and Catholic. We demand that it be public and secular. The inaugural public meeting of the Campaign Against Church Ownership of Women's Healthcare on Saturday 20th October 2018 unanimously adopted the following Declaration, namely that: * the National Maternity Hospital be taken into public ownership as a condition of public funding; * the €350m earmarked for the new build be conditional on the change of ownership; * the new maternity hospital be governed by a new, secular charter fit for the 21st century; We are looking to groups that work on behalf of women and all genders, binary and non binary, that are impacted by issues that may traditionally be considered women's healthcare- organisations, students, trade unions, political parties, and others to endorse this Declaration and demand its immediate implementation. Help make the National Maternity Hospital ours, by joining our campaign. Urgent action is needed now: the Minister hopes to sign off on the first works in connection with the new build before the end of this year. Please sign our petition. ******* Join our demonstration at the Spire at 2pm on the 8th December if you can. What better way to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception! ******* This petition was created by the Campaign Against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare.
Reinstate funding to Lifeline InishowenEstablished in 1996, Lifeline Inishowen provides professional and confidential support to women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse: physical, emotional, sexual or financial. The service's volunteers provide support to 54 families per year, on average. HSE funding was withdrawn in 2010. Although Lifeline receive a small sum from TUSLA towards their Child Counselling service, their main source of funding for the past 8 years has been donations through their own fundraising efforts, and their charity shop. Local support has been overwhelming, but is sadly not enough to secure the future of this vital service. Inishowen has a bigger population than Co Leitrim and a larger landmass than Co Louth. The only funded domestic violence support in the entire county of Donegal is located in Letterkenny – a 120km round-trip from Lifeline's Carndonagh base. This is simply impossible to access for Inishowen women and children in controlling and abusive households. Minister Zappone and TUSLA, we demand that the funding for Lifeline Inishowen's running costs is reinstated. The centralisation of domestic abuse services in a big, rural county like Donegal is disastrous for families in Inishowen. Closure of Lifeline will literally put lives at risk. Reinstate the funding to secure the future of these essential services in Inishowen. Lifeline Inishowen Charity nr: 19971
Its time to decriminalise drug use for personal useThe current policy of criminalising addicts neither benefits users or society. We have the fourth highest overdose rate in Europe per capita. We've got to realise that we do not have control over drug addiction - we're allowing greedy people, the drug dealers, to sell drugs and destroy a lot of lives.
More Secondary School places needed in Rush, Co. DublinSeveral Children and parents were let down yesterday when they received their letters from the local Secondary School, over hundred on the waiting list. The situation already looks grim for over hundred families and since Rush and Lusk have been dynamically expanding fears arose that the situation can only get worse in the coming years. Commuting is not a solution. Rush needs more Secondary School places.
End the historic neglect of Gaelic GamesOver 250,000 people attend GAA matches in the north every season with countless more wanting to watch or listen to coverage on TV, radio and online. GAA is the largest spectator sport in the north yet the BBC have still made no progress or new investment to ensure equal access to Gaelic games for northern viewers and licence payers. This historic neglect of Gaelic games both at club and county level must end.
SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGYI am challenging Limerick City and County Council on their decision to refuse me retention of 21 solar pv panels on grounds of „ serious visual intrusion and that they set undesirable precedent for such development” https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/district-court/woman-claims-order-to-remove-solar-panels-forced-her-to-burn-fossil-fuels-1.3622137?mode=amp Since the picture was taken, I was brougt to court and I had to take down 14 out of 21 panels. Those panels used to heat home for me and my girls. Since I had to fit in a gas burner to heat our house for winter, my spendings up to date are over 5000 euro (applications to An Board Pleanala and CC Council, burner, taking down panels) and if I loose this case there will be legal costs for County Council, that I will have to cover. I am trying to change the legislation that only allows people to put up to 12 sq m of panels without prior planning. I belive that if we want to pass on Earth to our kids, Earth that would feed them and provide them with fresh air we need to change how we source energy and how we spend it. This will have an impact on everyone in Ireland, who wants to use pv panels and might not be able to afford to employ an architect and go through a planning process. Thank you for your support! And if you are arround, come by and support me in Kilmallock court on 13.11.18. Asia
Reinstate funding the INFANT Centre, UCC.The Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT) is Ireland’s first dedicated perinatal research Centre. INFANT works to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies by focusing on clinical and health research and innovation in pregnancy, birth and early childhood. This is the only research Centre in Ireland focused on this work. Research focused on mothers and children must be prioritized.
Invest €105 million Into Mental Health in 2019Too many people have to wait to get the vital mental health care they desperately need. While the Government continues to under invest in our services, people get sicker and even die waiting for assessment and treatment. This has to stop - our mental health is too important. Mental Health Reform have said that we need at least 105 million to get our mental health services where they need to be.
Reinstate public bins at Limekiln Ave Bus TerminusLast week, two public bins were removed from Limekiln Ave Bus Terminus without consultation with the local community. This followed several complaints made over the last year and in particular the past few months by residents and public representatives These bins were not being collected as frequently as they should, one of the bins was broken and a huge amount of rubbish had been left lying around, which is not only an eye sore but also a serious public health issue. It should be noted that no household waste was observed being dumped. It was the kind of rubbish you would expect at such a location. Our community is extremely angry that SDCC has chosen to simply remove these bins rather than address the cause of the issue. Please sign the petition to demand that SDCC reinstate these bins immediately. Carly Bailey You can read more about this issue here: https://www.facebook.com/1418387828402340/posts/2236305246610590/