Dáil Issues, Defence

Ref No: 27139/16 Lottery: 1 Proof: 17
QUESTION NO: 45

To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of members of the Defence Forces who will be deployed to the Golan Heights in the coming weeks, following the announcement of 19 September 2016 that a new contingent of troops would be joining the UNDOF mission in the near future; and his views regarding whether this deployment is a good use of Defence Forces capability.
– DEPUTY CLARE DALY.
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Children and Youth Affairs, Human Rights

Press Release:

SURVIVORS MEET MINISTER KATHERINE ZAPPONE

“At this rate, our entire community will be reunited with headstones in graveyards”

MINOR PROGRESS PROMISED ON LONG OVERDUE MEMORIALS

A delegation of five members of the Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors (CMABS) held a hour and a quarter meeting with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at the Department of Children today. CMABS are extremely disappointed with the Ministers response to their reasonable requests for progress. It is clear that the change of Government earlier this year has reset the clock to zero in relation to our fight for truth and justice and survivors have to almost start from scratch in regards to practically everything. However the most prevalent word used by the Minister today was “NO!”.
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Features, Foreign Affairs, International

Below, a press release from Shannonwatch following on from the Department of Foreign Affairs’s refusal to release information on US military flights through Shannon. So much for freedom of information…

Foreign Affairs Refuse to Reveal Extent of US Military Use of Shannon

Shannonwatch are gravely concerned by the ongoing refusal of the Department of Foreign Affairs to provide access to information about US military flights through Shannon.  Citing the creation and maintenance of trust and confidence between governments the department have said they will not provide records requested under freedom of information (FOI) because it would hamper the international relations of the State.
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Features, Human Rights, International

by Jamison Maeda

Chelsea Manning has ended her hunger strike after the US Army finally agreed to provide her gender affirming surgery.

“I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing,” says Manning. “I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted — for them to let me be me. But it is hard not to wonder why it has taken so long.”

Manning’s lawyer made a statement saying “This is a monumental day for Chelsea, who can now enjoy some peace knowing that critically needed medical care is forthcoming. This medical care is absolutely vital for Chelsea as it is for so many transgender people – in and out of prison – who are systemically denied treatment solely because they are transgender.”
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