Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category

Defence, Human Rights, National

From Ed Horgan at Shannon Watch

Easter Sunday morning at 9am United States Navy Lockheed C-130T Hercules 165313 c/n 5383 Fleet Logistics Support Squadron based in Jacksonville, Florida USA is back in Shannon, having been here also on Good Friday, probably having been on a mission to the Middle East in the meantime, delivering troops or other war materials to the killing fields. Once again it is being protected by Gardaí and Irish army personnel. These Gardaí and Irish army personnel should be celebrating the centenary of Irish independence and sovereignty today, except of course that our Government (or so-called acting-Government) have handed over our independence and sovereignty to the United States of America at Shannon airport.
Happy Easter?? Not if one is at the receiving end of the war materials being transported through Shannon airport on this and other US war planes on a daily basis.Shannon Easter Sunday

Dáil Debates, Human Rights, International

Human Rights, National

All Irish Water customers who paid their recent bills by Direct Debit are entitled to reclaim the monies from their bank account.

According to the Banking Payments Federation Ireland website and the SEPA scheme documentation, banks are obliged to refund monies collected by Direct Debit provided the claim for such refund is made within eight weeks of the Direct Debit being collected.

A customer would need to demand the refund through their own bank and the bank is obliged to refund the money with no questions asked.  See below extract from the Banking & Payments Federation of Ireland Website.

Consumer Rights

The SEPA Direct Debit Core Scheme Rules and the SEPA Regulation 260-2012 make provisions for the following consumer rights, effective 1 Feb 2014:

  • Use a single account to pay a SEPA Direct Debit in any SEPA country
  • Instruct their bank to refuse a SEPA Direct Debit
  • Prohibit the application of any SEPA Direct Debit to their bank accounts
  • Specify creditors who may collect SEPA Direct Debits from their bank accounts
  • Specify creditors who may not collect SEPA Direct Debits from their bank accounts
  • Limit a SEPA Direct Debit collection to a certain amount and/or period
  • Request a refund for any SEPA Direct Debit within eight weeks from the date on which the SEPA Direct Debit was debited from their account. Within the eight week period their bank must refund on a ‘no-questions asked’ basis.
  • Request a refund for any unauthorised SEPA Direct Debit after 8 weeks and within 13 months from the date on which the SEPA Direct Debit was debited from their account.

Also clearly stated on the Irish Water Direct Debit Mandate form:



Features, Human Rights

TFMR Ireland has issued a statement to mark the first anniversary of Dáil Éireann rejecting a bill to legislate for terminations of pregnancy in cases of Fatal Foetal Abnormalities, and to coincide with MLAs in the Northern Ireland Assembly debating an amendment to the Justice Bill to allow just that.
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