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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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Features

Fingal County Council has commenced its Social Housing Assessment 2016.

This is an important process, which when completed, will provide the Council with a comprehensive and  up to date Assessment of the Housing Needs of our applicants.

Letters in respect of the Assessment  will be issued to the relevant applicants this week.

All applicants must complete the accompanying Assessment Form and return same to FCC’s offices in Swords, Blanchardstown and Balbriggan by August 19th 2016.

Forms can be posted or can be placed in the drop boxes specifically made available for the Social Housing Assessment.

Reminder letters will issue to those who have not returned their forms by the aforementioned date.

The Council is required to return this data by 12 October to the Dept. of  the Environment , Community & Local Government.

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Fingal Housing Assessment

Features, National, Students

 

DITSU President, Boni Odoemene.

DITSU President, Boni Odoemene

The three-year funding agreement between management at the Dublin Institute of Technology and DIT Student’s Union ran out on 30 June last.

The parties had been negotiating an agreement for several months and both sides came to an agreement in late April. The agreement was approved by the Senior Leadership Team of the DIT, chaired by the President of the DIT, and was formally signed by the Director of Student Affairs of the DIT. However, an objection by Imelda Reynolds, a business rep on the Governing Body, who wants the union to be subject to DIT Internal Audit, has blocked the agreement.

As a result, DIT Students’ Union has no funding in place – despite having signed off on agreements twice with DIT management.
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Animal Welfare, Features

Supporters of Ban on Live Hare Coursing Protest at Leinster House June 2016

Supporters of Ban on Live Hare Coursing Protest at Leinster House June 2016

by Jamison Maeda

Last week’s defeat in the Dáil by 114 votes to 20 for the banning of live hare coursing will no doubt disappoint many animal rights activists. The support from the general public for the ban is overwhelming. But again, our politicians lag behind public opinion; stuck in a conservative mindset that would stand over a violent and barbarous cruelty because they lack the vision and decency to bring this backward behaviour to an end.

But the campaign must continue for the sake of the defenseless animals that are victim to abuse and cruelty in the name of entertainment. After decades of tireless efforts by animal welfare activists in the U.S., Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus phased out its live elephant acts and moved their elephants to the Ringling Bros. center for elephants in Florida.

Circus elephants

Circus elephants

On May 1, 2016, Ringling Bros. held its final live elephant performance. Feld Entertainment stated that the retirement of the elephant acts was due to increasing animal safety regulations and restrictions in cities where they performed. In addition to legislation protecting animals, Ringling Bros. faced multiple lawsuits regarding its treatment of animals. In 2011 Ringling Bros. was fined by the United States Department of Agriculture for violating the Animal Welfare Act. For this, Ringling Bros. paid $270,000.
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