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Dean Mulligan reports from Dublin North Disability Forum.
The Dublin North Disability Forum was organised on the back of the Disable Inequity campaign, which was set up pre-general election in order to make disability rights an integral general election issue. The Forum was organised by the Áiseanna Tacaíochta network and the Disable Inequality campaign. It was refreshing to see a good attendance from the NCBI (working with people with sightless and the blind), GDIL (Greater Dublin Independent Living), DFI (Disability Federation of Ireland), IDS (Irish Deaf society) and Individuals with disabilities and family members along with advocacy groups, disabled individuals, family members and politicians. Politicians from both Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council, were in attendance along with some TD’s from both Dublin Fingal and Dublin Bay North Constituencies. The DNDF was set up as an introduction of possible round table discussions, with a particular emphasis on the UN Convention on the Rights of people with Disabilities (UN-CRPD).
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.
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.
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:
The recent wavering on the issue of water charges by Fianna Fáil and the speculation on the future of Irish Water must be welcomed as the inevitable outcome of the unpopularity of Irish Water and the enormous popular movement, which has grown around the Right2Water campaign. But the campaign must continue until our key goals are reached, that is the abolition of water charges and a referendum to enshrine public ownership in our constitution to ensure water services can never be privatised. If refunds are paid well and good, but the issue of refunds is a diversion from what is an important victory, the priority now is to ensure that people are no longer bullied into paying twice for their water. And those people who felt they had no option but to pay will have one less bill to worry about now.
People were not fooled by the spin that surrounded the establishment of Irish Water. It was clear from the start that it was a money-making operation, that would not benefit our water infrastructure, but would create opportunities for private investors to make fortunes out of a vital natural resource which the tax payer has invested in for generations. A resource, that is so important to our lives, our health and well being, that people were compelled to defend it and not allow it to be treated as a commodity or let it fall into the hands of private corporations.