Features

after Bertolt Brecht

You clean collared columnists

should first help us fix the basic roof-over-head

dilemma, before penning your next sermon.

 

You shower, who preach careful now

and always know your own exact bank balance,

what is this mature democracy towards which you sweat?

Without a door I can safely lock behind me

to keep your pity at bay, civilisation

doesn’t even begin.

 

First bring those of us who get by on Supermacs

each our own mahogany table and a big, silver knife

with which to cut the turkey and ham into manageable slices

(with a vegetarian option for those so afflicted)

and answer us this:

 

What put the diamonds in your owner’s wife’s ears?
Or the Prince Albert ring in her boyfriend’s willy?

The fact you’re in there polishing phrases

and we’re out here in the undemocratic rain

which everyone – from the Primate of the Church of Ireland

to the Council for the Women of  Consequence – agrees

must never be allowed land on you,

 

this is what keeps pinning diamonds

to your owner’s wife’s sad little lobes,

and puts the ring that winks up at her

in her boyfriend’s knob.

KEVIN HIGGINS

 

 

 

 

Coastal Erosion

Dec
2017
18

Climate Change and Natural Resources, Dáil Issues, Environment, Local Issues, National

Clare has continuously raised the issue of coastal erosion in relation to a national strategy to deal with the worse effected areas including Portrane in North County Dublin.  The sluggish response to the issue is placing homes in danger.  See below for recent replies from the minister on this issue:

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to develop a coordinated national coastal plan to prioritise the most at risk inhabited and to develop a unified approach to the management of coastal erosion nationwide..

– Clare Daly TD

REPLY

The primary objective of Government policy on coastal protection is to ensure that in areas identified as being at greatest risk of damage or loss of economic assets through coastal erosion or flooding, appropriate and sustainable measures are identified by Local Authorities to protect those assets. Where such measures are economically justified on cost benefit grounds and compatible with all required environmental and other statutory requirements, they are implemented subject to the availability of resources.
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Dáil Debates, Human Rights, National

Sanctions on Syria

Dec
2017
14

Foreign Affairs

To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the continued imposition of sanctions on Syria in particular their utility in forcing regime change in that country.
– Clare Daly.

REPLY
On the 9th of May 2011 the EU agreed to impose restrictive measures, or sanctions, on members of the Syrian regime in order to put pressure on them to end the violent repression of the civilian population in Syria.

Targeted EU sanctions are in place against over 250 people and almost 70 entities which are complicit in the violent repression of the civilian population in Syria. The first person on this list is Bashar Al Assad, whose forces have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
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