Environment

Media attempting to whitewash the role of the Campaign Against Household & Water Taxes in organising mass non registration

“With just under four days left and over 75% non payment there is an emerging narrative in the largely pro establishment media that non payment can be attributed to administrative mess ups on the part of the government.

“While it is true that the Department of the Environment has made blunders the plain facts cannot be escaped that we have seen over the last three months the biggest organised campaign of civil disobedience since the Land League.

“There have been public meetings and protests in every corner of the state and tens of thousands of people have become active in advocating and organising non payment in their street, estate and workplace.

“As part of the effort to diminish the role of the campaign Prime Time last night facilitated Minister Hogan who refused to go head to head with myself on the issue. Instead the role of the campaign was made a foot note when compared to the whys and wherefores of whether or not the tax can be paid in the Post Office.

“By Saturday with the mass demonstration at the FG conference coinciding with the deadline it will be demonstrated that the campaign is the decisive factor on the ground.”

Environment

Clare Daly calls on the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaelteacht to prevent eviction of barge dwellers at Lowtown Marina in Naas

“Residents moored at Lowtown Marina near Naas in County Kildare have without warning been told by Waterways Ireland that they will be asked to quit by the end of this month without any alternative arrangements being offered.

“They are being told that they must do this because the area is to be redeveloped. To date residents paid a company Lowtown Marina Ltd for the right to moor there. It is their home and recognised as such by An Post, the Department of Social Welfare and the HSE.

“Residents have found that representatives from Waterways Ireland are reluctant to properly engage directly with them. This is a very high handed approach which residents I have been in touch with won’t take lying down. Efforts by my own office to talk to officials in Waterways Ireland have proven fruitless. I have therefore tabled a question to the Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaelteacht which has oversight over Waterways Ireland, asking him to intervene and make a statement on the matter.”

Worker's Rights

Socialist Party TD calls on Stobarts to grant union recognition and rostering rights to truck drivers ahead of strike action tomorrow

“The strike action being taken tomorrow by truck drivers employed by Stobart in Ballymun is 100% justified. As a company that makes goods deliveries to Tescos they are supposedly party to an ethical guideline whereby they recognise the union to which their employees belong. Indeed in the nearby Donabate depot Stobarts recognise SIPTU.

“The key issue however over which the dispute is taking place is the absence of regular rostering for the workers whereby they are only informed on a day by day basis the precise times of the shifts they work. This makes it impossible for them to make any plans in their private and family lives. There are also real health and safety concerns on the part of the workers given the erratic shifts they end up being asked to work.

“Again like the recognition issue Storbart’s do afford proper rostering to drivers in the Donabate depot. I hope the picket tomorrow, which is the second day of strike action will force the company to settle with the drivers. I deplore their attempt to employ strike breaking labour from Britain on the last day of action.

“I also condemn the granting of an injunction by the courts that seeks to prevent effective picketing of the depot. It is again another example of how the laws and in particular the Industrial Relations Act serves the employer class in this country.”

Worker's Rights

Clare Daly Socialist Party/United Left Alliance TD called on the State to fully acknowledge the barbarity of the practice of symphysiotomy and to afford victims the full rights of redress.

Speaking in the Dail today, Clare Daly, said, “This is an important step towards an acknowledgement by the State of the crimes committed against these women. Symphysiotomy was the butchering of women’s’ bodies, for no medical reason, without their consent.”

Calling attention to the women in the gallery, many of whom had been suffering and fighting for access to justice for many years, Daly stated, “This barbaric act is part of our living history and the women in the gallery are living proof of that”. Daly called for full redress to be available to these women who were victims of a violation of human rights.

She said, “I call for the Statute of Limitations to be changed so that survivors can take legal action, but more than this, for the women to have access to compensation and for these crimes of the Irish Stateto be fully acknowledged and never repeated.” Cllr Melisa Halpin from People Before Profit/United Left Alliance, said, “These women have been sentenced to a lifetime of pain due to a horrific procedure that had no medical necessity”.

“This practice was part of an ethos of controlling the reproductive rights of women. That ethos and the control of our hospitals by religious institutions allowed this practice to continue decades after it was banned in other European countries. That institutional control remains in place. We need a patient centred ethos not a religious centred ethos to dominate out hospitals and medical system. That’s why we need a state run, fully public, accountable and transparent medical system established in Ireland”.