05/11/2013 Penalty Points
Clare asked the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter about the lack of progress in implementing changes highlighted by Garda Professional Standards Unit in relation to penalty points system.
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by Jamison Maeda
Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s documentary Blackfish, recently brought the animal welfare debate crashing back into the spotlight with an intensity not seen since 2009’s documentary The Cove.
Cowperthwaite made the film after a trainer at Seaworld was killed by one of their orcas (also known as killer whales.) Blackfish was released at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2013. The film contains interviews with eye witnesses, scientists, and former Seaworld employees. In response to her film, Seaworld claims that their marine animals are healthy and actually live longer in captivity. The reality is, an orca can live up to 90 years in the wild but will live less than half that in captivity.
The Appeal Hearing of John Paul Wooton & Brendan McConville who were both convicted of the killing of PSNI Constable Stephen Carroll in 2009, and sentenced to life imprisonment, drew to a close, on Friday October 18th in the Belfast Appeal Court. The case was heard over two weeks.
Four TDs Mick Wallace, Clare Daly, Maureen O’Sullivan and Eamon O’Cuiv attended the appeal hearing, along with Gerry Conlon of the Guilford 4, who spent 15 years in jail in one of the most infamous miscarriages of justice and who is a leading member of the group calling for Justice for the Craigavon 2.
On the first anniversary of Savita Halappanavar’s tragic and untimely death, I would like to extend my sincere condolences and solidarity to Praveen Halappanavar and his family and friends. I also salute his courage and fortitude in continuing his painful fight to find out exactly why Savita died and who was responsible. I remain outraged however, that Savita died as she did; and that the laws which were the cause of her death are still in place and remain a threat to the lives of other women in Ireland.