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after Leo Varadkar, W.B. Yeats, & Enda Kenny

We are for the Ireland that rolls

laughing out of its bed every morning, those

whose national anthem is the alarm

clock exploding on the bedside locker and it still dark;

 

who, even August bank holidays, are

in the shed before five a.m.

fashioning origami former Garda

commissioners, or writing violin concertos in praise

of the Little Sisters of the Bon Viveur,

Blessed K.T. Whittaker and anyone else

who got up ridiculously early

to make this country what it

allegedly isn’t.

 

We represent those who know should they fall

up a ladder, or for some other reason –

be it insanity or baldness –

be unable to properly function,

we in government will do nothing

except, if they’re lucky, repeatedly

knee them in the nasty bits.

 

We whose ancestors have eaten

the still throbbing heart of General O’Duffy

(or at least what we thought was his heart)

now see leaflets tumbling through respectable letter boxes

in which cretin and comedian crow their gutless song,

their arguments a bladder bloated with animal blood.

 

We say, down the disposal pipe

with all these and their cries

of avarice and failure,

those who engage in wilful wastage of water

by sitting there all day – the jets

fizzing up their crevices –

in Jacuzzis given them

by the tax payer.

 

Drown them in the tank

and bill them for their own extinction,

for they are weasels who’d drink

of your chickens until they’re dry.

 

We are for people who look both ways twice

when crossing the road

and remember where they left their keys.

 

KEVIN HIGGINS

Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Dáil Issues, Parliamentary Questions

DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed)

by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 09/03/2017
To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine the oversight role played by his department in ensuring that the codes of practice drawn up under section 25 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act, 2013, along with the provision in the Act that prohibits the hunting of animals which have been released in an injured, mutilated or exhausted condition, is adhered to by hunt clubs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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Features, Human Rights, National

Statement from Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors

QUICK AND CHEAP METHOD OF “FULL INCLUSION” ALREADY EXISTS

RESULTS PRESENTED TO THE INQUIRY SEVERAL MONTHS AGO

Paul Redmond Chairman of CAMBS

The Government and particularly Minister Zappone are deliberately stalling with their so called “scoping exercise”. They were presented with a solution almost a year ago.

The Coalition of Mother And Baby home Survivors presented the Inquiry with a simple and easy method to include all survivors almost a YEAR AGO. Minister Zappone and the Department of Children have also been presented with our plan and it was made public long ago.

Briefly, CMABS have strongly recommended that the Inquiry should extend it’s use of the “sampling” method already in place as part of it’s Terms of Reference. If the Inquiry and Government agrees to ‘sample’ as little as 6 institutions and a situation, then all survivors would be included in the Inquiry. While this would not be entirely satisfactory, the priority at this time has to be including all living survivors while there is still time before our ageing community passes away. The survivor community have been pro actively presenting workable solutions for the Inquiry from before it even began.
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