IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT
Press Release - August 26th
-ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT TO OPEN BOOK OF CONDOLENCES THIS WEEKEND FOR VICTIMS OF BLAIR'S WARS.
-MAJOR MOBILISATION UNDERWAY FOR PROTEST DURING BLAIR DUBLIN VIST
The Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM) has announced it will open a book of condolences this weekend in Dublin for the victims of Tony Blair's military actions and foreign policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine.
The book of condolences will be gathered in Dublin's city centre in the coming week as part of the preparations for a major demonstration on Saturday September 4th during Mr Blair's visit to Dublin to launch his memoirs.
The book of condolences will be located near Eason's, as this is where Mr Blair is due to hold the book-signing event on the morning of September 4th.
The demonstration on that day will assemble at 11.00am at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, before marching to Eason's where Tony Blair's book signing event will be taking place.
The protest will focus on Tony Blair's key role in launching the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and devastated both countries.
It will also focus on Blair's complicity - both as Prime Minister and now as EU envoy to the Middle East - with the war crimes and human rights abuses committed by Israel against the Palestinians.
The protest will also highlight the continued complicity of the Irish government with the wars launched by former US president George Bush and Mr Blair - in allowing US troops to use Shannon airport and through the direct involvement of a small number of Irish troops in the Afghan conflict.
Five years since the people marched…
WHERE ARE OUR BATHS? - Public Swimming Amenity Now!
Wednesday July 28th at 7.30pm
Kingston Hotel, Dun Laoghaire
Members of the Save Our Seafront group (SOS) - the group that organised protests of thousands a number of years ago against plans to build apartments on the Dun Laoghaire Baths site - will campaign this weekend during the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, calling for action by the Council to restore the derelict baths as a public swimming amenity.
SOS campaigners, along with many local residents, are now very frustrated that it is five years since huge numbers of local residents marched on the Baths issue and yet, despite promises, still no action has been taken by the Council to restore the baths.
SOS will have a visible presence on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival near the baths, accompanied by a large banner saying: “Give us our baths now!” and intend to distribute thousands of leaflets to festival goers.
The SOS leaflets will also advertise a public meeting on the issue of the Baths that will take place the following week, on Wednesday July 26th at 7.30pm in the Kingston Hotel, on Dun Laoghaire’s seafront.
Families call on Minister For Health to intervene
On Thursday 22nd July the Save Cherry Orchard Hospital Campaign took their protest to the HSE main offices beside Heuston Station.
Management in Cherry Orchard have told family and community representatives that they intend permanently closing an 18 bed unit which houses patients with althziemers and dementia.
Families of current patients in the Laurel Unit have bitterly complained and protested that shifting their loved ones out of the environment that they have become familiar with will cause immense distress and upset. The families are also concerned that this will not be the last move that will be forced upon them.
The hospital have a staffing crisis every Summer and hide behind the recruitment embargo to force through cuts to the service. This time engaging four new nursing and care staff would resolve the staffing crisis in this unit and would ensure it could remain open.
Marie Dodrill whose husband lives in the Laurel Unit said "No way will I give the hospital permission to move my husband. This has become his home and is one of the best units in the hospital. We will fight to keep the Laurel Unit open and to keep every bed in Cherry Orchard Hospital. The families are calling on the Mary Hraney to get involved in sorting this problem out. This is not a big problem but it is having a huge impact on all the families involved."
BIN CHARGES & PRIVATISATION, PLANNED WATER CHARGES PART OF LONG-TERM AGENDA TO PRIVATISE ALL VITAL PUBLIC SERVICES
PBPA said the Manager’s recent announcement of his plan to discontinue the service was the culmination of a long term campaign to privatise waste collection, which began with the introduction of bin taxes ten years ago.
PBPA said that the introduction of bin charges and the commercialisation of waste collection was rigged from the start to favour the private operators and now opened the way for the privatisation of water and other vital services.
PBPA said that private operator PANDA now had a virtual monopoly of waste collection in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, and that even if its charges were slightly lower currently, they would increase in years to come, as had happened everywhere else in the country.
In a statement, Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett has said the failure of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council and the HSE to deal with a rat infestation affecting Council tenants in Dun Laoghaire was totally unacceptable.
Tenants along a row of Council houses on Desmond Ave in Central Dun Laoghaire have been plagued with rats for several weeks but measures taken by the Council and the HSE have failed to address the problem.
Tenants who have children in their homes are particularly terrified and already very young children have encountered rats jumping out of bins in the communal lane at the back of the row of Council houses.
In desperation, some tenants have even taken to trying to kill the rats by hand using skewers forks and shovels.
Cllr Boyd Barrett has contacted the Council to tell them that the measures taken to date to deal with the infestation have not worked and that immediate action is required.
Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett said:
“This situation is totally unacceptable. Council tenants should not have to put up with these intolerable conditions. The Council, as landlord, and the HSE, as the health and safety authority, have an obligation to sort this problem out immediately.
While no-one should have to put up with this, it is particularly worrying that children are encountering these rats and their safety is being put at risk. Young children - as young as 2 years old - have been in the lane, when rats jumped out from behind bins – terrifying them. Something has to be done about this straight away.
A little over 300 people took part in a lively and colourful demonstration in Ballyfermot today, 1st July, to protest against ward closures in Cherry Orchard Hospital.
Families and carers were joined by community activists, local political representatives and the wider community in a show of solidarity with patients suffering from althzeimers and dementia. The Laurel Unit in Cherry Orchard hospital which provides 18 beds for such patients is due to be closed down.
People marched through Ballyfermot to the hospital where family members whose loved ones are affected by the proposed cuts handed in a local petition to hospital management.
HEARTLESS COUNCIL REFUSE TO RELENT ON MOORE FAMILY EVICTION DESPITE JUDGES’ APPEAL AND OFFER OF ALMOST €7000 PAYMENT OFF ARREARS
MEANWHILE COUNCIL SPENDS THOUSANDS TO STATION PRIVATE SECURITY IN EMPTY MOORE HOUSE BUT REFUSES TO TELL ELECTED REP COSTS
In a statement, the People Before Profit Alliance has condemned Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council’s rejection of an offer of nearly €7000 euro by the Moore family from Loughlinstown, against the rent arrears on the Council home from which they were recently evicted. The Council refused the offer, despite an appeal for “common sense” from a district court Judge, hearing a civil application by the Moore’s to have the eviction set-aside in Dun Laoghaire district court last Friday.
Friends and supporters of the Moore family raised the money over recent weeks in effort to defray the rent arrears of €13,000 that had built up on the tenancy and that led the Council to evict the family in May.The offer from the Moore family was made public during the hearing in Dun Laoghaire district court last Thursday and Friday.
The District court Judge, presiding, had appealed to the Council to come to some sort of arrangement with the family, given the offer of such a lump sum payment and the efforts by the family to pay the arrears in instalment over the last eight months. However, the Council rejected the offer and the judges’ appeals, leaving the judge no option legally but to rule that the eviction was lawful.
Press Release – June 24th PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT TO HOLD PROTEST AT SECRET FIANNA FAIL ARD FHEIS IN DUBLIN TONIGHT.
The People Before Profit Alliance has called at short notice a protest at 7.00pm tonight (June 24th) at the Raddissson Hotel, Golden lane, off Aungier St, in Dublin’s city centre, where they understand Fianna Fail are due to hold a regional Ard Fheis. PBPA understand that, Taoiseach Brian Cowen, will be attending the Ard Fheis.
PBPA also understand that it was fear of protests that led Fianna Fail to hold regional Ard Fheiseanna, that are not publicly advertised, instead its usual national Ard Fheis. While PBPA have only gained knowledge of the Fianna Fail event in the last hour they are now making strenuous efforts to mobilise protests at short notice.
The PBPA demonstration will protest against the government’s economic policies of bailing out banks and protecting the super-wealthy in Irish society, while inflicting savage social cuts on ordinary people and failing to address the unemployment crisis.