List of local demonstrations...so far
Carlow, Carlow, 2pm Liberty Tree, Facebook event page.
Clare, Ennis, O'Connell Monument 2pm. Facebook event page.
Clare, Shannon, Shannon Town CTR Carpark (behind Kincora).
Cork, Bandon, 12pm Main Bridge.
Cork, Cork City, 2pm, Library, Grand Parade.
Donegal, Ballyshannon, Saturday 2pm
Dublin, Clondalkin, 2.30pm from County Council,
Dublin, Crumlin, 1pm Crumlin Shopping Centre.
Dublin, Greenhills (D12), Greenhills Church, 1:30pm.
Dublin, Ringsend, 12:30 Ringsend Library. Facebook event page.
Dublin, Dublin 15, Blanchardstown, various community demonstrations convening at the Blanchardstown town centre at 1pm. Facebook event page.
Dublin, Clondalkin, 2.30pm from County Council.
Dublin, Crumlin, 1pm Crumlin Shopping Centre.
Dublin, Tallaght, 11am Dominican St. Mary's Priory Tallaght. Facebook event page.
Dublin, Drimnagh, 1pm Galtymore Shops.
Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, 1pm Glasthule Dart. Facebook event page.
Dublin, Artane/Edenmore, 11am various meeting points.
Dublin, Cabra, 12noon Cabra Bingo Hall.
Dublin, Finglas, 11.30am Cappagh House / 1pm outside Bank of Ireland Finglas Village,
Fingal, Swords, 11.30am Pavilions March to Fingal Co.Co. Facebook event page.
Galway, Galway, 1pm Spanish Arch. Facebook event page.
Kerry, Tralee, 1pm Horan Centre.
Kildare, Athy, 1.45 The Arches, Athy. Facebook event page.
Kildare, Newbridge, 2pm Ballymany shops, Newbridge. Facebook event page.
Kildare, Naas, 2pm The Courthouse. Facebook event page.
Kildare, Celbridge, 12pm Rally Castletown Gates. Facebook event page.
Kildare, Leixlip, Rally meeting point Leixlip Fire Station 2pm. Facebook event page.
Kilkenny, 1:30pm, Assemble at the train station. Facebook event page.
Limerick, Limerick City, 2pm Bedford Row.
Louth, Drogheda, 2pm O'Rahallaigh's GAA club to Shop Street.
Louth, Dundalk, 2pm Fairgreen. Facebook event page.
Meath, Navan, 2pm Fair Green.
Meath, Kells, Rally starting at 2pm at Fair Green Kells.
Meath, Ashbourne, Arkle Statue 2pm.
Meath, Duleek, Duleek Village 12 noon,
Roscommon, Boyle, 1:30pm Royal Hotel Carpark.
Roscommon, Roscommon Town, 2pm The Mart.
Sligo, Sligo, 2pm GPO Sligo. Facebook event page.
Waterford, Waterford City, Ballybricken Hill 2pm.
Wexford, The Quay, New Ross, 2pm. Facebook event page.
Wicklow, Bray, 2pm Three assembly points: Lidl, Dell Boghall Rd. or St Fergals Church. Facebook event page.
Wicklow, Greystones, 2pm from Civic Offices Mill Rd. Facebook event page.
Wicklow, Wicklow, 12.30 Wicklow County Council. Facebook event page.
Wicklow, Arklow, Fr. Murphy Monument, Parade Ground 1.45pm. Facebook event page.
If you know of any other local demonstrations organised under the Right2Water umbrella group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with details including: The organiser, time, location and if a Facebook event page has been set up, please include it.
Right2Water local demonstrations to go ahead in every county across Ireland
The Right2Water campaign is helping to coordinate dozens of local demonstrations across Ireland, all due to take place on November 1st.
Following on from one of the largest national demonstrations in Irish history, the Right2Water campaign says it will continue to build a mass movement of opposition to water charges.
The campaign – which involves trade unions, political parties and community groups – believes people are angry and unified in their opposition to these unfair charges.
The campaign is asking all anti-water charges groups – including political parties – to unify and work together to ensure as large a demonstration as possible in their home towns and cities.
Template flyers and posters are being made available on the Right2Water.ie website to facilitate assembly points for local demonstrations. The campaign is also recommending a meeting is hosted in local areas in order to establish a coordinating group.
Right2Water is suggesting a number of options for protests including:
The strength of the Right2Water campaign is its diversity and its broad based unity. “If we all work together we can defeat these water charges and return to a water supply system that is based on need and not on ability to pay.”
In order to be involved in the campaign you only need to have two beliefs:
Full details of Right2Water local demonstrations will be announced on Tuesday, 28th October.
Another national demonstration will be organised in the coming weeks as the campaign continues to grow.
Wednesday 29 October 2014 10.08
A charity that supports older people has condemned waiting times for people trying to access the Fair Deal nursing home scheme.The scheme provides financial support for people who need long-term nursing home careMore than 2,000 people are currently on the waiting list, which is up from 654 people in February.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, ALONE Chief Executive Sean Moynihan said this was the only part of the health service where there were no targets or goals to reduce the waiting list.
Mr Moynihan said the problem stems from the fact that the scheme is capped, so that when the funds allocated for it run out, people are placed on a waiting list.
He said there was an urgent need for a plan to be created to address the issue.
The Health Service Executive said that €627m had been spent up to August from the €938m allocated for the nursing home scheme in 2014.
It said: "Funding allocation is spread over the course of a full year and in Quarter 4 funding approval for additional places will come on stream.
"There is constant movement on the national placement list with new applicants being approved as places become available.
"As such, the HSE is projecting that the numbers on the national placement list will reduce to approximately 2,000 by year end with a wait time of approx 14/15 weeks."
Ombudsman seeks consistent assessments of elderly
Irish Water has sent you an ‘application pack’ and they want you to fill in details about your household, including your PPS number. Don't engage. People power can beat them.
There are two purposes to these packs:
1) It is an information gathering exercise so they can charge you for using water.
2) They want you to accept water charges. You will be asked to declare that you are a customer of Irish Water. In other words, to give up your right as a citizen to water – and start paying.
The average per household charge will be €278 a year. But the charges will rise after that. One former ESRI economist from has estimated that it will eventually be €600 a year.
We can stop these charges if we come together and resist. In the 1990s, the government tried to impose water charges on domestic users. They were met with mass protests and were forced to retreat. People power defeated the water charges then. We can do the same today.
We would urge you, therefore, not to fill in the form. You could send it back to Irish Water unopened or place it in your bin or simply ignore it. At the very least, hold off signing for the moment to see if a major campaign gets going.
Don’t let Irish Water or the government scare or bully you.
* You cannot be jailed or fined for refusing to co-operate with Irish Water.
* They cannot automatically take the water charge out of your wage packet or your social welfare because it is not a tax that the Revenue Commissioners control.
Resistance to Irish Water has taken in hold in many estates that have been protesting.
There is a massive national demonstration on October 11th at 2pm, stating at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.
If you want to fight the water charges locally and nationally join us!
The Greyhound Waste Company has gotten an injunction from the High Court to prevent any protestor interfering with their business.
In the words of the judge, ‘it is an injunction against the world’.
Greyhound is trying to reduce the wages of its drivers by 35%, in one of the most audacious attacks on organised workers.
The unions need to respond vigorously to this blatant example of legal class bias.
The decision of a High Court judge, David Keane, to grant an injunction to Greyhound against protestors is a blatant example of class bias. In the judge's own words, the order was an 'injunction against the world'. Nobody -whether named or unnamed- is allowed to interfere with the company's business. Greyhound's solicitor said that he wanted an 'effective measure' that copied the Wapping judgement granted against trade unionists during Thatcher's reign. The unions must need to respond strongly. We need to follow the Irish Ferries example in 2005 and have a massive demonstration during working hours in solidarity with the Greyhound workers.
Richard Boyd Barrett TD for the People Before Profit Alliance has said that the failure of the EU and US to impose sanctions on Israel in response to its “murderous” assault on Gaza, “exposes the utter moral bankruptcy of the western powers.”