The recent revelation that Arthur Cox will be acting for Japan Tobacco (JTI) in its threatened court action against the State to block plain cigarette packaging serves as a warning of the possible consequences of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, coming into force. This supposed free trade agreement is currently being negotiated by the US and EU in almost complete secrecy, and more or less exclusively at the behest of large multi-national corporations and business lobbyists, who comprised 90% of the stakeholders consulted by the European Commission's trade department during its preparation for the TTIP negotiations.
People Before Profit activists in the Rathmines area of Dublin are helping to set up a Dublin Tenants Association. A launch meeting attended by Richard Boyd Barret TD, local councillor, Sonya Stapleton, and housing activist Gerard Maher will take place in Devitt’s Pub (upstairs) in Camden Street on Thursday 19th February at 8.30 pm. It is hoped a movement for rent regulation will spread outwards across the city.
The Cork branch of the People Before Profit Alliance today expressed disappointment at the short-sighted defeat of Clare Daly TD’s Private Members Bill legislating for abortion in circumstances of fatal foetal abnormality, last night. Clare Daly’s bill called for changes in legislation to allow for women to seek and undergo termination of a pregnancy in Ireland in cases where the chances of foetal survival are extremely unlikely.
The Cork branch of the People Before Profit Alliance today expressed disappointment at the short-sighted defeat of Claire Daly TD's Private Members Bill legislating for abortion in circumstances of fatal foetal abnormality, last night. Ms. Daly's bill called for changes in legislation to allow for women to seek and undergo termination of a pregnancy in Ireland in cases where the chances of foetal survival are extremely unlikely.
People Before Profit welcomes the opening of a Marie Stopes Clinic in Belfast which will give women in Northern Ireland easier access to legal abortion. We wish to express our support and solidarity with those who have worked tirelessly for many years to bring this about. People before Profit supports the right of all women, North and South to access free, safe and legal abortion.
Tina MacVeigh People Before Profit representative in Dublin South Central said, “It is scandalous that one of the biggest banks in the country has not processed payments on client accounts for the past 48 hours."
At a press conference today in the Mont Clare hotel in Dublin, the People Before Profit Alliance said that the government were lying and deceiving the public about the provisions of both the Fiscal Treaty and the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
PBPA said the government had refused to acknowledge the enormous level of further cuts and austerity that would be necessary to meet the deficit and debt targets contained in the Fiscal Treaty, even though the figures were well known to them.