Statement of Policy on Social Housing Allocations

On 9th October Cllr Diarmaid Ó Cadhla proposed a motion requesting a statement of Policy from Cork County Council in regards to how Social Housing is allocated.  The motion (below) also requests data on what allocations have taken place this year and during 2016, so that the public can see how the policy of Council … Continue reading “Statement of Policy on Social Housing Allocations”

Audit of Facilities to Support Fishing Industry

At its regular meeting on 2nd October Cllr Ó Cadhla proposed that the Municipal District Council should look into the need for local industry. He pointed out that once upon a time Cobh was a busy fishing port, employing local people and that this should be examined again. Despite what has happened to Ireland’s fishing … Continue reading “Audit of Facilities to Support Fishing Industry”

Tipperary International Peace Award to Honour War!

This week the Ballykisteen Hotel at Limerick Junction, Tipperary is to host an awards ceremony for the ‘White Helmets’, something which has generated protest and objection. One would think that a Peace Award was just for that, to promote peace. But what do you do when the award is given to warmongers? The White Helmets … Continue reading “Tipperary International Peace Award to Honour War!”

Demand Direct Investment in Public Housing

Government has opened Public Consultation on a review of it’s housing strategy – Rebuilding Ireland. Homelessness is at an all time high, families are in distress and the plans of Rebuilding Ireland are simply not solving the problem.  This review is an opportunity for citizens and communities to express their view, and this should be … Continue reading “Demand Direct Investment in Public Housing”

Banna Strand – Roger Casement

This popular ballad is sung throughout Ireland, in respect of the memory of Roger Casement, a hero of the 1916 Rising. A variation on the lyrics can be found here. Banna Strand (unknown author)  ‘Twas on Good Friday morning, All in the month of May, A German Ship was signalling, Beyond out in the Bay, … Continue reading “Banna Strand – Roger Casement”

Beware Greek Bearing Gifts – Yanis Varoufakis.

Yanis Varoufakis recently launched the ‘Democracy in Europe Movement’ , aiming to reform the current European Union by persuading it to be democratic. Varoufakis says that it is better to “work within” the EU to fix it, rather than leaving, as proposed in the UK’s #Brexit referendum and as demanded by an increasing number of Europeans.   … Continue reading “Beware Greek Bearing Gifts – Yanis Varoufakis.”

Maureen Quill tells us to SHAG OFF!

This was the message delivered by Maureen Quill to a group of citizens collecting a petition asking for a referendum on our membership of the European Union. Ms. Quill is a former teacher with a history in politics, she is a former TD, member of Seanad Éireann and a former Lord Mayor of Cork city … Continue reading “Maureen Quill tells us to SHAG OFF!”

TiSA Trade in Services Agreement

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a proposed treaty between 23 Parties, including the EU and the United States. TiSA is to liberalise (i.e. privatise!) the worldwide trade of services such as banking, health care and transport. Currently most public services in the US are private, e.g. local police, prisons, education etc. TiSA will … Continue reading “TiSA Trade in Services Agreement”

CETA Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is similar to TTIP but is between Canada and the EU. The agreement is waiting for final approval by the Council of the European Union and the EU Parliament. Whether approval by all EU member states is needed is disputed, so is whether we citizens have any say. … Continue reading “CETA Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement”

ISDS Investor-State Dispute Settlement

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) allows an investor the right to sue a foreign government for losses arising from changes in local laws, regulations etc ISDS is to work with TTIP, it is already an established practice under NAFTA, TPP and other trade agreements. Foreign investors may sue states – but states may NOT sue investors … Continue reading “ISDS Investor-State Dispute Settlement”