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PNA TO BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON ISSUE OF NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

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Following a special meeting today (Thursday, 15th Nov.) of its National Executive Committee NEC) the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) is to ballot its members for industrial action, up to and including strike,  The NEC is recommending in favour of industrial action in the ballot which will commence  next Wednesday (21st Nov.)

Peter Hughes , PNA General Secretary , said today's NEC outcome reflected the disappointment by mental health nurses that the recent Public Service Pay Commission Report had failed completely to understand the scale of the recruitment and retention crisis in the mental health services and their frustration at the continued lack of  realistic proposals to address nurse recruitment and retention.

Derek Cunningham 

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PNA WARNS OF ONGOING DISRUPTION TO AMBULANCE SERVICES AS OVERTIME BAN CONTINUES INTO SECOND WEEK AND CALLS ON MINISTER HARRIS TO INTERVENE

Friday, November 9 th : The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Friday, 9 th. Nov) that there has been significant disruption to ambulance services throughout the country since the implementation of an overtime ban by its 500 ambulance personnel members  on Wednesday last (Nov. 7 th ) .

The overtime ban in part of the Phase 2 of industrial action (which began on Oct.10 th ) in protest at continued refusal of the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing their interests, or to make payroll deductions of union subscriptions for PNA ambulance personnel members.

The PNA said its members are reporting that ambulance services are being stretched to the limit as the HSE has struggled to fill rosters and maintain crews in the absence of overtime from PNA members.

PNA General Secretary, Mr Peter Hughes said this escalating dispute which was  brought on by the intransigent and reckless decision by the HSE to not allow ambulance personnel to join the union of their choice, is now putting the national ambulance services under serious and potentially dangerous strain.

“The HSE has been putting a patchwork of vehicles and crews together to cover major gaps in rosters as a result of the overtime ban. It is time for this to stop, and for the Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D. to instruct the HSE to get back to running our health services and stop trying to undermine the rights of ambulance personnel to be part of the PNA union.'

Mr Hughes said there have been examples all this week of ambulance services having to be cut back and curtailed because of the overtime ban. Examples include:

Wednesday

•  Redeployment of EMT crew to Cork on Wednesday to bring ambulance numbers up;

•  ICV ambulances put on Delta calls in Cork, although they are not equipped for these calls;

•  Thurles ambulance in Cork to give cover;

•  No Rapid Response Vehicles  (RRV) in Nenagh on Wednesday night;

•  No ambulance in Mallow on Wednesday night;

•  No RRV in Middleton on Wednesday night

AMBULANCE PERSONNEL TO COMMENCE OVERTIME BAN FROM TOMORROW (Weds.)  IN DEMAND OF THE RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED BY PNA UNION

November 6 th 2018 – Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) ambulance personnel members will from tomorrow (Weds. November 7 th ) refuse to work additional shifts (overtime) in protest at continued refusal of the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing their interests, or to make payroll deductions of union subscriptions for PNA ambulance personnel members.

The refusal of additional shifts by up to 500 PNA ambulance personnel members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) will take effect from 7 a.m. (Weds. Nov. 7 th ) when Phase 2 of the mandated industrial action commences. 

PNA General Secretary, Mr Peter Hughes said the move to Phase 2 of their industrial action by ambulance personnel represented a significant escalation in the dispute that is entirely of the HSE's making.

He said: “For highly skilled, professional and dedicated ambulance personnel to be forced by the intransigence of the HSE to embark on this overtime ban is totally unacceptable and confirms that the HSE sees no limits to the extent to which it will attempt to deny ambulance personnel their rights to join the union of their choice while also trying to force them to be part of a union that they do not want to be part of.”

AMBULANCE PERSONNEL PROTEST IN DUBLIN AS INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE ON RIGHT TO REPRESENTATION BY PNA UNION TO ESCALATE

 

Dublin, 1 November 2018 – Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) ambulance personnel members today (Thursday, November 1 st ) held a protest at the HSE National HR Directorate Offices at Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8, at the continued refusal of the HSE to engage in negotiations with the PNA when representing the interests of their ambulance personnel members, or to make payroll deductions of union subscriptions for PNA ambulance personnel members.

Today's protest is part of ongoing industrial action by PNA ambulance personnel (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) which began on October 10 th ,  and which will move to Phase 2 next Wednesday (November 7 th ) when up to 500 branch members of the PNA ambulance personnel branch (NASRA) will refuse to work additional shifts (overtime) nationally.

Speaking at today's protest, PNA General Secretary, Mr Peter Hughes accused the HSE of showing contempt for the clear wishes of ambulance personnel to be members of and represented by the PNA.

He said: ‘For the HSE to refuse to accept that ambulance personnel throughout the country want to be members of the PNA shows total contempt for the wishes of these front line workers, who must have the right to be members of the union of their choice.

Interview with Peter O’Connor in relation to the unveiling of a plaque to Bram Stoker

By Near FM – Listen Again
Peter O’Connor joins Noel in studio to chat about the unveiling of a plaque to Bram Stoker by Lord Mayor Neill Ring. He also talks about different community events taking place in the North inner City.

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Ciaran Mahony, DCC Community Officer about Dublin City Council’s programme of Halloween Events on Dublin’s Northside

By Near FM – Listen Again
Ciaran Mahony, DCC Community Officer speaks with Johnny Holmes about Dublin City Council’s programme of Halloween Events on Dublin’s Northside Interviewer:  Johnny Holmes Interviewee:  Ciaran Mahony Broadcast:  25th Oct ’18

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PNA NURSES REJECT PAY PROPOSALS AS INADEQUATE TO ADDRESS RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ISSUES AND CALLS FOR TALKS TO AVERT MOVE TO BALLOT FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION

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Nursing members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) have voted overwhelmingly to reject proposals by the Public Service Pay Commission. PNA will now convene a special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in November with a view to seeking a mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike.

The PNA has stated that the Public Service Pay Commission Report had failed completely to understand the scale of the recruitment and retention crisis in the mental health services and the impact this is having on the delivery of services.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said nurses who are experiencing the impact of the staffing shortages on a daily basis were extremely disappointed with the findings of the Pay Commission and its totally inadequate proposals.

5TH HORATIO FESTIVAL OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING - May 9-12, 2019

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5TH HORATIO FESTIVAL OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING
Participatory Mental Health Scandic Sluseholmen,
Copenhagen, Denmark
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May 9 - 12, 2019

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RMS Leinster Centenary

By Near FM – Listen Again
Noel McGuinness talks to William Byrne whose great grandfather was aboard the ill-fated mailboat the RMS Leinster which was sunk by a German torpedo 100 years ago. William talks about the bravery of his great grandfather John Donohoe who saved the life of 16 year old Cabin Boy Tom Connolly. He also mentions the many […]

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Northside Today: Update on Local Events and Projects

By Near FM – Listen Again
On this edition of Northside Today: John Healy speaks to Madeleine Ebbs, DCC North, in studio with an update on local events and projects.     First Aired: 26/09/2018

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PNA National Executive meet in Portlaoise

The PNA National Executive met in Portlaoise on 26th Sept in relation to the proposal emanating from the Public Service Pay Commisson report on recruitment and retention.

It was decided to ballot our members in relation to the proposals with a recommendation to reject.

Further details of balloting etc will be issued in the coming days

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PNA SAYS UP TO 700 NURSING POSTS NOW VACANT ACROSS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES WHILE PAY COMMISSION FAILS TO ADDRESS NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION ISSUE

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Tues. 25 th Sept.)  that is has identified up to 700 nurses vacancies in mental health services across the country and has described the recent conclusions of the Public Sector Pay Commission that there is no issue with nurse recruitment as completely inaccurate and misleading.

The PNA's latest audit of psychiatric nursing vacancies shows that the number of unfilled nursing posts in the mental health services is growing, and there are now nearly 200 more vacancies throughout the country than when the PNA conducted a similar exercise last year.

The PNA revealed the new figures in advance of a specially convened meeting of its National Executive tomorrow (Wednesday 26 th ) to consider the union's response to the recent Report of the Public Sector Pay Commission.

The latest figures compiled by the PNA show the scale of the staffing shortage throughout  the country.  Examples include:

St Ita's  

88 vacancies

St Loman's/St James 

76

Dublin North City 

56

Galway

62

Louth/Meath  

46

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said the Pay Commission had completely ignored the scale of the mounting recruitment and retention crisis facing the mental health services.

PNA Meeting with Minister for Mental Health, Mr Jim Daly

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Dear Colleagues,

A PNA Delegation met with the Minister for Mental Health, Mr Jim Daly and Dept of  Health Officials on Sept 20th to highlight our concerns in relation to the crisis in Mental Health Services (MHS). We highlighted the crisis in recruitment and retention  of nurses in the service. We made it very clear to the Minister that we do  not accept the Public Service Commission Report statement that " the commission is not persuaded based on evidence available, that current pay arrangements are, in themselves,  a significant impediment to recruitment."

The Minister was informed that the HSE acknowledge there is a difficulty in relation to  recruitment and retention in the MHS. It was highlighted that the shortage of nurses in the MHS is exacerbating which is supported by the outcome of our recent survey of branches which indicates that there are 700 vacancies nationally,  over  200 extra since our last survey in November 2017. It was outlined how this is impacting on patient care and the implementation of Vision for Change resulting in an overtime bill  of approximately €300,000 per week which clearly demonstrates a severe nursing recruitment and retention problem.

Northside Today: Event’s for Culture Night

By Near FM – Listen Again
On this edition of Northside Today: John Healy speaks to Linda O’Shea Farren, Communications and Project Manager of the Contemporary Music Centre, about “The centres events for Culture Night”.     First Aired: 19/09/2018

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Lifeline: World Physical Therapy Day Beaumont Hospital 2018

By Near FM – Listen Again
Debbie Mc Mahon speaks to Laura Byrne who is a physiotherapist in Beaumont hospital she will be telling us about world physical therapy day  the events & information that are taking place within the hospital today. The theme this year for 2018 is physiotherapy & mental health.

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Building Workers: Know Your Rights

By People Before Profit

Building Workers Know Your Rights Campaign have a couple of public meetings coming up this Wednesday and Thursday.

Wednesday 22nd August 8.00pm

Axis, Ballymun

Speakers:
Aaron Wosser
Tony Green (Chair)
Conor Reddy (Summerhill Occupation)
Cllr. Andrew Keegan (People Before Profit, Construction Worker)
 
Thursday 23rd of August 8.00pm
McHughes Venue, Chord Road, Drogheda
 
Speakers:
Billy Wall (Opatsi TU)
Guss McDonald (Chair )
Andrew Keegan (People Before Profit, Construction Worker)
 

The campaign highlights wage exploitation in the construction industry. Its aim is to get more workers organised to fight for their rights, their pay and their conditions.

Andrew Keegan, a co-organiser of for the campaign, explains the motives behind the movement.

” Our campaign is to get all construction workers unionised. We felt there is a need for construction workers to discuss amongst colleagues and generate a debate on site- to convince our workforce that union recognition is a priority.

On the 19th of October last year, new a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) framework was put into effect for the construction industry.

The principal terms of the SEO dealt with the subjects of new minimum hourly rates*,  

unsocial hour rates to provide time and a half and double time, mandatory pension and sick pay schemes and guidelines on dispute resolutions.

This Order is legally binding, and employers must abide by the rules laid out in it. But employers are ignoring the SEOs and exploiting the fact the majority of our construction workers are not organised in a union.

Our campaign welcomes all workers and unions to discuss what are the benefits of being unionised and acting to secure agreed rates on site including overtime.

“Historically, there is a massive distrust and no respect of the trade union movement in the construction sector, and I would say for good reason.

We feel this impression has to be changed by construction workers ourselves and as time is of the essence construction workers have to get organised now and not later.

As every year passes, on average, every worker not paid the SEO is down at least over €2000.”

This money is owed by right and is an abuse which the campaign centres on. But there are also other issues of concern for the campaign.

These include

  • Bogus Self Employment 

  • Subcontractors getting ripped off

  • Living and working condition

  • Exploitation of migrant construction workers.

  • Sick Pay 

  • Pension Rights

  • Use of Agencies

*The rates of pay as laid down by the SEO are as follows:

  • New entrant workers get €13.77 per hour. There is no change as they get the same rate as before.

  • Category I workers – general operatives: €17.04 per hour. This is a 10% increase

  • Category 2 workers – skilled general operatives, advanced scaffolders, banks men, steel fixers, crane operators and heavy plant operators: €18.36. This is a 10% increase

  • Craft workers – bricklayers, carpenters, glaziers, painters, plasters, tillers: €18,93. This is a 10% increase

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Galway, Aug 30th: A Message For The Pope: Aras na nGael

By People Before Profit

The stage is all set for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland. Up to half a million people –many from Ireland and others from abroad- will turn out to the Phoenix Park and another huge crowd will gather at Knock. Many will look for words of solace in a world that has been debased by money and greed.

The Pope will give some expression to a sentiment that rails against an inhumane, nasty and virulent culture. He has, for example, spoken out strongly in support of refugees. His first official visit was to the Italian island of Lampedusa, an arrival point for tens of thousands of refugees from north Africa, whose shores have been the final resting place for hundreds who did not survive the perilous journey. There he spoke from an altar constructed out of boat wrecks, calling for a “reawakening of consciousness” in a world that has “forgotten how to cry”.

He has denounced ‘the god of money’ and attacked the ‘excesses’ of global capitalism, “We have to say “Thou shalt not kill” to an economy of exclusion and inequality’. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”

But while Pope Francis will give expression to these decent sentiments, there are limits. In the past as bishop of Buenos Aires, he  did not speak out against the Dirty War launched by right wing Argentinian generals against leftists who were actually challenging ‘unbridled capitalism’.  20,000 victims ‘disappeared’, many from torture chambers which had Catholic chaplins. He was also an opponent of the ‘liberation theology’ movement that swept through the Catholic Church in Latin America.

The former Irish President, Mary McAleese, put her finger on exactly what is wrong with the Papal visit. She is a devout Catholic and has tried to bring some change within an institution that is anti-woman and opposed to gay rights. This is how she has described the meeting of World Meeting of Families:

‘It’s always been essentially a right wing rally… and it was designed for that purpose, to rally people to get them motivated to fight against the tide of same sex marriage, rights for gays, abortion rights, contraceptive rights’.

The glaring gap between the rhetoric about family life and reality of sexual abuse has come into sharp focus with the revelation that thousands of children were abused by 300 US priests in Pennsylvania.

Once again, Mary McAleese has pointed to the reality. ‘The cover of up abuse’, she stated, is ‘not only systemic, it was directed from central command and control which is the Vatican’.

The Papal visit will be used to re-mobilise a conservative, fundamentalist force that has suffered a major defeat in Ireland with the vote for Repeal. These forces will try to stymie legislation to liberalise abortion. They will try to stop moves to wrest control of our schools and hospitals from the bishops.

However, they cannot hold back the tide. There is a growing awareness among young people that the institutional church is discredited. They no longer want compulsory religion classes in their schools. They do not want Catholic ‘ethics committees’ dictating what kind of medical procedures can be run in Irish hospitals. They are appalled when they learn about the Woods deal whereby the Irish taxpayer lost over €1 billion in an indemnity deal that covered the Catholic Church against claims for child sex abuse.

People Before Profit are holding a number of meetings around the country to support our call to separate church and state. These will take place in the following venues:

Cork:
Monday 20th August,  8pm in Jury’s Inn.
Speakers:
– Tjitske De Vries, People Before Profit Cork
– Kieran Allen, People Before Profit, National Secretary

Castlebar:
Tuesday 21st August, 7.30pm,  
Ivy Tower Hotel, New Antrim St
Speakers:
-Kieran Allen 
-Clodagh Malone, Survivor of St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home 

Dublin:
Saturday 25th August, 6pm  Gresham Hotel.
Speakers:
-Vincent Browne (Journalist)
-Clodagh Malone( Mother and Babies Home Survivor)
-Carron McKinney(Catholics for Choice)
-Jane Donnelly (Atheist Ireland)
-Darren McGavin(Abuse Survivor)

Galway:
Thursday 30th August 7.30. 
Aras na nGael, Domnick Street.

Speakers:
-Kieran Allen
-Jamie Canavan (researcher on history of child welfare in Ireland)

The post Galway, Aug 30th: A Message For The Pope: Aras na nGael appeared first on People Before Profit.

Castlebar, Aug 21st: A Message For The Pope: Ivy Tower Hotel

By People Before Profit

The stage is all set for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland. Up to half a million people –many from Ireland and others from abroad- will turn out to the Phoenix Park and another huge crowd will gather at Knock. Many will look for words of solace in a world that has been debased by money and greed.

The Pope will give some expression to a sentiment that rails against an inhumane, nasty and virulent culture. He has, for example, spoken out strongly in support of refugees. His first official visit was to the Italian island of Lampedusa, an arrival point for tens of thousands of refugees from north Africa, whose shores have been the final resting place for hundreds who did not survive the perilous journey. There he spoke from an altar constructed out of boat wrecks, calling for a “reawakening of consciousness” in a world that has “forgotten how to cry”.

He has denounced ‘the god of money’ and attacked the ‘excesses’ of global capitalism, “We have to say “Thou shalt not kill” to an economy of exclusion and inequality’. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”

But while Pope Francis will give expression to these decent sentiments, there are limits. In the past as bishop of Buenos Aires, he  did not speak out against the Dirty War launched by right wing Argentinian generals against leftists who were actually challenging ‘unbridled capitalism’.  20,000 victims ‘disappeared’, many from torture chambers which had Catholic chaplins. He was also an opponent of the ‘liberation theology’ movement that swept through the Catholic Church in Latin America.

The former Irish President, Mary McAleese, put her finger on exactly what is wrong with the Papal visit. She is a devout Catholic and has tried to bring some change within an institution that is anti-woman and opposed to gay rights. This is how she has described the meeting of World Meeting of Families:

‘It’s always been essentially a right wing rally… and it was designed for that purpose, to rally people to get them motivated to fight against the tide of same sex marriage, rights for gays, abortion rights, contraceptive rights’.

The glaring gap between the rhetoric about family life and reality of sexual abuse has come into sharp focus with the revelation that thousands of children were abused by 300 US priests in Pennsylvania.

Once again, Mary McAleese has pointed to the reality. ‘The cover of up abuse’, she stated, is ‘not only systemic, it was directed from central command and control which is the Vatican’.

The Papal visit will be used to re-mobilise a conservative, fundamentalist force that has suffered a major defeat in Ireland with the vote for Repeal. These forces will try to stymie legislation to liberalise abortion. They will try to stop moves to wrest control of our schools and hospitals from the bishops.

However, they cannot hold back the tide. There is a growing awareness among young people that the institutional church is discredited. They no longer want compulsory religion classes in their schools. They do not want Catholic ‘ethics committees’ dictating what kind of medical procedures can be run in Irish hospitals. They are appalled when they learn about the Woods deal whereby the Irish taxpayer lost over €1 billion in an indemnity deal that covered the Catholic Church against claims for child sex abuse.

People Before Profit are holding a number of meetings around the country to support our call to separate church and state. These will take place in the following venues:

Cork:
Monday 20th August,  8pm in Jury’s Inn.
Speakers:
– Tjitske De Vries, People Before Profit Cork
– Kieran Allen, People Before Profit, National Secretary

Castlebar:
Tuesday 21st August, 7.30pm,  
Ivy Tower Hotel, New Antrim St
Speakers:
-Kieran Allen 
-Clodagh Malone, Survivor of St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home 

Dublin:
Saturday 25th August, 6pm  Gresham Hotel.
Speakers:
-Vincent Browne (Journalist)
-Clodagh Malone( Mother and Babies Home Survivor)
-Carron McKinney(Catholics for Choice)
-Jane Donnelly (Atheist Ireland)
-Darren McGavin(Abuse Survivor)

Galway:
Thursday 30th August 7.30. 
Aras na nGael, Domnick Street.

Speakers:
-Kieran Allen
-Jamie Canavan (researcher on history of child welfare in Ireland)

The post Castlebar, Aug 21st: A Message For The Pope: Ivy Tower Hotel appeared first on People Before Profit.

Cork, Aug 20th: A Message For The Pope: Jury’s Inn

By People Before Profit

The stage is all set for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland. Up to half a million people –many from Ireland and others from abroad- will turn out to the Phoenix Park and another huge crowd will gather at Knock. Many will look for words of solace in a world that has been debased by money and greed.

The Pope will give some expression to a sentiment that rails against an inhumane, nasty and virulent culture. He has, for example, spoken out strongly in support of refugees. His first official visit was to the Italian island of Lampedusa, an arrival point for tens of thousands of refugees from north Africa, whose shores have been the final resting place for hundreds who did not survive the perilous journey. There he spoke from an altar constructed out of boat wrecks, calling for a “reawakening of consciousness” in a world that has “forgotten how to cry”.

He has denounced ‘the god of money’ and attacked the ‘excesses’ of global capitalism, “We have to say “Thou shalt not kill” to an economy of exclusion and inequality’. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”

But while Pope Francis will give expression to these decent sentiments, there are limits. In the past as bishop of Buenos Aires, he  did not speak out against the Dirty War launched by right wing Argentinian generals against leftists who were actually challenging ‘unbridled capitalism’.  20,000 victims ‘disappeared’, many from torture chambers which had Catholic chaplins. He was also an opponent of the ‘liberation theology’ movement that swept through the Catholic Church in Latin America.

The former Irish President, Mary McAleese, put her finger on exactly what is wrong with the Papal visit. She is a devout Catholic and has tried to bring some change within an institution that is anti-woman and opposed to gay rights. This is how she has described the meeting of World Meeting of Families:

‘It’s always been essentially a right wing rally… and it was designed for that purpose, to rally people to get them motivated to fight against the tide of same sex marriage, rights for gays, abortion rights, contraceptive rights’.

The glaring gap between the rhetoric about family life and reality of sexual abuse has come into sharp focus with the revelation that thousands of children were abused by 300 US priests in Pennsylvania.

Once again, Mary McAleese has pointed to the reality. ‘The cover of up abuse’, she stated, is ‘not only systemic, it was directed from central command and control which is the Vatican’.

The Papal visit will be used to re-mobilise a conservative, fundamentalist force that has suffered a major defeat in Ireland with the vote for Repeal. These forces will try to stymie legislation to liberalise abortion. They will try to stop moves to wrest control of our schools and hospitals from the bishops.

However, they cannot hold back the tide. There is a growing awareness among young people that the institutional church is discredited. They no longer want compulsory religion classes in their schools. They do not want Catholic ‘ethics committees’ dictating what kind of medical procedures can be run in Irish hospitals. They are appalled when they learn about the Woods deal whereby the Irish taxpayer lost over €1 billion in an indemnity deal that covered the Catholic Church against claims for child sex abuse.

People Before Profit are holding a number of meetings around the country to support our call to separate church and state. These will take place in the following venues:

Cork:
Monday 20th August,  8pm in Jury’s Inn.
Speakers:
– Tjitske De Vries, People Before Profit Cork
– Kieran Allen, People Before Profit, National Secretary

Castlebar:
Tuesday 21st August, 7.30pm,  
Ivy Tower Hotel, New Antrim St
Speakers:
-Kieran Allen 
-Clodagh Malone, Survivor of St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home 

Dublin:
Saturday 25th August, 6pm  Gresham Hotel.
Speakers:
-Vincent Browne (Journalist)
-Clodagh Malone( Mother and Babies Home Survivor)
-Carron McKinney(Catholics for Choice)
-Jane Donnelly (Atheist Ireland)
-Darren McGavin(Abuse Survivor)

Galway:
Thursday 30th August 7.30. 
Aras na nGael, Domnick Street.

Speakers:
-Kieran Allen
-Jamie Canavan (researcher on history of child welfare in Ireland)

The post Cork, Aug 20th: A Message For The Pope: Jury’s Inn appeared first on People Before Profit.

Dublin Aug 25th: A Message For The Pope- Gresham Hotel

By People Before Profit

The stage is all set for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland. Up to half a million people –many from Ireland and others from abroad- will turn out to the Phoenix Park and another huge crowd will gather at Knock. Many will look for words of solace in a world that has been debased by money and greed.

The Pope will give some expression to a sentiment that rails against an inhumane, nasty and virulent culture. He has, for example, spoken out strongly in support of refugees. His first official visit was to the Italian island of Lampedusa, an arrival point for tens of thousands of refugees from north Africa, whose shores have been the final resting place for hundreds who did not survive the perilous journey. There he spoke from an altar constructed out of boat wrecks, calling for a “reawakening of consciousness” in a world that has “forgotten how to cry”.

He has denounced ‘the god of money’ and attacked the ‘excesses’ of global capitalism, “We have to say “Thou shalt not kill” to an economy of exclusion and inequality’. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”

But while Pope Francis will give expression to these decent sentiments, there are limits. In the past as bishop of Buenos Aires, he  did not speak out against the Dirty War launched by right wing Argentinian generals against leftists who were actually challenging ‘unbridled capitalism’.  20,000 victims ‘disappeared’, many from torture chambers which had Catholic chaplins. He was also an opponent of the ‘liberation theology’ movement that swept through the Catholic Church in Latin America.

The former Irish President, Mary McAleese, put her finger on exactly what is wrong with the Papal visit. She is a devout Catholic and has tried to bring some change within an institution that is anti-woman and opposed to gay rights. This is how she has described the meeting of World Meeting of Families:

‘It’s always been essentially a right wing rally… and it was designed for that purpose, to rally people to get them motivated to fight against the tide of same sex marriage, rights for gays, abortion rights, contraceptive rights’.

The glaring gap between the rhetoric about family life and reality of sexual abuse has come into sharp focus with the revelation that thousands of children were abused by 300 US priests in Pennsylvania.

Once again, Mary McAleese has pointed to the reality. ‘The cover of up abuse’, she stated, is ‘not only systemic, it was directed from central command and control which is the Vatican’.

The Papal visit will be used to re-mobilise a conservative, fundamentalist force that has suffered a major defeat in Ireland with the vote for Repeal. These forces will try to stymie legislation to liberalise abortion. They will try to stop moves to wrest control of our schools and hospitals from the bishops.

However, they cannot hold back the tide. There is a growing awareness among young people that the institutional church is discredited. They no longer want compulsory religion classes in their schools. They do not want Catholic ‘ethics committees’ dictating what kind of medical procedures can be run in Irish hospitals. They are appalled when they learn about the Woods deal whereby the Irish taxpayer lost over €1 billion in an indemnity deal that covered the Catholic Church against claims for child sex abuse.

People Before Profit are holding a number of meetings around the country to support our call to separate church and state. These will take place in the following venues:

Cork:
Monday 20th August,  8pm in Jury’s Inn.
Speakers:
– Tjitske De Vries, People Before Profit Cork
– Kieran Allen, People Before Profit, National Secretary

Castlebar:
Tuesday 21st August, 7.30pm,  
Ivy Tower Hotel, New Antrim St
Speakers:
-Kieran Allen 
-Clodagh Malone, Survivor of St. Patrick’s Mother and Baby Home 

Dublin:
Saturday 25th August, 6pm  Gresham Hotel.
Speakers:
-Vincent Browne (Journalist)
-Clodagh Malone( Mother and Babies Home Survivor)
-Carron McKinney(Catholics for Choice)
-Jane Donnelly (Atheist Ireland)
-Darren McGavin(Abuse Survivor)

Galway:
Thursday 30th August 7.30. 
Aras na nGael, Domnick Street.

Speakers:
-Kieran Allen
-Jamie Canavan (researcher on history of child welfare in Ireland)

The post Dublin Aug 25th: A Message For The Pope- Gresham Hotel appeared first on People Before Profit.

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