New Events


no events posted in last week

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds


Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

offsite link How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus

offsite link Syriza and Israel: Syriza’s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh

offsite link What does a Corbyn victory mean? Tue Aug 18, 2015 00:32 | Sami El-Sayed

offsite link SYRIZA: Was capitulation inevitable? Fri Jul 17, 2015 14:14 | Sami El-Sayed

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Tom Lyons: A journalist unlikely to ask the tough questions

offsite link Breaking news: Sinn Fein responsible for IBRC farce Anthony

offsite link Atheist Ireland banned while Iona Institute enjoys full access to schools Anthony

offsite link Political lies cause suffering and death. Enda Kenny is a political liar Anthony

offsite link Why the State is targetting Sinn Fein Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Saker Community Announcement on the Essential Saker Book and the Call for Networking Help Wed Nov 25, 2015 17:40 | Scott
Dear friends, I just want to give you a brief update on the Saker?s book sales. As you know, it had launched on November 17th and to our pleasant surprise

offsite link Report from Crimea by Auslander Wed Nov 25, 2015 17:28 | Saker-Admin
Auslander posted this sitrep in our comment section. I have reposted it here for all to read. (Webmaster) The situation in Krimea and Sevastopol is serious. The power coming to

offsite link The NATO destruction of the RuAF SU-24 Fencer and Turkish murder of the Russian servicemen Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:44 | Scott
Russia?s Interdiction of ISIS-Turkey Oil Trade and Attacks on Turkmen jihadi militants Poses Risk of Enlargement of Syrian Conflict UPDATED By: JiminNH The increasing velocity of events in Syria indicates

offsite link Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 25, 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:04 | Scott

offsite link Foreign Policy Diary ? Ukraine Launches Energy War Against Crimea Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:00 | Scott

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland

offsite link The Labour Party #repealthe8th Proposals: An Analysis Wed Nov 25, 2015 20:11 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Book Launch: International Human Rights: Perspectives from Ireland, 8 December 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:21 | Liam Thornton

offsite link FLAC: 2016 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:04 | Liam Thornton

offsite link The Green Party?s Reproductive Rights Policy: An Appraisal Tue Nov 17, 2015 07:55 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Carroll on Marrying youth and politics: more than a click away Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:58 | GuestPost

Human Rights in Ireland >>

SIPTU facilitate Belfast Mayor’s historic visit to Art Ability

category antrim | worker & community struggles and protests | press release author Friday June 03, 2011 12:40author by PRO - SIPTU Report this post to the editors

SIPTU’s campaign to reverse the decision to cut funding to Art Ability continues. Thankfully as a result of the Campaign some element of funding has been secured but not sufficient to ensure it can continue to cater for the needs of the most vulnerable in society. Indeed 4 members of staff have been forced to seek alternative employment despite having initially worked on without pay to protect the needs of the clients of the centre.

Art Ability provides training and support for 48 young people aged between six and 16 as well as 24 adults.

(Belfast Mayor Niall O'Donnghaile at Art Ability)
(Belfast Mayor Niall O'Donnghaile at Art Ability)

Manager Richard Long said they would need around Ł150,000 in the next three years to continue operating.

"We are a cross-community organisation and have children and adults from right across Belfast," he said. "If this place closes then there will be no respite for families and people with learning difficulties will have to stay in their own homes."

Martin O’Rourke Lead Organiser stated.

“SIPTU wrote to Belfast City Council prior to the election of the Lord Mayor requesting that the first official community function of the new Lord Mayor would be a visit to Art Ability.

Following his election as Belfast's youngest ever Lord Mayor, Niall O'Donnghaile confirmed his acceptance of the invitation and became the first-ever republican first citizen to visit the loyalist Shankill Road in an official capacity.“

SIPTU members from Denmark Street Community Centre gave up their time to assist with the visit, to ensure the clients, families, and visitors needs were met during the engagement.

The Lord Mayor Mr O'Donnghaile stated:

"This was one of the first invitations that I received since becoming Mayor and I was really, really eager to do it. Art Ability is an excellent facility and I am really happy to be here.

"I have relatives with learning difficulties and I appreciate the support and respite that places like this give to families.

"I have listened to the concerns and will do all in my tenure as Mayor to give them a lift."

Also in attendance yesterday was Jim McVeigh, a SIPTU Community Sector Activist and Councillor for Lower Falls. Jim stated,

“It is vital that people working in the Community Sector come together under a trade union banner and ensure they enjoy the same collective voice as public sector workers.”

Art Ability chairman Albert Hewitt, who is also a SIPTU activist who works with loyalist ex-prisoners on the Shankill, said they had no qualms about welcoming a Sinn Fein man to the area.

"It doesn't worry me the fact that he is Sinn Fein," he said. "The fact that he has come here and supported us and brought such publicity is fantastic.
"We didn't know who to turn to or where to go, thankfully SIPTU came to the rescue and they have worked tirelessly to protect Art ability and the vital services provided by the Community Sector."

Funding for the centre, which provides respite for parents and young adults with disabilities, was stopped in March by the then Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey.

Meanwhile, SIPTU organiser Teri Cregan said:

"There has been a blatant disregard for the impact that cutting services such as Art Ability has on parents who depend on the respite, but most importantly on the children and young adults that use the centre.

"Art Ability helps these users lead a much fuller life and it enables them to integrate more fully into their communities and interact much better with other users.

"The callous decision to cease this funding says a great deal about the lack of recognition of what centers, such as Art Ability, mean to local communities and
how they help the most vulnerable in our society."

Related Link:
author by UnionManpublication date Fri Jun 03, 2011 21:37Report this post to the editors

Where were SIPTU when the budget was decided in Feb? Too many community groups have already gone to the wall and all SIPTU are doing is showing politicians around buildings??? What about community transport for the disabled? Thats had all its state funding pulled and not a peep from SIPTU

© 2001-2015 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy