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national / disability issues / opinion/analysis Monday December 02, 2013 22:07 by Sean Crudden
The United Nations' convention on the rights of persons with a disability does not confer any particular right on anyone. As a mental patient I have no more rights with it as I might have without it. However the UNCRPD has a political effect. The Irish Government must repeal the Lunatics Act of the 19th century to make Irish Law consonant with the UNCRPD. That old act is long and detailed and makes elaborate provision to prevent the exploitation of lunatics i.e. mental patients. But, it seems, a new law is required introducing assisted decision making by patients rather than providing an authority to make decisions on our behalf. read full story / add a comment
international / disability issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 16, 2013 01:16 by Matt Mitchell
Despite all the cultural and religious indoctrination (and presumption) to the contrary, to be born Homo sapiens onto this planet, even in these modern times of materialist comfort, is still far too much a curse. Of course no one will tell you you’ve been condemned to a life of questionable worth and meaning, albeit with plenty need to toil for one’s un-mitigating desires. Rather its expected you’ll inculcate the accepted lies, such as how precious life is, in general, as it is always presumed to be—and never question its ordained status or sacred value. Conditioned are you then to think you “should” be grateful for having been born into this human mess (more properly referred to as the insanity of humanity). read full story / add a comment
REILLY THE CRIMINAL
national / disability issues / news report Thursday October 25, 2012 11:55 by BrianClarkeNUJ   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Minister for Health James Reilly is breaking the law and rejecting international human rights principles by failing to remove an upper age limit for an allowance to people with disabilities, according to a report by Ombudsperson Emily O’Reilly. read full story / add a comment
national / disability issues / press release Thursday September 06, 2012 12:29 by Mental Health Reform   text 2 comments (last - friday september 07, 2012 23:49)   image 1 image
Mental Health Reform is a coalition of 26 organisations, and promotes improved and prioritised mental health services in Ireland. With today's reports of threatened cuts to the mental health budget, we are calling a public protest to protect the budget. No more cuts. Protest, Friday 7th September, from 1pm at Government Buildings on Merrion Street, Dublin 2. www.mentalhealthreform.ie read full story / add a comment
cork / disability issues / opinion/analysis Monday April 16, 2012 15:13 by S.C.
Our current social control social order is making drugs and morality illegal.
We were born in world controlled by our separation from the garden of Eden.
The herbs of the world were given to us for our responsibility and the beasts,
were given for for stewardship not the other way around as we were not beasts. read full story / add a comment
international / disability issues / news report Saturday January 21, 2012 16:25 by belinda
Thanks to Defence Counsel’s methodical probing, the reason for Evans’ nervousness rapidly became apparent. She is the officer from Grampian force who conducted the most recent interview of Hollie, on 8th September 2009 in Shrewsbury, and she also headed up the raiding party on Robert’s home on 13th February 2010. It is certain that she was directed to obtain a particular item with the potential to cause big problems for Grampian police. This item was not among the productions placed before the court yet the policewoman knew there were bound to be questions about it from the Defence, which only she could answer.
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SIPTU facilitate Belfast Mayor Niall O'Donnghaile visit to Art Ability in June
antrim / disability issues / press release Tuesday September 27, 2011 12:11 by PRO   image 1 image   video 1 video file
In June of this year Art Ability – a community organisation assisting children and adults with disabilities - based in Agnes Street, Belfast, was given just one week’s notice that it’s funding was to be removed. A SIPTU organised campaign has been running since then to secure funding to protect this vital cross community organisation from closure, and to ensure its client’s needs were addressed. This campaign resulted in the initial securing of limited funding which did not fully protect the organisations future.

However, as a direct result of the SIPTU campaign we are delighted to be in a position to report that interim funding has been secured to enable the organisation to continue to operate. Art Ability will now be in a position to apply for further funding for the autumn quarter, and their doors remain open. read full story / add a comment
national / disability issues / press release Monday April 05, 2010 04:20 by Ann Keilthy
Each page in this new website has one topic plus a selection of questions you might ask answered. Not too much information at a time, and ideal for those starting out. Launched in Ireland to mark Brain Awareness Week in March, this website, www.parkinsonsdecisionaid.eu.com, informs and encourages you to discuss the contents with your doctor - patient education and empowerment. read full story / add a comment
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national / disability issues / news report Friday March 12, 2010 14:03 by Listener   text 4 comments (last - saturday march 13, 2010 02:03)   image 1 image
A Dublin radio station was forced to issue a personal apology to Minister Mary Harney yesterday after claims about her private life were made on air. Harney's long trip to Australia and New Zealand and absence from the country during the X-ray crisis in Tallaght Hospital has been a source of controversy. You can hear the comments at the link.

http://www.entertonement.com/clips/ntddtntwvd--nell-mcc...arney read full story / add a comment
national / disability issues / press release Tuesday February 16, 2010 01:43 by James Connolly
RSYM: "House the Homeless!"
RSYM House the Homeless Campaign

Over the last number of weeks the Republican Socialist Youth Movement has been agitating over the issue of homelessness in Ireland. With young activists in areas such as Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Ennis, Derry, Sligo, Strabane, Tipperary and Galway taking part in our ’House the Homeless’ campaign which was designed to highlight the plight of some of the most vulnerable people in Irish society today. read full story / add a comment
national / disability issues / news report Thursday January 14, 2010 14:00 by DCTV   video 1 video file
Access for All is a four-part series, which looks at some of the issues facing the disabled community in Dublin. Each episode looks at a particular issue from the viewpoint of people with disabilities. The series participants speak candidly about their experiences in the areas of: Education; Family; Media and Disability; Sexuality and Relationships. read full story / add a comment
international / disability issues / news report Friday November 13, 2009 19:51 by Declan Murphy   text 2 comments (last - sunday may 30, 2010 00:21)
The Whittemore Peterson Institute, Reno, USA recently discovered a strong link between retrovirus XMRV and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or ME as it is also known. Their findings are some of the most significant in recent medical history, especially for the millions of ME/CFS patients worldwide, who have struggled with the controversy and skepticism that has surrounded the illness for many years. read full story / add a comment
Declan Sweeney, Director of ReConnect Autism
national / disability issues / press release Tuesday October 27, 2009 09:55 by Biddy Hughes   text 1 comment (last - tuesday october 27, 2009 12:14)   image 2 images
Launching today, ReConnect Autism Consultancy and Training delivers autism consultancy and training services to parents of children on the autism spectrum that result in improved quality of life. Based in Wicklow and servicing families nationwide, ReConnect Autism recently won a Social Entrepreneurs Ireland award for the social contribution of bringing the Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) programme to Ireland. ReConnect Autism is headed up by Declan Sweeney B.Sc. ACE (Autism) who brings over 16 years experience in delivering autism services in the U.K. as well as working as a Team Leader on the U.K.’s Autism Services Accreditation Programme. Please visit www.ReConnectAutism.org for more information. read full story / add a comment
international / disability issues / news report Wednesday July 08, 2009 10:54 by Sevinch Karaca
In recent weeks, EI member organisation Egitim-Sen and the Confederation of Public Employees’ Unions (KESK) .. have suffered a series of attacks by the Turkish authorities, including the occupation and searches of the trade union premises by the security forces, arrest and preventive detention of trade union leaders and the use of excessive violence by the police against teachers demonstrating peacefully (...) On 29 May 2009, EI, together with the ITUC, wrote to the Turkish Government to protest against these anti-union attacks. Egitim-Sen and KESK received support from many trade union organisations around the world. However the authorities disregarded the international appeals to stop the attacks. Join EI in our appeal to stop the attacks on trade unions! There are currently still 22 Egitim-Sen and KESK officials in detention, including the women secretaries of both organisations. Go to www.ei-ie.org/turkey to read/sign Urgent Action Appeal..
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national / disability issues / news report Saturday May 23, 2009 16:37 by Michael Gallagher   text 3 comments (last - monday may 25, 2009 13:02)   image 13 images   video 1 video file
international / disability issues / press release Monday August 25, 2008 02:01 by Ann Keilthy   text 1 comment (last - sunday april 04, 2010 15:25)
The EPDA - European Parkinson's Disease Association - has initiated a campaign to "Make Parkinson's Livable" and increase awareness of this often distressing condition.
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Tom Isaacs at the end of his walk around Briitain's coastline
national / disability issues / press release Thursday March 13, 2008 17:17 by Ann Keilthy   image 1 image
We have had a week of events around the theme of the brain, and awareness of the 700.000 people in Ireland with a brain disorder ranging from Migraine, Acquired Brain Injury to MS and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, all events coordinated through the Neurological Alliance of Ireland. This week, Internatinal Brain Awareness Week has received a huge amount of publicity, focussing as it has on personal experiences, and an honest look at the present state of services for those with a neurological disorder in Ireland - through the media - TV, radio, newspapers, the internet, and conferences and meetings. On Sunday (March 16th), the last day of Brain Awareness Week, the PALS branch of the Parkinson's Association (the branch for those diagnosed at a younger age) have a special meeting, in the Marine Hotel in Sutton at 3pm on Sunday March 16th, which is an open meeting because of its relevance to the Week, and indeed because it is testimony to the strength of the human spirit. read full story / add a comment
kerry / disability issues / press release Saturday December 22, 2007 22:02 by sean moraghan   text 8 comments (last - sunday december 30, 2007 18:45)
Cancer Services in Kerry General Hospital are to be removed and relocated to Cork. There will supposedly be a better system of care there under one of several national ‘centres of excellence’.
But that means that patients from Kerry could have a two-hour trip each way (or longer) to access treatment. That is in direct contradiction to the HSE’s statements that care of patients should be given as close to their homes as possible, and that there should be a greater emphasis on delivery of care in the local community.
Long trips on top of treatments and trauma can hardly constitute excellent care. read full story / add a comment
mayo / disability issues / news report Monday November 12, 2007 13:22 by Cllr Keith Martin   text 1 comment (last - monday november 12, 2007 19:29)   image 1 image
Caring for a relative can be a stressful and traumatic experience. The Government should do its best to help. I am upset at how many people are left caring for others and are given no support due to a means test. Anyone who cares deserves the backup of a Carer's allowance.

How many of these allowances could be paid out of Bertie Ahern's self granted pay rise?

Who deserves the money more? Bertie Ahern? or the carers in Westport? read full story / add a comment
national / disability issues / opinion/analysis Sunday October 21, 2007 22:49 by Seosamh an Chnoic   text 2 comments (last - monday october 22, 2007 09:57)   image 1 image
How an irish middle class person's ideological beliefs led him to a life of poverty, and how he found his way out of that dark wood. read full story / add a comment
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