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More and more Irish women are being offered early inductions to avoid labour on Christmas day. Is this ethical ? Is this safe? read full story / add a comment
Irish Premiere of Ricky Lake's acclaimed documentary will be shown at a private screening on January 16 and 17 2008.
This controversial documentary although focused on US maternity care is VERY relevant to Irish mothers and their experiences of childbirth in Ireland.
Birth: it’s a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business. Compelled to find answers after a disappointing birth experience with her first child, actress Ricki Lake recruits filmmaker Abby Epstein to examine and question the way American women have babies. The film interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / other press Monday December 03, 2007 12:19 by Damien Moran 1 image
We expect that a top Irish obstetrician with so much experience and training would have a firm understanding of what normal birth entails.
We should also expect that all maternity practices are based on the latest international clinical guidelines......are our expectations too high?
Read on.... read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Tuesday November 27, 2007 11:09 by Jene Kelly 1 comment (last - tuesday november 27, 2007 20:10)
AIMS Ireland (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) would like to release the web-link to our most recent online survey concerning the availability of information and consent within the Irish Maternity System.
Please see a brief summary below of the aims and objectives of this survey.
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national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 21, 2007 13:04 by C Murray 22 comments (last - tuesday may 27, 2008 20:45) 1 image
A protest of Sligo and Letrim women converged on the Dail this early afternoon, with
Balloons, a pipe-band and attendant politicians (from all parties except PD's).
The Junior Minister for Health (FF) came out and addressed the crowd, some of who
were tired and upset. After a battery of 'political suits' someone had the bright idea to
put the women on the platform and the stories came out. They have said that they will
no longer travel to access treatment which they have worked and paid for.
They said they do not require a two tier health system and that indeed they have
a centre of excellence already. They spoke of leaving home and family with query
breast cancer and having to access bus, train or taxi to be there for their kids.
Largely they said 'enough'. read full story / add a comment
galway / consumer issues / event notice Wednesday November 14, 2007 17:18 by gníomhaí 1 comment (last - tuesday november 20, 2007 10:26)
International Buy Nothing Day is happening on Saturday 24th of Nov. in Galway and around the world.
It's a time when we are encouraged to reflect on what we buy, whether we really need it and to try to buy locally and ethically. Mindless consumerism is killing society and the planet....
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national / consumer issues / news report Tuesday November 13, 2007 15:06 by C Murray 10 comments (last - thursday november 15, 2007 12:40) 2 images
This morning the DOHC [Department of Health and Children] press released on the OECD
report on Healthcare. The report is set in a time period that ends at 2005. The DOHC decided
not to add the link onto their website so I am publishing it here.
Apparently we are doing quite well on Health, a bit of critical underspend and the necessity for
the department to juggle the figures. Of course the 2007 Breast Cancer Crisis is not mentioned
on this file,but directly under the link there can be found the statement by Ms Harney on
the issue (dated last week- the scandal broke on the 4th of September). read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Tuesday November 13, 2007 10:16 by Aragon 5 comments (last - wednesday november 14, 2007 16:47)
Is anyone else outraged at the governments' behaviour over bank link cards? read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / news report Friday November 09, 2007 12:53 by Adri Nieuwhof and Mieke Zagt
Early 2007 a group of Dutch consumers asked Udea, the importer for the organic supermarket chain Natuurwinkel and other organic shops in the Netherlands, if their Israeli organic products were grown in Jewish settlements. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday November 06, 2007 18:39 by C Murray 63 comments (last - monday march 31, 2008 13:00) 3 images
On the 04/09/07 there was a press release detailing a possible mis-diagnosis problem in relation to the mammogram service at Portlaoise Hospital, the press release said that there were possibly 5,000 women effected and there was no press release from Mary Harney's Department. The Hospital board and the HSE managed the timed release of materials including the fact that many of the patients had been on the Treatment Purchase Fund Scheme. This info emanated in the direct aftermath of Ms Harney's travelling to Barrington's Hospital in Cork where up to 1,000 women were similarly effected. Today there is a press release from DOHC which is written in response to emergent details of 8 women with a diagnosis of cancer who had been cleared and 19 awaiting second opinions.
http://www.dodc.ie/press/releaes/2007/200711102b.html read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 24, 2007 11:41 by P'd off customer 9 comments (last - saturday january 12, 2008 12:05)
I signed up to BT broadband over two months ago. Not only did the hook up the wrong house, but they billed me for it, insisted nothing wrong happened, and are dawdling over my
What's worse, their call centre takes ages to do anything, not surprising, given that one of their agents admitted to me that there were only 10 people working there the day I spoke to her, when the staffing level is supposed to be 60. Anyhow, sick of waiting for the always promised call back, I went hunting for the bigger fish. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday October 09, 2007 12:00 by Tracy Donegan 1 comment (last - sunday november 27, 2011 17:05)
Having a birth plan in Ireland is a necessity if you want to have a normal low intervention birth.
Learn about what's on offer in your hospital and prepare for the kind of birth you want. read full story / add a comment
dublin / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Sunday October 07, 2007 16:05 by Ciaran Carroll 11 comments (last - sunday april 18, 2010 20:33) 1 image
this started as a letter to my philosophy lecturers expressing my disatisfaction about the passiveness of acadmic philosophy. Then i got carried away and started to spew my frustrations about youth orientated consumerism. I never hear this subject, that i believe is the root to most of the flaws in society today, debated in the media. I sent it to the major newspapers but got no response. Maybe some of you could give me your views. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Friday September 21, 2007 23:58 by Gwen 5 comments (last - sunday september 23, 2007 12:55) 2 images
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan T.D. drastically cut subsidies for energy efficient homes on September 3rd and today Minister Gormley introduces regulations requiring the use of renewable energy systems in new buildings at the expense of the buyers. read full story / add a comment
AIMS Ireland is an organisation that offers women support, information and assistance in voicing concers with issues concerning pregnancy, labour and birth and after you have your baby
AIMS Ireland is very interested in providing information to women who do not speak english - we are also interested in cultural issues that may arise for non-Irish women in the maternity system here read full story / add a comment
As if proof were needed of how the idyllic peaceful ways of Ireland are different from Ilford London along comes this next story in foreign silliness - One small town entrepeneur & champion of street crime victims in Rumford, North East England is making consumer news at the moment. The "Bladerunner" company has been making kevlar gloves for some years now, but this year began production of stylish stab proof hooded jackets which are now proving a street cred must amongst the ever more paranoid & cautious parent of i-pod back to schoolers.
Testimonial writers & satisfied customers even tell tales of their foiled stabbing at bank machines - "your hoody saved my life". read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Saturday September 08, 2007 14:58 by C Murray 9 comments (last - thursday november 15, 2007 10:11) 2 images
The Irish Times this Morning 08/09/09 features headlines regarding Eamon Ryan's
'Signal' that the Green Party may be supporting the Referendum on the EU proposed for
this country in 2008. The paper's Front page states that Minister Ryan believes that the
'accrued benefits' of EU membership signal a change in attitude by the Greens toward
their EU policy. This is media manipulation of the highest order which accomplishes two
1. It assures investors in Corporate Europe that the Greens are 'onside'.
2.It is part of a campaign instigated by Dick Roche TD, who assumes responsibility for
both selling the public and manistream media the benefits of EU expansion and
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international / consumer issues / other press Wednesday September 05, 2007 09:20 by fu manchu 3 comments (last - friday september 21, 2007 20:58) 4 images
Just as the British ministry of Defence admit they're on the long list of Western military offices hacked by the People's Republic of China - & gun-ho patriots demand surgical strikes on China, the esteemed advocator of family & caucasian values of beauty and healthy living which is the Mattel Toy Corporations announce their 3rd product recall this year.
Less than 150 years ago, a female kid was happy to play with a bit of sackcloth stuffed with straw or a male kid was encouraged to tie a bit of pig gut to a forked stick. Posh kids (of the male variety) were offered lead soldiers to re-enact regimental glories at Waterloo and posh kids (of the child girl variety) were offered endless coloured ribons of the Laura Ingles "little house on the prarie" type.
Then Mattel came along and sold us Barbie. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Saturday September 01, 2007 13:47 by C Murray 21 comments (last - saturday november 17, 2007 09:45) 1 image
Last week, Joan Burton, a highly talented finance spokesperson and stalwart of the
Labour Party withdrew her candidacy from the running for leadership of the Labour
Party (a centrist concern with a pre-election pact with a right wing party). She cited
lack of internal party support for her decision and nominated herself for deputy leader.
This is a problem, for the preceeding forty eight hours The Irish independent
Newspaper had been running the Gilmore story on both front page and editorial
columns as The main bet for leadership, There is no other candidate declared.
Deputy leader Liz Mc Manus is delaying nomination until later in the week.
The profiling of women in irish politics, especially in mainstream parties relegates
women to secondary positions, indeed a cursory glance at the papers indicates
that politics is indeed a 'Job for the Boys', Tony O Reilly says so and he makes a lot
of profit out of it. read full story / add a comment
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