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international / disability issues / opinion/analysis Friday July 10, 2015 02:48 by Polly Peptide
Recently a major and moral decision was made to quell California legislature as to whether people suffering with terminal illness should have the right to die with dignity. Democrats did not have enough votes although the legislation might come back later in the year? To the extent that there was much of a debate in the news it has been one-sided with a chorus of status quo preventivists. Religion has once again slammed up common sense and compassion.
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international / disability issues / opinion/analysis Friday April 24, 2015 03:21 by Polly Peptide   text 6 comments (last - wednesday june 03, 2015 16:32)
Suicide is often thought tragedy or failure—but a person can lead an exceedingly relevant and meaningful life and still have it end with suicide. Suicide, although thought taboo and negative consequence, should not be thought especially conclusive to render some final judgment on that dead person’s attitudes about the entirety of his or her life, or personal series of assumed values while living. Esteemed and valuable lives do happen to end with this form of partial self-control over one’s finality. It can at times be practical to circumstances. The vaunted platitude the “value of human life” (as cultural supposition) has had little real open discussion or debate. Irrespective then of all peoples’ personal opinions (even if personal opinions are not often particularly individualist) one should be able to argue that thee ultimate human right of being-hood (and all related rights of existence) is the right to decide for the self whether one even wants to live a human life (especially as related to circumstances one finds the self). This is really the most basic litmus test to freedom as essential criteria as to whether one is truly free or not. read full story / add a comment
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
national / disability issues / other press Monday September 02, 2013 06:29 by oldhack   text 1 comment (last - monday september 02, 2013 11:47)
I have spent over 30 years working in journalism as a chief reporter and as news editor.

In May 2012 I suffered permanent damage to my eyesight following an assault. One year later, in May 2013, the Department of Social Protection awarded me a disability allowance on the basis of the hospital surgeon's medical report regarding my condition, backdated to the date of my injury in 2012. read full story / add a comment
Sean Crudden and Titilobe Obiyomi
national / disability issues / event notice Tuesday January 01, 2013 18:54 by Sean Crudden   text 2 comments (last - monday august 19, 2013 15:55)   image 6 images
The 13th annual winter workshop organised by Cooley takes place in The Strand, Omeath, Co. Louth, on Saturday 26 January 2013 from 14.00 until 17.30. A short meeting will take place at 16.00 during the workshop to ratify a committee for CEHG for 2013. read full story / add a comment
dublin / disability issues / event notice Sunday December 09, 2012 14:10 by Elric   video 1 video file
The Carers Association will protest outside Leinster House at 1pm on Tuesday 11th Decmber.

The Carers Association are extremely disappointed with the level of reduction of over 19% in the respite grant paid to over 77,000 family carers, 20,000 of whom receive no other support from the state for providing full-time care for a family member from their own resources. The grant is used by carers to buy in home care or pay for residential respite care for the cared for person in order to give the carer a much needed break from their caring role. Despite working 7 days a week, 365 days a year carers are entitled to no holidays and no breaks. This grant goes some way towards allowing this. Other carers use the grant to pay bills. 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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galway / disability issues / event notice Wednesday November 30, 2011 10:26 by Margaretta D'Arcy
Announcing a Speak-out to END EXCLUSION and to demonstrate the lack of access in the city streets for people with disability. read full story / add a comment
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
dublin / disability issues / event notice Thursday June 02, 2011 14:30 by Richard Boyd Barrett T.D.
What: Meeting to start fighting against the cuts in special needs education
When: Wednesday 15th June at 16:30
Where: The Temple Bar Hotel, Fleet Street, Dublin 2 read full story / add a comment
Patrick Preston and Deborah
dublin / disability issues / other press Friday June 18, 2010 11:55 by tolkarovers   image 1 image
NORTHSIDE People has learned that a local respite centre used by 80 people with intellectual disabilities is being shut down at the end of the month. read full story / add a comment
international / disability issues / other press Thursday April 22, 2010 02:09 by Robbie Sinnott   text 2 comments (last - thursday april 22, 2010 09:15)
Among other things, Richar Patterson says that Black liberation is more advanced than the liberation of Visually impaired [hear here]; that he was never ashamed of being black, but was ashamed of his visual impaierment. [interaction with the 'normal' people' is a strange nexus]

He also describes some of the practical difficulties in processing information with a visual impairement. 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
EXIT
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
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