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national / consumer issues / press release Friday June 29, 2007 10:37 by AIMS Ireland
“Every woman deserves to have her mother in the delivery room with her” I remember reading these words on rollercoaster.ie years ago from a young scared Irish woman due with her first baby. Her heartfelt plea for help…her desperation for ANY suggestion ….of ANY possible way that she could persuade her maternity hospital to make the exception to the rule and allow her mother and husband in with her for the labour and birth. Likewise I remember the replies of other women…women who have gone through it before…women who dripped with cynicism because they too would have liked this choice but knew what her outcome would be. The pain, confusion and fear of that sad, sad post have stayed with me over the years.

Unfortunately it looks like very little has changed for women in some areas of Ireland . While many maternity units around the country are receptive of additional birthing partners and Doulas, the Dublin hospitals remain unresponsive.

AIMS Ireland has decided to look deeper into this issue.
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national / consumer issues / news report Sunday June 17, 2007 14:31 by John McDermott
Various goings on, re the Soldiers of Destiny and their new Broccoli Brotherhood. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Wednesday May 23, 2007 04:50 by Michael O'Callaghan
The current Fianna Fáil / PD Government’s litany of lies and broken promises on genetically modified (GM) food and farming have exposed Irish farmers, food producers, food exporters, retailers, restaurants, and consumers to years of contamination by illegal and/or toxic GM ingredients. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / press release Sunday May 13, 2007 00:37 by SDLP Youth
SDLP Youth move to support European Initiatives to reduce exorbitant roaming charges. read full story / add a comment
Worst Minister for health ever
national / consumer issues / news report Tuesday April 17, 2007 10:06 by J Aubrey   text 79 comments (last - wednesday october 03, 2007 15:59)   image 2 images
This is the update:-

*INO and Psychiatric nurses will continue to highlight inequity in the
health system. They will use their votes in the General election.

*Impact are planning a clerical workers strike which the health unions will
support.

*The consultants are refusing to re-negogtiate salaries and this is being
buried by the gutterpress behind the nurses strike.

*The junior doctors of Ireland are the only ones in the EU who have to
a 60-70 hour week. read full story / add a comment
Chavez, Ahern,  Bachelet, Merkel
international / consumer issues / news report Tuesday April 10, 2007 12:28 by NN   text 3 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2007 20:31)   image 1 image
Venezuela has an interesting relationship with the energy giant Shell. They actually force them to pay taxes, and when they submit estimates which the govt doesn't believe, they audit them and present them with a bill. Today they told Shell to pay back over thirteen million dollars that the company was trying to weasel out of from 2005.

The Irish government, of course, has a more compliant attitude to the big energy companies... read full story / add a comment
sligo / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Friday April 06, 2007 13:15 by Union member   text 6 comments (last - monday april 09, 2007 13:13)
Sligo Borough Council voted down a motion condemning the governments policy which will tax aid speculators to build a private hospital on public land beside Sligo General Hospital. This is the first Council to endorse what amounts to the beginning of the privatisation of the Health Service. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Thursday April 05, 2007 17:44 by Sean Crudden
Advocacy is an "in" term these days. When we advocate are we really pursuing the best interests of those on whose behalf we are advocating? Or are we only trying to placate and tell people what they want to hear? Then, too, there are often a lot of stock cribs which advocates may parrot easily off in the hope of gaining kudos or easy respect from the judges - the administrators and the public. read full story / add a comment
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international / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday March 27, 2007 11:58 by Chris Murray   text 2 comments (last - sunday april 01, 2007 11:23)   image 1 image
The Alliance for Natural Health filed nine applications to Annex 1 of the EU Food Supplement
Directive and a further six to annex II in Late Feburary and early March 2007.
The primary subjects of the applications were natural vitamins and minerals
which were ommitted from the Directive's Annexes ('positive list').

On the 16th of March , the ANH informed the EU Commission that it had filed the
applications and would scrutinise it and the European Food Safety Authority's
(EFSA) procedures with regard to their evaluation. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Friday March 23, 2007 16:21 by C Murray   text 8 comments (last - saturday december 08, 2007 18:57)
In Rathmines, Harold's Cross and Crumlin we are to lose St Luke's Hospital.
In fact, the hospital scandal stretches further than that.
We are to lose a cancer hospital which will be amalgamated with St James,
the high property values allowed Minster Mc Dowell's Sidekick to sign the lands
to speculators.

There is a clinic in that hospital complex used by the parents of kids with CF and asthma
called Lukedoc/Dubdoc- one TD from the area put down the question re losing our clinic
published below is the reply from Mary Harney. read full story / add a comment
Govt Policy on Natural Resources
national / consumer issues / press release Monday March 12, 2007 09:04 by policy watcher   text 10 comments (last - saturday march 24, 2007 10:56)   image 1 image
The Govt will launch their delayed white paper on energy today.

It will seek to explain how it makes economic sense to simply give away billions of euro worth of natural gas to the big energy companies.

Note to Noel Dempsey: When they say the policy is good for the economy, it's supposed to be the IRISH economy, not the Norwegian one. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday March 06, 2007 16:17 by useless eater   text 1 comment (last - wednesday march 07, 2007 18:17)
Most readers and contributors to Indymedia, I presume, would be against the arms trade and money going towards 'third-world' exploitation, deforestation, or animal testing for eg., yet every one of us contributes to these decidely unethical practices. read full story / add a comment
IRSP comrades with erected billboard
antrim / consumer issues / press release Tuesday March 06, 2007 04:22 by TMcManus   text 1 comment (last - sunday march 11, 2007 08:29)   image 1 image
The IRSP have added their voice to the struggle against water charges yet again, this time by erecting a billboard to promote the campaign. read full story / add a comment
Leafleting!
dublin / consumer issues / news report Saturday March 03, 2007 20:10 by Johnny H   text 5 comments (last - monday march 05, 2007 12:12)   image 10 images
On Saturday the 3rd of March, IPSC Activists and members of the Palestinian community joined together to picket the Atlantic Homecare store in Sandyford as part of our continued campaign to pressure Atlantic Homecare to remove Israeli "Keter" products from their stores. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / press release Thursday March 01, 2007 20:51 by Fr. Cullen   text 1 comment (last - thursday march 01, 2007 22:56)
There is still a large stock of Pioneer Total Abstinence Association 2007 Calenders available.

A lovely calender with 12 months listed.
That's one for every 4 weeks.
only 2 Euro. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 21, 2007 10:09 by Jim O'Sullivan   text 7 comments (last - saturday july 14, 2007 18:35)
Over the past few years operators have been allowed to exploit mobile phone owners by misleading them into "subscriptiopn servcies" where they are exploited. Its time to call a halt. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 14, 2007 15:00 by RogerC   text 2 comments (last - sunday february 18, 2007 18:25)
I know that while the Northern Ireland assembly was running the local parties didn't seem to have a problem introducing water charges. However it would be foolish to let them off the hook at this time. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / news report Thursday February 08, 2007 14:52 by R. Isible
The domain name registrar GoDaddy distinguished itself in Ireland when it unceremoniously stopped directing traffic to the website of RateYourSolicitor without apparently providing their paying customer time to resolve the situation. In another controversial case GoDaddy has repeated this failure to notify their client, in this case an important network security site. read full story / add a comment
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national / consumer issues / news report Monday January 29, 2007 19:46 by Gregor   text 2 comments (last - monday january 29, 2007 22:43)   image 1 image
Anyone who has had a child in primary school over the past couple of years has no doubt heard of the ‘Tesco Computers for Schools’ scheme whereby in return for vouchers collected when you do your shopping, Tesco give ‘free’ computer equipment to schools. You’ve probably also heard about Tesco’s ‘Sport For Schools and Clubs’ and SuperValu’s ‘Kids in Action’ schemes. If you’ve seen the TV ads for the SuperValu version, you’ll probably associate SuperValu with healthy, happy kids. read full story / add a comment
sligo / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 23, 2007 17:51 by a rock   text 85 comments (last - wednesday october 29, 2008 20:45)
Labour canditate for Sligo/Leitrim Jimmy Mc Garry used his casting vote to bring in water-meters after telling IFA he do everything to stop them read full story / add a comment
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