An 8 story hotel in the middle of the Liberties is not on! This is the 3rd week we have protested; we are with residents, local historians, and supporters. The weather was atrocious! A sequel to this little video shows what happens when we go to another local scandal – the Iveagh Market.
Last Saturday – March 2- we protested about insensitive, inapropriate developement in the Dublin’s Liberties. First we were at Vicar Street where an 8 story hotel is proposed; then we marched to the Iveagh Market, sold for £1 to a developer who has left it lie in derelict since. Some very moving testimony from residents and ex residents of the area.
I spoke with Lillian McCarthy, founder member of Pensioners for Equality. They scored a great victory by militant action, campaigning and protesting. Minister Doherty was forced to acknowledge the justice of their cause. True, back-money is being paid from last March only,but they won their main demand – that years spent as carers would be included in their penion calculation – and they’re not done yet !! Well done to Lillian and her fellow campaigners.
DENNIS O BRIEN’s hard neck is astounding. He’s LOOKING FOR OUR MONEY again, this time to help fund his radio stations. Fm106 and Newstalk (his stations) made a big pitch to TDs to get a recent Fianna Fáil motion passed, that would give the stations PUBLIC MONEY to include news and current affairs on their programmes. I spoke about this in Dáil. That was on Thursday. Then on Friday – JOY! The news of his failed court case !!. Maybe he’ll set up a Go Fund Me account!!
BrId was on the panel of The Tonight Show last evening. Topics up for discussion were varied from threatened hike in the Local Property Tax, Brexit & the border, to Irish citizens who joined ISIS, and Ellie Kishombe’s right to stand in elections.
I GOT FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES! Fair play to my comrade Richard Boyd Barret who took on the job of challeging the proceedular trickery of the powers that be in ‘the house’ today. My Climate Emergency Bill, despite being passed overwhelming so far, has been put into ‘limbo’ by undemocratic means because the fossil fuel industry doesn’t like it. Here’s the exhange in the Dáil earlier. Thanks Richard.
A new report on DISABILITY AND ACCESS TO TRAVEL was discussed yesterday in the Dáil. A good report, with good ideas. Will it be matched by the government’s committment to equality for disabled people? Consider this: they are gung-ho on privatisation of transport, yet there is no requrement for private operators to facilitate disabled travellers! This is outrageous. We must keep the pressure on Shane Ross and the govt parties to do the right thing – they can’t be trusted to do its themselves
The full failure of this govt on climate change was exposed in this exchange with Varadkar – the usual patronising attitude and false smears – the continued defence of exploration for fossil fuels we can’t use (if we are to stop global tempreture rises of over 2 degrees). They’re breaking the Dáil’s own rules to stop progress of this Bill. #WorkHarderBeNicer to Lowry and his gang; that will save the planet! Someone tell Greta Thurnberg!