Councillor Martin Browne of Sinn Féin Tiobraid Árann has asked for any journalists or photographers attending in Cork Airport NOT to use flash photography.
As a result of her medical condition, Ava Barry is photo-sensitive, particularly to bright flashes.
While Ava’s symptoms have improved vastly since her parents Vera and Paul took her to Holland for treatment, the underlying condition remains, and this means that excessive flashes – such as with flash photography – could trigger a seizure.
“It might not, but why would we take a chance?”, is the thought for tomorrow.
Ava and her family are due in around 10:20. Contact Martin Browne for media and other arrangements.
Speaking in Leinster House today, Sinn Féin’s Agriculture spokesperson, Martin Kenny TD, has said that the measures introduced by Minister Michael Creed on the National Reserve were welcome, but do not go far enough.
Deputy Kenny said:
“While I am glad that, at last, the Minister has done something to help young farmers and new entrants to farming for 2017, after leaving them in the lurch last year, these measures do not go far enough to resolve the situation.
“However, €5 million is not enough to deal with the backlog of young farmers who have completed or who are now trying to complete green cert training and who will be seeking entitlements soon.”
On the back of a Parliamentary Question submitted to Education Minister, Richard Bruton TD, it has been revealed that there are 47 schools in Cork with no access to the National Educational Psychological Service. Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire expressed his concern and called on the Minister to address this lack of vital supports for children in Cork schools.
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said:
“On 17th January, in response to a parliamentary question tabled by a Sinn Féin colleague Carol Nolan TD, the Education Minister confirmed that 47 schools across Cork do not currently have access to a NEPS psychologist.
“On Saturday 21st January the Irish Examiner carried a report which outlined that 1 in 6 primary schools across the State have no access to a NEPS psychologist.
“The NEPS psychologist is the first stage to a childs access to a wide range of services, interventions and supports, allowing them to tap into their potential and prosper in education. So to have 47 schools in Cork which do not have access to this service is not only quite worrying, but has the added effect of stymieing the futures of many.
“Additionally, NEPS psychologists play a crucial role within schools in the event of a critical incident, for example a tragic death or other traumatic event. In such an event the NEPS psychologist guides and advises school staff, who know the children well, to support and assist children and identify children who may require additional support.
“I have every intention of pursuing this matter further and will endeavour to identify the schools which do not have access. My party colleagues and I are calling on local and national services to do better, and for Minister Bruton and the Government as a whole to provide what is required. Such poor resources are putting children’s futures in jeopardy.”
Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien today introduced legislation in the Dáil to combat harmful “revenge porn” practices.
The Cork North Central TD speaking in the Dáil said: “In recent years, we have seen problems arising concerning the matter of ‘revenge pornography’; that is the deliberate distribution of compromising photographs and videos of sexual nature throughout social media networks and on the internet in general.
“Very often, victims are faced with the prospect of not being able to tackle this with images left online that future employers can see. This can give rise to extremely negative repercussions in a victim’s life.
“This Bill is based on the work of the Law Reform Commission and we are hopeful that it will act as a starting point for a solution to the problems that arise.
“Persons who fall victim to this practice, and who have these images disseminated throughout Twitter without their consent, usually uploaded by an irate ex-partner, should not have to live with the response that there is very little that can be done about it.
“Further, this legislation also seeks to tackle circumstances where photoshopped images appear where a person’s face is superimposed on the intimate parts of another person’s body. It should be an offence for a person to distribute or publish an intimate image of another person without the other person’s consent, or to threaten to do so. This is intended to deal with the intentional shaming behaviour referred to as ‘revenge porn’.
“We in Sinn Féin would like for this Bill to be the starting point of discussion addressing the much needed and overdue legislative reform of this area and are urging all members of the Dáil to support it.”
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Drugs Jonathan O’Brien TD has tonight outlined the party’s support for passage of the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 to Committee Stage, where it will table appropriate amendments.
The Cork North Central TD strongly emphasised that the issues addressed by the Bill where matters of health and that he welcomed the Bill as “important initiative in the development of healthcare in Ireland.”
Speaking in the Dáil this evening this evening, Deputy O’Brien said: “We need to be clear that this is a health matter.
“Research has indicated that introducing medicinal cannabis legally does not have any crime exacerbating effect. The research findings run counter to arguments suggesting the legalisation of cannabis products for medical purposes poses a danger to public health in terms of exposure to violent crime and property crimes.
“It is Sinn Fein’s view that every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
“In the past, myself and other Sinn Fein TDs called for Sativex spray and CBD oil to made available to persons suffering with conditions such as MS and Dravet’s Syndrome.
“We need to move towards an evidence-based model of depenalisation of drugs founded on international best practice, so that vulnerable drug users can access the supports they need, but also that persons who have specific medical conditions can access cannabis based medicines when they need them.
“It is bad enough to witness the pain of a loved one with a chronic debilitating illness where there is no prospect of recovery, but simply the vista of watching their condition slowly deteriorate until death – but to have to try and ease their pain under the threat of prosecution for providing them with a product that might ease their suffering is another thing altogether.
“Some parents are placed in a terrible position when their children have severe illnesses and conditions and they know that cannabis based products would ease their suffering, and yet they cannot access them, or if they access them, they are breaking the law to do so. That is not right.
“While we disagree with the mechanism that the People Before Profit Deputies envisage for the regulation of these medicines, we will support this Bill to proceed to Committee Stage where we will table appropriate amendments. It is our view that these products should be regulated by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (which has taken over from the Irish Medicines Board) like any other medicine that exists.
“However, the important thing is that whatever structure in place, there must be meaningful access to it. It must not be introduced and then effectively banned through a series of insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles.
“It is an important initiative in the development of healthcare in Ireland and I welcome the opportunity to vote in favour of the Bill.”