(Not my best photography every. I couldn’t use the flash, so had to make do)
Women of the Nation 2017
10 November at 20:00, Clonmel Town Hall.
Clonmel Sinn Féin is hosting this event, an event that will be opened by Mayor Catherine Cllr Carey who is the first Sinn Féin Mayor of Clonmel.
This is a gathering of strong Republican minded women who have, through their courage and resilience, made a positive difference for all of us. These women continue on this journey and on November 10th, we get an opportunity to hear their experiences and learn more about their onward journeys and aspirations.
Liadh Ní Riadh M.E.P. is our guest speaker.
There will also be a speaker from Ireland Supporting Palestinian Youth. Ireland Supporting Palestinian Youth is a non-profit community based group whose mission is to develop, empower and support young people in Palestine to reach their full potential through community based projects.
Ger O’Neill from Co Kildare will be speaking about homelessness. Ger will also be laying a wreath at the tree planted at last year’s Women of the Nation Event.
Cllr Martin Browne of Sinn Féin Tipperary has welcomed Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada to County Tipperary to talk with representatives of the Angling community. Following her visit, MEP Ní Riada has said that the potential of the River Suir to support the development of angling tourism has yet to be fully realised. She made the comments following a visit to Golden this week.
Liadh Ní Riada said: “Golden is a beautiful village in an area of outstanding scenery. Its location close to Cashel and its proximity to the main Dublin – Cork motorway mean that it is accessible for domestic and foreign tourists alike.”
“As a member of the European Parliament Committee on Fisheries I have taken a keen interest in the potential for the further development of angling as both a sport and a lure for tourism.”
“Rural Ireland is crying out for investment and for job opportunities. The development of sustainable tourism, based on our greatest natural assets, would be a fantastic boon for rural communities, not least here in Co. Tipperary.”
“I will continue to work alongside Cllr. Martin Browne and with all stakeholders to work towards a sustainable, clean and vibrant tourism offering for anglers that benefits the community and rural economy.”
Cllr Martin Browne adds: “In one of the most historic and one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland, we have a significant opportunity in terms of a unique angling experience. The potential of tourism has never been doubted, and I compliment the members of Cashel/Golden Anglers Association on their work. We received a short tour from Owen Jackman who is Secretary of the Association and were impressed with the commitment of the Association to maintaining the environment.”
“The potential for employment in any environmentally friendly tourism industry should not be overlooked.”
Sinn MEP Liadh Ní Riada was in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Friday to meet the River Shannon Protection Alliance group along with Cllr Séamie Morris. Liadh heard first hand from people who have been affected by the lowering water levels on Lough Derg among many other issues. Liadh agrees that Lough Derg is vital for the tourism prospects in the region for the future and as an economic asset for the Mid West region.
Irish Water’s preferred proposition at present is to use water from Lough Derg via a major pipe construction to supply Dublin and surrounding areas.
Irish Water have begun a public consultation process that will last until Feb 14th 2017. Councillor Morris is calling on people who feel strongly about this issue to contact him, get involved in local campaign groups, or lodge their own submission.
“We already have problems arising in the Irish mushroom sector, because of the significant weakening of Sterling against the Euro over recent weeks, with plants closing down, as a result of Brexit concerns.”
“Brexit is an all-island issue. So, I expect MEPs from all over Ireland to support the setting up of a Brexit working group for agriculture.
“In my opinion farming and food in Tipperary are the industries that have most to lose from Brexit.”
Liadh is also concerned about rural Tipperary, A European Commission report into the Cumulative Effects of Trade Agreements which was published today proved again that deals like CETA & TTIP will have devastating consequences for agriculture.
Now Irish MEPs (Fine Gael, in particular) have a choice to make in advance of the European Parliament vote on CETA, due to take place in December.
They can either support Irish farmers or they can support regressive trade deals such as CETA & TTIP, but they can’t support both.
2015-06-19: Cllr Séamie Morris (Sinn Féin), MEP Liadh Ní Riada (Sinn Féin) and Declan Collisson (Shannon Protection Alliance) outside The Lake Café.
Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Cllr. Séamie Morris has spoken of the significance of the opportunity facing the electorate on Friday. He says that after 95 years of 2½ party rule which bankrupted the nation, it’s time to change policy to help the small person, and to stop enriching landlords at the expense of everyone else.
Cllr Morris said: “During a canvass in the south of our county last week, I was unsurprised to see so many empty houses. It’s the same across Tipperary, so what I saw in Clonmel, Ardfinnan, and Carrick-on-Suir was familiar. In each town and village I saw the same thing. I saw houses empty, partly finished estates, and evidence that Fine Gael prioritise their landlord buddies.”
“In an estate in Carrick-on-Suir that has no street lighting, there is evidence that the quick buck is still the order of the day. Yet another location is a ghost estate, now subject to vandalism and burning. In Clonmel a whole row of empty houses faced me. Cashel and Ardfinnan have unallocated and vacant housing. There are just on 250,000 empty houses in this country, based on the 2011 census.”
“We are told that there is a shortage of housing, but clearly there isn’t. So who benefits from this? Landlords who keep pushing up their rents, even beyond the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) levels. The artificially low numbers of houses available is an excuse for a massive transfer of our wealth into the hands of an already wealthy elite.”
“Since the foundation of the southern State two parties have passed the fortunes of the State and the hopes of the population between them, counting on smaller parties to prop them up when required. This is especially obvious from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, where the boom bust cycle that comes with that stands out clearly. For new voters who have no memory of that, it’s not so clear that this is the same cycle we’re in again now, but it is.”
“Our housing crisis is as a direct result of this. The State policy on homelessness is simply that there should be homelessness, to keep rents high and to scare up payment of mortgages. But younger voters must understand that a State going bankrupt isn’t normal; that Austerity isn’t normal; that families living for months and years in guest houses and hostels isn’t normal.”
“We must break that cycle. But when selecting who to change to, Fianna Fáil isn’t an option because they sold out the State to their developer friends. Labour are just a crutch for the big two, and are so hungry for seats in Cabinet – the ‘top table’ – as Minister for Metering and Announcements Alan Kelly puts it, that they will sell out their every principle and break every promise to get there. The rest do not have the internal cohesion to make a difference. Only Sinn Féin have the team, from councillors to an MEP that can make a difference. Having a TD will strengthen the team even more to improve our county.”
“We need to realise that the only concrete result of 95 years of this way of governing is bankruptcy and a homelessness crisis. Every citizen has a choice to make on Friday. More of the same, or change to Sinn Féin. This is an opportune year in which to place Sinn Féin in government across the full 32 counties, and in place to bring caring and equitable prosperity to all.”
Speaking at a public meeting in Cork City this evening, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada described The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as “a serious threat to the rights of ordinary citizens and the future of democracy within the European Union”.
She said that the TTIP legislation contains many destructive elements that will impact negatively on workers rights, agriculture and the environment in a very profound way. She stated that the legislation, particularly the controversial ISDS mechanism, was akin to the underpinnings of a dystopian society.
Ní Riada said: “TTIP is perhaps the most destructive legislation to ever come through the European Institutions in terms of its potential to erode the rights of ordinary citizens and the very real threat that it poses to democracy in the EU.
“The ISDS mechanism is a shady, behind-closed-doors forum for corporations to sue governments. The mechanism basically undermines the democratic right of parliaments to legislate in the best interests of their people. It turns the legislative focus to the interests of multinational companies and private investors. It would undermine democracy by allowing major international companies to ride roughshod over the democratic decision of the EU.
“TTIP will have a destructive influence on every aspect of our lives and this includes agriculture. Ireland as an island is export-led in terms of agriculture. 90% of our beef is exported while 85% of our dairy produce is exported. The US is attempting to use TTIP as a Trojan Horse in order to gain access to this market. This will be a disaster for Irish beef producers because, to the unregulated environment across the Atlantic, their US counterparts do not have to bear the same costs of production.
“Ireland’s beef sector is expected to contract by a value of between €25-45 million as a result of TTIP. This would be a nightmare when you consider that the Irish Beef Sector supports 100,000 family farms.
“The erosion of the right to work is also a very alarming aspect of TTIP. The European Commission has estimated that TTIP will bring about the displacement of between 600,000 to 1 million jobs across the EU. Furthermore. The agreement will allow companies to sue states in relation to aspects of workers’ rights legislation that they want to see erased.
“It is not unreasonable to argue that TTIP represents the underpinnings of a dystopian society.
“Sinn Féin has been to the fore of the campaign against TTIP in Europe and we will continue to oppose any moves which threaten workers rights, agriculture, food safety and potentially people’s health.”
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has stated that the policies of austerity and exploitation need to be left behind.
Speaking as chair of the “Stand Up/Fight Back: Alternatives to Austerity” as part of the GUE NGL Autumn conference hosted by Sinn Féin in Carrickmacross, Ms Ní Riada said,
“The government have through the bailout transferred tens of billions of euro from the average citizen into the hands of the uber wealthy asset class.
“This is not an accident – it is a direct and purposeful output of government policy.
“All economic growth is welcome but it’s of the utmost importance that growth be real and sustainable, that it’s built on solid foundations.
“A healthy economy is underpinned by a functioning healthcare system. It’s fuelled by properly paid workers who can source affordable childcare.
“We need a public banking sector that will ensure entrepreneurs of all types can invest and grow. We need an end to upward only rents which push see vulture funds kill small businesses. And we need to be treated fairly by Europe.
“Hundreds of people across this island are looking for an alternative to the austerity that has been forced upon us by the failing government – Sinn Féin has the knowledge, the expertise and the commitment to provide that.”