2017-12-02-Ava Barry returns to Cork

After 2 years of campaigning for her daughter’s right to have access to medicinal cannabis, Vera Twomey finally displayed the licence for which she campaigned. She showed it as she, Ava, and partner Paul returned via Cork Airport from Holland on Saturday December 2nd, 2017.

Ava was in The Hague for medical care – which could easily have been provided on this island – since June, making Ava a very young (now 8 years old) medical exile.

The return of the family was eagerly awaited once it became known that the licence was to be issued. The announcement of this was made only the previous Tuesday, shortly after Minister for Health Simon Harris was made aware that the question of how young Ava Barry was abandoned by the southern ‘Republic’ could threaten his reelection.

However, young Ava has a mother of such strength and fortitude that being abandoned by the State was never going to be an insurmountable obstacle for her. Ultimately, assisted by a large array of people who would not stand idly by in the face of injustice, the State provided that which was required.

Below are photographs from the occasion of the return of the Barry family.

You can read more about the extraordinary efforts of Vera Twomey by choosing from the menu above.

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The eventual return of 7 year old Ava Barry to Cork, following extended and difficult campaigning by her mother Vera Twomey to obtain a licence for medicinal cannabis.Fullsize images may be obtained by emailing pro@tipperarysinnfein.com
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Welcome for Cannabis licence for Ava Barry, but more need help – Councillor Martin Browne

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Councillor Martin Browne of Sinn Féin Tiobraid Árann has expressed his delight at the news that his intervention last night in the case of the 7 year old medical refugee Ava Barry has yielded a successful result. Cllr Browne cautions however that there are many, many more children and families that need similar treatment.

Cllr Browne said: “I am delighted to report that Minister Simon Harris has signed a licence for medicinal cannabis for Ava Barry. This is very, very, good news for this Cork family. We’re absolutely ecstatic that this Christmas that the Barry/Twomey family can be home together in West Cork.”

Ava Barry, aged 7, former medical refugee, at her Communion.

“When we realised that the possibility of the dissolution of the Dáil could mean that Ava Barry might not return home to her family for Christmas we were deeply concerned. We absolutely had to intervene, as we did late last night.”

“Sinn Féin in Tipperary have followed the plight of Ava and her absolutely indomitable mother Vera Twomey since the start. I myself am glad to be able to say that starting in this county we connected the dots from Tipperary to Dublin to make the task of walking easier for Vera, and I thank all the Sinn Féin volunteers who helped out along the way then, and have helped up until now.”

“There were and are such a large number of people that came out to support Vera from all parties and none, both on that walk and since, that it should never have been the case that Ava had to go abroad. But she did, and the worry about that family being split up haunted us.”

Martin Browne, with Vera Twomey and Gino Kenny in Cahir, Co. Tipperary 2017-02-28.

“I hope that Vera is pleased at this point. Her achievement is immense. The work done by Gino Kenny TD in supporting her aim to care for her child cannot be overstated. His bill remains live, for as long as this Dáil remains, courtesy of Jonathan O’Brien and Louise O’Reilly among others.”

“But let’s not forget that Ava, special and wonderful as she is, isn’t unique in benefitting from medicinal cannabis. There are still so many more people who need access to this completely natural herb to live a normal life.”

“That we came as close as we did to the game of political Chicken between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil bringing down the Government, to be followed by a dissolution of the Dáil, remains a problem that the political systems of the Southern State seem unable to resolve. That those parties would even play their games before first looking after a 7 year old medical refugee all the way out in The Hague in Holland, from the little village of Aghabullogue in West Cork is worrying.”

“As a minor matter that should never have had to be debated about, the departure of former Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald from the position of Táiniste is also to be welcomed.”

“But today, our thoughts are with Vera, Paul, Ava, Sophie, Michael, and Elvera and the extended Barry family and the prospect of them being at home in West Cork together for Christmas.”

https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2017/1128/923453-ava-barry-cannabis/

Vera Twomey in Cahir, Co. Tipperary, shortly after the start of her 260Km walk to Dublin.

Taoiseach, Táiniste, Fianna Fáil at new depths of self interest – Councillor Martin Browne

Councillor Martin Browne of Sinn Féin Tiobraid Árann has called on Táiniste and former Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to resign. He adds his voice to the growing clamour for her departure, but says neither she nor her Fine Gael and Fianna Fail colleagues in Government have shown any consideration for the effect their self-centred games may have on a 7-year old child in medical exile.

Ava Barry on her Communion day with father Paul Barry.

Cllr Browne said: “While Varadkar, Martin, and FitzGerald are standing on their hind legs all braying about which one of them is least wrong, it’s obvious to the rest of us that their only concern is their egos.”

“If Táiniste Fitzgerald doesn’t do the decent thing and step aside, there is a strong likelihood that the egos or Varadkar and Martin and their game of political chicken will go horribly wrong. If it does, what happens then to progress on medicinal cannabis, or any hope of getting young Ava Barry back home for Christmas?”

“For example, in the event of a dissolution of the Dáil Gino Kenny’s bill for medicinal cannabis would fall and the process would be set back months or years. Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien and Louise O’Reilly did marvellous work behind the scenes to keep that bill alive, while Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil would happily have seen it disappear. Gino continues to work on the bill, and while thousands of families would benefit from medicinal cannabis, none are as clearly mistreated by the Southern State than Ava Barry and her family.”

“For anyone who may not know, Ava is a 7 year old child receiving medicinal cannabis treatment in Holland. Her two sisters and her brother are younger than her, and are at home in Ireland for school. Ava cannot get the treatment she needs here, because of the inability of the State to get it’s act together. All the current wrangling between FF/FG serves to do is increase the risk of young Ava, her siblings and parents being forgotten and spending Christmas in a foreign State. Simon Harris’ “Compassionate Access Programme” won’t progress either when he’s out on the campaign trail.”

“Southern Ireland has long had a questionable attitude to the prioritisation and care of children, and it seems that isn’t going to change any time soon; while it’s obvious to objective observers that Táiniste Fitzgerald has a lot of explaining to do, it doesn’t seem obvious to her or the Taoiseach, and certainly not to Fianna Fáil the damage their games do. If Táiniste Fitzgerald doesn’t go and has to be pushed, the sound of Fianna Fáil crowing about their little victory will again drown out the sound of a small child’s voice seeking to be heard.”

“The depths of the self-interest of the political establishment are at a new low. Fitzgerald can start by doing the decent thing, rather than risk dissolution of the Dáil, and Varadkar and Martin might show a tiny amount of empathy or even a little Statesmanship; they could prioritise a 7 year old little girl who goes to bed at night away from a parent and from her brother and sisters, and ensure legislation is passed to bring little Ava home, before they go off on their hustings.”

Seán Treacy Commemoration – Mary Lou McDonald

Sunday 15th October, 2017.

The text of the oration delivered by Mary Lou is here: 2017-10-15-MLMcD-TextOfSpeech

There’s video of the oration:

And photographs… lots of photographs

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Potential of the River Suir at Golden for tourism yet to be fully realised – Ní Riada

PRESS RELEASE

2017-07-31

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.”

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2017-07-20: Owen Jackman, Secretary of Cashel/Golden Tipperary Anglers Association explains the potential of angling tourism to Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Browne, MEP Liadh Ní Riada, and to Ciara McCormack of Mid-Tipperary Sinn Féin.
2017-07-20: Owen Jackman, Secretary of Cashel/Golden Tipperary Anglers Association and Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada. Mr Jackman gave Ms Ní Riada a fly-fishing lure as a keepsake.

Liam Lynch commemoration, 2017

On Sunday 16th July the annual Liam Lynch commemoration was held in the Knockmealdown Mountains, above Goatenbridge in County Tipperary.

Well attended, we heard a lament played by Padraig O Cadhain, a little of which is here:

The oration was delivered by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, the final part of which is here:

Donnchadh reminded us that it is clear to all who look rationally and objectively at the present state of the ‘Republic’ of Ireland that the vision of 1916 and of 1919 has not been fulfilled.

Below are some of the photographs taken at the event, held as always in beautiful Irish July sunshine.

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Elevation of Mayor Catherine Carey of Sinn Féin Clonmel

“Fianna Fáil holds Ireland in a perpetual state of dysfunction”

PRESS RELEASE

2017-04-17

At the Easter Sunday commemoration of George Plant, Ciara McCormack of Thurles delivered a salient and strong reminder that not only do Fianna Fáil bear the responsibility for the recent financial bankruptcy of the State, but that they have a long and demonstrable history of moral bankruptcy too.

Ciara McCormack is Runaí of Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantair, Tiobraid Árann. She is also studying Social Care in LIT Thurles where she is from, and put her research experience to good use to examine the case of George Plant, and what it teaches us about the harm that Fianna Fáil does in society.

In her oration Ciara McCormack said: “I lived by the core republican ideals of fairness, equality, and social justice before I had ever identified my views as Republican. Irish Republicanism embodies these ideals at it’s core, though most will not make that connection. This is due to the systematic vilification of Republicanism through oppression which carried from British colonialism to the Free State and on into today.”

I naively held the Department of Education view of history and so knew little of real heroes like George Plant.”

During one of the most distressing chapters of Irish legal history, the corruption, deceit and manipulation employed by a power hungry Fianna Fáil backed by an equally rotten police force to execute George Plant are as relevant today if we look at those same entities now.”

The death of George Plant shines a light on a period of history conveniently forgotten by those claiming to be the ‘real Republican party’”.

A soldier during the Tan War from 1919 to 1921, George Plant later questioned but ultimately carried out his orders during a period of high intrigue often affected by informers.”

Examining the life and suspicious death by execution of George Plant exposes the deceit and betrayal by the dark force of Fianna Fáil, which has stalked and shackled our people in often brutal repression for almost a century. Even the ‘new’ Fianna Fáil leadership forgets about testimonies extracted at gunpoint”.

Fianna Fáil collectively betrayed the Sovereign Constitution of 1919, which held sway in the Irish Republic from 1919 to 1922; the betrayal of this document has led us down the dark path we are still on today in this southern ‘Republic’”.

Fianna Fáil lambaste Sinn Féin about the horrors of armed conflict, forgetting the blood and horror of their own past. This and other behaviours are to be expected from the ever constant chameleon that holds Ireland in a perpetual state of dysfunction.”

Fine Gael are what they are and they openly destroy our country, but the willingness of Fianna Fáil to stoop to any low low to keep a grip on power still damages the working people of the State.”

It was in selfish pursuit of power that Fianna Fáil was formed, and their resultant policies ever since have morally and financially bankrupted Ireland.”

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L-R: Ciara McCormack, Cllr Martin Browne, Joanne Cleere.
At the 2017 George Plant commemoration the Oration was delivered by Ciara McCormack, in which she reminded us that “Fianna Fáil are the ever constant chameleon that holds Ireland in a perpetual state of dysfunction”.

The full oration is available in PDF format here:

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Sinn Féin Tipperary saddened at passing of McGuinness

PRESS RELEASE

2017-03-21

Martin McGuinness with members of the Sinn Féin cumann in Cashel.

Cllr Martin Browne of Sinn Féin Tipperary has expressed sadness on behalf of all Sinn Féin members in the county upon learning of the passing of Martin McGuinness, aged 66.

Cllr Browne said: “I wish to offer our greatest respect and sympathy to Martin’s family on his passing. Martin was a true Republican, and a man of his time who never shirked from his duties. While all of us know of him, and of his tireless work and his boundless energy, they know best of his private side.

Martin was a true hero, or laoch. He showed immense courage over his long career. He saw a problem and took a stand to solve it. Unlike so many he stood for something, and used his courage to stand and work for the Irish Republic.

He was unwavering in his determination, and took enormous personal risks to help establish peace. He was willing to talk and work with anyone in favour of that peace objective, and is a role model for us all of tolerance and respect.

His determination to establish and maintain a just peace on the island will be his greatest legacy. It only remains for us to complete the task.

On behalf of all members of Sinn Féin in Tipperary I offer our greatest comhbhrón. Our thoughts are with them, as surely as our respect is with Martin.”

I measc laochra na nGael go raibh a anam.”

Exhume bodies from Seán Ross Abbey – Cllr Martin Browne

“Seán Ross Abbey has to be added next to the list of homes for enquiry. An excavation and exhumation process must now be begun; each human so casually buried in unmarked grave should be recorded and treated with respect.”

After hearing of reports of small bones being ploughed up in the 1980s Cllr Martin Browne of Sinn Féin has called for exhumation and respectful re-interment of young children buried in a mass grave in Seán Ross Abbey, Roscrea.

John Collins (Son of Teresa), Billy Watson (Father of Teresa) and Teresa Collins.

Cllr Browne said: “With the discovery of proof that 796 young children and babies had died and were buried unmarked in a septic tank in Tuam, our attention naturally turns to similar homes in our own locality. The Bons Secours Mother and Baby home in Tuam was only one such home, that operated in an uncaring Ireland to effectively imprison and stigmatise women who became pregnant without being married.”

“This went on for 4 decades, and in many parts of the country. In Roscrea, a similar home was the Seán Ross Abbey. It operated for about the same period of time as the Tuam home.”

“We like to think that bad things only happen in other places, and that the place down the road from us is just fine. It seems that may not be the case in Seán Ross Abbey in Roscrea.”

Margaret Rigney (Sister in law) and Teresa Collins

“Yesterday Teresa Collins of Portroe visited the home for the first time in 53 years since she was taken from there as a baby. Her family had to pay £100 in 1963 to secure the release of Teresa and her birth-Mother.”

“After several years of effort, and despite the efforts of the Nuns in the home, Teresa has made successful contact with her father in the last year, and the two of them went to the home together on Sunday 12th.”

“While there, Council worker Mike Donovan revealed that he had worked at the home in the 1980’s. When working in what is now the children burial ground, he said that the tractor he was operating ploughed up many bones, small bones, and the job they were engaged in was called off. The whole area is now changed, and this work was carried out by another contractor in the 1990s. The layout of the area in question is  now very different to the 1980s. There are two other areas on the grounds where there as yet unsubstantiated suggestions of unrecorded and mass burial of babies and children.”

“Seán Ross Abbey has to be added next to the list of homes for enquiry. An excavation and exhumation process must now be begun; each human so casually buried in unmarked grave should be recorded and treated with respect.”

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