(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.
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
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.
The first motion below, 8.2, submitted by Sinn Fein Councillor, Catherine Carey, was born out of anger from some locals in Clonmel from an incident where Irish Water turned off supply to number of households, including some elderly, without any prior notice. This left many unprepared for having no water for a long period.
Tipperary Sinn Féin Councillors support call on Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney, to speed up the delivery of social housing to meet the growing number of people in emergency accommodation. The call comes as the Department of Housing published the December homeless figures showing yet another increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation.
Speaking on this, Councillor Martin Browne said: “The latest homeless figures published by the Department of Housing show yet another increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation. On that month, December, 4643 adults were in emergency accommodation, an increase of 207 people on November. For the first time since these figures were collated we now have more than 7000 in Department of Housing funded emergency accommodation.”
Sinn Fein Councillor Davy Dunne added: “This figure does not include adults and children in Tusla funded domestic violence emergency accommodation, non-Irish nationals in emergency accommodation funded by the New Communities Unit of the Department of Social Protection or the 400 families trapped in Direct Provision despite having their Stamp 4 visas.”
Councillor Catherine Carey stated: “The Government refuses to fully fund the purchase of up to 1000 houses offered for sale by AIB and PTSB. To date funding has only been approved for 200 of these units and contracts signed on only 30.”
Councillor Davy Doran said: “Minister Coveney keeps telling us that money is not a problem in tackling the homeless crisis. Yet houses for sale that could house homeless families are not being bought. The Minister needs to either put his money where is mouth is and buy those 1000 units Catherine mentioned or explain to the Dáil the reasons why he has chosen not to take families out of emergency accommodation and put them into houses that tonight are lying empty.”