Billy Flynn

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  • Minister for Health, Simon Harris, make emergency contraception available on request

    Petition_meme-001.jpgActing as an agent of the Department of Health, The Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI) imposes a requirement for a compulsory consultation for women to get access to the morning-after pill. This frequently results in an intimidatory, judgmental and questioning experience for women.

    The PSI also permits pharmacists to refuse to supply emergency contraception on the grounds of the 'personal moral standards of a pharmacist’.

    A case has been highlighted recently of a woman who sought emergency contraception after being raped. She was subjected to a lengthy, invasive questioning experience in a pharmacy and then was refused the morning-after pill.

    Access to emergency contraception should be provided on request. It should be provided with comprehensive related information, and with the option of a consultation, if the user chooses.

    The morning-after pill should be available on the same basis as other health care products and the conscientious objection clause should be removed.

    GOAL: 331 signatures
    • We call on the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to introduce the legislative and regulatory changes required to make emergency contraception available from pharmacies on request, with consultations available as an option, for the user to decide.
    • We also demand that the Minister introduces the legislation and regulatory changes required to ensure that the conscientious objection clause for pharmacists is removed.
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  • Petition: Develop Damastown as a new social & affordable community

    Solidarity - The Left Alternative have come up with a ambitious, positive proposal to develop 1,135 social & affordable homes in Damastown, Mulhuddart to begin to resolve the housing crisis. Fingal has 22% of the population of Dublin, but 35% of the homeless population - we need action now!

    GOAL: 461 signatures

    Our proposal contains 835 houses and 300 apartments. Nearly 80 four beds, 413 three beds, 550 two beds and nearly 100 one bed units.

    50% will be ring-fenced for social housing and the other 50% will be available on an Affordable Mortgage Scheme.

    RcgjbisuqpuHMAi-800x450-noPad.jpgRather than part-privatise this last remaining publicly owned land bank in Dublin 15, we want Fingal to develop these homes for families, not developer profits.

    We want this development to be funded from Fingal's capital budget and investment from the Department of the Environment & the Housing Agency.

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  • Help us build Solidarity

    The conservative, right-wing politics of the establishment provide no future for young people, women and workers. All they offer is inequality, austerity and bigotry.Solidarity is about bringing together all those oppressed and exploited by this rigged system into a new political movement for the millions, not the millionaires.

    From the movement for Bernie Sanders, to the huge surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn, we are seeing a world wide growth in left an socialist ideas. People are fed up of the rigged economy, and the injustice and oppression that the establishment parties represent. More and more are looking for a new, left alternative.

    The political elite had their chance

    For over 100 years Ireland has been ruled by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, propped up when needed by Labour, the Greens and independents. Regardless of what parties were in government, the same conservative, right wing policies dominated, and the same rigged capitalist system dominated.

    People are not willing to put up with this injustice and inequality anymore. Instead they are getting active, and taking power into their own hands. That is why people came out in such huge numbers to vote for marriage equality. They is why there was such a massive movement and boycott of the water charges. And that is why more and more people are getting active in people power campaigns to repeal the 8th, defend the environment, and fight for workers rights.

    We want real change, not spare change

    Solidarity is about bringing together all the emerging campaigns and movements into a new political alternative, to fight for a left government. If we are to deliver real change, we will need to build a new party, for the millions not the millionaires.

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Billy Flynn 116sol
Writer, Socialist Party member and activist with Solidarity: the Left Alternative.
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