Thomas White

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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: 333 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 the Old Whitechurch Road as a new social & affordable community

    Solidarity - The Left Alternative are proposing an ambitious, costed proposal to develop 800 social & affordable homes on the Old Whitechurch Road in Cork City.

    GOAL: 76 signatures

    In Cork, there are currently nearly 5,000 on the housing waiting list, 43 homeless families and more and more workers and young people find it impossible to pay skyrocketing rents. This development could represent an important step towards dealing with the housing crisis in the city.

    However, Cork City Council plan to use the site for just 600 houses, with most to be sold on the open market at rates which will be unaffordable to many ordinary people.

    Our proposal contains 600 houses and 200 apartments. Nearly 80 four beds, 413 three beds, 550 two beds and nearly 100 one bed units. This includes 80 4-bedroomed houses; 300 3-bedroomed houses and 220 2-bedroomed houses. The proposal is also for 20 3-bedroomed apartments; 140 2-bedroomed apartments and 40 1-bedroomed apartments.

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

    The Solidarity proposal includes plans for a community Centre with a dedicated youth Centre/cafe; green open space including football grounds; and a re-opening of the train stop at Kilbarry.

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

    Rather than hand this land over to a private developer, let’s use public land for public need and develop affordable homes for ordinary people.

    We call on Cork City Council to adopt this proposal.

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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: 476 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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