As our second Covid Christmas approaches, it’s important to remember that while it is tough in Ireland, it has become almost unbearable in many parts of the world. And it’s not just because of the pandemic.
Combination of Covid, climate change, conflict and rising food costs is driving
millions of people in despair. Famine, once believed to have been faded into history, is back
with revenge and 43 million people are now on the brink of famine.
The world is on the right track and millions of people lack access to vaccines, food, shelter, protection.
However – and this is a big one though – the compassion and generosity of the Irish people remains intact and increasingly vital. In the 53 years since Concern’s founding in response to the Biafran famine, the public continues to be our biggest supporter.
And it’s a strong donation network that enables us to respond to a global crisis, keep children in school and expand nutrition services to mothers and young children, roll out vaccines to hundreds of people. thousands of frontline health workers and much more.
What has always mattered is that you are there when the going gets tough.
Afghan women who work with Concern best expressed this to me on a phone call when they returned to work after the Taliban took over their country: âWe know the challenges but we are professional humanitarians.
and that’s our job. We are the link between Concern and the women in the community. We’ll do the right thing, we just need the support.
And my message to them and to each of Concern’s 4,780 employees who all work in remote or insecure parts of the world, is simply this; the Irish public are supporting you, they’re not going anywhere, and neither are we.
CEO, Concern Worldwide
52-55 Camden Street, Dublin 2
Plans for a cycle path on Curraheen Road provide a fantastic opportunity to create a connected and cohesive cycle network in Bishopstown.
According to the Central Statistics Office, half of all trips under 2 km in Ireland are made by car. We know our transport emissions must be cut by 50% by the end of the decade as part of Ireland’s climate action.
According to the specialist medical journal BMJ, cycling to work reduces the risk of developing cancer and heart disease. We know these are some of the leading causes of death in Ireland. According to a survey carried out by One4All Ireland last year, 65% of respondents believed that improvements in cycling infrastructure made cycling trips safer. We know that high quality cycle paths offer this opportunity to more people.
As chair of the Cork Cycling Campaign, I call on the elected representatives and leadership of Cork City Council to show leadership in January and help make the plans for Curraheen a reality.
Many people living on this island want a united Ireland. I am one of them. The idea does not belong to anyone and it means different things to different people. Recent polls and analyzes on this point have been very revealing. Sinn FÃ©in and its supporters have a simplistic and impractical view. They are much more interested in uniting the land than in uniting the people. Territory relates to lines on a map. Oneness is living with people who disagree with you
On December 15th, Animal Welfare Awareness Day, the Taoiseach praised the work of those working to alleviate the plight of animals in Ireland and said, in a video tweet: âI encourage people to look after and take good care of our animals â. His message came as the government announced the allocation of 3.7 million euros to animal charities.
Although I welcome any financial support for animal welfare, this allowance only represents 4% of the amount distributed to horse and greyhound racing two weeks earlier. These have received 88 million euros in state subsidies, despite the two industries claiming to be runaway money spinners.
What does this say about the government’s priorities?
It is the season to reflect on the past of Sinn FÃ©in (fa la la). Mick Clifford wrote that the goal of unifying Sinn FÃ©in “was pursued by supporting the murder of human beings”. One writer said she agreed with most party policies, but would never vote Sinn FÃ©in.
Where does that leave the 35% and more who will vote for Sinn FÃ©in to form the next government? Scratching their heads at the high and overly double standards of the conservative section of Irish society.
The British military still supports murder to achieve its objectives (see Afghanistan). Boris et al don’t get hammered daily with a hammer for relinquishing their violent past (although it could be for other things).
From 1970 to today, it is the same length as 1921 to 1970. Let us not forget the âmurderous historyâ of the legacy of Fine Gael. Vicious reprisals and executions of political opponents in the pre-Republic Free State, crushing leftist movements. Nor the violent past of Fianna FÃ¡il both as a “republican party” to defeat the British (presumably by killing human beings). Its shameful religious violence against women and vulnerable people in society lasted until the 1990s and beyond.
It is a strange thing to see Unionists and British political parties treated as “normal” after hundreds of years of murderous world empire, but the only Republican political party designated as particularly murderous. Colonial spirit, perhaps?
Last Christmas we had very severe restrictions and blockages because the vaccine was not available.
This Christmas, a high percentage of the population has received 2/3 of the vaccines and can’t wait to celebrate Christmas and New Years with family and friends, so why should people be restricted again? Restaurants and pubs follow the rules. Let us continue to move forward and not to retreat.
According to the former Iranian foreign minister, the imposition of US sanctions on Tehran cost the Iranians around $ 1 trillion as the economy contracted by 7% between 2019-2020.
The negative impact on ordinary Iranians has been immense. They continue to feel the fallout from both the approach taken by their government and the significant pressure exerted by Washington.
While not perfect, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) provided a platform from which to build confidence and manage tensions in the Middle East. Unfortunately, hopes for a stable outcome are now quickly fading.
As Iranian Ambassador to Ireland, Dr Masoud Eslami recently stated, âIreland’s role as facilitator of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, covering the JCPOA, is rather an administrative role. than substantial â.
That said, Ireland, through its position on the UN Security Council, can play its role in failing states in the Middle East where Tehran boasts of its influence through the âaxis of defenseâ, to know; Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.