Petition Tag - ireland

1. Stop the reduction of motorway speed limits

The Irish government have proposed to reduce the speed limits on all Irish Motorways to 110km/h.
This is not a policy for road safety its an environmental policy suggested by the environment minister not the department of transport.
There is a massive amount of people in this country who commute long distances everyday.

To reduce emissions the government could focus their attention in getting jobs to other parts of the country not just Dublin. More local jobs and services equals less cars on the roads.

We have a great motorway network and a reduction in speed limits will only increase commuting times for all.

This measure will also turn the entire motorway network into a giant speed trap.

2. Save Swords Karate Club

Dear Members, Families, Friends & Supporters,

We still need YOUR help - please sign our Petition and encourage others to do so as well. Thank YOU in advance for supporting us. Here is our latest update 24/06/2017:

Our work continues to secure premises for the Club:
The Landlord has refused our 2nd offer with no compromise. We emailed our Elected Representatives to update them and ask them if there was nothing they could do to assist us. Of the Elected Representatives who replied to us, all know of the current situation and have offered what support they can. We are now working on another offer and we will see how it is received.

We met with Darragh O Brien TD & Cllr. Adrian Henchy Deputy Mayor of Fingal on Monday 19th in The 44 in Swords. Both were sympathetic to our situation and though they did not promise anything, Darragh did say he would try and arrange another meeting with the Council for us.

Renny was interviewed on NearFM 90.3FM on Tuesday. She talked about the benefits Karate has on our health and our Clubs difficulty in securing a permanent home. You can listen to the podcast here:

We would like to say a big Thank You to everyone who has supported our Club so far. To everyone who has been our collecting signatures on our petition, thank you and well done. To everyone who has signed the Petition and sent us words of encouragement and offered their assistance – Thank You is all we can give but it is from the bottom of our hearts. It is heartening to have such support and we will continue to exhaust every possible option so that we do not have to close. Please continue to raise awareness of our situation and encourage people to sign our petition. The more signatures we have, the stronger our petition will be.

Petition Summary and Background:

Swords Karate Club (Hokubu Dojo) has been existence since 1986 and caters for over 120 members. Swords Karate Club (Hokubu Dojo) is also the Honbu Dojo for JKS Karate in Ireland and we organise and host many National and International events e.g. Technical Seminars, Competitions & Squad Training to name but a few.

We now face closure at the hands of a Hedge Fund who want to increase the rent by over 100% to €32,000 per annum.

We have approached our Council and asked them for the same assistance in finding a home in the community as they have given to other local clubs. The Council recently acquired and refurbished Sluagh Hall in Swords for use for the People of Swords. Currently two clubs Swords Boxing Club & Fingallians GAA have exclusive use of this public resource.

3. Call upon elected representatives in Cork to clarify their position on the reunification of Ireland.

In light of Brexit, the announcement of a second Scottish Independence Referendum and the growing demand for the reunification of Ireland, we are calling upon our local and national elected representatives to clarify, in writing, their position on Irish unity. When voting in the future, Irish unity will be an increasingly important policy issue. As such clarifying where each elected representative stands regarding unity will enable voters to select the correct candidates. Please sign to request that our politicians clarify whether they are pro- or anti- unity--we, the voters, deserve to know!

We ask that clarification be sent to :

4. Reverse Cuts to Opening Hours & Engage With Members

In January 2017 the opening hours were unilaterally and suddenly cut at Roscrea Leisure Centre. This was the final straw for many members, who have endured years of poor management and a complete lack of engagement or consultation with members.

After a meeting of 100 members of the community the board of directors agreed to reverse the decision to cut opening hours, and engage in consultation for 3 months. In the words of one of the directors present at the meeting, the cuts to opening hours clearly had “the maximum amount of impact” on members.

In March 2017, following a period of patient waiting for this decision to be implemented, the directors reversed this decision. Despite their claims, no consultation with members was engaged in prior to this reversal.

It was said at a second public meeting that recent events at the Centre had provoked deep feelings in the members, casual users and the wider Roscrea Community; and this was clear when unanimity prevailed regarding the formation of the Roscrea Leisure Centre Community Action Group.

Roscrea Leisure Centre is the result of a long and hard fought campaign by the community of Roscrea, dating back to the 1940s. Funds were generously provided by generations of Roscrea men and women, along with the taxpayer who continues to provide significant funds year-on-year.

The community cannot stand by while this valuable resource is so badly mismanaged – few believe that these cuts will be the first. Last year prices were raised, this year hours are cut, what will happen next year?

We call upon the directors of Roscrea Swimming Pool Ltd to honor their original statement and reverse the cuts to opening hours for a period of 3 months. This will provide the necessary goodwill to allow engagement in meaningful consultation with the members and thus prevent the otherwise inevitable further decline of the finest Leisure Centre in the midlands. The current situation is unsustainable and cannot be allowed to continue.

Great trees are planted by those who will never sit in their shade. Roscrea leisure centre was built by men and women who would never enjoy it. They had a vision, they fought for it. If we don't fight today to keep this centre open and thriving, we betray our grandparents. We leave a poorer town for our grandchildren.

5. Bring the Scorpions to Ireland

The Scorpions have been performing for 50 years now and have performed on all the continents and in many obscure countries in this time. There are many fans of the band here in Ireland, myself among them that would love to get a chance to see them perform in Ireland. I myself have travelled to many countries, spending a lot of time and money to see them play live. Lets bring them here to meet us as we have gone abroad to see them.

6. Get a Motorway for the Northwest of Ireland

Revive Northwest are group in the Northwest of Ireland who are seeking a motorway system to connect Sligo to Dublin and the Northwest to the Southwest. This is to help the Northwest and West of Ireland to get a fair opportunity to increase their industrial and tourism sectors.

On the 8th of February, 2017, Sligo based action group Revive Northwest will march on Dail Eireann. This will be a positive protest highlighting some of the problems which are restricting growth in the region. Although based in Sligo, the group are aware that the Northwest and Western region, as a whole, is being forgotten about by the Government, especially with regard to infrastructure.

7. Support for Kerry's only RHEUMATOLOGIST looking after public patients

We are calling for the HSE and management of UHK to support Dr. Haroon the only public RHEUMATOLOGIST in Kerry.

8. Abolish Dangerous dog restrictions in Ireland

It is disgusting that lists and restrictions have been put up for certain breeds of dogs.

Any breed of dog can be dangerous it all depends on its owners and how it's trained just like children. Bad parents raise bad children like bad pet owners raise bad pets.

These lists and restrictions need to be abolished.

I've seen more dangerous jack Russells than I have any of the breeds on the list.

9. Urging Alan Tobin to remove the dangerous breeds signs in Meath

These signs need to be removed until Alan Tobin goes and educates himself on dog breeds and attack rates of which breeds are not mentioned on his signs erected in Co. Meath.

He states on his social media account "I can't believe people still think these breeds are ideal family pets" insulting millions of pet owners worldwide. It is unacceptable and scaremongering people on certain breeds does not make the current stigma against these breeds any easier to get past.

Please sign!


10. Ban the Use of Live Animals in Circuses within Ireland

This petition has been set up due to the overwhelming evidence that the animals used in Circuses are not kept in adequate surroundings and are treated badly through brutal training techniques when they should be enjoying their life in the wild.

11. Fix the Facebook and Google Shamrocks!

In honour of St. Patrick's day, join me in asking Facebook and Google to do a bit of emoji gardening and trim that erroneous fourth leaf off of their "Shamrock" emojis.

Tech CEOs, if you're reading this, please do this homesick Irish lad a favour and fix the Facebook and Google Shamrock emojis to the true 3 leaf shape.

Thank you.

12. Upgrade the Fota Road (R624) Immediately

The people of the Great Island demand that the Fota Road, the only road access to the Island, be upgraded and maintained to a safe standard.

13. I Pledge to Vote for Pro-Life Candidates Who Uphold the 8th Amendment

A general election has been called in Ireland and the vote will be held on 26th February, 2016. In advance of polling day, the various politicians are setting out their position in relation to the abortion issue and specifically on where they stand on the retention or repeal of the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which provides the last remaining constitutional protection for unborn babies in Irish law.

As signers of this pledge, we are letting the candidates know that we are strongly pro-life and strong oppose the repeal of the 8th Amendment. (For more information about which candidates support the 8th amendment, click here).

14. RTE, show Irish Womens Rugby on TV

It's time the Irish women's Rugby team had their chance to be on our TV screens.

RTE needs to listen to our voice to see there is a demand to have such talent on our screens.


15. DCA Warriors Cherishing All Children Equally 2016

KOD Lyons act for DCA Warriors in Campaign for Election 2016 for Children with Additional Needs

Following a consultation process involving its 8,000 members leading children’s advocacy group DCA Warriors in partnership with KOD Lyons have launched a policy document for its members for the 2016 General Election campaign. The document can be viewed below, and is an important grassroots response to the need for children’s rights to be a priority.

DCA Warriors – Cherishing All Children Equally 2016.

We ask those looking to be the next leaders of Ireland to honour the words written in the 1916 Proclamation which “declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally” and that “no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity or rapine.”

The DCA Warriors was established in February 2012. We currently have over 8,000 members. The group gives information and support to parents of children with special needs [SN] and/or serious illness [SI] applying for Domiciliary Care Allowance, Carers Allowance, Disability Allowance and Carers Benefit.

We expanded our mission, and are now committed to ensuring all children in Ireland with special needs are given their right to a full education and other rights. Our children deserve to have their dreams realised of a future where they will be a productive member of our society.

Our Election campaign is focussed upon ensuring that the rights of children with special needs and those of their families are fully vindicated.

Our 8,000 plus members are asking election candidates to ensure the following policy commitments are implemented in the next Dáil. In addition individual members will have the facility to include a further two individual policy pledges they are seeking which reflects their own circumstances and concerns.

16. Make Animal Welfare an Election Issue in Ireland

Animal cruelty in Ireland is not being dealt with enough.

This petition is to make the protection and welfare of animals a General Election Issue in 2016.

17. Ireland to host Rugby World Cup 2023

I believe that if England can host the rugby World Cup that ireland should get to host it in 2023.

We have waited so long for are country to get something as big and as important as the Rugby World Cup. Ireland have showed with this past World Cup that are fans are the most loyal to sell out more than half off every stadium in this World Cup.

Not only would it be cool for it to happen but it could do a lot for the economy of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

18. Save Balbriggan Order of Malta

The Order of Malta was set up in Balbriggan over 40 years ago, set up to provide first aid cover for the community, to help the sick, elderly, and needy. Since it's establishment it has helped a lot of people and has provided services for balbriggan and surrounding areas in terms of medical cover for events, transportation of the elderly, senior citizens tea parties, etc.

Along with this, there is a cadet unit which has been in existence for at least a decade and which has been growing and improving over the years, which wouldn't have gone ahead without the dedicated teachers; who spend their time turning up to the hall every week, preparing and teaching first aid, home nursing, life skills among many others, and who, despite having other occupations, manage to fit all this into their tight schedule, and the members, who turn up every week enthusiastic and willing to learn new skills. The Balbriggan unit as a whole had a senior and a cadet unit, but up until recently the senior unit has become inactive and without a senior unit, a cadet unit cannot run, and we are trying to fight to keep it running.

We need your help. This is our unit and we can't let it get closed.

Please sign our petition.

19. Bring back Telethon people in need for 2016

Irish people will always come out in the event of people in need.

It's in our nature.

20. Get Philippe Gandus Predator Out Of Ireland

Red alert to parents as convicted child predator arrives in Dublin… with a suitcase full of toys!

A MAJOR Garda alert has been issued over a child predator who arrived in Dublin yesterday with a suitcase of full of toys.

Frenchman Philippe Gandus, who was convicted of trying to abduct a three-year-old child, flew in from Cologne in Germany yesterday morning, prompting security fears.

The warning was issued because of his conviction and gardaí were notified of his arrival into the country by German police. At Dublin Airport, Gandus was questioned about the reason for his visit. His suitcase was also searched.

Officers were alarmed to find that as well as clothes, it contained children’s toys.

Gardaí fear that the Frenchman, who is on the sex offenders’ list in the UK, still poses a risk to children, and yesterday warned parents to be on the lookout for him.

However, they are powerless to deport the 46-year-old – who previously fled a mental hospital – as he has no outstanding warrants internationally or convictions in Ireland. Gandus, who is 5ft7in tall, has a criminal conviction in the UK for attempting to lure a child away from his parents.

However, a senior security source explained that, as a European citizen, Gandus is entitled to enter and leave Ireland as he pleases.

The criminal provided gardaí with an address in Dublin city centre where he said he will be staying for the duration of his visit.

The Child Protection Unit within the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been notified of his arrival into Ireland. This unit will decide on what level of monitoring of Gandus will be carried out but senior sources told the Mail it is ‘unlikely’ he will be monitored around-the-clock.

While here in Ireland, Gandus doesn’t have to inform gardaí of his movements because, unlike in the UK, Ireland doesn’t have a Sarah’s Law, which allows partial monitoring of those on the sex offenders’ register.

Gandus was sectioned under the British mental health act for an indefinite term in July 2009

The drifter was arrested in October 2008 after parishioners in Peckham, south east London, spotted him trying to lead a child from their church by the hand.

When he was stopped, he ran off before police could be contacted. But officers caught up with him ten days later when he was alleged to have attempted to lure a second boy under the age of four from a Hamleys toy store in the West End.

Gandus was cleared of the second charge after a court heard CCTV did not catch the alleged abduction attempt. Officers from Westminster CID were able to link the defendant to the Peckham child-snatch attempt and he was subsequently arrested and convicted on this charge. Detective Sergeant Philip McInerney, of Westminster CID, said at the time: ‘Gandus clearly poses a risk to young children.’

Gandus was served with a deportation order in 2009 banning him from the UK until 2014. But in May 2011, he was arrested after he sneaked back into Britain.

He was also kicked out of the US. In June 2011, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, prosecutor Victoria Ojo told the deportation breach case: ‘Since 2009 he has subsequently been deported from America having committed similar offences (of entering the country illegally). It appears he was being investigated for indecent assault against a minor, but was not charged.’

Well-placed security sources said last night: ‘I can totally understand why any parent in Ireland would be worried about this man. The fact that there is an alert out on this man shows how seriously he is considered internationally.’

21. Let's get Alter Bridge to play a show in Ireland

My name is Enda Healy and I am an Irish fan of the band Alter Bridge. My plan is to try and gather as many signatures as possible of genuine Irish Alter Bridge fans and then forward the petition results to Alter Bridge HQ and to associates of AB.

Alter Bridge is an American rock band formed in 2004. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips. To date Alter Bridge have released 4 studio albums One Day Remains (2004), Blackbird (2007), AB III (2010), Fortress (2013).

On the strength of these 4 studio albums, Alter Bridge have toured extensively across the world and naturally have gathered a considerable global fan base as a result. But to date, they have never played a show on the island of Ireland, and that is something I am going to try and correct.

22. All Premiership Clubs must field at least five UK players every game

This is to try and make every Premier League club field a minimum of five UK players for every game as a minimum.

Until this is done we will never have national home sides able to compete at international competitions.

23. Bring Taking Back Sunday to Ireland

This petition is to help get Taking Back Sunday to come to Ireland on there upcoming European and UK tour.

Taking Back Sunday haven't played in Ireland since August 2011, the launch of there self titled album.

24. Treatment Abroad for EDS and Rare Conditions

In Ireland, funding for Treatment Abroad for Irish Citizens with rare conditions including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome is frequently refused despite there not being appropriate, specialist care available here.

Grounds for refusal are often two-fold; firstly, that the care and treatment being sought outside the state is viewed as a second opinion or secondly, that said care and treatment is being sought in the Private Sector of the Health Service of another EU country and thusly, not covered by the TAS. It is our contention that, firstly, if the Irish Consultant first visited is unfamiliar with the presenting condition, then any subsequent referral to a specialist in that field should be deemed a FIRST valid opinion.

Secondly, if the appropriate, timely care and treatment for a particular condition is only available in the Private Health Service of another EU country, the same supports should be afforded these patients as those afforded to any citizen of the state presenting with a more common condition. Your Support would be greatly appreciated in this matter.

25. Bring H&M to Galway

Help and sign this petition to Bring H&M to Galway!

We need it!

I contacted H&M through their website but no plans to come to Galway.

We need more help! Please like us on facebook.

26. Longstone Road, Moneydarragh Primary School Road Safety Petition

For a number of years now local residents, concerned parents and local & national elected officials have been requesting DRD NI/Roads Service take action and make safe a short stretch of the Longstone Road in Annalong Co.Down leading to Moneydarragh Primary School.

Having recently returned to the the area where I grew up I was delighted to be sending my son the the local primary school I attended 30 years ago. The school is a mere 3-4 mins walk from our new home along a scenic country road but there is no footpath to allow safe travel and we are forced to walk on the actual road surface where cars pass at speed with a speed limit in place of 60Mph!

I approached the local District office for Roads Service NI and requested they trim and maintain the road side verges and bushes therein to at least allow pedestrians to use the amble space available to make the short journey to the school safely AND to allow approaching traffic a full unobstructed view of the road in both directions for both their own safety and the pedestrians.

To date Roads Service NI have refused to carry out this simple task and having lobbied several members of the local department responsible as well as local elected council members, NI Assembly members and even MP Roads Service still to date have refused to carry out the work requested. Other factors that need to be addressed beyond the simple upkeep of this short stretch of road are the urgent requirement for a footpath and speed restrictions and traffic calming measures to ensure the maximum possible safety of all road users be they pedestrians or drivers.

With this in mind please sign this petition - we have yet another site meeting with roads service scheduled of May 17th 2013 and I want to present them with this petition to pressure them into taking immediate action.

27. Degree Fiasco at Ballyfermot College of Further Education - students refused grants on questionable grounds – help us change this!

Help us fight SUSI and get our courses/college recognised as eligible for student grants!

Although the issue of degree students not receiving grants has been raised over the last two years, students on the Media Production Management and Animation Degrees are NOT currently awarded grants and this won’t change unless we get your help.

Students on these courses this year are simply being fobbed off by SUSI (tendered to City of Dublin VEC) with some sample reasons for ineligibility including “course not approved – foundation course” and “course not approved – private college” both of which are incorrect. The degrees are accredited by Dublin City University and Dundee University respectively and are administered by BCFE - which is under the auspices of City of Dublin VEC. The City of Dublin VEC states that “we believe that education should be available and accessible to all...” However, without maintenance grants this is not going to be the case for many current and future students of BCFE that a blanket ban on receiving said grant affects.

28. Bring One Direction to Ireland

They are always in America. Bring one direction to Ireland!

29. Call to abolish the Irish TV Licence

This Petition is setup to abolish the need to have a TV licence in Ireland. The idea of a TV Licence is to create a government fund which will produce grants to fund our national broadcasting station so it will be broadcasted freely for the citizens of that country.

Ireland's national broadcasting station is RTÉ, unlike some UK television stations (BBC1 & 2), RTÉ shows advertisements during the broadcasting of its shows, these advertisements fund the running of the station and broadcasting.

This means that there is no need for these grants which ultimately end up paying presenters wages of circa €1m per year, this is just another way of the Irish Government needlessly taxing the Irish people.


Thirty-First Amendment of the Constitution


1.The State recognises and affirms the natural and imprescriptible rights of all children and shall, as far as practicable, by its laws protect and vindicate those rights.
2.1° In exceptional cases, where the parents, regardless of their marital status, fail in their duty towards their children to such extent that the safety or welfare of any of their children is likely to be prejudicially affected, the State as guardian of the common good shall, by proportionate means as provided by law, endeavour to supply the place of the parents, but always with due regard for the natural and imprescriptible rights of the child.
2° Provision shall be made by law for the adoption of any child where the parents have failed for such a period of time as may be prescribed by law in their duty towards the child and where the best interests of the child so require.
3.Provision shall be made by law for the voluntary placement for adoption and the adoption of any child.
4.1° Provision shall be made by law that in the resolution of all proceedings-

i) brought by the State, as guardian of the common good, for the purpose of preventing the safety and welfare of any child from being prejudicially affected, or

ii) concerning the adoption, guardianship or custody of, or access to, any child, the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration.

2° Provision shall be made by law for securing, as far as practicable, that in all proceedings referred to in subsection 1° of this section in respect of any child who is capable of forming his or her own views, the views of the child shall be ascertained and given due weight having regard to the age and maturity of the child.

Purpose of the Bill
The Programme for Government committed to holding a
Referendum to amend the Constitution in respect of children. The
proposed introduction of dedicated provisions for children is in line
with the recommendations of many experts over the years, including
the report of the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment
on Children (2010) and the report of the All Party Oireachtas
Committee on the Constitution (2006).
The purpose of the Thirty-first Amendment of the Constitution
(Children) Bill 2012 is to expressly recognise children in their own
right within the Constitution. Dedicated provisions in our
Constitution will give children special protection having regard to
their young age and their potential vulnerability.
The provisions contained in the Bill will strongly affirm each
individual child’s inherent rights. The Bill will enshrine and give
firmer recognition to the protection of children under the
Constitution while continuing to respect and preserve the rights of
the family as set out in the existing Article 41. Article 41 which gives
special recognition to the family will be retained in full.
The main features of the Bill will provide for—
— the strengthening of protections for all children and the
provision of express rights;
— greater clarity in the State’s role in protecting children where
parents are failing;
— the making of laws regarding adoption where the parents of a
child have either failed in their duty towards that child or wish
to voluntarily place the child for adoption;
— the making of laws regarding consideration of the best interests
of the child and the views of the child in proceedings brought
by the State to protect any child or proceedings concerning
adoption, guardianship, custody of or access to any child; and
— no discrimination between children based upon the marital
status of their parents when it comes to child care proceedings,
family law proceedings, access to adoption and consideration
of their best interests and views.

Provisions of the Bill
A new Article 42A is to be inserted as a new Article after
Article 42.4.
The Bill provides for the repeal of Article 42.5 of the Constitution.
Article 42.5 provides that the State may, in exceptional
circumstances, by appropriate means supply the place of parents
when those parents for physical or moral reasons have failed in their
duty towards their child. The Bill re-words Article 42.5 and places it
within the new Article 42A. In the revised language, the focus is on
the safety and welfare of children which is not currently referenced
in the existing Article 42.5.
Section 1 provides for the repeal of Article 42.5 of the Constitution
and the insertion of a new Article 42A after Article 42.
Section 2 states that the amendment of the Constitution effected
by this Act shall be called the Thirty-first Amendment of the
Constitution and that the Act may be cited as the Thirty-first
Amendment of the Constitution (Children) Act 2012.
The Schedule contains the proposed text of the new Article 42A
to be inserted after Article 42.
Department of Children and Youth Affairs,
September, 2012.