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Brid Smith TD has expressed her alarm at suggestions that a site that Dublin City council had only recently zoned recreational for the development of a proposed park and children’s playground might instead be used for Rapid Build housing units.
Deputy Smith pointed out that the City council had only recently zoned the site for recreational use after a local community campaign.
That campaign pointed out that the area around the Bridgefoot Street site has one of the highest densities of population in the state with very few public spaces and one of the lowest level of green spaces in the city. Several areas in the immediate catchment are categorised as Very Disadvantaged (The Pobal Index), while the entire area is badly in need of a public space that could encourage community and shared living experiences in a widely diverse and densely housed part of the city.
Deputy Smith said she supported the local community’s campaign and would resist this site being used for Rapid Build Units. “We have a huge housing crisis as result of the actions of developers and financiers and the complete refusal of the state to fund and build proper council and public housing. The same Minister and his colleagues have been in Government for over five years and watched as the state built the lowest level of social housing in its history even as the crisis worsened.
“This proposal is not the solution, nor are the other so called rapid build proposals. Instead of throwing incentives at developers in the hope that we can make them a sufficient profit to build, we need real investment in proper housing for our citizens. We don’t need, and won’t accept that railroading units into already deprived and densely populated areas with no green spaces is any form of a solution. I really fear that this crisis will be used to fast track planning and bypass any objections. What we need is real funding for proper local authority house building; piecemeal rapid builds or small part V schemes will not solve this crisis”.
Governemnts Direct Provision policy is driven by state racism claims PBP TD Bríd Smith
In a statement, People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, has said that Minister Frances Fitzgerald’s claim that there is no alternative to the system of Direct Provision marks her ‘abysmal failure to deal with the issue following years of inaction by her party Fine Gael in this area’.
Deputy Smith also pointed out that the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights have labelled the system of Direct Provision in Ireland ‘a severe violation of Human Rights’.
This comes after former minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin had said previously that ‘the way we treat asylum seekers says a lot about us as a country’.
Deputy Smith said “These comments from the Minister for Justice are an affront to anyone who believes in equality and human rights.”
“The scandal that is direct provision will one day join the Magdalene laundries, and the abuse of children in state and church run institutions as an example of our states contempt for the most marginalized and vulnerable. Minister Fitzgerald will be judged harshly by history just as are all those in power who failed to protect the past victims of institutional abuse”.
Al Helal will play match against Ballybrack u14s and participate a day of activities in Ballybrack F.C
The event will take place on Sunday 31 July, from 11-3 in Ballybrack F.C., Coolevin, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin.
The Al Helal group, which is made up for 12 kids and 2 coaches, will be travelling around the country visiting different football teams, the Lord Mayor of Dublin and other events on their 12 day tour.
People Before Profit Cllr, Hugh Lewis, who organised the event said that this was a “great opportunity for these kids to experience something positive in their lives.
“The situation in Gaza with the clear and blatant oppression of the Palestinian people means that these kids have grown up in an environment of violence, repression and death. These kids have experienced some of the most vicious state sponsored violence at the hand of the Israeli regime.
“Having these kids over to Ballybrack F.C is a fantastic opportunity for the kids to play football and make new friends. It will hopefully give them and experience they will remember for a long time.
“It is a privilege to have them over to Ireland. I would also like to thank Ballybrack F.C and all their coaches and members, for hosting this family fun day and offering friendship to these kids from Gaza.”
Richard Boyd Barrett TD, who will be attending the event, said “This is a very significant event for young people from one of the poorest places on earth and a place that has been utterly decimated by inhumane and indiscriminate bombing and military aggression by Israel over many years. These young people have been denied their childhood and life chances that we would expect in a civilised society because of the cruel treatment of Gaza by the Israelis.
“This is, maybe, a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids to escape the hell that is Gaza, This is an opportunity for people in Ireland to realise that the people of Gaza and Palestine are just the same as anyone else but most of the time denied the opportunities that we all take for granted. They want to play football. They want to have fun. They want a future but they are denied this. We are delighted Ballybrack F.C have offered the hand of solidarity and friendship to these kids.
“We would encourage people from the wider Dun Laoghaire area to come along and support this event.”
Irish government must react by withdrawing use of Shannon Airport by US military
“The bombing campaign against the ‘so called Islamic State’ has taken another disastrous turn today with the shocking news that 28 civilians have been murdered by US-led coalition bombs. This is the second mass casualty killing of civilians by US bombing in Syria in the last two weeks. The US bombing has apparently been designed to ‘save’ the civilians in this region but this is further proof that the US-led bombing and military tactics do not work and will only lead to more civilian deaths and increased radicalisation of people in that region against the West.
Currently people under the age of 26 receive a lower Jobseekers Allowance payment than that of people over the age of 25. People aged 26 and over on Jobseekers receive €188, whereas people ages 25 earn €144 and persons aged 18-24 earn €100 a week.