Archive for April, 2009

Cllr. Donnelly urges council authorities to be strict on illegal posters

30th April 2009

Candidates that erect early should be fined, say Greens

The Green Party’s candidate for the Carrigaline electoral area of Cork County Council and for Passage West Town Council, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, today urged the council authorities to be vigilant about candidates that illegally put up their election posters early.

The Environment Minister John Gormley recently issued a reminder to all candidates participating in the upcoming local and European elections that posters may not be erected any earlier than 6th May, which is 30 days before the polling date of June 5th. His department has also written to local authorities and political parties reminding them of their responsibilities.

“It is within the council’s authority to issues on-the-spot litter fines to any candidate in breach of the time limits, either before or after the election, and I would urge them to do so if they find any posters up before the 6th May,” Cllr. Donnelly said.

“Litter is a problem in the community and so is visual pollution. Election candidates are permitted to put up posters for a 30 day period before polling day in order to inform the public about the candidates standing for office. Those who abuse this right should be dealt with firmly.  Candidates and their election teams should also be mindful not to erect posters in locations that might impact on the line of sight of road users,”  Cllr. Donnelly added.

“While posters advertising public meetings are permitted, any members of the public that see election posters up early should contact Cork County Council on (021) 4276891.”

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Cllr. Donnelly welcomes news that strike at Tesco Douglas is suspended

30th April 2009 – 6:30 am

After one day of their strike action at Tesco Douglas, members of the Mandate trade union have suspended their strike, to allow Mandate and Tesco enter talks at the Labour Relations Commission later today, without preconditions.  Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council for the Douglas area, has welcomed this suspension of the strike.

 

Cllr. Donnelly said:  “It is wonderful news that the strike has been suspended, and that the parties are going to try to resolve the dispute at the Labour Relations Commission later today.  Today is the last day of business for the old Tesco shop in Douglas.  The staff are delighted to be able to go back to work today, and hope that the negotiations at the LRC have a successful outcome.”

Cllr. Donnelly welcomes news that Tesco will be meeting with their Douglas workers tonight

29th April 2009 – 8pm

After the first day of their strike action at Tesco Douglas, members of the Mandate trade union have been invited to emergency talks this evening to try to resolve the dispute.  Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council for the Douglas area, has welcomed this move from Tesco.

 

Cllr. Donnelly said:  “I do not understand why Tesco did not try to talk properly to their workers before now, instead of bullying them.  The strike notice was served to them a week ago.  However I welcome that they now seem to want to negotiate, and I hope there is a satisfactory outcome to their negotiations tonight, and that this needless dispute can be resolved quickly.  If not their long-standing employees in Douglas are technically out of a job as of tomorrow (Thursday) evening.”

 

“The level of support for the strike was amazing in Douglas today.  The workers were overwhelmed with the support they received, with many individuals and local businesses giving them gifts, and showing them tremendous support.  It was surely this level of support from the general public, and the business community around Douglas, that has brought Tesco to their senses,”  continued Cllr. Donnelly.

Cork County Council must check out the ownership of Gobby Beach car park in Ringaskiddy, says Cllr. Donnelly

29th April 2009 

The car park at Gobby Beach in Ringaskiddy has been put on the market by the liquidator for Irish Ispat, through auctioneers Lisney at their Cork office.  Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council for the Douglas area, has asked Cork County Council to check out the ownership of this car park, as local residents always thought it belonged to the county council, and the county council have maintained the car park, and have put bottle banks on it.

 

Cllr. Donnelly said:  “I have asked Declan Daly, the Divisional Manager for the South Cork area, to check into the ownership of this car park.  The local understanding is that this car park is already owned by Cork County Council, but it has recently been put up for sale by the liquidator of Irish Ispat through Lisney’s auctioneers.  If it transpires that Cork County Council do not own the car park, then I urge them to acquire it as an essential piece of local infrastructure.”

 

“It is essential that this car park stays in public ownership, as it is well used by the general public, and is the only access to Gobby Beach, one of very few beaches in Cork Harbour.  The auctioneer has informed me that a sale of this car park was negotiated with the Office of Public Works a few years ago, but it did not proceed.  Really the only logical owner for this car park is the local authority, and they must investigate this as a matter of urgency,”  continued Cllr. Donnelly.

 

Additional Information:  The Gobby Beach car park is at the end of the Ringaskiddy peninsula, near the bridge to Haulbowline and adjacent to Indaver’s site, where they are currently applying to build two incinerators.

Tesco workers in Douglas will not give in to bullying, says Cllr. Donnelly

29th April 2009 

Following the start of their official strike this morning at the Tesco store in Douglas, members of the Mandate union have shown their unity and it is clear that they are not going to give in to the bullying tactics of their employer.  Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council for the Douglas area, who has been supporting the workers for the past fortnight in their dispute, joined them this morning as they started their picket.

 

Cllr. Donnelly said:  “The way Tesco has been treating their long standing employees in Douglas is nothing short of inhumane.  They have shown a complete disregard for any kind of human decency.  However from talking to the employees as they started their strike this morning, it is abundantly clear that they will not be bowed by the bullying tactics of Tesco, and will stand up and fight for their rights.  All they are asking is for their jobs to continue with the same terms and conditions they have enjoyed for all their time working for Tesco in Douglas (formerly Quinnsworth), some of them for over thirty years.”

 

“I urge the public to support the Tesco workers by not passing the picket lines, and to avoid spending any money in any Tesco stores.  This is the only way Tesco will be forced to be reasonable.  It is now clear that Tesco intend to try to remove the working conditions enjoyed by all their long standing employees right around the country, and that they are using Douglas as a test case.  We, the public, have the power to stop this happening, as the only language Tesco understand is money, so it is quite simple – don’t spend any money in Tesco until they treat their employees reasonably,”  continued Cllr. Donnelly.

 

Additional Information:  The official strike (by members of the Mandate trade union) started this morning (Wednesday) at the old Tesco store in Douglas.  They will be joined from tomorrow by their SIPTU colleagues.  The old shop closes tomorrow (Thursday) evening, and Tesco intend to open their new Tesco Extra store on Friday morning (1st May). 

Cllr. Donnelly welcomes €67,000 to tackle drug abuse for Tabor Lodge

29th April 2009

Local Green Party candidate Cllr. Dominick Donnelly has welcomed funding of €67,000 for Tabor Lodge, to tackle drug abuse in South Cork. The funding announcement was made today as part of a €3 million dormant account funding package released by the Government.

Cllr. Donnelly said: “Drug abuse is a serious problem that has far-reaching effects for families, workers and for the health authorities in this area. I welcome today’s funding as a step towards the battle of drug addiction and hope it will go some way towards helping those affected.  In particular I hope this funding will support families affected by drug abuse who can in return support and re-engage with their loved ones who are addicted to drugs.”

The mid-term review of the National Drugs Strategy in 2005 identified the provision of family support services as crucial in delivering the strategic aim of reducing harm to families.  €1.56m of the funding announced today will support 80 such projects across the country.

Cllr Donnelly said: “We all know someone who is addicted to drugs or a family affected by drug addiction. Serious addictions lead to further problems like crime, anti-social behaviour and homelessness. We must tackle this problem to solve other problems in our area.  Tabor Lodge has an excellent track record in helping people with addictions and their families.  I also welcome the provision of homelessness funding today, under the same funding package.”

Public should support the striking workers in Tesco Douglas, says Cllr. Donnelly

28th April 2009 

Following the ongoing appalling way in which the management of Tesco Douglas have been treating their long-standing workers over the transfer to the new store later this week, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council for the Douglas area, will be joining the workers on the picket line when the strike starts tomorrow morning.

 

Cllr. Donnelly said:  “I feel compelled to join the Tesco workers on the picket line in Douglas tomorrow morning, due to the appalling way they have been treated by Tesco management.  Tesco seem to be just driven by pure naked greed, and they really don’t seem to care either about their workers or their conditions.  They want to just use the excuse of the recession to tear up existing contracts so as to improve their own enormous profits.”

 

“I urge the public to support the Tesco workers by not passing the picket lines, and to avoid spending any money in any Tesco stores.  This is the only way Tesco will be forced to be reasonable.  It seems that if Tesco get away with this appalling behaviour in Douglas, they will do the same thing in other shops around the country,”  continued Cllr. Donnelly.


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