Archive for April 15th, 2009

Tesco’s attitude to its workers in Douglas is atrocious, says Cllr. Donnelly

15th April 2009

Following a meeting this afternoon between representatives of the Mandate trade union and Tesco management in Douglas, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council, has strongly criticised Tesco for the approach they are taking with their existing workforce in Douglas. Tesco want all their existing workforce in Douglas to sign up to new terms and conditions, and for their existing work contracts to be nullified, when they move over to the new Tesco Extra shop at the end of this month, and they showed no willingness to change their attitude at today’s meeting.

Cllr. Donnelly said:  “Tesco are treating their existing employees with disdain, and are trying to bully them into accepting lesser terms and conditions of employment.  There is absolutely no need for this, as all that is happening is that Tesco’s are moving into a new larger store, adjacent to the existing store.  However because the new store will be a Tesco Extra, instead of an ordinary Tesco, the management are trying to use this as an excuse to lessen the terms and conditions of its existing employees.”

“The employees who are members of Mandate have informed me that they are having a meeting next Monday, at which they will decide what course of action to take.  They are feeling completely betrayed and bullied by their employer, and have no intention to take this lying down.  Many of these employees have been with Tesco since they first came to Ireland in 1996, and were with Quinnsworth before that, and are disgusted at how they are now being treated.  All they want is to continue working for Tesco under their existing contracts,” concluded Cllr. Donnelly.

Cllr. Donnelly welcomes anti litter and graffiti grant to Cork County Council

14th April 2009

Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for Cork County Council, has welcomed the announcement by Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and Mr. Michael Kitt, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, of the allocation of €1,070,000 in grants to local authorities for public education and awareness initiatives in relation to both litter and graffiti, with Cork County Council receiving €42,000 of that.

Cllr. Donnelly said:  “Litter and graffiti are both major problems for all our communities, and these grants help the county council raise public awareness and promote anti-litter and anti-graffiti activity at local level.  We must all work together to remove the scourge of litter and graffiti from our communities, which can make them very unattractive places to live.  There is a particular focus of these grants on involving schools and young people and on voluntary initiatives carried out by community groups, which is to be welcomed, as the only way for them to be successful is to have the community fully involved.”

In announcing the grant allocations for 2009, Minister Gormley said, “Despite the economic slow down, it is important that we strive to maintain the sustained decrease we have seen in litter pollution levels across the country over the last ten years.  While there has been a small decrease in the level of grants allocated this year, this in no way reflects any lack of commitment on the part of Government to the ongoing war against litter.  The appearance of a community remains vital to both social and economic activity, and local authorities and community groups must strive to do more with less”.

Tesco Ireland must not be allowed treat its loyal employees this way, says Cllr. Donnelly

11th April 2009

Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for the Carrigaline electoral area of Cork County Council, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly has today slammed Tesco Ireland for issuing ultimatums to its employees in Douglas, Co. Cork, over the Easter weekend, when they are unable to consult either their union or their solicitors.  .

Cllr. Donnelly said: “I have been approached by a number of employees of the Tesco store in Douglas Shopping Centre, who are extremely concerned about how they are being treated by their employer.  A number of employees of Tesco in Douglas received letters on Good Friday, which were hand delivered to their homes, saying that they must sign up to new terms and conditions before Tuesday next, the 14th April, or they will be made redundant.  To give your employees such an ultimatum over the Easter weekend, when they are unable either to consult their union or to seek legal advice, is bullying behaviour of the highest order, and cannot be tolerated.  The employees I spoke to today are literally petrified they are going to lose their jobs.”

“Tesco is about to move in to a new larger shop in Douglas as part of the redevelopment of Douglas Shopping Centre at the end of this month, and have been recruiting new staff for the new shop, and seem to be using this as an excuse to bully their existing employees into accepting new terms and conditions.  The employees’ unions have been in negotiations with Tesco, and have instructed their members not to accept the new terms on offer from Tesco.  Tesco basically want to tear up the existing employment contracts, and impose new inferior ones without going through a proper consultation process, and they are threatening redundancy for any employees who refuse to accept the new terms,” continued Cllr. Donnelly.

Cllr. Donnelly concluded:  “I have a copy of the letter received by the employees on Friday, and to receive such a letter over the Easter weekend is extremely distressing for long standing loyal employees, to say the least.  At the very least Tesco must enter into meaningful dialogue with its existing employees in Douglas, via their unions, and must apologise to its employees for treating them in this appalling way.  Tesco Ireland has been an extremely profitable company for many years, and such behaviour is completely out of order.”

Cllr. Donnelly welcomes imminent return of ferry service between Cork and Swansea

9th April 2009

Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for the Carrigaline electoral area of Cork County Council, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly has welcomed the return of a ferry service between Cork and Swansea later in the year.

Cllr. Donnelly, who is an investor in the new co-operative set up to get the service going again, said: “This is wonderful news for the whole Cork region, and is a great example of people power at work.  Everyone who came together and made this campaign a success is to be congratulated.  I look forward to travelling with the Fastnetline, as the new company is now called, later in the year.”

“In years to come I am sure this ferry service will prove to be an essential part of the infrastructure for the Cork region, and beyond into the rest of Munster.  With the airline industry heading in to an inevitable long term decline due the shortage and increasing price of aviation fuel, as well as serious concerns about its effect on global warming, there will be a substantial increase in the use of ferries for international travel in the years ahead.  Cork, and the business and tourism sectors of the region, are now poised to reap the benefits of the reinstatement of this ferry service to the UK,” continued Cllr. Donnelly. 

Cllr. Donnelly welcomes that members of the Oireachtas will no longer get teaching salary as well

8th April 2009

Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for the Carrigaline electoral area of Cork County Council, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly has welcomed the removal in yesterday’s budget of the facility for teachers who were elected to either the Dail or Seanad retaining their teaching salary as well as their Oireachtas salary, and only having to pay a substitute, usually on a far lower salary.

Cllr. Donnelly said: “This was a ridiculous provision which should have been removed a long time ago.  I spoke in support of a motion at the recent Green Party convention to remove this perk, and it is wonderful to see how the Green Party are influencing Government to be fairer, and for members of the Oireachtas not just to be feathering their own nests.  This is just one example of many perks enjoyed by members of the Oireachtas which the general public hates, and which leads many people to have no faith in the political system, or in the motivations of politicians.”

“In order to restore the faith of the public in politics, and in politicians, all such perks must go, and the Green Party will continue to push forward with these reforms.  At a time of crisis like this, the importance of politics is brought sharply into focus, but in order for us all to move out of this crisis together the public must have confidence that those making the decisions on their behalf are motivated solely by their desire to serve society, and that they are not motivated by any desire just to look after themselves,” continued Cllr. Donnelly.

Cllr. Donnelly concluded: “The Green Party is entirely committed to cleaning up Irish politics, in order to restore the faith of the Irish public in the political system, and to bring politicians closer to the people they are meant to be serving.  This is just one small but important step along that road.”

Local election spending limits commence today

7 April 2009

Local Green Party candidate Cllr. Dominick Donnelly has welcomed the introduction of Local Election spending limits announced by Green Party Leader and Minister for Local Government John Gormley. From today, each candidate must record the cost of everything they use in their campaign, including posters, leaflets, merchandise and advertising.

Cllr. Donnelly said: “It is in everybody’s interest that there should be clear and reasonable spending limits as this ensures a level playing field for all candidates and the most democratic outcome. In the competitive atmosphere at an election, parties and candidates can be drawn into a spiral of competitive spending which can serve no real purpose other than to run the risk of needless increased expenditure.”

For the Carrigaline area of Cork County Council a limit of €15,000 will apply. Spending amounts are calculated on a sliding scale based on population, with a top limit of €15,000 to apply in the most populated areas. Due to their different administrative responsibilities, a standard spending limit of €7,500 will apply to all 80 borough and town councils.  

Cllr. Donnelly said: “I also welcome stricter controls on election posters. The time period during which candidates can exhibit election posters has now been clarified – Local and European election candidates can only erect posters from 6th May, which is 30 days before the polling date.  All posters must be removed by 12 June.

“For those who are not registered to vote, there is still time,” said Cllr Donnelly. “You can apply for entry in the Supplement to the register of electors by filling out a form available from City and County Councils, from Garda Stations, Libraries, Post Offices and on-line at www.checktheregister.ie. The final date for the receipt of completed supplement application forms by City and County Councils is Monday 18th May 2009.”

Minister John Gormley has made an order appointing Friday 5 June 2009 as the Local Election polling day. Stations will open between 7am and 10pm.

Cllr. Donnelly saddened to hear of death of Cllr. Jim Murphy

29 March 2009

Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, Green Party member of Passage West Town Council is saddened to hear of the death earlier today of his Town Council colleague Cllr. Jim Murphy.  Cllr. Donnelly said:  “Jim was a huge asset to the community in Monkstown and Passage West, and he will be sorely missed.  He always served the people with decency and integrity on the town council.  During his year as mayor a few short years ago he set a new standard for what it means to be Mayor of Passage West, and I doubt anyone will exceed the amount of sheer hard work he put into that year on behalf of the whole community.  My sympathies go to his wife Olive, their children and the wider Murphy family.  May he rest in peace.”


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