PRESS RELEASE 22/02/2015 by: Brian McCarthy ~ 0877145144
National Anti-Austerity Demonstration
& Labour Party Conference in Killarney on the same day
(ii) The Event & Speakers on the day
(iv) Umbrella Protest Groups supporting the Killarney Protest
(i) Has Austerity affected you, your work, or group? If so we ask you to stand united on the 28th of February.
Communities working together to help not only themselves, but others as well, is a very powerful solution to what is currently a serious crisis here in Ireland. Our intent is to replace despair with hope coupled with National Pride among ordinary Irish people; a sense of recapturing dignity after years of being treated appallingly.
We are holding a peaceful protest in Killarney on the 28th of February (details overleaf) to highlight the issues that successive governments have enforced upon us – by way of cruel austerity measures. Cutback after cutback to health, education, enforced emigration and more injustice than justice being served daily.
Longer working hours for less reward, more taxes and charges while the taxpayers bailed out the corporate owned banks.Gross Government Debt in 2007 was €47bn, with nearly €20bn in our National Pension Reserve Fund; now our GGD is over €200bn, NPRF is down to about €7bn, and billions in lost interest.
The Constitution, human and fundamental rights have been consistently ignored by successive governments and social exclusion furthered by omission. This is a cruel price to pay for an ageing population who have worked towards building our country, only to see their rightful expectations as citizens destroyed by political lies and false promises.
Suicide, depression and emotional pain in our communities need awareness, compassion, resources and solutions to the rising problems, some which are caused by enslavement to debt. Corrupt bankers are walking freely while family homeowners suffering devastating guilt; when just 190 people borrowed €62 Billion in the boom to bust.
Corporate banks controlling our economy are strong forces, working against the formation and health of local social systems and services. Turning our natural resources, like water, into commodity for vested interest is the straw that may break the cycle of deceit we are subjected to here in Ireland.
We do not have to leave ourselves open to the brunt of austerity. We are hoping to empower the community to stand up and tell the policy makers that too much pain has been suffered and enough is enough.
In a world where market ideologies have become dominant and infused in all areas of life, we have increasingly lost a sense of working together to make the changes required for the betterment of all in society.
Healing our economy places emphasis on Public Control;including poverty reduction and social dignity via a fair system for all. It includes LOBBYING controls and TAX-AVOIDANCE remedies for large corporations and multinational organisations, FINANCIAL TRANSACTION TAX as well as promotion of smaller enterprises AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP.
Ireland is being systematically dismantled and destroyed from the top down.
It can never be changed from within.
We must (re)build our society from the ground up.
The thousands of people now actively involved in hundreds of local campaign groups across the country must begin to translate protest into real results starting at a local community level.
That means local food, health, education, support and development resources being built up and shared to take us back to a society of true social value along with compassion and away from the centralised all-powerful and subjugating structure of corporate controlled careless governments.
(ii) The Event & Speakers
Market Cross, Killarney 12 noon Intro– Catherine Dolan Jaunting Car
Walking One Mile TO THE END OF AUSTERITY
(To venue of Labour Conference)
Muckross Rd Speakers-1.15 pm (ish) Intro –Kevin Murphy
Community Group Speakers
Kathy Sinnott ~HOPE
Kathy is a disability rights campaigner and a former politician. She represented the South Constituency in Ireland in the European Parliament from 2004 to 2009.Kathy is also secretary of the Hope Project.
Diarmuid O Floinn– AFTER IRISH WATER: WHAT NEXT?
Ballyhea Bondholder Bailout 4 years protesting on Sunday 1st March ~ all Invited.
Ireland Says No~
Stephen Murphy-AN ENCOUNTER WITH ÉRIU
Poet ~ Ériu~Was it for this ~ Mac Tíre ~Dear Enda~ (see YouTube for more)
Born and raised in the North Leitrim Glens, Stephen is the current All-Ireland Slam Poetry champion since last November. He was described as a highlight of the 2014 Electric Picnic in the Irish Times and since went on to perform to crowds estimated in excess of 100,000 people on the streets of Dublin last October. His work aims to bring poetry back to the people and to remove the elitism often associated with the art.
Dr. Finbar Markey– THE COMING EVICTION CRISIS & GREAT CHANGE BY EFFECT
Doctor of Social Policy Research and Development -The National Land League of Ireland
Aisling Fitzgibbon– TO LIVE IS THE RAREST THING IN THE WORLD
Community Activist -The Girl Against Fluoride
Brian McCarthy – ROCK BOTTOM THE FOUNDATION OF DREAMS AND BELIEF
Community Activist-Killarney/Ireland Says No-Anti-Eviction Taskforce-Distressed Mortgage Holders
Noreen Murphy-WATER BRIDGING THE DIVIDE
Water Charges Activist -Cork City
Michael O Gorman– AUSTERITY; YOU CAN’T CUT YOUR WAY TO PROSPERITY
Community Activist-Tralee Says No-Right2Water Kerry
Nurses-Teachers-Students have also been invited to speak t.b.c
(iii) Contact & Event Information
The following day many will travel to BALLYHEA SAYS NO 4th ANNIVERSARY: MARCH 1st 2015
(iv) Umbrella Groups supporting the protest from Kerry
Bondholder Bailout; Ireland Says No; Killarney Says No; Tralee Says No
Right2Water Kerry; Killarney-Tralee-Listowel-Castleisland-Killorglin-Kenmare
And Abbeyfeale Against Water Charges
Distressed Mortgage Holders-Anti-Eviction Taskforce
Kerry Save Our Woods Network