37 petitions

Started 2 days ago

Petition to Ordinary FF members want their party back

Resignation of Micheal Martin TD

For too long have the Mount St Elite dictated to us! A cadre of ideological radicals are directing our party to the place where it is no different from the rest of the left! Micheal Martin and his cronies are disloyal to the party roots.We are a party of farmers, small business owners, mothers, fathers, teachers, guards, factory workers and retired community voluteers. We are proud of where we come from and who we must are. We are not another left wing party. We are not labour lite, nor PBP for ordinary people, nor are we Fine Gael for the poor. We don't read the Irish Times. We don't care what South Dublin thinks. We are disinterested in the RTE/IT/Sindo/Newstalk liberal group think bubble. We are prolife. We are not radicals. We are ordinary people and we love Fianna Fail. We are tired of being told what we can and can't say of being directed what is an acceptable belief and what is unacceptable.  We have been betrayed by our leader. He is a nice man, but he has no moral backbone. His 'evolution of views' is led by dodgy Irish Times opinion polls and the media. He is just doing what he is being told to do by the Mount Street Elite. He won't stand for anything so he falls for everything.  We are not going to let this county have an abortion referendum with not a single political party or single party leader giving leadership and voice to the millions of us who are pro-life. We might be shy about our views. We might not talk up at work or make or views known at the club. We don't like to be arguing about highfalutin stuff. We think we should be focusing on paying bills, creating jobs and making the place better for our children. But now that you've pushed us, we're tired of the bullying. We might be intimidated by the media brainwashing all around us, but we know that many if not most of our friends think just like us. We have had enough. Somebody has to stand up and represent the 1 in 2 (you and me) who don't agree with the narrow elitist worldview of the D4 ideologues and their media puppets. This is ordinary people taking Fianna Fail back. This is ordinary people saying enough is enough. There are plenty of left wing parties out there. Everybody in the media is pro abortion. Fine Gael are well just that, Fine Gael. We are about more than self interest.  Give us our party back. Let ordinary people have their say.  Michael Martin does not represent us. It's time for somebody new, somebody with the courage to represent the millions of ordinary pro life people in our country.  Give Fianna Fail back!

Sean D Rafter
167 supporters
Started 4 days ago

Petition to Irish Government & European Commission

Save Our Sucklers: Open Letter from the readers of the Irish Farmers Journal

Dear President Juncker,Commissioners Hogan and Malmström,An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar andMinister Michael Creed, In 2017, Irish beef exports totalled €2.5bn. The backbone of this industry is our national suckler herd. Traditionally standing at over a million cows, the suckler herd has been a vital generator of economic activity in towns and villages throughout rural Ireland. There are over 100,000 Irish farm families directly engaged in the production and finishing of suckler-bred animals. Alongside this, the beef processing industry generates another 10,000 jobs. Many of these processing facilities are located in rural towns and villages where alternative employment is limited. Furthermore, with the beef sector sourcing in excess of 90% of its inputs from within the Irish economy, suckler farming is key to sustaining the economic activity that generates thousands of jobs in the agricultural inputs sector. Overall the Irish beef industry has traditionally contributed more to the Irish economy than any other manufacturing sector. Economic analysis indicates that for every €100 in exports, the net foreign earnings from the beef sector is over €50. This compares to just €19 for other manufacturing sectors including modern economy sectors such as pharmaceuticals and ICT. Unfortunately, suckler beef production is an extremely low-margin business. Within the EU, the suckler herd has largely been maintained through a combination of direct payments that underpinned production and trade regulations that ensure only beef produced to EU standards can enter the EU market.Along with providing EU consumers with safe, high-quality beef, both measures reflected a long-held view at national and EU level that the suckler cow played an important role as: 1) An economic generator in rural towns and villages across the EU.2) An environmental custodian across some of the most marginal land areas within the EU. An analysis carried out by UCD on behalf of the IFA reinforces the role of the suckler cow as a wealth creator, showing that every €1 of support provided to suckler farmers generated over €4 of economic activity in rural towns and villages.Unfortunately, we have in recent years seen a steady erosion in the level of direct support targeted towards the suckler sector. A recent analysis carried out by the Irish Farmers Journal showed that a typical suckler farm has seen the level of support received from both the EU and Irish Government fall by typically €200 per cow. This lack of support has coincided with a growing appetite within the EU to undermine the EU beef market by allowing increased access to beef imports from parts of the world that do not have the same costs or production standards. Currently the EU is negotiating a trade deal with South American countries that, if agreed, would have devastating consequences for the EU and Irish suckler herds.All this is taking place against a backdrop where EU and Irish beef farmers are struggling to cope with the consequences of Brexit. No sector within any member state is as exposed to the fallout from Brexit as the Irish beef industry. The UK market currently consumes five times more Irish beef than the Irish market.The lack of profitability, due to the steady withdrawal of support from both Europe and the Irish Government and the uncertainty around the future of the EU beef market, due to ongoing trade deals and Brexit, is seeing the Irish suckler herd slowly starting to wither away. Unless both the EU and Irish Government move to quickly inject confidence back into the suckler sector, then the pace at which farmers exit the sector will accelerate, with the financial consequences being felt far beyond the farm gate. By signing this letter, I am calling on you, the European Commission and the Irish Government to recognise the important role that suckler farmers play in maintaining a vibrant rural Ireland by committing to: 1) A fully funded Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with the commitment to introduce targeted direct support for all low-income sectors including sucklers.2) Protect EU and Irish suckler farmers in all upcoming trade deals and reject any demands from non-EU countries for increased access to EU beef markets.3) Safeguarding farmers’ income both during and after Brexit negotiations through the implementation of market support measures.4) Supporting the campaign for the introduction of a suckler cow support payment of €200/cow to underpin the sector and halt rural decline.  

Irish Farmers Journal
7,152 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, National Parks and Wildlife Service Licensing Unit, Frances Fitzgerald TD, Heather Humphreys TD, Office of the Minister for Arts and Heritage, NPWS Licensing Unit / Gerry Leckey, Micheál Martin TD, Gerry Adams TD, Brendan Howlin TD, Tanaiste Simon Coveney, TD, John Brassill, TD, Declan Breathnach, TD, Pat Breen, TD, Sean Barrett, TD, Maria Bailey, TD, Bobby Aylward, TD, Peter Fitzpatrick, TD, Colm Brophy, TD, James Browne, TD, Richard Bruton, TD, Pat Buckley, TD, Peter Burke, TD, Joan Burton, TD, Mary Butler, TD, Catherine Byrne, TD, Thomas Byrne, TD, Jackie Cahill, TD, Dara Calleary, TD, Shane Cassells, TD, Timmy Dooley, TD, Josepha Madigan, TD, Michael Noonan, TD, Patrick O'Donovan, TD, Robert Troy, TD, Sean Sherlock, TD, Willie Penrose, TD, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, TD, Mattie McGrath, TD, Bernard Durkan, TD, Michael Harty, TD, Martin Kenny, TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, TD, Sean Canney, TD, Patrick Deering, TD, Barry Cowen, TD, Michael D’Arcy, TD, Pearse Doherty, TD, Leo Varadkar, TD, Peadar Tóibín, TD, David Stanton, TD, Brian Stanley, TD, Brendan Smith, TD, Eamon Scanlon, TD, Willie O'Dea, TD, Brendan Ryan, TD, Fergus O'Dowd, TD, Fiona O’Loughlin, TD, Frank O’Rourke, TD, Louise O’Reilly, TD, Michael McGrath, TD, Paul Kehoe, TD, Mary Lou McDonald, TD, Sean Haughey, TD, Jim Daly, TD, Andrew Doyle, TD, Paschal Donohoe, TD, John Deasy, TD, Regina Doherty, TD, John Curran, TD, Ciaran Cannon, TD, Kevin “Boxer” Moran, TD, Kevin O’Keeffe, TD, Kate O’Connell, TD, Joe Carey, TD, Michael Moynihan, TD, Carol Nolan, TD, Jim O’Callaghan, TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, TD, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, TD, Éamon Ó Cuív, TD, Tom Neville, TD, Hildegarde Naughten, TD, Pat Casey, TD, Martin Heydon, TD, Seán Kyne, TD, John Lahart, TD, Danny Healy-Rae, TD, Michael Healy-Rae, TD, Michael Lowry, TD, Seamus Healy, TD, Simon Harris, TD, Brendan Griffin, TD, Sean Fleming, TD, Charles Flanagan, TD, Michael Fitzmaurice, TD, Martin Ferris, TD, Denise Mitchell, TD, Tony McLoughlin, TD, John McGuinness, TD, Helen McEntee, TD, Marc MacSharry, TD, John Paul Phelan, TD, Noel Rock, TD, Michael Ring, TD, Maurice Quinlivan, TD, Denis Naughten, TD, Margaret Murphy-O’Mahony, TD, Eugene Murphy, TD, Eoghan Murphy, TD, Dara Murphy, TD, Imelda Munster, TD, Damien English, TD, David Cullinane, TD, Michael Collins, TD, Niall Collins, TD, Lisa Chambers, TD, Jack Chambers, TD, John Fitzgerald - National Parks and Wildlife Service


In Ireland's cruel coursing, thousands of hares are snatched from the wild in nets are forced to run for their lives from pairs of greyhounds. Every coursing season, hare injuries and deaths occur. All hares used suffer fear and stress.ACTION ALERT Contact all your local TDs and encourage them to back a ban on cruel hare coursing. Visit the Oireachtas website for names of TDs and their contact details contact the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister). Urge them to ban hare coursing and give permanent protection to hares. An Taoiseach, Leo VaradkarDepartment of the Taoiseach,Government Buildings,Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2Telephone: +353 (0)1-6194020Email:, leo.varadkar@oireachtas.ieTweet to: @campaignforLeoLeave a comment on Facebook: Simon Coveney TD Tanaiste/Deputy Prime Minister Iveagh House 80 St Stephen's Green Dublin 2 Phone: +353 (0)1 408 2000 Email: Facebook: Tweet to: @simoncoveney Urge the Minister for Arts and Heritage to stop licensing hare coursing Josepha Madigan TDMinister for Culture, Heritage & the GaeltachtPhone: +353 (0)1 631 3800Email: josepha.madigan@oireachtas.ieLeave a comment on Facebook: to: @josephamadigan Witness the cruelty of hare coursing at Join the campaign for a ban on hare coursing at Support our campaign with a donation

Irish Council Against Blood Sports ICABS
14,668 supporters