Peace groups seek to make Shannon election issue


first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFour men rescued from early morning Limerick river incidentNext articleNew York sax Seamus Blake joins jazz trio Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSGalway Alliance Against War (GAAW)general election 2016Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM)limerickShannon airportShannonwatchthe Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA)US militaryVeterans for Peace (VfP) Email Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin NewsLocal NewsPeace groups seek to make Shannon election issueBy Alan Jacques – February 4, 2016 688 Advertisement Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads US military aircraft at Shannon Airport.by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up US military aircraft at Shannon Airport.THE US Military’s continuing use of Shannon Airport is now set to become a General Election issue with Limerick candidates being urged to commit their support by signing a peace pledge.In a joint initiative, Shannonwatch, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM), Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) and Veterans for Peace (VfP) Ireland are all calling for election hopefuls and their parties to bar military traffic from any country involved in war from landing on Irish soil or from using Irish airspace.Launching the Peace Pledge initiative, John Lannon of Shannonwatch commented, “Since October 2001, Ireland has provided direct support for unilateral military interventions by the US and its NATO allies, most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. This support has included the transit of at least 2.5 million armed troops plus additional military aircraft through Shannon Airport.”“Given the devastation caused by these and other US/NATO military interventions, it is time to stop supporting them,” Mr Lannon insists.And according to Edward Horgan of Veterans for Peace, “the next government must now commit to ending our complicity in this suffering”.“A neutral state is subject to certain rules and obligations under international law, in particular the Hague Convention which states that belligerents are forbidden to move troops or convoys of either munitions of war or supplies across the territory of a neutral Power,” Mr Horgan explained.Roger Cole of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance is of the view that the participation of Ireland in military alliances like the NATO Partnership for Peace and European Union (EU) battle groups should also be ended with immediate effect.“Furthermore, support for regional military alliances, including those resulting from the Mutual Defence Clause of the Lisbon Treaty, flouts the democratic wishes of the Irish people who have regularly reaffirmed their commitment to positive neutrality,” Mr Cole declared.The Peace Pledge is available online at www.peacepledge.ie. Election candidates are now being asked to visit the website and commit to not joining or supporting a government that allows the use of Shannon Airport for military purposes. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Students, staff react to passing of health care bill


first_imgNotre Dame College Democrats celebrated a long-awaited victory Sunday after spending months making more than 6,000 phone calls to area residents, asking them to express their support to health care reform to Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat.Donnelly voted “yes” on the health care reform legislation, which passed in the House of Representatives Sunday by a 219-212 vote. President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign the bill today. William Evans, an economics professor at Notre Dame with an expertise in health economics, said the legislation marks “extensive change” on a number of fronts.“Any way you slice it, a trillion dollars over 10 years is a chunk of change,” Evans said, referring to the estimated increase in government expenditures.Evans said the bill will result in a “fairly substantial increase in government provision of medical care.”While it won’t provide universal coverage, as some have suggested, Evans said more Americans will have health insurance.“It’s clear that insurance enrollment is going to go up as a result of this … and the number of uninsured is going to go down,” he said.The positives and negatives of reform have been fiercely debated, mostly along partisan lines, but Evans said he sees both good and bad in the legislation. He pointed to aggressive moves to control Medicare costs as a positive change but said those who are concerned about the high cost are “rightfully worried.”But for the College Democrats, the bill’s passage was seen as completely positive.“The College Democrats are celebrating a victory for justice,” said junior Chris Rhodenbaugh, co-president of the College Democrats. “We are proud that the Congress, in particular Joe Donnelly, listened to the voices of the American people and did what is right for the future of our country.”Meanwhile, Notre Dame College Republicans are lamenting the passing of the bill — one that did not garner a single Republican vote in the House.“The economic and medical future of our country has been compromised,” said senior Erika Hagstrom, president of the College Republicans. “We will not be able to go back, and college students like those of us at Notre Dame will be paying for it for the rest of our lives — fiscally and physically.”Rhodenbaugh said the bill’s main strengths are that it will not discriminate based on preexisting conditions while getting more healthy people into the health care system and focusing more on preventing illness, rather than on treating the uninsured once they get sick.“That’s where huge cost savings come in,” he said.Rhodenbaugh also said the bill will benefit college students by allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26 years old.Roughly 28 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 are currently uninsured, Evans said.Hagstrom said a primary concern is that the bill will be a detriment to the country’s already weak economy.“The bill will increase costs which is the last thing we should be doing in this economy,” she said.Hagstrom also said she is against the bill’s language regarding abortion, which has been heavily debated as lawmakers, Catholic organizations and pro-life groups disagree whether the bill would allow federal funding for abortion.Donnelly, a pro-life Democrat, was one of a handful of representatives who withheld their support for the bill until a last-minute deal was struck with the president, who agreed to sign an executive order to prohibit federal money from funding abortions.Still, some groups, including pro-life groups, have said the executive order is not a sufficient guarantee that federal money won’t able to fund abortions.“I, along with Republicans, agree that it is immoral and wrong to force taxpayers who may be pro-life to pay for abortions,” Hagstrom said.Rhodenbaugh said he believes the bill as it was passed will not fund abortions.“The Senate bill won’t fund abortion and the House bill won’t fund abortion,” he said. “Abortion will not be paid for in this bill.”Rhodenbaugh said the bill is actually quite pro-life and Catholic.“From a Catholic perspective, [we] should be working to pursue universal health care and treat health care as a right. It’s about the dignity of the whole life from birth all the way until death,” Rhodenbaugh said. “And health care is a huge part of that.”last_img read more

India bans 59 Chinese Apps including TikTok, citing threat to security of country


first_imgThe Indian government on Monday has banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, citing they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order.The decision came amid a huge economic backlash against China following the June 15 clashes at Ladakh in which 20 Indian soldiers died in action and more than 70 were injured.The India’s ministry of electronics and information technology, invoking it’s power under section 69 A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of the information available they are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, the security of state and public order, the government said in a statement.Topics :last_img read more

Aladin Isaković is the new player of FC ‘Travnik’


first_imgFC ‘Travnik’ has acquired new football player –  Aladin Isaković.Isaković is a 27 year old former player of Žepče and Čelik who came to Travnik from German club SV Heimstetten. He’s midfield – defensive midfield player, who can also play as a striker.”I’m glad that the talks concerning my transfer to Travnik have  ended. I train hard and I hope that I’ll be ready to play at the level that is necessary for Premiere League. FC Travnik is a good club, and I hope it’ll remain in BiH Premiere League”, said IsakovićIn the winter break, FC Travnik acquired 7 new players: Pjanić, Grabus, Čurić, Hećo, Turković, Pljevljak and Isaković.last_img