first_imgA Donegal based independent activist has called for widespread international opposition to the G8 summit which is planned to take place next year in County Fermanagh.The call by Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig comes following the announcement by the British Prime Minister David Cameron that the summit will be held at the Lough Erne golf resort near Enniskillen on the 17th and 18th of June 2013.Next year’s G8 Summit, which is the first to be held in Ireland, is a meeting of the leaders of the world’s top eight wealthiest countries and will be attended by amongst others, US President Barack Obama, German Prime Minister Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Russian President Vladamir Putin. Criticising the event, Mr Mac GiollaEasbuig said it was important there was mass opposition to the summit and said such events were the starting point for many of today’s global problems.“People need to realise the reasoning behind this summit”he said. “This is a gathering of the leaders of the world’s wealthiest countries,whoseprimary objective is to create the conditions for global corporations to exploit human and natural resources for profit. Their manifesto is essentially the perpetuation of global inequality and it is a manifesto enforced through exploitation and war”.Micheál continued, “we witness the devastating impact of the global elite’s policies every day. In Europe, for example, in order to rescue a failed private banking system,workers and their communities are being driven into poverty; public services are being privatised; and pay and working conditions are being slashed.”“Meanwhile, with the full backing of the United States, Israeli bombs currently rain down on the civilian population of Gaza. Over 100 Palestinians have been slaughtered by the Israeli Occupation Forces, including dozens of women and children. It is an affront that war mongers such as Barack Obama will come to Ireland next June to plan the next phase of their war games and profiteering.” ‘’It should be noted that Britain is the current chair of the G8 and so its government selects the location of the summit. I would like to remind David Cameron and the British government that Fermanagh is not part of Britain’’.Mac Giolla Easbuig concluded by saying that in the coming months he hope to see a groundswell of opposition to the G8 summit and calls on all progressive groups and individuals to get involved and publicly voice opposition to the G8 taking place anywhere in Ireland.“It is crucial that we mobilise mass opposition to this summit both here in Ireland and internationally. Those across the globe who oppose war and the exploitation of human and natural resources to boost the profits of global capital come to Fermanagh next June and show determined opposition to the G8 and all it represents.“This is not simply about the people of Ireland, but is in fact an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that our problems are indeed global, but must be resolved, not by the global elite, but by the global dispossessed.’’ DONEGAL ACTIVIST CALLS FOR PUBLIC TO OPPOSE G8 SUMMIT MEETING was last modified: November 21st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:G8 SummitMICHEAL MACGIOLLA EASBUIGOPPOSITIONlast_img read more

Joint Statement by Premier Robinson and Minister Hon Ralph Higgs on Interruption

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 5, 2018 – North Caicos –BackgroundPremier Robinson and Hon Ralph Higgs on Thursday past toured Government Offices on North Caicos.  Over the past few weeks, residents of North Caicos have reached out to Premier Robinson and Hon Ralph Higgs, the elected representative for the Twin Islands following the closure of several Government Offices over a period of a few days.The Representatives were informed that the Library, the Clinic and the Immigration Department in Bottle Creek were all closed. On receiving these complaints, both representatives confirmed them to be true with the relevant Department and Ministries.  Minister Higgs traveled to the Island on receiving the news and was not satisfied that enough had been done and urgently enough to restore services that continued disrupted or hampered.  As Minister with responsibility for District Administration and as the elected representative for the Twin Islands, both Premier Robinson and Hon Higgs thought it best to update the members of the community of Bottle Creek on their efforts following a joint visit on Thursday, February 1, 2018.The Joint text is set out below:We are aware that the Environmental Health Department had conducted inspections and had closed the Offices because of the presence of mold.  The unfortunate thing is that the Spaces remained closed in the case of the Library for at least a week before it was cleaned  which no doubt heightened the spread and growth of the mold.  We were able to see during our Tour that all Offices are now cleaned and re – opened (in the case of the Clinic and the Immigration Department) and being prepared to re – open (in the case of the Library).  It is regrettable that the Government – owned Buildings took longer and we are grateful for the quick cleaning carried out by the landlord for the space rented to the Immigration Department.The Bottle Creek Clinic had been temporarily operating from the Library and while efforts were being made to partition for greater privacy, we were informed by the Doctor through our Ministerial colleague that the Building was not suitable.  There was a review of several options (2 premises were considered) on the Island for use and with the new Bottle Creek Clinic proceeding as planned, it was determined that it would not be prudent to spend large sums in retrofitting cost for rented accommodations.  It was also determined that it was inappropriate for the Clinic to continue to operate from its current facility.  Again ROM,  Group of Companies (of which Hon Higgs is a partner) offered its accommodation free of cost and a Paper was submitted to Cabinet for approval.  Since then Cabinet has approved the use of the Building formerly occupied by Digicel.  This Building has been given free of charge for three months while the Ministry of Infrastructure prepare to repair the Clinic that was damaged following the Storm.  District Administration, under the Premier’s Office is assisting with the cost for the Clinic’s relocation and preparation of the new temporary site to be occupied this week.We regret the chain of events and the inconvenience to the residents of the Bottle Creek community and we commit to assisting where can.  Inquiries were made of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Anya Wlliams who did explain to us to the protocol to be followed once an inspection had been carried out and a determination of the kind made as in this instance.  Whilst we recognize the structure in place seeks to remove as it were, political interference in the Public Service, we are of the view that Ministers should be built into certain Protocols and should on an occasion such as this, be officially advised of interruption of government services especially under their Ministries.  Since this experience the Minister of Health has asked to be informed. This we believe will allow all ministerial colleagues to assist where they can.Hon Sharlene L Cartwright RobinsonPremier & Minister of FinanceThe Turks and Caicos Islands Related Items:last_img read more