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Older people are suffering the ill effects of the cutbacks and they stand in solidarity with their children & grandchildren who are also suffering.
This is why the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament will proudly march alongside trade unions and other community groups before Budget 2013 on Saturday next to say “No to Austerity”. We are asking all our members around the country to walk alongside us with dignity & respect to show the Coalition government that we have had enough of the recession, enough of the cuts to income and enough of the threats to the travel pass. The last Budget saw a vicious cut to the means tested fuel allowance thus increasing fuel poverty.
So walk alongside us … but wrap up warm with good shoes and scarves and gloves. This time however we want you to wear different shades of grey to symbolise the many hits we’ve taken. But we are not without hope – wear a sprig of green as well to show that we still have hope. And what about some “Greys in Shades” – wear some sunglasses as well.
Lastly what about some placards? We’ll have some but we encourage you to make your own & bring them with you. Your own words are always best but here are some possible slogans you could have on your placards:
- We’ve paid for our Pensions
- For a proper health service
- Keep Older People Warm & Mobile
- Fair Pensions for all
- For dignity & respect
- For a better, fairer old age
- A Fairer Ireland for Older People
- HITS – Health, Income, Travel, Security
- Hit the bankers – Not the pensioners
- Bash Bankers – Not Pensioners
- We all stand together
- Hands off our Pensions
- We’ve paid for our pass
- No more austerity
- Enough is Enough
- No more cuts
- We’re all in it together
- Why not just shoot us?
- Never too old to suffer
- No Country for Old Men … or Old Women
MEETING POINT FOR OUR SUPPORTERS
SATURDAY 24TH NOVEMBER, 2012
Meeting Point: Cathal Brugha Street (just off O’Connell Street) look out for our banner
Time: 12.45 pm
Theme for ISCP: “More than 50 Shades of Grey and Green”
Bring your own poster or banner and remember “a picture paints a thousand words”.
So please use your wonderful imaginations to highlight YOUR burning issues
Remember also we are asking all our participants to dress in Shades of Grey with a sprig of Green.
Also to wear Sun Glasses (Shades!!)
Queries to 01 856 1243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check our website http://www.seniors.ie and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Wrap up well and please join us.
“No To Austerity!”
The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament (ISCP) will be taking part in the anti-austerity march & rally being organised by the Dublin Council of Trade Unions on Saturday 24 November 2012.
“We are calling on all older people from around the country and especially those in the Greater Dublin area to join us”, said Máiréad Hayes, CEO of the ISCP. “We want our members and friends and families to march in protest at the cuts and in support of investment and job creation.”
The Parliament is asking their members to dress in shades of grey with a sprig of green. “The grey of austerity must be offset with the green shoots of hope”, continued Ms. Hayes. “There are a wide variety of older people in Irish society and this will be reflected in the shades of grey we will wear on the march. Older people are working, retired and unemployed. They are able bodied and disabled. They are carers and they are being cared for. They are living alone or in families or in homes.”
“However we stand together in 2012, the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, with all those suffering under the austerity budgets and those struggling to survive on the brink of poverty”, concluded Ms. Hayes. “Older people and their families are all too familiar with the effects of the cutbacks on the most vulnerable in Irish society.”
The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament supported the National Demonstration organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions on Saturday last. ISCP people came from as near as Finglas and as far away as Donegal on a cold, snowy Saturday to show their solidarity and to make the voice of older people heard. We joined something between 50,000 and 100,000 marchers from Dublin’s Civic Offices to the GPO.
Evie Franks made a video about the Demonstration & included short interviews with the Parliament’s CEO, Máiréad Hayes, and Paul Walsh from the Parliament’s Limerick Division about why this Demonstration was so important.
Addressing the crowd, master of ceremonies Fintan O’Toole said thatv “We are here to say that we are who we are – citizens of a proud and free Republican democracy”. Other speakers at the event included Ictu President Jack O’Connor, Ictu General Secretary David Begg, and Siobhán O’Donoghue of the Community Platform. Marie Doyle of the Retired Workers Committee spoke on behalf of pensioners. She said elderly people had made a huge contribution to the State during their working lives and were now being treated like parasites. “We resent being told that we are a burden for the State”.
Performers Christy Moore, Frances Black and Jinx Lennon also entertained the crowd with relevant and hard hitting songs while actress, Ruth McCabe read, with emotion, from the 1916 Proclamation and the 1919 Democratic Programme the seminal founding documents of the State.