It’s been one of those weeks!
First up, on Monday I went to the Swan Women’s Network in Loughlinstown – with Cllr Deirdre Donnelly – for their coffee morning in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation, only to hear the awful news that after 14 years of working with women in the community they are probably going to have to close because of cutbacks! They have already cut expenses to the bone – they even wash all the towels and bring the rubbish home because they can’t afford Panda costs. Meanwhile we keep hearing about the “recovery”. Recovery for who I’d have to ask?
On Tuesday I went to the Women’s Aid Manifesto launch and once again discussed the crisis facing organisations working with women – funding continues to be decimated while demand rises. Again, Recovery? For who?
At the launch of Amnesty International/Ireland; #NotACriminal video by Graham Linehan, he and his wife and Roisin Ingle spoke brilliantly and honestly about the realities of having to access abortion – for whatever reasons. We’ve been having the same conversation for thirty years now and still politicians refuse to face reality. [Link to my article in the Herald]
Also yesterday, after over a month missing, the Apple people still couldn’t locate my (under warranty) laptop which was sent for repair in early September. So I still had no Mac.
And after collecting and starting to give out invites to my fundraiser, an eagle eyed Barbara Scully [at the book launch of Eleanor Fitzsimons’s brilliant new book Wilde’s Women] spotted that the date was wrong. (Yes, I know, I know – always check before handing in). So all that printing and paper was wasted.
However, today I got a new replacement computer, new invites printed and I’m off to Tara Flynn’s book launch now (Giving Out Yards) and best of all, a family member who had the dreaded C has been given an excellent prognosis!
Eamon Dunphy will be launching my fundraiser on 5th November at Cafe Du Journal, Monkstown. With lots of other interesting people attending (I hope!).
This is fundamentally DIY politics, as I’ve no party and no history of politicians in my family or close circle. Many of us think that entering politics and becoming a candidate is a Very Difficult Thing to do, and Not For The Likes of Us. I’m hoping to prove the opposite – that politics is open to all – men and women (particularly women as we need so many more of them in Leinster House) who don’t necessarily have a political background.
But the requisite literature needs to be printed and posters need to be paid for so I’m holding an evening of wine and tapas, conversation and craic on 5th November and would really appreciate your support. Please come if you can. If you can’t tell your friends and get them to go instead. All offers of help or support gratefully received.
All donations gratefully accepted.
“If you don’t like the political system, get involved. Change it.” Dr Noel Browne