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Paddy Healy Seanad Election Address March 21, 2011

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics.

Received this today…

Paddy Healy, Former President, TUI,
Independent Candidate for Seanad Eireann

Tireless Campaigner for Education and Public Services

An Independent Voice for All Public Servants including Teachers, Lecturers, Social Workers, Health Workers, All Administrative and Maintenance Staff , and all Public Service Pensioners as New Government Promises to eliminate 25,000 Jobs
A Voice for Academic Freedom As New Government Reinforces Existing Threats and Department of Education threatens further pay cuts for Lecturers.

Paddy Healy 086-4183732, paddy.healy@eircom.net,

Blog: http://paddyhealy.wordpress.com
Tá Leagan Gaeilge ar mo bhlog—

A Voice For Post-Doctoral Researchers,Postgrads and Temporary Teachers
A Voice for all employees, the unemployed, Occupational Pensioners and the Needy at Home and Abroad

Tireless Campaigner
Paddy is Chairman of the National Public Service Alliance—an informal alliance of public service trade union activists which is fighting public service pay cuts, pension levy, work overload, staffing moratorium and destruction of conditions of service under the Croke Park Deal.
He is Convenor of the Campaign for Academic Freedom which recently held a gathering of 200 academics in the Gresham Hotel to resist threats to academic freedom, permanency and tenure arising out of the implementation of the Croke Park Deal in Third level institutions:  The New Government in its programme threatens:

We will introduce radical reform in third level institutions to maximise existing funding, in particular, reform of academic contracts and will encourage greater specialisation by educational institutions.”

He is resisting the imposition of business models on 3rd Level education as proposed in the Hunt Report.
He is organising opposition to the shameful treatment of Post-doctoral Researchers in third level institutions and seeking a permanent career structure for researchers and a new deal under which Postgraduate Students carrying out teaching work would get properly paid for each hour worked. He is totally opposed to the attempt to make Student Nurses work for nothing.

He is Chairman of the Campaign to Reverse the Pension Cuts which is organising a legal challenge to the recent public service pension cuts. He is fighting for the removal of the Universal Social Charge which is unfairly reducing private occupational pensions.
He is campaigning against cuts in public services such as health, education and social work and the elimination of jobs under the staffing moratorium.
He is campaigning for the restoration of the full quota of Special Duties and Assistant Principal posts in schools.

Job Creation and Investment
He advocates a major programme of state job creation in sophisticated modern industry to employ the 100,000 qualified people who are now on the dole and being forced to emigrate.
He is continuing his long standing campaign to increase investment in Education at all levels.

About Paddy Healy
More at http://wp.me/PKzXa-2
Chair National Public Service Alliance, Global Solidarity Champion, Former President Teachers Union of Ireland(TUI), Lecturer in Physics(retd),
Research Interest: Musical Instrument Acoustics, Former member of Governing Body and Academic Council DIT, Ag Freastail ar Daonscoil na Mumhan sa Rinn gach blian, Former Treasurer Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed(INOU), Former Executive Member Dublin Council of Trade Unions.
He Lives at Griffith Court, Fairview, D 3 and is a native of Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Radical Change Needed
To make possible the objectives set out above, Fundamental Change is required.
Government Policy
Irish sovereignty must be recovered by facing down the EU and the IMF and insisting on a structured negotiated default under which the debts of banks, then privately owned, would not be paid while rescuing small investors and credit unions. The capitulation of the New Government to the EU/IMF will lead to disaster.
Mortgage Debt on principal domestic residences which was inflated during the property bubble must be reduced. Interest rates must be frozen and the capital sum reduced to current house values. Evictions must be banned.
The 90 Billion lent out recklessly by finance houses since 2003 must be recovered. This can be done by the imposition of a tax on large assets outside the domestic residence and the farm.
Reductions in Social Welfare, and increased taxes on the lowly paid must be reversed.
Cuts in Public services must end now. Cuts in disability services and in Special Needs Provision are particularly reprehensible

Trade Union Reform
The ICTU leadership has failed the members of trade unions. Members of the leadership sat on the Board of the Central Bank and on the the National Social and Economic Council(NESC) and on bodies such as the Board of Fás through the period of reckless borrowing and extreme right-wing policies. Apart from faint bleatings, nobody shouted stop.
Now there are 450,000 people on the dole, one thousand per week emigrating, public service pay and pensions cut, thousands of frontline posts eliminated, massive increase in workload of teachers, lecturers, nurses, other health professionals, social workers and public servants generally, cuts in social welfare benefits etc
Now the, The SIPTU leader who is also ICTU President is reported as having given qualified support to the formation of a FG-LAB coalition whose programme for Government contains a commitment to eliminate 25,000 public service jobs!! “Siptu chief Jack O’Connor claimed the Programme for Government was the best of the alternatives available” Irish Independent 07/03
There has been a total leadership failure in ICTU.
The calling off of campaigns and the supine acceptance of cuts and income reductions has disoriented thousands of members.
In my forthcoming book which is available on line at http://wp.me/pKzXa-gw ,I argue for complete renewal of the trade union movement both in its leadership and structures to restore control of the unions to members. This renewal must come from within the movement without legislative interference. The title of the work is : “How ICTU Failed US, the Necessity for Election and Regular Re-Election of General Secretaries.”

Supporters Who Recommend NO 1 Vote for Paddy Healy
I am very grateful to the 160 public servants who are recommending a vote for me to colleagues. I regret that the full list can only be read on my Blog at:
All have added their names in a personal capacity
Domhnall Sheridan, Chair Dublin Colleges (DIT) Branch, TUI
Cathleen Bowen, Retired Hospital Manager,
Secretary, Campaign for Reversal of Public Service Pension Cuts, Cork
Ben Bishop Chair Dublin City Post Primary Branch, TUI
Dr Colmán Etchingham, Chair NUI Maynooth Branch
Executive Member, Irish Federation of University Teachers
Prof Vincent Toal, School of Physics, DIT
Oisin Kelly, Former Education Officer, UCD Students Union
Prof Kathleen Lynch, Equality Studies, UCD
John O’Sullivan, Lecturer in Engineering, CIT, Cork
Dr Gordon Dalton, Chair Association of Research Contract Staff, UCC,
President of Irish Research Staff Association.

Sean Connolly,Teacher,Rathmines College of Further Education. Dublin
Professor James Heffron MRIA, Department of Biochemistry, UCC
Prof Tadhg Foley, Emeritus, NUI Galway
Dr. Tony Bonfield, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
Prof Sean Tobin, Emeritus, NUI Galway
Dr Keith Breen, School of Politics, QUB
Peter Homan,Outreach Worker , South Dublin, HSE
Prof Mary Gallagher, French Studies, UCD
Professor Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Psychology, NUI Maynooth
Andy Storey, Lecturer, School of Politics,UCD,
Chair Action From Ireland (AFRI)
Donnacha O’hEallaithe, Indreabhán, Conamara
Dr Kevin Farrell, Executive Member, TUI
Gerald Brennan, Chairman Cork City Schools, TUI
Barry Williams, Chair, Co Louth Branch, TUI
Manus Brennan, Executive Member, TUI , Donegal Town
Deputy Seamus Healy, TD, South Tipperary
James McMorrow, Co Leitrim Branch Secretary, TUI
Josephine O Donnell, CEO VEC, Co Longford (Retired)
Prof Michael Cronin, DCU
Fergus Hastings, Staff Officer, GISC, Castlebar.
Professor Gary Henehan, Food Science, DIT
John Evoy, Gorey Adult Learning Centre Manager, Co. Wexford VEC
Dr Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn,Director, Maths Centre, DCU
Andy Storey, Lecturer, School of Politics,UCD, Chair AFRI
Kieran Walshe, Boyne Branch, TUI
Oliver McCormack, Teacher (RETD), Tullamore, Co Offally
Dr David O Brien, Lecturer, DIT
Bernie Freeman, Clerical officer, HSe West, Nenagh, Co Tipp
Dr Eilish O’Donohoe, Lecturer in Chemistry, DIT


1. FergusD - March 21, 2011

Good luck to him on the contract researchers issue in universities. Been there, done that. Even by today’s standards those contracts are pretty terrible.


2. Crocodile - March 21, 2011

Just got home from work and found 13 different senate election flyers on my doormat ( Dublin University Constituency). On first impression, they’re a right wing shower – Prof Sean Barrett, Marc Coleman, Tony Williams (Shane Ross’s anointed) Fiona O’Malley – and this fellow:
– former aide of Bob McCartney and advocate of ‘reviewing the Croke Park Agreement and revisiting the McCarthy report on the public service.’
There is Rosaleen McDonagh and Karin Dubsky, incumbents Norris and Bacic, plus a few I’ve never heard of and whose leaflets contain no discernible policies (‘reform’, anyone?).
If any contributors to this site can offer guidance, please do.


Clive Sullish - March 21, 2011

Dudgeon’s the man. Since he’s ‘liberal unionist’ by his own description, I presume he’s going to be an abstentionist senator


Tomboktu - March 21, 2011

Dudgeon took the case to the European Court of Human Rights that made Norris’s success there possible.

He is known of among lgb activists across Europe (and east into the Caucasus) because his case was the European precedent in the European Court of Human Rights on homosexuality in 1981. I recall a confernce of ILGA-Europe where he and other champions for lgbt rights across Europe were honoured by the association. The Georgian delegate told me he was so happy to meet the man who had made other successes in Strasbourg possible.

He and Norris were at a Dublin Pride launch event a few years ago in the Dublin lgbt community centre on Capel Street. When the ceremonies were over, it was decided to go for a pint and where better than the then newest gay bar in Dublin, Yello across the street. Dudgeon and Norris were refused entry by the bouncer (at about 8.00 in the evening): “regulars only”. I was greatly amused (and still am) to see the lgbt hero of Europe refused entry to a gay bar 70-odd miles from his home.


3. Jack Jameson - March 21, 2011

Check out Eoin Ó Broin at http://www.obroin4seanad.com/


Tomboktu - March 21, 2011

Ó Broin is in the other constituency.


Jack Jameson - March 21, 2011

Oops. Thanks for pointing that out, Tom, but worth checking out anyway.


shane - March 22, 2011

they are both running in NUI constituency


4. Wednesday - March 22, 2011

FYI Choice Ireland is collecting Seanad university candidates’ position on abortion (replies posted at http://www.facebook.com/choiceireland).

Nothing from Paddy Healy yet, but it’s still early.


Jim Monaghan - March 22, 2011

Fairly comprehensive statement by Paddy.
Plus positions on an range of subjects. He does not have a machine, so every vote counts. Spread the word


5. Joe - March 22, 2011

I got a big bunch of NUI leaflets in the post yesterday. Another fairly standard right wing shower – yes, the Collidge grads want reform too. All so sincere and pompous and lacking in humour. With the odd notable exception like Paddy Healy. Nothing yet from Eoin Ó Broin.


6. Terry McDermott - March 22, 2011

I presume that the Aubane History Society will not be canvasing for their old comrade Jeffrey?


7. Pat - March 24, 2011

Dr Collette Fagan, Chair UCD Contract Researcher Staff Association, UCD

Was put in as a supporter in error. Paddy would like to clarify this.


8. crocodile - March 24, 2011

I’m leaning towards Robin Hanan, based on his website/flyer. anyone know much about him?


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