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Ireland South candidate Adrienne Wallace calls for an immediate ban on Roundup in Ireland

Release for immediate publication 14/05/2019

Ireland South candidate Adrienne Wallace calls for an immediate ban on Roundup in Ireland
‘$2 billion in damages against Bayer acknowledge the danger to human health’, says Wallace
Following the award of $2 billion against Bayer for damages caused by the weed killer, Roundup, Adrienne Wallace, the People Before Profit candidate for Ireland South in the European elections, has called for an immediate ban on Roundup in Ireland.

The main substance in Roundup – the chemical compound glyphosate – has been banned in Belgium for individual use. ‘We want to see similar measures to protect public health as a matter of urgency in Ireland’, Ms Wallace said in a statement.

‘The huge damages awarded against Bayer acknowledge that glyphosate is a danger to human health and linked to an increased incidence of cancer.

‘Roundup is currently used extensively in agriculture, meaning it is entering the food chain.

‘Human health must come before the profits of the agriculture industry.

‘There should be outcry at the EU’s decision to licence Roundup for another five years. However, it does not stop Ireland acting alone.

‘Unfortunately, the Green group in the EU parliament voted against an outright ban in order to maintain their alliance with the centre right European People’s Party’, Ms Wallace said.

Ms Wallace concluded that ‘It is becoming clearer by the day that defence of the environment and human health means tackling our economic system which prioritises profits over people and planet’.

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For more information contact Adrienne Wallace on 086 311 9991

Ireland South candidate Adrienne Wallace calls for planned Cork light-rail system to be built and managed publicly ‘Cork needs a light-rail system for public good, not for private profit’, says Wallace

Release for immediate publication 13/05/2019

Ireland South candidate Adrienne Wallace calls for planned Cork light-rail system to be built and managed publicly
‘Cork needs a light-rail system for public good, not for private profit’, says Wallace

Adrienne Wallace, the People Before Profit European election candidate for Ireland South has welcomed plans for a light-rail system for Cork and urged that the system be publicly built and managed. In a statement, Ms Wallace said, ‘It is crucial that light rail is implemented in Ireland’s regional cities as a priority if we are to develop our cities sustainably and to reduce carbon emissions.

‘Asking the private sector to build these projects needs to stop. The fiascos that we have seen around the Children’s Hospital, Rural Broadband and the Cork Events Centre are all examples of why public services and infrastructure should be built and run publicly.

‘The light-rail system should absolutely be built and run by the public sector. Transdev, who operate Dublin’s LUAS, extract huge profits from what should be run as a public service. This money could instead be spent improving and expanding the network.

‘Cork needs this for public good, not for private profit. From a climate change perspective, there is nothing viable about the forced reliance on cars in Ireland, and alternatives need to be provided if car reliance is to be curbed.

Ms Wallace also stressed the urgency of a light-rail system for Cork: ‘These plans are a positive step, but if this is left to Fine Gael, we will still be hearing about these proposals in 2040. The right-wing parties do not care about public transport and they do not see the importance of projects like this. They are already saying that construction will not start until 2031’.

People Before Profit in Cork have been campaigning for a publicly-run light-rail system since early 2018.

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For more information contact Adrienne Wallace on 086 311 9991

Ireland South candidate Adrienne Wallace demands urgent environmental action following species extinction ‘UN report is devastating and shows we need radical change now’, says Wallace

Release for immediate publication 07/05/2019

Ireland South candidate Adrienne Wallace demands urgent environmental action following species extinction
‘UN report is devastating and shows we need radical change now’, says Wallace

According to the latest UN report, one million animal and plant species face extinction, many within decades. In a statement, Adrienne Wallace, the People Before Profit European election candidate for Ireland South, said, ‘the natural world upon which our existence depends is being destroyed at a terrifying pace. We need radical change at the national and international levels if we are to tackle this crisis.

‘The resources of our planet are limited – the current economic system, which prioritises the profits of the wealthy to the detriment of the planet, is not sustainable.

‘As a candidate for the European parliament, I want to keep fossil fuels in the ground and direct public funds to renewable energy sources.

‘We need an economic system that puts people before profit, one based on democratic planning and public ownership of our shared resources. This means large-scale changes – the time for half measures has passed’.

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For more information contact Adrienne Wallace on 086 311 9991

Ireland South candidate Adrienne Wallace slams high cost of medicines in the EU ‘Intellectual property policies are dangerous and unsustainable’, says Wallace

Release for immediate publication 01/05/2019

Ireland South candidate Adrienne Wallace slams high cost of medicines in the EU
‘Intellectual property policies are dangerous and unsustainable’, says Wallace

Across the EU, health systems are suffering the consequences of the intellectual property policies that have been foisted on countries by the pharmaceutical sector, according to Adrienne Wallace, People Before Profit candidate for Ireland South in the upcoming European elections.

In a statement, Ms Wallace said,

‘Intellectual property policies in health care work in the interest of the profits of pharmaceutical companies.

‘This is causing the prices of new medicines to increase rapidly. It means that an increasing number of treatments for life-threatening infections and diseases, such as Cancer and Hepatitis C, are unaffordable both for patients and national health systems.

‘For example, Sofosbuvir is an important medicine used to cure Hepatitis C. A full 12-week course costs just €104 to produce but the HSE is currently paying €47,361 for the course – €564 per pill.

‘CAR-T Cell Therapy is an emerging immunotherapy for use in the treatment of haematological cancers. It is one of the most expensive medicines in history, with the price set by Swiss drug company Novartis at $475,000 for a single infusion.

‘This medicine was developed with public funds at the University of Pennsylvania, and its inventor estimates its production cost at $20,000.

‘These examples show how rules over intellectual property are dangerous and unsustainable. I will press for a fundamental reform of intellectual property rules so that medicines that are developed from public funding can be accessed at cost price by all who need them’.

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For more information contact Adrienne Wallace on 086 311 9991

‘EOGHAN MURPHY RIPS OFF TAXPAYERS’ Says MEP Candidate

‘EOGHAN MURPHY RIPS OFF TAXPAYERS’ Says MEP Candidate

The Minister responsible for the housing crisis, Eoghan Murphy, spent €36,000 of taxpayers’ money on Saint Patrick’s Day trips to Asia and South America.

Adrienne Wallace the MEP Candidate for Ireland South has slated this excessive waste of tax payers money. Ms. Wallace said, ‘This is a huge amount of public money being spent on luxurious items for Minister Murphy. Included in this fugure was €2,604 for a limousine hire in Tokyo. Another €1114 was spent on car hire in Korea and Murphy and his two advisors ran up a bill for €5,134 by staying at five-star hotels.”

Ms. Wallace added, ‘It never struck the posh boy Minister so use public transport – even though his party talks hypocritically about climate change and advocates more carbon taxes. There is something completely amoral about this type of spending- when hundreds are attending soup kitchens in Dublin because they have no homes.’

Ms. Wallace has called for the local and Euro elections to drive out Fine Gael and their partners Fianna Fail. She continued that ‘The class divide is ever-widening. While my generation get crushed by high rents and car insurance T.D.s give themselves excessive pay rises and take luxurious holidays. It’s time for change. I’m encouraging everyone to Vote Adrienne Wallace number 1 on May 24th and give equality a chance.’

ENDS- For More information contact Adrienne on 086 311 9991

‘We Need Health Equality Now’ Says Election candidate

Press release for immediate publication 29/04/2019

‘We Need Health Equality Now’ Says Election candidate

Following the shocking news revealed last week that dead bodies were left on trollies in University Hospital Waterford a demo has been called by the Still Waiting National Health Campaign this Saturday 4th of May at 1pm outside the Healing Rooms in UHW. The People Before Profit local election candidate in Carlow and the MEP Candidate for Ireland South, Adrienne Wallace is encouraging people to use their feet for change.

Ms. Wallace said ‘This is a Victorian era health care system in the 21st century. There are literal horror stories emerging from our hospitals. Mortuarys that are unfit for their purpose, waiting lists for waiting lists, children being admitted to adult psychiatric wards, it is just not acceptable anymore. To think that because you live in the south east your chances of dying from cardiac arrest are higher than anywhere with 24/7 care is scary. It’s a geographical lottery and they are gambling with our lives. To add insult to injury the nurses were forced to strike for a marginal increase in pay while the government gave themselves a €4,000 pay rise. It just fathoms belief that the government think we will accept this anymore.’

Ms Wallace added, ‘I am encouraging everyone use their feet for change and join the demo this Saturday to continue the fight for health equality. We have protested in our thousands for 24/7 cardiac care and the government are carefully watching. Just like Repeal and the Water Charges, people power will bring about the change we need. Stand and be counted on Saturday.’

ENDS – For more information contact Adrienne on 086 311 9991

“It’s time to put the Environment first” says Poster-free European Candidate

Press release for immediate publication 26th/04/2019

“It’s time to put the Environment first” says Poster-free European Candidate

As the fight against climate change mounts and public pressure for candidates to stop using plastic posters increases Adrienne Wallace, the MEP candidate for People Before Profit in Ireland South has vowed to go poster free.

Ms. Wallace said “We need a new politics, one that is fitting for the 21st century and one that puts the environment first. I have decided to go poster free for the European elections. As a new candidate from a small party this was a big decision for us, but I believe in practicing what I preach. It’s time for change and it’s time politicians stop thinking in the short term only. As a dual candidate who is also running in the local elections in Carlow I have recycled 100% of my old posters and reused these for this electoral area but I could not justify polluting the planet while standing on a platform of tackling climate change.”

Ms. Wallace added “I will be relying on social media to get my message out there and encourage people to help us take politics in a new direction. Although individual choices are important I also recognize that the fight against climate change will take a system change. People Before Profit will stand up to the corporate lobbyists circling Brussels and influencing climate policy. On top of this we are calling for a corporation tax, not a carbon tax to fuel our move to renewable energy, 100 companies omit 71% of the Greenhouse gas emissions. They should be the ones held accountable.”

ENDS- For more information contact Adrienne on 086 311 9991

‘Harris Must Go’ says European Candidate after dead bodies left lying on trolleys at UHW

Press release for immediate publication 24/04/2019

‘Harris Must Go’ says European Candidate after dead bodies left lying on trolleys at UHW

‘Our health crisis has spiraled, not only do they gamble with out lives every day but we are now denied dignity in death’, says European election candidate for People Before Profit Adrienne Wallace following the damning letter from four consultants in Waterford University Hospital.

The letter which was signed by consultant pathologists Prof Rob Landers, Dr Fergus MacSweeney, Dr Nigam Shah and Dr Christine Shilling, all of UHW stated that “Due to inadequate body storage and refrigeration facilities, most bodies lie on trolleys in corridors, often leaking body fluids on to the floor.” The four also said the mortuary was deemed unfit for purpose in 2004, but the HSE has failed since to replace it.

Ms. Wallace who has campaigned for 24/7 cardiac care across the south east says this is the last straw, ‘Ireland is one of the richest countries in the world; that this is happening here in the 21st century really shows how politics as usual has failed us all. I have emailed Gerry O’Dwyer, chief executive of the South – South West Hospital Group who has notified of these conditions, looking for answers’.

She added, ‘Health Equality should be a basic human right but instead we have waiting lists for waiting lists, the outsourcing and privatization of women’s health care that led to the cervical smear scandal and a mortuary that poses an environmental and health risk, because of the danger of infection spreading and the circulation of unfiltered air. This is one scandal too many, it is time for Simon Harris to go. We need a new politics, one that puts people before profit and invests in our public health care system.’

ENDS – For more information contact Adrienne on 086 311 9991

It’s time to stop the Revolving Door – Elect an Activist to Brussels

Press Release for immediate publication 12/04/2019

‘It’s time to stop the Revolving Door – Elect an Activist to Brussels”

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has recently taken up a new post on the global advisory council for a vulture fund. Solidarity-People Before Profit candidate for Ireland South, Adrienne Wallace says “it’s time to stop the revolving door between politicians and bankers and elect an activist.”

Ms. Wallace who is also a local election candidate for Carlow said, “What do Fine Gael politicians do when they retire? Join the corporate elite naturally. The Dublin MEP Brian Hayes has also become a well-paid lobbyist for bankers. It’s not a surprise that their former leader, Enda Kenny is also joining these ranks.”

Ms. Wallace added, “When he was Taoiseach, Kenny invited vulture funds to Ireland where they bought up €200 billion of Irish distressed debt. His officials showed them Section 110 tax ‘loopholes’ so they got away with paying only €250 in tax on vast profits. Now he has gone to seek his reward – a well paid position for a vulture fund. If elected on May 24th I will blow open the doors these dodgy deals are done behind. People Before Profit do not take corporate sponsorship and I will only be taking the industrial wage if elected. It’s time for change”

ENDS – For more information contact Adrienne on 086 311 9991

CALL FOR BAN ON HAZARDOUS PESTICIDE

CALL FOR BAN ON HAZARDOUS PESTICIDE

Research published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has discovered that Ireland’s water supplies contain hazardous levels of pesticides. Irish Water has also acknowledged the danger.

In a statement, People Before Profit’s Ireland South candidate for the European Elections, Adrienne Wallace said, ‘We cannot ignore the science any more. Pesticides and antibiotics are polluting streams across Ireland.

‘This contamination is dangerous for wildlife and may increase the development of drug-resistant microbes’.

Over 100 pesticides and 21 drugs were detected in the 29 waterways analyzed in 10 European nations, including Ireland.

Ms. Wallace added “This is utterly shocking that our public water supplies have dangerous levels of pesticides within them”.

‘We must act now and the solution is simple- we must ban all pesticides that are hazardous. We have a moral responsibility to protect our water from hazardous pollution.

‘There are eco-friendly pesticides available. It is time human health and our environment came before profit.’

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