As my second term within the European Parliament draws to a close, I would like to extend my thanks to all those who have supported my work over the past years. It has been an enormous privilege to serve the people of Dublin and Ireland East in Europe. It is my strongest belief that our society should be measured by how we treat the most vulnerable and I believe that my contribution within the European Parliament has been reflective of this- Nessa
Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, expressed disappointment at the lack of support for universal access to water from a majority of conservative MEPs.
Speaking from Strasbourg after yesterday’s vote on the review of the Drinking Water Directive in the European Parliament, Ms. Childers said:
“Everybody agreed that decades-old EU water quality and safety standards had to be brought up to date with scientific knowledge and environmental goals.
“Unfortunately, not everybody in Parliament agrees that vulnerable groups such as the homeless have a right to access to water
“The first successful European Citizens’ Initiative ever called precisely for European action to ensure water remains a public service and a public good.
“About a million people in 21st century Europe lack access to water, with close to ten times more lacking sanitation.
“This review was a wasted opportunity to listen to the voice of our citizens and enshrine universal access to drinking water in European legislation.
“I was part of progressive, cross-party coalition which pushed amendments to strengthen this proposal, and counted on the efforts of many colleagues such as my Dublin counterpart, Lynn Boylan, and the UK’s Rory Palmer.
“It is unconscionable to see cornerstone of those efforts scuppered by the commodifying mentality that, in Ireland, cost us millions in consultant fees that could have gone to works on atrocious leakage rates.”
I am delighted to announce that I will be hosting a conference with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) in Dublin on the 12th October 2018.
This conference will explore the issue of borders & boundaries and how they impact our mental health. The themes of the seminar will include:
- Brexit: how has it impacted on identity and belonging?
- Economic & Social boundaries which ensure the welfare of some and not others
- Sexual boundaries and how they are being exploited
- Social Media and the boundary between reality & fantasy
Who should attend?
Anybody interested in mental health, politics, social justice, sexuality and social media.
What can I expect from it?
Presentations and panel discussions from experts in their fields and a clear understanding of how psychotherapy can and does have an important role in helping society to understand the impact of borders & boundaries on mental health. The event will also provide an opportunity for individuals to network.
9:15 – 9:45 Registration
9:45 – 10:15 Welcome
10:15-11:15 Brexit and Mental Health- Presentations and Panel Q&A
- Nessa Childers, Member of the European Parliament
- Pat Hunt, Vice Chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy
- Barbara Fitzgerald, Psychotherapist and Chair of ICP’s Psychoanalytic Section
11:15 – 11:45 Tea / Coffee
11:45 – 12:45 Economic and Social Boundaries- Presentations and Panel Q&A
- Rory Hearne, Policy Analyst, Writer and Lecturer
- Cllr Gary Gannon, Social Democrat
- Gerry Myers, Psychotherapist and Lecturer
13:45 – 14:45 Sexual Boundaries- Presentations and Panel Q&A
- Julie Browne, Psychotherapist
- Brian Finnegan, Editor of GCN
- Dermod Moore, Psychotherapist and Psychosexual Trainer
14:45 – 15:45 Social Media Boundaries- Presentations and Panel Q&A
- Joanna Fortune, Psychotherapist and Sunday Times Columnist
- Mary McGill, Researcher, Writer and Lecturer
- Anne McCormack, Psychotherapist and Author
15:45 – 16:00 Closing Remarks
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The conference is funded by the Group of the Progressive alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, hailed the vote in the European Parliament to bring a new directive governing online copyright back to the drawing board, a success.
Ms. Childers had tabled amendments in the specific committee, in opposition to provisions known as the ‘link tax’ and the ‘internet filter’, and was one of the members who tabled the request to halt the current procedure and allow the proposal to be further amended.
Speaking from Strasbourg after the positive vote on that request, Ms. Childers said:
“We voted to put this draft law on hold and allow for further scrutiny and amendments rather than green-lighting it in its current form and taking it to the negotiating table with the Council of EU Member States.
“I am relieved to see that a majority of colleagues heeded the call of those of us who see great danger in arts. 11 and 13 for the internet as we know it.
“This piece of legislation has been the object of an extraordinary lobby battle on both sides, and, while I understand the legitimate demand that creators be properly remunerated for their work, this is a wrongheaded expedient.
“Big media conglomerates have been pushing for neighbouring rights of dubious benefit to the journalists who toil for them, at the expense of the ways we share information with each other online.
“Also, we would be effectively compelling online platforms to pre-emptively screen all user uploaded content on pain of being held liable for individuals’ copyrights infringements. Platforms would be forced to police and censor individual uploads and, if in doubt, block them to stay on the right side of the law.
“I have often been a lonely voice among Irish MEPs on matters that affect Big Tech’s bottom line, such as corporate taxation, but there is much more at stake here than the fact that major technology firms see the dangers in this proposal.
“That is why I took the advice of experts such as Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, and countless academics, and took a step to help reverse the course of this law.
“I hope we will now get the chance to turn it around after summer.”