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cork / environment / news report Saturday January 21, 2017 23:00 by chase   image 1 image
An Bord Pleanala have postponed a decision on the Ringakiddy Incinerator Application for a third time. The decision was originally due on 12 July 2016, postponed to 26 October, then to 24 Jan 2017 and has been postponed again with “a proposed decision date not available at this time” according to Bord Pleanala’s website. (http://www.pleanala.ie/casenum/PA0045.htm) read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday January 18, 2017 18:28 by lefty   image 1 image
A kickstarter campaign plus a dedicated campaign of relentless annoyance by an activist has led to the CIA reluctantly releasing 13 million of their archived documents for public viewing on the internet. Releases from 1994 to 2016 are included. This translates as all documents from 1969 until 1989 They are released under Bill Clinton’s 1995 Executive Order 13526 instituted in 2006. One of the few good things he ever did.The Executive Order requires the declassification of non-exempt historically valuable records 25 years or older. These documents were previously only physically accessible from four computers at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland using the CIA Records Search Tool Get searching folks. It's a treasure trove!
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national / housing / press release Sunday January 15, 2017 22:39 by pbp   image 1 image
The Bill seeks to to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to provide for greater security of tenure by making all tenancies over two months Part 4 tenancies, by making Part 4 tenancies of indefinite duration, removing sale of property as a ground for terminating a tenancy, providing for compensation where a tenancy is terminated on the ground that the dwelling is required by the landlord or a relative of the landlord for their own occupation, extension of notice periods for new rents and for the termination of tenancies, and inclusion of receivers and lenders that have taken possession of properties in the definition of a landlord. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Friday January 13, 2017 22:56 by gn   text 1 comment (last - thursday february 16, 2017 10:17)   image 1 image
A coalition of Irish farmers, environmentalists, trade unionists, global justice groups and small business organisations have called on MEPs to oppose the EU Canada trade deal known as CETA.

The groups co-signed a letter to members of a European Parliament committee calling for rejection of the deal earlier this week.

The trade deal is making its way through the European Parliament. Today a European Parliament committee voted in favour of the deal. The final vote on CETA will be taken by the whole Parliament on February 14th. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Friday December 23, 2016 23:50 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
A campaign which has called on consumers to boycott farmed salmon this year have included ‘organic’ farmed salmon because of the use of chemicals.

The campaign by 10 environmental groups under the banner of WildFish.ie takes aim at the appalling environmental impact of salmon farms as well as the human health risks of this practice.

The Boycott Farmed Salmon’s 2016 Christmas campaign has added the word ‘ORGANIC’ to its campaign’s name after the Minister refused to enforce the EU Regulations which require that whenever chemical medicines are used on organic products ‘treated stock shall be clearly identifiable’. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Friday December 23, 2016 22:44 by 1 of Indymedia   image 4 images
BirdWatch Ireland remains steadfast in calling for the sustainable management of Ireland's fish stocks. Our recently-published report, Life on The Edge, provides the background to some of the key issues and concerns we have regarding management of fisheries and protection of seabirds in Irish waters.

With mixed outcomes from this year's December Council in Brussels, in 2017 BirdWatch Ireland will continue to urge Minister Michael Creed to listen to the science and set sustainable catch limits for all stocks. He must provide justification for any decisions not to listen to the science, including the longer-term impact on the health of fish stocks and the social and economic well-being of coastal communities. read full story / add a comment
Table 1 Details of the 20 largest Water/WasteWater PPP Projects in Ireland, 2015
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / other press Monday December 19, 2016 13:00 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
We reproducing this article by Dr Rory Hearne, Researcher & Author of "Public Private Partnerships in Ireland: failed experiment or the way forward ?" to highlight some important background and context to this issue

Fears about the privatisation of public water provision was a central motivating factor behind the Right2Water protest movement but concerns about the privatisation of water are held by many other political and civil society groupings. The recently published Expert Commission on Water Services Report highlighted a widespread public “concern about the potential privatisation of Irish Water”. They stated that public responses to their consultation “expressed concerns that water charges, and metering of domestic households, could eventually lead to privatisation”. The Report notes that this “was sometimes set in the context of wider concerns about privatisation of public services, and the commodification of water”. However, it is widely known that various public and private interests have been preparing the ground for the potential privatisation of the Irish public water system. In this article I provide evidence that should concern all those worried about the potential privatisation of Irish public water. This centres on the on-going implementation of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the provision of public water infrastructure in Ireland. These PPPs are a form of ‘creeping privatisation’ that makes the full privatisation of our public water system a real possibility in the future. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Sunday December 18, 2016 19:54 by sp   text 3 comments (last - friday december 23, 2016 23:23)   image 1 image
Statement from AAA councillor and Socialist Party member Michael O’Brien on the occupation of Apollo House by housing rights activists with “Home Sweet Home”

Press statement: Councillor Michael O’Brien, Anti Austerity Alliance, Beaumont Donaghmede ward, Dublin City Council

Emergency motion submitted for tomorrow’s Dublin City Council North Central Area Committee meeting in Coolock calling for official recognition of Apollo House emergency accommodation and withdrawal of injunction read full story / add a comment
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donegal / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Thursday December 08, 2016 22:01 by nbru   image 1 image
Stop the Bus Éireann Expressway Exit

Public Meeting
Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
Monday 19th December
Abbey Hotel @ 7:30pm

All Public Representatives have been invited to attend.
Issued by the NBRU read full story / add a comment
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donegal / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Wednesday December 07, 2016 21:55 by nb   image 1 image
Stop the Bus Éireann Expressway Exit

Public Meeting
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
Wednesday 14th December
Mount Errigal Hotel @ 7:30pm

All Public Representatives have been invited to attend.
Issued by the NBRU read full story / add a comment
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kerry / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Wednesday December 07, 2016 21:34 by nbru   image 1 image
Stop the Bus Éireann Expressway Exit

Public Meeting
Listowel, Co. Kerry
Tuesday 13th December
Listowel Arms Hotel @ 7:30pm

All Public Representatives have been invited to attend.
Issued by the NBRU read full story / add a comment
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galway / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Wednesday December 07, 2016 21:14 by nbru   image 1 image
Stop the Bus Éireann Expressway Exit

Public Meeting
Tuam, Co. Galway
Monday 12th December
Corralea Court Hotel @ 7:30pm

All Public Representatives have been invited to attend.
Issued by the NBRU read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Wednesday December 07, 2016 15:41 by IPSC   image 1 image
To commemorate the eight anniversary of the Israeli ‘Operation Cast Lead’ attack on Gaza, and to highlight Israeli’s ongoing brutality coupled with the cruel and illegal siege of Gaza, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) is calling on people to gather at 2pm on Saturday 31st December at the Ha’penny Bridge, Dublin to attend our annual New Year’s Eve vigil for the people of Palestine, especially those in besieged in Gaza. Please bring Palestinian flags if you have them.

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westmeath / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Saturday December 03, 2016 23:06 by nbru   image 1 image
Stop the Bus Éireann Expressway Exit

Public Meeting
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Friday 9th December
Greville Arms Hotel @ 8:00pm

All Public Representatives have been invited to attend.
Issued by the NBRU read full story / add a comment
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limerick / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Saturday December 03, 2016 22:57 by nbru   image 1 image
Stop the Bus Éireann Expressway Exit

Public Meeting
Templeglantine, Co. Limerick
Thursday 8th December
Devon Inn Hotel @ 7:30pm

All Public Representatives have been invited to attend.
Issued by the NBRU read full story / add a comment
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dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Friday December 02, 2016 11:56 by Fusion Sundays   image 1 image
Over 45 International Stalls, Pop-up workshops for adults and kids, read full story / add a comment
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galway / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Friday December 02, 2016 02:46 by nbru   image 1 image
Stop the Bus Éireann Expressway Exit

Public Meeting
Gort, Co. Galway
Wednesday 7th December
Lady Gregory Hotel @ 7:30pm

All Public Representatives have been invited to attend.
Issued by the NBRU read full story / add a comment
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sligo / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Friday December 02, 2016 01:36 by nbru   image 1 image
Stop the Bus Éireann Expressway Exit

Public Meeting
Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo
Tuesday 6th December
Cawley's Guesthouse 7:30pm

All Public Representatives have been invited to attend.
Issued by the NBRU read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Friday December 02, 2016 01:04 by nbru   image 2 images   1 attached file
The NBRU releases a press release to announce a public information campaign to highlight how government policies will serve to undermine rural bus services.

At threat here is the disappearance of Bus Éireann from Ireland with only city to city services remaining leaving large swathes of the country without a service which would be unprofitable to the private operators. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday November 30, 2016 22:58 by pbp   image 1 image
Press Release - 30th Nov 2016

At a press conference this morning on the Dail Plinth, AAA-PBP TDs reacted to the findings of the Expert Commission on Water Charges.

Paul Murphy TD said “The report by the Expert Commission is a political fudge to allow Fine Gael to claim water charges are still in place and for Fianna Fail to say that water charges are gone.

“The report acts as a Trojan Horse to allow for the future re-introduction of water charges. The idea of ‘excessive usage’ and a free allowance keeps the principle of paying for water in place. read full story / add a comment
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