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Sunday March 10 2013
11:00 AM

Conference: Our Natural Resources – Not For Sale

category national | environment | event notice author Wednesday March 06, 2013 11:36author by anon Report this post to the editors

The Irish government is giving away our natural resources. Oil and Gas exploration licences have been handed out to big multi nationals under terms that mean the Irish people do not gain jobs, a revenue stream or security of supply. Practices with serious environmental consequences, such as fracking,are not ruled out under law. Our water is about to be sold off too and our fisheries have been damaged and given away to the EU.
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Sun 10 March 11.30 – 18.00 in The Gresham Hotel, O Connell Street, Dublin 1

Hosted By Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People Before Profit

Speakers Include: Dr Helge Ryggvik (Norwegian Economic Historian), Catherine Murphy TD, Jessica Ernst (Canadian Scientist Living Fracked), Frank Connolly (Author of SIPTU produced Optimising Ireland’s Natural Resources), Stein Bredal (Norwegian former Oil Worker), Andrew St Leger (Woodlands League), Cllr Brid Smith (People Before Profit),Padraing Campbell (Former Oil Rig Worker), Paul Murphy MEP (Socialist Party), Maura Harrington (Shell to Sea), Pat “The Chief” O Donnell (Fisherman Porturlin Co Mayo)

The Irish government is giving away our natural resources. Oil and Gas exploration licences have been handed out to big multi nationals under terms that mean the Irish people do not gain jobs, a revenue stream or security of supply. Practices with serious environmental consequences, such as fracking, are not ruled out under law whilst in France they were.

The harvesting rights to our forests are about to be sold to the highest bidder. This threatens access rights of the Irish people to walk in our forests and endangers the sustainability of our woodlands as they will be exploited for quick sale of timber.

Our water is about to be privatised. The first move has been to transfer the administration of the water services to a new semi state Irish Water and next year water charges will be introduced. When water was privatised in the north of England, the area experienced its first ever water shortages!

Fishing in Ireland has been destroyed by huge multi-national trawlers, aided and abetted by EU quota regulations, plundering our waters. What we need is a sustainable fisheries policy that protects the livelihoods of small fishermen and allows local fishing industry to flourish creating jobs and protecting a valuable natural resource.

The mismanagement and privatisation of our natural resources has a detrimental impact on the environment, jobs and our economy. Decisions are regularly made with regards to our natural resources without any public consultations, which are required under EU law. There is no serious plan for a programme of major public investment to develop renewable energies.

Ireland is in an unprecedented economic crisis. Our natural resources have enormous potential for jobs and economic growth as would a national project to develop renewable energies.

We must act now to change the policy of facilitating multi nationals in their pursuit of projects which is undermining our economy and the environment.

Come along to our conference on Sun 10 March 11.30 – 18.00 in The Gresham Hotel, O Connell Street, Dublin 1

Note: Jessica Ernst will be speaking on Fracking at 1pm.

For the Conference Timetable see the PDF below

Related Link: http://www.peoplebeforeprofit.ie/node/794

PDF Document Timetable for Conference 0.08 Mb PDF Document Full page leaflet for the Our Natural Resources - Not for Sale Conference 0.47 Mb

author by Tpublication date Wed Mar 06, 2013 23:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Attached to this comment is a copy of the SIPTU report referred to above written by Frank Connolly and called: Optimising Ireland’s Natural Resources

Also linked below is the first part of a 7 part video on Youtube of a talk given Therese Ruane and Ian R Crane speaking about how Ireland's natural resources were signed away by corrupt ex minister Ray Burke and the fact that the deal is renegotiable as things stand. The other 6 parts can be found on youtube

PDF Document Optimising Ireland’s Natural Resources by SIPTU Oil & Gas Review Group 6.04 Mb

Caption: The Rape of Irelands Natural Resources - Part 1 of 7


author by Rational Ecologist.publication date Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Don't forget the building of massive wind installations(let's not call them farms-sounds too nice) to generate electricity for EXPORT!

author by Tpublication date Sun Mar 17, 2013 23:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The first video titled Save our Forests has three speakers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K205t5tgMV0&list=PLJ7lU_...dex=1

And the second cover Oil & Gas exploitation which has three speakers, two from Norway and Frank Connolly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYHoaxnMGGI&list=PLJ7lU_...dex=3

The first Norwegian speaks gives an account of how the oil industry started in Norway and how the government against the objections of the oil companies demanded and got very favourable terms and royalties. (That part starts 3 mins into the video). They raised the taxes on oil and gas companies from 28% to 78% and at that time setup the then 100% state owned StatOil

Caption: Save our Forests


Caption: Oil & Gas Exploration


 
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