New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link How the US Could Have Prevented the Russ... Sat Nov 26, 2022 04:06 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Putin Talks Free Fertilizer for Hungry A... Fri Nov 25, 2022 14:04 | Anti-Empire

offsite link “Trusting the Plan” in the Russian W... Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:03 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Putin’s SMO Half-Assery Has Been an In... Sat Nov 19, 2022 03:50 | Anti-Empire

offsite link Thank You! Wed Nov 16, 2022 15:13 | Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link UN human rights chief calls for priority action ahead of climate summit Sat Oct 30, 2021 17:18 | Human Rights

offsite link 5 Year Anniversary Of Kem Ley?s Death Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:34 | Human Rights

offsite link Poor Living Conditions for Migrants in Southern Italy Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:14 | Human Rights

offsite link Right to Water Mon Aug 03, 2020 19:13 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Fri Mar 20, 2020 16:33 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Lockdown Skeptics

The Daily Sceptic

offsite link Crown Prosecution Service Say it is ?No Longer Appropriate? to Quote Some Passages From the Bible in... Sat Nov 26, 2022 18:25 | Toby Young
The Crown Prosecution Service has designated some passages in the Bible as ?no longer appropriate? to be stated in public and doing so could be a form of unlawful harassment under the Public Order Act.
The post Crown Prosecution Service Say it is ?No Longer Appropriate? to Quote Some Passages From the Bible in Public appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link As an Oncologist I Am Seeing People With Stable Cancer Rapidly Progress After Being Forced to Have a... Sat Nov 26, 2022 16:31 | Dr Angus Dalgleish
Dr. Angus Dalgleish, a Professor of Oncology, wrote to Dr. Kamran Abbasi, the Editor in Chief of the BMJ, to alert him to worrying signals he is seeing in his patients and contacts following Covid vaccination.
The post As an Oncologist I Am Seeing People With Stable Cancer Rapidly Progress After Being Forced to Have a Booster appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link New Study Claims to Show Vitamin D Doesn?t Help Against Covid. Here?s What They Did Wrong Sat Nov 26, 2022 09:00 | Rachel Nicoll and Michael Henein
There's a mountain of evidence that vitamin D helps combat COVID-19, but a new randomised controlled trial claims to find it doesn't work. Here's what they did wrong.
The post New Study Claims to Show Vitamin D Doesn’t Help Against Covid. Here’s What They Did Wrong appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link The Scandal of the Benin Bronzes Sat Nov 26, 2022 07:00 | Mike Wells
As restitution movements ramp up demands for the return of Benin bronzes to Nigeria, despite their origin as the proceeds of a brutal slave trade, Mike Wells wonders whether some of Nigeria's pieces have gone 'missing'.
The post The Scandal of the Benin Bronzes appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

offsite link News Round-Up Sat Nov 26, 2022 01:15 | Will Jones
A summary of the most interesting stories in the past 24 hours that challenge the prevailing orthodoxy about the virus and the vaccines, the ?climate emergency? and the supposed moral defects of Western civilisation.
The post News Round-Up appeared first on The Daily Sceptic.

Lockdown Skeptics >>

Voltaire Network
Voltaire, international edition

offsite link Zelensky trapped by Moscow and Washington, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Nov 22, 2022 07:02 | en

offsite link "Voltaire, International Newsletter" n°15 Sun Nov 20, 2022 14:01 | en

offsite link ?Voltaire, International Newsletter? n°14 Thu Nov 17, 2022 10:39 | en

offsite link Is the conflict in Ukraine a civil war? Tue Nov 15, 2022 17:44 | en

offsite link Who are the Ukrainian integral nationalists ?, by Thierry Meyssan Tue Nov 15, 2022 07:02 | en

Voltaire Network >>

Why Irish Water Will Be Sold Off

category national | bin tax / household tax / water tax | opinion/analysis author Wednesday June 04, 2014 15:18author by Luke Eastwood Report this post to the editors

Water is becoming a corporate resource - the sell off of Irish Water is almost certain Call me a cynic, but I am absolutely convinced that the current Irish government has created Uisce Éireann (Irish Water) with the sole purpose of selling Ireland’s water rights to the private sector within the next decade. Already Uisce Éireann has wasted over €80 million euro in consultancy fees paid to the private sector and it will continue to use private sector contractors to carry out its work, at as yet unknown cost. It is only the fact that it would be political suicide for the government right now that prevents a share issue in the near future.

So why would the government consider such a crazy and reckless thing as to sell our most vital national resource, that belongs to the people of Ireland, to any takers? If one looks at other industries – oil, gas and forestry for example the current and previous governments have been quite happy to play into the hands of corporate interests, quite obviously against the national interest. Only because of public embarrassment has there been any back-pedalling on handing over the nation’s resources for next to nothing to corporate vultures.
Given the nonchalance of this and previous governments, it should not be a surprise if we find that Uisce Éireann is up for sale in a few years, after all the current fuss over water metering has died down. Sure, the government knows that a week is a long time in politics and given enough time elapsed people quickly forget – thus allowing all manner of nefarious schemes to go ahead unchecked.

If we look at water in a wider context – it is fast becoming a commodity to equal oil in value and so the big banks and mega corporations of the world are all clambering to get in on the next growth industry. A recent article from zerohedge.com(1) highlights increased interest in the water industry as the world moves towards ‘Peak Water’, or rather increased demand for a dwindling supply of fresh accessible water.

This process of diversifying into water has already begun, as documented by globalreseach.ca website (2,3). No doubt banks and corporations looking to invest in water will being keeping a close eye on Ireland, in the hope of snagging a bargain at the expense of the Irish tax-payer.

Ireland, as we all know, has a temperate climate with high annual rainfall, which means that we actually have a surplus of water most years. Unfortunately for the government, because our water system is so antiquated a massive percentage of our water is either not collected (not enough reservoirs) or lost through poorly maintained infrastructure, hence Uisce Éireann is not profitable.

At the moment Uisce Éireann has no track record, the repair work to be paid for by us taxpayers has yet to be done. However, in a year or two there will most likely be a healthy balance sheet when the infrastructure has been upgraded out of the massive income received through billing the country’s citizens for the right to drink and wash.

At such point when Uisce Éireann is making a handsome profit the government will no doubt be encouraged by the IMF and EU to sell it off to help pay off Ireland’s staggering national debt (4) (currently approx imately €179bn euro and rising).

It would make more sense to put the annual profits from Uisce Éireann into further improvements and also national debt repayments, rather than sell off the company, although both FF and FG are more interested in placating big business, the banks especially, than they are interested in serving the people that vote them in.

Sadly Ireland is controlled by largely concealed corporate interests who pull the puppet strings of our politicians. So when I read the headlines in a few years – ‘Uisce Éireann to become a PLC’ or similar, it will be entirely unsurprising. What worries me most is that people in this country cannot see that this is the most likely outcome and have still not realised that the concerns of the electorate mean nothing to most of the members of Dáil Éireann.

1. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-30/path-peak-wate...aphic
2. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-new-water-barons-wall-...83274
3. http://www.globalresearch.ca/privatization-of-water-as-...78483
4. http://www.financedublin.com/debtclock.php

Related Link: http://www.lukeeastwood.com
author by concernedcitizenpublication date Wed Jun 04, 2014 22:13author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The water of ireland,belongs to the people of this island and nobody else..

If enough people of ireland get together they can lodge legal action against this transaction..

author by W. Finnertypublication date Thu Nov 06, 2014 15:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

The text of Article 1 of the United Nations Aarhus Convention Treaty, which the Republic of Ireland Government has ratified, reads as follows:

"In order to contribute to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in an environment adequate to his or her health and well-being, each Party shall guarantee the rights of access to information, public participation in decision-making, and access to justice in environmental matters in accordance with the provisions of this Convention."

In connection with "Irish Water", has the overall membership of three main branches of the Republic of Ireland Government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) complied with all of the main points in Article 1?

If not, then it seems to me that the Republic of Ireland Government -- which is a "Party" in the "Irish Water" Project for the reasons set out in Article 2 of the Aarhus Treaty -- has a case to answer; and, that it can be taken before the international law courts if it has violated Article 1 in any major way.

The full text (in over two dozen languages) of the United Nations Aarhus Convention Treaty is available via the following UN web page:
http://www.unece.org/env/pp/treatytext.html

author by W. Finnertypublication date Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

"World ominously close to nuclear war – Noam Chomsky to RT"
(Published time: November 07, 2014 00:15)

=== === ===

"The world has come ominously close to a nuclear war in the past and it could happen again as Russia and the West have slipped back into what seems like another Cold War, world-renowned scholar Noam Chomsky tells RT’s Sophie&Co."

"Once NATO has expanded its borders all the way to reach Russia, its mission has very much changed since it was initially established, Chomsky said. Now, its aim is to take control of global energy systems (and WATER SYSTEMS?) rather than maintaining intergovernmental military balance."

"The world has never been closer to a nuclear war that could wipe out all of its initiators, and the threat is no longer a thing of history, according to Chomsky."


=== === ===

The above excerpts are from:
http://rt.com/news/202995-chomsky-rt-nuclear-war/
(There is a short video interview with Noam Chomsky at the RT www location just above.)

"They" -- the entire membership of our Republic of Ireland Government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) -- now needs VERY CLOSE watching perhaps, ideally by ALL of "the people" of the Republic of Ireland?

 
© 2001-2022 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy