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Dear friends This will be my last hurricane-related post (God willing!).  Tomorrow my family and I will finish moving the objects we can salvage from the house.  But on Wednesday

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For those who haven’t seen this footage being reposted the past few days, ”Biden” promised to put an end to Nord Stream 2 on February 7, 2022.

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My family and I are all safe. Our house flooded and is uninhabitable so we will have to relocate for a few months. I hope to return to at least

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

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offsite link And Finally? Tue Oct 04, 2022 01:10 | Toby Young
In this week?s episode of London Calling, the talking points are Kwasi Kwarteng?s U-turn, Russell Brand?s run-in with YouTube and what to do if you?re attacked by an anti-Tory protestor ? fight back or play the victim?
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offsite link Peter Daszak?s EcoHealth Alliance Awarded Another $650k to Research Bat Coronaviruses Mon Oct 03, 2022 19:41 | Will Jones
US health officials have given Peter Daszak's controversial organisation EcoHealth Alliance another $650k grant to experiment on Covid-like viruses, despite widespread suspicions that similar work sparked the pandemic.
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offsite link Cut Gas Use by 13% to Avoid Blackouts This Winter, IEA Warns Europe Mon Oct 03, 2022 17:41 | Will Jones
With warnings of high pressure over Europe boding ill for wind and solar, the IEA estimates that to prevent blackouts this winter Europe must reduce gas use by up to 13%, meaning rationing is very much on the cards.
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offsite link ?Renewable? Power Station Owner Caught Felling Primary Forest for Fuel in Practice Slammed as ?Absol... Mon Oct 03, 2022 13:19 | Will Jones
A company that has received billions of pounds in UK subsidies is cutting down environmentally-important forests to burn as fuel in a "renewable" power station, a practice ecologists have slammed as "absolutely insane".
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offsite link U.S. Warned Germany about Possible Ukrainian Attack on Pipelines Mon Oct 03, 2022 09:00 | Noah Carl
The German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that, earlier this year, the CIA warned Germany about a possible Ukrainian attack on the Nord Stream pipelines. The warning was based on intercepted Russian communications.
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Tara; The Inconvenient Truth by Martin Hogan, NUI Senate Candidate

category national | history and heritage | press release author Friday November 24, 2006 22:04author by Martin Hogan - NUI Seanad Candidate Report this post to the editors

Tara The Truth

Why was the proposed M3 routed so close to the historic site of Tara when the government knew it would cause massive delays, controversy, additional costs and lengthy legal actions? Was it in the public interest?

The National Roads Authority and every cat and dog in the country remembers the controversy and delays that the routing of roads through the Glen of the Downs and Carrickmines caused and yet a decision was actually made to put us all in the same position again with Tara. Although the general public did not always support the actions of those opposed to construction at the former sites, did the government seriously believe that running a double-tolled, six-lane motorway so near to the seat of the High Kings, the most internationally renowned archeological site in the country, would not cause even the most cynical of people to ask “what is going on?”

If the NRA adopted normal road building practices first widely employed by the Roman Empire over 2,000 years ago in realising that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line I might understand their position a little more. However, the proposed route for the M3 goes on a semicircular route from Dunshaughlin around the base of the hill of Tara and back to follow a reasonably straight path again. The question must be asked why was this done?

There are no large mountain ranges or Amazon sized rivers in the area that need to be avoided that I am familiar with. Why when the M3 could be built 5 kms to the west of Tara, over 3 kms shorter (at an average cost of €10 million per kilometre) and avoiding two massive flyer over intersections where the N3 crosses the proposed M3 was this controversial route chosen? The biggest of these fly overs at Blundelstown will cost €20 million alone. The area it services is a greenfield rural site, situated at the foot of the hill of Tara and will serve the interest of no one except construction companies and developers. Why pay an extra €60 million for a motorway and route it away from the badly serviced town of Trim?

Even if the M3 is rerouted to service Trim, which would save the taxpayers millions and safeguard the most significant historical site in the country, it will still result in no time saving benefit to the commuters of Meath. Traffic travelling from Navan and Kells to Dublin will continue to back up at the existing bottleneck at the Blanchardstown roundabout. This traffic problem will continue to get worse as large areas around Clonee and Dunboyne have been rezoned for housing development and will soon also feed into the proposed M3 further adding to the current Blanchardstown snail paced traffic jam.

To add to this, the outer orbital motorway, which the Tanaiste, Michael McDowell, is now proposing, will make the M3 redundant as there will be little interest from commuters in using a double-tolled motorway when there are other cheaper, faster options available.

Michael Starlett, chief executive of the Heritage Council Ireland recently highlighted the poor level of strategic planning employed by our government. According to Mr. Starlett; "Through a progressive approach to landscape management, other European countries have avoided many of the serious issues we now face as a result of bad planning decisions.”

Organisations like Save Tara Valley, which organised a march in Navan to highlight these issues on the 4th of November, Save Tara and Tarawatch have been trying to draw attention to these issues for a long time.

Vincent Salafia of Tarawatch recently delivered a lecture entitled 'The Inconvenient Truth About the M3 Motorway.” At this, Mr. Salafia expanded outlined new legal reasons to challenge what he referred to as 'the scariest planning decision you will ever see in Ireland'. Although prevented from taking further legal action under his terms of agreement with the court, he presented three potential areas for future litigation concerning the M3 project. Briefly, these were the fact that the discovery of new monuments should under the National Monuments Act of 2004 prevent any further work on the motorway from taking place until these have been properly investigated.

Secondly, the option exists to present all information gathered during the course of the previous trial to the EU Environment Directorate so that the Directorate can determine whether the Irish government has breached the EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive. Finally an issue exists under the Planning & Development Act of 2000 concerning tolling hearing/public consultation that warrants further investigation.
According to Mr. Salafia, "The National Roads Authority plan to hold the public consultation for the tolling of the M3 after they sign the Public Private Partnership contract with the tolling consortium. He added "It’s a farce. The public are being deprived of any meaningful consultation, required by law, since the essential elements of the contract will already be agreed.”

Martin Hogan is the Green Party endorsed candidate for the National University of Ireland Senate election in 2007. All graduates of the National University of Ireland are entitled to vote this election. To sign up to vote simply visit www.nuiregister.com or contact Martin directly at info@martinhogan.ie

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author by John McDermott - removefiannafailpublication date Wed Nov 29, 2006 13:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Convent rezoned(rapidly) by property developers in Ternure this week.

Now you see it now you dont
Now you see it now you dont

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author by Siobhan Rice - TaraWatchpublication date Tue Dec 12, 2006 15:20author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Something must be done to curb this governments excessive lust for money at the expense of the heritage of the people. We Are all in danger of becoming pawns in this dangerous charade. When will FF realise that they are supposed to work FOR the people. They have prostituted our culture and heritage for too long.
It breaks my heart to see whats left of our country. I hope God can forgive them for what they are doing. For future generations will not..

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