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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Dé Luain Iúil 22, 2019 11:36 bysp   image 1 image
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has released a report outlining “serious and urgent concerns” regarding the state’s attitude towards the democratic right to protest. After consultations with protest groups from across the country, the ICCL reports “severe misuse” of the Public Order Act by Gardai, in the form of arrests without charge, harassment of protesters and imposing limits on where people can protest, seemingly in order to punish and discourage such action. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Dé Domhnaigh Iúil 21, 2019 20:36 byfoie
JUDGEMENTS FROM HIGH COURT AND SUPREME COURT ON INDUSTRIAL PEAT EXTRACTION DUE THIS WEEK.

Cases that originated in a 2013 ruling by An Bord Pleanala that industrial peat extraction requires planning permission have led to two judgements due this week in Ireland’s highest courts that may result in temporary closure of the industry.

The environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] originally referred three test cases of industrial peat extraction to An Bord Pleanala [ABP], the planning appeals board, in 2010, involving well-known companies like Westland, Bullrush, and Harte Peat. The peat is used for fuel, horticulture, mushroom growing, animal bedding, and as an industrial sorbent. None of the sites of up to 180 hectares in extent had planning permission from the local authority or a licence from the EPA. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / news report Dé Sathairn Iúil 20, 2019 23:59 bycyclist   image 1 image
Environmental and transport campaigners have set a plan in motion to liberate Dublin’s South William Street from cars for the day.

As the above photograph, provide by the group shows, South William Street is currently closed to through motor traffic. IrishCycle.com understands that the group of protesters will not get in the way of local access, including cars exiting from the Brown Thomas Car Park. read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Dé Céadaoin Iúil 17, 2019 22:55 bysp   image 1 image
From 1 July, Irish Water is seeking to implement excessive-use water charges of up to €500 per year. This will come as no great surprise to those of us who highlighted the programme for government agreed between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael back in 2016. The Socialist Party opposed and warned about this element of the legislation at the time, as we knew that is could be used as a back door to the re-introduction of full water charges in the future. The legislation allows the government to lower the amount of water that is considered normal usage over time. Just like with tuition fees and bin charges, the amounts will be increased incrementally until the idea of direct payment for water becomes normalised, or at least this is their hope. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Dé Céadaoin Iúil 17, 2019 21:22 byfoie   video 1 video file
A challenge to the Government’s new regulations exempting industrial peat extraction from planning controls was heard in the High Court at a sitting yesterday in Cork. Scheduled for two days, Justice Garret Simons concluded proceeding in less than a day and reserved judgment for a week until Tuesday 23 July. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Dé Máirt Iúil 16, 2019 22:01 byShannonWatch   image 1 image
Vetaran fo Peace Tarak Kauff wrote the following introduction to a piece by Ken Mayers on the refusal of the High Court to allow them to return to the US while awaiting trial. Ken and Tarak are being charged as a result of their attempt to inspect a US contracted military place at Shannon Airport in March. read full story / add a comment
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antrim / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Dé Luain Iúil 15, 2019 22:34 bypana   image 1 image
Feile An Phobail / The Peoples Festival 2019

On the 70th Anniversary of the formation of NATO, The Peace And Neutrality Alliance (PANA)
wishes to invite you to an evening of protest and solidarity.

Guest Speaker: Dr Ed Horgan, Fomer UN Peacekeeper and Irish Veterans for Peace. read full story / add a comment
galway / sci-tech / press release Dé Luain Iúil 15, 2019 22:17 byAnT
An Tasice has made a submission to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment notice of intent By Minister Richard Bruton TD to grant a mineral prospecting licence to MOAG Copper Gold Resources Inc, Toronto, Canada in west Connemara.1 read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Dé Luain Iúil 15, 2019 22:09 byfoie
Challenge to planning exemption for industrial peat cutters opens in High Court in Cork

A challenge to the Government’s new regulations exempting industrial peat extraction from planning controls opens today (Monday 15 July) in the High Court.

Sitting in Cork over two days, Justice Garret Simons will hear the application by Friends of the Irish Environment for a stay on the operation of the Statutory Instruments signed into law by Ministers Richard Bruton and Eoin Murphy in January 2019. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / press release Dé hAoine Iúil 12, 2019 22:06 byKate Zeller
Washington, DC - As Democratic presidential candidates debate student debt, States attempt to tackle what they see as a debt problem impacting their economies. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Déardaoin Iúil 11, 2019 22:34 byipsc   video 1 video file
Around the world the space for standing up for Palestinian freedom and rights is being shut down by those that oppose our shared values. They are using false claims of antisemitism to deny the Palestinian reality of living under Israel’s colonial system of Apartheid, occupation, oppression and dispossession. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / news report Déardaoin Iúil 11, 2019 21:30 byKate Zeller
Washington, DC - On Thursday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for more relief aid to be sent to disaster-recovering Mozambique. The country is reeling from two devastating cyclones and wrestling with debts that Mozambique's high court calls illegal. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / event notice Dé Máirt Iúil 09, 2019 11:38 bypbp   image 1 image
We are facing a huge crisis over our climate. But the Government is not allowing the Dail to vote on a People Before Profit sponsored Climate Emergency Bill that would keep fossil fuels in the ground.

The main mechanism they are using is a little known and obscure legal measure known as a ‘money message’. When any law imposes a financial cost on the state, the government can attach this ‘money message’ to stop debate.

However, this Fine Gael led government are totally missing this measure. How, for example could a bill to stop the issuing of future licences for oil and gas exploration impose a cost on the state?

Fine Gael have killed 55 opposition bills by using this way. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Dé hAoine Iúil 05, 2019 17:41 byfoie   text 2 comments (last - dé haoine iúil 19, 2019 16:42)
Concerns that Ireland could meet its renewable energy targets by propping up Estonia’s oil shale industry with biomass co-firing

Friends of the Irish Environment have urged Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton to ensure that Ireland does not purchase credits from Estonian co-firing of wood in oil shale power stations in order to meet our renewable energy target. [1] read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Dé hAoine Iúil 05, 2019 15:44 byKate Zeller
Republicans and Democrats Propose Student Loan Relief Solutions
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international / elections / politics / news report Dé Céadaoin Iúil 03, 2019 21:59 byKate Zeller
Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced the Corporate Transparency Act of 2019, which would reveal the secret owners of shell corporations to law enforcement.

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national / environment / press release Dé Luain Iúil 01, 2019 12:09 byfoie   text 1 comment (last - déardaoin iúil 04, 2019 00:23)
UN Expert Report predicts ‘Climate apartheid’
Governments urged to act without delay

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, has dramatically highlighted the failure of governments, UN treaty bodies to recognise the impact of climate change on poverty and its social consequences in his recent report to the UN Human Rights Council, according to the environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment.
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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Déardaoin Meitheamh 27, 2019 23:28 byipsc   image 1 image
In solidarity with our friends in Queer Action Ireland, who have always invited IPSC to be part of their radical anti-pinkwashing bloc at Pride down the years, we are supporting their Pride Alternative action. QAI, for a myriad of reasons, feel they can no longer march in the official pride parade. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Déardaoin Meitheamh 27, 2019 22:17 bysp   text 1 comment (last - dé haoine meitheamh 28, 2019 19:16)   image 1 image
At the end of May, The Irish Times released a survey of young people between the ages of 16 and 21 conducted by Young Social Innovators. Sixty percent of those surveyed described their generation as stressed, anxious and depressed, while a mere 11% described it as motivated. With the housing crisis (which currently sees over 10,000 people in homelessness services), precarious work and the constant threat of climate change forever looming over them, it’s not surprising that the majority of young people are not exactly as hopeful about their future as they may once have been. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Déardaoin Meitheamh 27, 2019 22:03 byNils Melzer   image 2 images
I know, you may think I am deluded. How could life in an Embassy with a cat and a skateboard ever amount to torture? That’s exactly what I thought, too, when Assange first appealed to my office for protection. Like most of the public, I had been subconsciously poisoned by the relentless smear campaign, which had been disseminated over the years. So it took a second knock on my door to get my reluctant attention. But once I looked into the facts of this case, what I found filled me with repulsion and disbelief. read full story / add a comment
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