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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Time for an Honest Conversation Fri Feb 12, 2016 15:13 | Michael Taft

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offsite link In Praise of Ungovernability Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:23 | Laurence Cox

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Wailings about Left Unity Sat Feb 13, 2016 01:13 | James O'Brien

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

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The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Damascus confirms its army targeted by Turkish shelling, complains to UN Sun Feb 14, 2016 17:33 | The Saker

offsite link Turkey and Saudi Arabia: to fight or to flight? Sun Feb 14, 2016 01:40 | The Saker
by Ghassan Kadi No one knows how the ?War On Syria? is going to end, let alone what turns it will take in a year from now, a month, and

offsite link Turkish military repeatedly shell Assad forces; Kurds confirm to RT being hit by massive attack Sun Feb 14, 2016 01:29 | The Saker

offsite link Week Eighteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a dramatic escalation appears imminent Sat Feb 13, 2016 21:46 | The Saker
This column was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/week-eighte... The situation in Syria has reached a watershed moment and a dramatic escalation of the war appears imminent. Let’s look again

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria, Feb.12, 2016 Sat Feb 13, 2016 19:01 | The Saker
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national / environment / press release Monday November 18, 2013 20:41 by wf   text 1 comment (last - saturday november 23, 2013 21:33)   image 3 images
GOOD FOOD IRELAND ANNUAL CONFERENCE - SHELBOURNE HOTEL STEPS, ST STEVEN’S GREEN, DUBLIN
Opponents of plans to expand open salmon rearing cages along the west coast are demonstrating at the annual conference of Good Food Ireland.

Open Letter to Good Food Ireland Annual Conference 2013

REPRESENTATIVES FROM 12 ORGANISATIONS

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The strugle goes on...
international / environment / news report Monday November 18, 2013 17:08 by RSC   image 1 image
This is a message to confirm that at the moment there is no physical camp base, nor is there other “camp” accommodation in the area. The continuous presence that solidarity camp provided since 2005 has ended, at least temporarily. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / feature Thursday November 14, 2013 22:47 by Fracking watch   text 4 comments (last - tuesday january 28, 2014 17:41)   image 2 images   audio 1 audio file
The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring an invite only fracking workshop in London this Friday 15th Nov 2013 as part of its long term plan to introduce fracking in Ireland. It has already commissioned research to help 'determine best practice guidelines to regulate the shale gas industry in Ireland' (all their own words). There is no hint here fracking will NOT be allowed whatever the findings. This same body though is immune from prosecution under Irish law (See Box 1 below) making a mockery of it's regulatory role. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / opinion/analysis Thursday November 14, 2013 08:25 by Akbayan, Aksyon Klima, Yeb Sano   image 4 images
It seems these days that whenever Mother Nature wants to send an urgent message to humankind, it sends it via the Philippines. This year the messenger was Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda.

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international / environment / press release Monday November 11, 2013 12:18 by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party)   text 1 comment (last - wednesday november 13, 2013 13:26)   image 5 images
Akbayan Partylist, through its #Akbayanihan Relief Drive, is again calling on the public for donations and volunteers to help the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

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international / environment / news report Friday November 08, 2013 17:06 by Transmission
Successes and failures in many areas of environmental action. As a UN environmental report urges vegan diet for the protection of Mother Earth, some countries are doing better than others in this and other areas of environmental concern:
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national / environment / press release Wednesday November 06, 2013 22:29 by IWT   image 2 images
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has written to management of Glenveagh National Park expressing its concern that large areas of sensitive habitat are being destroyed illegally and for commercial purposes. The Park, which is one of only six in Ireland and is home to rare species such as the Golden Eagle, Red Grouse and Red Deer is of immense biodiversity, landscape and economic value. The IWT surveyed four areas in October of this year where machines were being used to extract large volumes of turf on a commercial scale. There is also extensive illegal dumping of tyres and household debris within the boundary of the Park. New drains have been created, designed to dry out the blanket bog habitat to facilitate turf extraction. Blanket bog is a priority habitat under the EU Habitats Directive and the affected areas lie not only in the National Park but within zones designated as Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area. The IWT believes that this is occurring without any regulation or controls but has asked the NPWS to clarify this. To-date we have received no response. In addition, blanket bog habitats lie outside the scope of the much discussed Management and Restoration Plan being discussed by the Peatlands Council (dedicated to midland raised bogs only). read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Monday October 21, 2013 23:06 by anon   image 1 image
The labeling "Responsibly Farmed" on farmed salmon in Irish Supermarket Chains is a complete contradiction. Why you may ask? In the nutshell, science has proven the negative impacts Salmon Farms have on native species of juvenile sea trout and salmon. It is far from Responsible to place a salmon farm on any coastline in the direct migratory path of native species. Salmon farms have proven to be connected to the mass decline of sea trout and salmon in many river systems around the world. Lets not forget the famous sea trout collapse in Connemara after they placed salmon farms along the West Coast of Ireland back in the 80's. read full story / add a comment
mayo / environment / opinion/analysis Wednesday October 16, 2013 09:32 by Confused Local   text 1 comment (last - friday october 18, 2013 21:37)
The controversial Shell Corrib gas pipeline project in Co Mayo has suffered a "major" setback after the Commercial Court today granted an order quashing the revised licence issued for the Shell gas terminal at Ballinaboy.

It appears to be a convenient coincidence for shell that this revised licence granted just as this years offshore work began, and was quashed just as the offshore work was complete!
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national / environment / press release Monday October 07, 2013 23:52 by p mc c
The amount of methane released into the atmosphere during shale gas drills is disputed, with one new industry-funded report suggesting it could be less than previously thought.

But asked whether there should be mandatory testing for methane leaks at European shale drills, Jos Delbeke, the director of the European Commission’s climate department told EurActiv: “We must know what the methane emissions are going to be.”

“Either the companies are going to put it on the table or a regulation is going to come at the European level,” he added. “I leave that open.”

Delbeke was speaking on 3 October at a presentation for a new methane emissions report by Dr David Allen, organised by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) in Brussels.

Methane is a greenhouse gas at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a shorter 100-year period. Scientists believe that it could be particularly dangerous trigger for global warming feedback loops.

The issue of how to regulate it could be crucial, as Brussels weighs the wisdom of a legislative package for shale gas, ahead of an announcement planned for this December.

The EU executive could decide on a standalone instrument such as a new directive, amendments to existing legislation, or ‘soft guidance’ to industry in the form of voluntary obligations.

As a taster of what lies ahead, the European parliament will next week vote on forcing shale gas firms to undertake Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) before drills can begin. read full story / add a comment

national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday September 09, 2013 20:25 by one of NFI   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 17, 2013 12:32)
Protest taking place on Wednesday September 11th from 11.30am at the Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road Blackrock / Gathering for public awareness raising at 3.30pm at the Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street

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Will minister allow more of this?
national / environment / press release Monday July 29, 2013 22:41 by Ban Hare Coursing!   text 1 comment (last - friday august 02, 2013 00:32)   image 6 images
Protest outside Minister Jimmy Deenihan's office (Department of Arts and Heritage) in Kildare Street (Between Dail and Dept of Agriculture)...1pm to 2pm...August 1st. All Welcome!

...Calling on Minister Deenihan NOT to license another season of hare coursing cruelty!

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mayo / environment / news report Monday July 15, 2013 01:11 by Shell to Sea   text 1 comment (last - monday july 15, 2013 01:20)   image 8 images   video 1 video file
-- Local community forced to act after State agencies ignore danger -- read full story / add a comment
national / environment / opinion/analysis Sunday July 14, 2013 13:33 by Luke Eastwood   text 1 comment (last - wednesday july 17, 2013 13:27)
A brief history of the deforestation of Ireland and why it happened.....

It is well known that Ireland has a very low level of tree cover, among the lowest of any European country – in 2012 it had risen to almost 11% although it is still way below the European average of 30%. Of course about half of this 11% is Sitkha Spruce, which is non-native and causes acidification of the soil.
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national / environment / news report Tuesday July 02, 2013 22:08 by anti-fracking   video 1 video file
Help is needed to lobby our Environment MEPs on the review of this directive because this will be used to set the parameters on Fracking in Ireland.

1. Lobby our ENVI MEP’s – Review of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive before 11 July!!
2. Watch the BBC documentary
3. Send an e post card read full story / add a comment
Cops blocking the gate to the camp
mayo / environment / news report Friday June 28, 2013 16:03 by j debender   text 1 comment (last - friday june 28, 2013 17:21)   image 4 images
This week has seen large numbers of people continually walking down to Shell's tunneling compound, disrupting work and blocking Shell traffic, and many people from the camp have taken advantage of the sunny weather to spend the days helping locals with turf collecting- many hands make light work! Meanwhile the guards have spent their time patrolling around harassing people on the roads. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Monday June 24, 2013 23:27 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 1 comment (last - tuesday june 25, 2013 09:54)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Today, Monday 24th of June, six people, two piloting kayaks, ventured out onto Sruth Fhada Conn estuary to disrupt the progress of a boat doing surveying work for the Shell Corrib gas project, in a continuation of Rossport Solidarity Camp's week of action. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / news report Sunday June 23, 2013 23:22 by Rossport Solidarity Camp   text 4 comments (last - friday june 28, 2013 02:14)   image 1 image
Today, Sunday 23 June, around eighty people stormed a work site of the controversial Shell Corrib Gas project near Rossport, Co. Mayo. Significant damage was caused to construction equipment. This was the latest event in thirteen years of struggle against the project, which faces concerted opposition from residents due to its dangerous, experimental nature. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Thursday June 13, 2013 21:47 by Love Leitrim   image 1 image
Irish Farmers are taking to the road in advance of the G8 summit. They will stage a tractor run Sunday June 16th from Manorhamilton to the iconic Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne in Leitrim to shine a light on their opposition to fracking on the national and world stage. read full story / add a comment
"sport" to some...
international / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday June 01, 2013 12:47 by Abolish hare coursing in Ireland   text 1 comment (last - saturday june 01, 2013 13:00)   image 7 images
Shocking reports on hare coursing events just obtained under FOI (extracts reproduced below) reveal that the cruelty continued unabated throughout the entire 2012/2013 season despite assurances from Ministers Deenihan and Coveney that self regulation and “codes of conduct” under which coursing clubs operate have eliminated such cruelty.

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