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Elissa Sursara hounded, called fat, ugly
leitrim / environment / news report Friday October 12, 2012 12:36 by Erica Watsson   image 1 image
Celebrity conservationist and ecologist Elissa Sursara, who gained more than eleven kilos during recovery from staph and tetanus, was targeted by Twitter trolls who called her "fat".

Just weeks after recovering from a deadly disease, Australian conservationist Elissa Sursara went on the defense against Twitter trolls and internet bullies who called the former actress “fat” and suggested she check into “a concentration camp.”
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leitrim / housing / opinion/analysis Friday December 16, 2011 23:03 by John O'Neill   text 1 comment (last - sunday december 18, 2011 08:23)   video 1 video file
There are over 600 ghost estates in Ireland. This equates to nearly 20.000 properties which are incomplete or empty. read full story / add a comment
leitrim / environment / news report Thursday July 14, 2011 19:09 by Contaminated Crow   text 4 comments (last - thursday july 21, 2011 17:24)
Over 60 people attended a meeting of those opposed to proposed gas fracking in the north-west at the Mayflower in Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim on the night of July 12th. The major concerns raised at the meeting were organisational, with the –still nameless- group agreeing to the formation of a ‘core group which isn’t called a core group’.

Editor: Fracking is technology used for extracting natural gas trapped in rocks underground and is the process of forcing liquids and solids into the rock and forcing it to crack and thereby releasing the gas. Fracking liquids can cause pollution and the process of cracking the rock can significantly drop the water table and dry out huge areas.It has many other problems including exponential fall-off in production from year 1. read full story / add a comment
See this Circle?
leitrim / environment / news report Friday June 24, 2011 03:34 by Who the Frack?   text 7 comments (last - tuesday december 06, 2011 12:33)   image 2 images
An Taisce and The Frackers. See the coast that area reaches over to. See the sketched pipe on map one. If it wasn't so sick it would be funny. Fracking + Shell + Renewable energy biznizz. One big clusterfuck coming to Drumshambo and parts surrounding.

Dick Roche of course was one of the Invited speakers to the RJK energy symposium. http://www.rjkenergy.com/en.php/energy-symposium/welcome
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leitrim / environment / press release Monday April 07, 2008 18:31 by sian
An update on what's going on in Leitrim to help in the campaign to save Tara. Details of what was discussed at the meeting and upcoming fundraising events. read full story / add a comment
leitrim / housing / news report Tuesday September 05, 2006 21:11 by Ray   text 15 comments (last - monday may 14, 2007 19:05)
A LOCAL authority has come under fire after revelations it sold a prime development site in a thriving town centre for just €100. Leitrim County Council last week defended its decision to sell the town centre car park, which is estimated at being worth tens of thousands of euros. The land on Church Lane just off the Main Street in Manorhamilton was sold to the Manorhamilton Enterprise Forum Ltd, a voluntary group comprising of local businessmen. They have since sold it on to developers for an undisclosed "slight" profit who are in the process of building a major residential and commercial development on the site. The development was unsuccessfully appealed by a number of local residents to An Bord Pleanala in April and involved a petitions signed by Hundreds of local people. It has further emerged this week that the County Council have agreed to purchase back some of the development for €900,000. read full story / add a comment
leitrim / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 30, 2006 13:13 by woman   text 9 comments (last - sunday march 30, 2008 16:46)
Historic movies about ireland seem to always make it big on the big screen but at what costs? Whose authorisation is required ? What about the famine? The mass grave where 5000 poor of the district were buried near my house is also a story to tell! Why can't a fim maker make a movie about the great famine? So that Irish Americans can see what their forefathers lived through before emigrating to the USA. This is a story that needs to be told! From the fact that the people were to starve, food supplies they needed withdrawn from them, workhouses, emigration aboard coffun ships etc. The world needs to know!!! read full story / add a comment
March in commemoration of Jim Gralton
leitrim / history and heritage / news report Thursday April 27, 2006 16:45 by Jim   text 10 comments (last - sunday april 30, 2006 03:48)   image 4 images
The Annual Jim Gralton Commemorative Weekend and School took place in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, on the weekend of the 22nd/23rd April.
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leitrim / elections / politics / news report Monday April 03, 2006 22:07 by Ray   text 17 comments (last - tuesday july 03, 2007 15:06)
The Labour Party has been accused by one of its own local councillors of having no regard for the members of the party in the North Leitrim. Sligo councillor, Declan Bree, has issued a scathing statement against his party leadership, following the surprise decision by its North Leitrim representative to resign. read full story / add a comment
leitrim / anti-capitalism / news report Wednesday January 04, 2006 21:39 by Kat H   text 57 comments (last - saturday june 02, 2007 08:30)
Elements of the Irish labour movement are actively undermining its philosophy to keep establishment parties in power, a Labour Party stalwart has claimed. Declan Bree, a former TD and the current mayor of Sligo, made his comments while addressing a wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the Leitrim socialist Jim Gralton on January 1.
His comments were widely seen as a thinly veiled attack on his party leader, Pat Rabbitte. read full story / add a comment
From Shell, Hell... proverbial saying, late 16th/early 21st centuries. Amen
leitrim / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Tuesday July 12, 2005 02:50 by Dunlo Tom   text 2 comments (last - tuesday july 12, 2005 13:47)   image 1 image
Last Friday, Sin Fein and Shell to Sea activists took to the highways and byways of Leitrim to publicise the case of the Rossport Five. Further protests are planned. read full story / add a comment
leitrim / miscellaneous / news report Sunday June 26, 2005 19:01 by R. Ellis
SLIGO MAYOR alderman Declan Bree paid tribute to Leitrim socialist Jim Gralton, during a recent visit to New York. Speaking at the Leitrimman's grave in Woodlawn cemetary in the Bronx, Bree said that Gralton personified all that was positive about the Irish and American labour movements. "He was a life-long socialist and trade unionist and a fighter for the rights of ordinary people. Jim Gralton was a working class hero," said the Sligo mayor read full story / add a comment
leitrim / miscellaneous / press release Monday January 12, 2004 19:00 by rayo   text 2 comments (last - tuesday july 06, 2004 12:46)
Once again Manorhamilton and the North Leitrim area have been ignored and forgotten by Government, said Labour representative Mr Gabriel McSharry when he referred to the fact that none of the proposed decentralised jobs announced by Minister McCreevey on Budget day, will go to North Leitrim read full story / add a comment
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leitrim / environment / press release Thursday September 04, 2003 09:50 by West is Best!   image 1 image
The festival will:

involve local communities in practical workshops and activities.
have an educational and cultural programme on environmental topics.
network producers, consumers, businesses, schools and communities.
demonstrate and show good environmental practise and behaviour, educate and train people and community groups. read full story / add a comment
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leitrim / environment / press release Wednesday July 02, 2003 17:33 by a bored ipsiphi   text 14 comments (last - friday july 02, 2004 16:32)   image 2 images
"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect..."
1883 -- Franz Kafka (1883-1924) born in Prague. Czech-born German writer & anarchist sympathizer whose posthumously published novels express the alienation of 20th century man.
Also in 1805 the first cultivated Strawberry! read full story / add a comment
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