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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Dé Domhnaigh Meitheamh 25, 2017 23:02 byShannonWatch   1 attached file
In reply to a parliamentary question from Clare Daly TD, the Minister for Transport Shane Ross TD provided details of permits granted to take munitions fo war through Irish airports and airspace over the period 1 Jan 2017 to 31 May 2017. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Dé hAoine Meitheamh 23, 2017 17:07 byzw   image 1 image
We are delighted to see the Green Party launch their Waste Reduction Bill 2017. The Bill calls for much needed practical steps to combat plastic pollution. A deposit refund scheme is outlined for glass and plastic bottles and a complete ban sought on single use non-recyclable plastics, such as disposable cups.

We are aware more than most in Zero Waste Ireland that the issue of plastic pollution is a massive global challenge and a blight on our own country. According to the Green Party, every year, over 110 million tonnes of plastic is produced. Of this, up to 43% ends up in landfill. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 21, 2017 13:36 byPaula
We all know that fruit is good for us. Recent studies suggest we should be eating up to ten portions of fruit and veg each day. But how much is too much? read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Dé Céadaoin Meitheamh 14, 2017 15:44 byCourt Reporters   text 1 comment (last - dé céadaoin meitheamh 14, 2017 20:25)
On 24 May 2017, two peace activists Dave Donnellan and Colm Roddy were sent for jury trial because the District Court judge finally refused to accept jurisdiction. The judge said the alleged criminal damage newly set at €3,500 was so large as to make it a serious charge. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / news report Dé Máirt Meitheamh 13, 2017 23:49 by1 of indy   image 5 images
Originally appeared on June 8th
Today marks World Ocean Day 2017, a global day of celebration honouring the world’s oceans and an opportunity to appreciate, conserve and protect our marine life and habitats.

This year’s conservation focus is on preventing plastic pollution and marine litter, encouraging solutions for healthier seas.

And rightly so. A widely cited study by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for the World Economic Forum warns that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

A separate report in the journal Science estimates that 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year – the equivalent of one truckload per minute. One researcher for the study likens this amount to lining up 5 grocery bags of rubbish on every foot of coastline around the globe. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Dé Máirt Meitheamh 13, 2017 21:54 byfie   image 1 image
Minister Dennis Naughton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has been urged to support a United Nations Convention’s ruling requiring suspension of work on the new Hinkley Point UK nuclear reactor until a transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment [EIA] is completed.

The first new nuclear station to be constructed in the UK since 1995, Hinkley C is a 3.2GW nuclear power plant composed of two reactors. The power plant will generate 7% of UK's electricity if constructed. The UK position is that “the likely impacts determined through a thorough EIA do not extend beyond the county of Somerset and the Severn Estuary”.

The Espoo Convention, signed by Ireland in 1991, requires that the opportunity for comment provided to the public of potentially affected Parties is ‘equivalent to that provided to the public of the Party of origin’. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Dé hAoine Meitheamh 09, 2017 17:45 byCHASE   image 1 image
An accident has occurred at the Covanta operated Poolbeg incinerator last night (Wed 7 June) which resulted in the hospitalisation of 11 construction workers.

Reports indicate the cause of the incident was an uncontrolled cloud of lime released inside the flue gas treatment area, which breached a door seal and engulfed the workers, resulting in reports of breathing difficulties, feelings of nausea and blurred vision.

Lime, a highly alkaline, caustic and irritating material with potential to cause blindness and serious respiratory issues, is used in incinerators to ‘clean’ harmful compounds such as dioxins and furans from flue gasses. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / press release Déardaoin Meitheamh 08, 2017 22:22 bypeople   image 1 image
PEOPLE’S NEWS -News Digest of the People’s Movement. No. 168 23 May 2017

Contents of this issue are:
“The EU is in a unique position to provide global security”
Feeding the Casino Economy
“An EU army is a project that would give additional weight to the EU foreign and security policy”
Wake up to TiSA!
Who is Paul Kehoe?
The European Patent Office—a bad employer
The militarist legacy of Enda Kenny
EU trade deals must be ratified by all members
More on Kenny, EU militarisation, and even Brexit
No honeymoon for Macron
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Dé Domhnaigh Meitheamh 04, 2017 17:46 byséamas carraher
As minister-for-poverty in one of the richest countries in the World (or at least one of the most indebted) Minister Varadkar achieved fame in the run up to the Leadership context with his April 2017 Campaign against welfare recipients and the unemployed: ‘Welfare cheats cheat us all“. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Dé hAoine Meitheamh 02, 2017 18:34 by1 of indy
reland must assert its sovereignty and invest the proceeds of the AIB shares in public infrastructure, according to leading economist, Paul Sweeney of TASC.

The main reason for investing this capital in Ireland, Mr Sweeney said, is that it generates bigger returns than the savings on the interest on the national debt. Furthermore, the extraordinarily low level of public investment is manifested in the housing crisis and hospital overcrowding. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Dé Domhnaigh Bealtaine 28, 2017 18:02 byséamas carraher
“It is a hate campaign. Never was there a campaign like it coming after a period of austerity.”
— Bernadette Gorman, former social welfare inspector, (Irish Times, May 2017)

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national / environment / press release Dé Sathairn Bealtaine 13, 2017 23:39 byfie
A Judicial Review brought by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) alleges that the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council failed to provide satisfactory explanatory reasons for granting the extension to the original decision to allow a third runway at Dublin Airport. FIE alleges that the record shows that the Chief Executive was fully aware that the extra runway would result in increased greenhouse gas emissions, in contravention of the objectives of the 2015 Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Dé Luain Bealtaine 01, 2017 21:15 by1 of indy   image 1 image
This is opinion & analysis piece comes from Integrity Ireland who are attempting to fight corruption in the legal system and face an uphill struggle in their task and this piece illustrates well what they are up against.
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Well, it has been an interesting few weeks again, with reports of increasingly odd and bizarre ‘developments’ – especially regarding decisions being made by Gardaí, by Courts Service Staff and by senior personnel at the DPP’s Office. read full story / add a comment
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national / crime and justice / feature Dé Luain Aibreán 24, 2017 10:42 by1 of indy   text 8 comments (last - dé haoine meitheamh 23, 2017 18:09)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
To help highlight the case of the Jobstown 18 we are republishing an open letter by Irish Writers.

We write as writers concerned with the impact of proposed jury restrictions in the case of the Jobstown 18 on freedom of expression in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Déardaoin Aibreán 20, 2017 22:21 bypbp
Richard Boyd Barrett- Dramatically rising house prices further evidence of the fundamental failure and incompetence of Fine Gael Housing policy

Inflated personal debt and further evictions will now compound the already dire housing and homelessness crisis

In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, for the People Before Profit Alliance has said the latest figures showing a continuing and dramatic rise in house prices was “further evidence of the fundamental failure and incompetence of Fine Gael’s housing policy.” read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Dé Máirt Márta 28, 2017 21:20 bynbru
The National Rail and Bus Union has written to the Minister for Transport Shane Ross who has decided to stand back and watch Bus Éireann collapse even though it is a state company.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Dé Máirt Márta 28, 2017 21:04 by1 of indy   video 1 video file
Andrew (WSM) spent the day of March 8th 2017 recording #Strike4Repeal and has edited this 20 minute video account of how the day went down in Dublin. Below you will also find a text transcript of his account. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Dé Luain Márta 13, 2017 15:57 byDougie
As we mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Jarama, fought in the defence of Madrid from the onslaught of Franco's forces backed by Hitler and Mussolini, we remember those from the Dundalk area who died in the Spanish Civil War as part of the global struggle against fascism. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Dé Domhnaigh Márta 05, 2017 00:14 byipsc   text 1 comment (last - dé haoine aibreán 14, 2017 15:52)   image 1 image
Celebrating 13 years! Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual international series of events (including rallies, lectures, performances, films, multimedia displays and protest actions) held in cities and campuses across the globe.

Each year, Israeli Apartheid Week takes place across more than 150 universities and cities. It aims to raise awareness about Israel’s ongoing settler-colonial project and apartheid policies over the Palestinian people. IAW aims to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Please join us in making the the 13th Israeli Apartheid Week one of the biggest yet. read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Dé hAoine Márta 03, 2017 23:32 byshell2sea   image 1 image
[Shell to Sea]The Oil & Gas giveaway in action: The Corrib Gas partners made $589m (estimated €532m) last year and yet paid no royalties or tax.

The Corrib Partners are benefiting from a relatively high gas-priced product and recorded estimated sales of over €420m in the first full year of production at the Corrib gas field.

Production started on the field at the end of 2015. For the 12 months of last year, the Corrib Partners, including Shell Ireland, recorded estimated revenues of (Canadian) $589m from the production of gas from the field. read full story / add a comment
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