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IRELAND'S UN SECURITY COUNCIL SEAT
LETTER SENT TO IRISH BROADSHEET NEWSPAPERS
Ireland’s previous stint on the UN Security Council in 2001 is nothing to be proud of in terms of promoting world peace.
In 2001, under the then Fianna Fail Government with Brian Cowan as Foreign Minister, Ireland voted for several resolutions that ultimately approved the US led invasion of Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, in what then Labour TD Michael D. Higgins termed “an illegal war”. Nineteen years later with no end in sight America’s longest war has caused the deaths and injuries of tens of thousands, many of them women and children, and has created deep bitterness, division and sectarianism. read full story / add a comment
shannon LNG faces further challenge in High Court
Judicial Review of listing as ‘Project of Common Interest’
The controversial shannon LNG terminal proposed for the shannon Estuary faces its second challenge in the High Court from the environmental charity, Friends of the Irish Environment today. The environmental organisation is asking the Irish Court to seek a ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union on whether the inclusion of the project on a list of priority European Energy infrastructure was lawful. read full story / add a comment
The Programme for Government produced by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Green Party promises a lot that is encouraging, but on the issue of US military use of shannon Airport - which the majority of Irish people oppose - it is disappointing. The change of government provided an opportunity to end Irish complicity in the ongoing cycles of war and occupation that have been responsible for the loss of millions of lives this century. The military industrial complex is also the single biggest polluter on the planet (see recent study from Brown University’s Costs of War project). The US. Department of Defense has a larger annual carbon footprint than most countries on earth, and with its global network of bases and logistics networks the US military is the single biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world outside of nation-states themselves.  read full story / add a comment
The following is a letter to Irish media outlets from our friend, anti-war activist Tarak Kauff. Tarak spent most of a year in Ireland as a result of his non-violent action to inspect a US military plane at shannon Airport. read full story / add a comment
Pressure mounting on forming Government to reject plans for imported fracked gas terminals from 130 groups
130 national and international groups have today written to all Irish Party leaders requesting them to remove support for fracked gas infrastructure in Ireland. The letter comes as negotiations for Government intensify and requests an explicit policy statement to be included in the next Programme for Government against the development of all new fossil fuel infrastructure in the form of LNG import terminals that could facilitate the entry of unconventional fracked gas into the Irish energy mix.
Two fracked gas terminals, or - LNG - terminals are currently proposed, in shannon and Cork. The terminals would be developed as import hubs, allowing fracked gas into the European market from the USA where there is currently an oversupply of this controversial fuel. The terminals would play an important role in the shale gas supply chain, the market for which is currently very unstable. read full story / add a comment
Shannonwatch are appalled at the continuing use of shannon Airport by US military troop carriers, despite the issuing of a stop movement order to the US military by US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on March 25th. This was intended to halt travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus. However, troop carriers have been landing at shannon as recently as April 10th, 11th and 12th.
“We are astonished that in these times of national emergency, our leaders continue to permit the landing of foreign troops at shannon Airport” said Shannonwatch spokesperson John Lannon. “Facilitating the movement of troops half way across the world to invade and occupy other countries is never good. But now more than ever it is absolutely unconscionable and unacceptable.” read full story / add a comment
High Court refuses State’s request for Covid-19 adjournment in shannon LNG Judicial Review
Administration of Justice Can Not ‘Grind To a Halt’
The High Court has issued a Judgment refusing the State’s application for a delay in hearing an environmental challenge to the inclusion of the €500 million shannon LNG fracked gas terminal on the fourth EU Projects of Community Importance (PCI) list. Inclusion on this list makes a project eligible for up to 50% funding and requires ‘the most rapid treatment legally possible’. read full story / add a comment
New Planning Bill ‘undermines EU environmental enforcement policy’ ‘Call to Arms’ over Planning Bill 2019
An environmental group has issued a ‘Call to Arms’ targeting the Government’s newly published Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019, recently opened for Public Consultation.
The Bill, which imposes restrictions on citizens bringing Judicial Reviews of planning decisions, has been in part triggered by delays in the planning system leading to the withdrawal of plans for Apple at Athenry and the referral to the European Court of Justice of the US New Fortress Energy shannon LNG terminal as well as a number of cases taken by environmental campaigner Peter Sweetman. read full story / add a comment
Award-winning group calls for scrapping of proposed planning restrictions
Justice must be ‘free, full, and speedy’
An award-winning environmental group has called for citizens to oppose the recently published Planning Bill 2019 which imposes further restrictions on the ability of citizens’ groups to bring legal actions before the Irish Courts. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Wednesday October 23, 2019 01:36 by Justin Morahan
Summary: Seven defendants are standing trial in the USA for an action at the Kings Bay nuclear submarine base in Georgia read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Monday September 30, 2019 23:26 by foie
State faces further legal challenge to shannon LNG terminal
Fracked gas as ‘Projects of Common Interest’ challenged
The State has been warned that it cannot approve the proposed shannon LNG terminal as a ‘Project of Common Interest’ [PCI] without undergoing a Strategic Environmental Assessment [SEA] and a period of public consultation.
PCIs are key cross border infrastructure projects that link the energy systems of EU countries. They are intended to help the EU achieve its energy policy and the long-term decarbonisation of the economy in accordance with the Paris Agreement. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / news report Monday September 23, 2019 22:28 by ShannonWatch 1 comment (last - tuesday september 24, 2019 22:27) 1 image 1 video file 1 attached file
This blog entry from 16th Sept on the ShannonWatch.org website is reproduced here because while it might seem old news one week late, it will in fact be news to a lot of people since the mainstream just don't cover this, certainly not from the side of peace perspective.
The following was written by Veteran for Peace activist Tarak Kauff who is currently being refused permission to leave Ireland. He is accused of minor offenses linked to the attempt he and Ken MAyers made to inspect a US contracted military plane at shannon Airport. read full story / add a comment
High Court refers case to Court of Justice of the EU over Courts Service’s refusal to provide public access to litigation documents
High Court refers case to Court of Justice of the EU over Irish Courts Service’s refusal to provide public access to litigation documents
Crucial point of transparency law will be determined by Court of Justice
A challenge regarding the Courts Service’s refusal to provide public access to litigation documents relating to a High Court environmental case that concluded in 2016 has been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU in Luxembourg. read full story / add a comment
Shannonwatch are calling for an immediate review of the safety standards applied to US military and military contracted planes at shannon Airport. A fire on an Omni Air International troop carrier brought the airport to a standstill on Thursday August 15th. This once again highlights the dangers posed by daily military traffic at a civilian airport like shannon.
The troop carrier, which is reported to be carrying approximately 150 troops, was on its way to the Middle East. It had arrived earlier from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma USA. read full story / add a comment
Butchery’ of protected woodland halted by National Parks and Wildlife Service
The National Parks and Wildlife Service [NPWS] has halted all felling in a private estate in County Longford on Friday evening after a report was filed by the environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment.
The felling was taking place within an ancient forest which Minister Heather Humphries signed a Statutory Instrument in October 2017, completing the legal designation process as the Lough Forbes Special Area of Conservation. read full story / add a comment
Planning Board rules end of use of peat as a fuel ‘key component within national climate and energy policy’
national / environment / press release Wednesday July 24, 2019 21:34 by foie 1 comment (last - saturday july 27, 2019 14:19)
Shock as ESB peat-powered plant at Shannonbridge refused permission by An Bord Pleanala
Cessation of use of peat as a fuel ‘key component within national climate and energy policy’.
An application under the Strategic Infrastructure Act for the continuation of the ESB’s peat powered plant at Shannonbridge, West Offaly, beyond 31 December 2020 has been refused by An Bord Pleanala. read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Tuesday July 16, 2019 22:01 by ShannonWatch 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
international / anti-war / imperialism / news report Friday June 07, 2019 15:19 by Justin Morahan 2 comments (last - friday june 07, 2019 22:18)
Americans abroad cannot be blamed for not knowing what they are not told about read full story / add a comment
To coincide with US President Donald Trump’s visit to Ireland, protests will be held at shannon Airport starting at 3pm on June 5th. The US President is expected to land at shannon that day, to fly out and back again on June 6th, and to leave on June 7th. A Peace Camp will be set up outside the airport for the duration of his visit, including overnight on the 5th and 6th June, and people are invited to spend whatever time they can there in order to maintain an ongoing protest against his presence in Ireland.
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