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national / consumer issues / feature Thursday March 12, 2009 12:37 by Andrew   text 25 comments (last - saturday april 04, 2009 11:46)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
This evening (Wed 11th March), after the news of the 30 day sentence imposed on 55 year old Shell to Sea protester Maura Harrington filtered through, supporters converged on the gates of Mountjoy prison. By the time the van carrying Maura came into view over 30 supporters were waiting at the prison gates, matched by a similar number of Gardai. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Thursday March 12, 2009 01:00 by Shell to Sea   text 2 comments (last - monday march 16, 2009 14:49)   image 5 images   video 1 video file
Sentenced to one month in prison for protesting against Shell
Another Shell to Sea protester was imprisoned today when retired school teacher Maura Harrington was given a one month sentence for supposedly assaulting a garda on June 11th 2007. She received a round of applause from the people in the court as she was led off the the prison van, much to the judge's displeasure.

Harrington was also ordered to pay a one thousand euro fine and one thousand euro to the Garda benevolent fund (she refused to agree to the latter). She arrived in Dublin tonight to be held in Mountjoy Prison on the North Circular Road. There was the usual heavy police presence, and when supporters gathered around the van to let her know they were there, the gardaí responded in the only way they know how, with violence.
Since the protests against Shell started a large number of people have been injured by garda actions. Some have even been hospitalised, but not a single garda has been pros read full story / add a comment
It's time to fight back, not cut back.
national / consumer issues / feature Saturday February 28, 2009 09:25 by Workers Solidarity   text 9 comments (last - monday march 23, 2009 20:05)   image 2 images   audio 1 audio file
There is no money left in Ireland. At least that’s what you might think after listening to Brian Cowen, Enda Kenny, IBEC and the parade of capitalist economists and pundits who parrot this nonsense. Yes, we are heading into a deep recession and guess who is expected to pay the cost? read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / event notice Friday February 27, 2009 16:33 by Michael O'Callaghan
Friday 20 March, 11:00 – 13:00. €50
ENFO Centre, 11 St. Andrews St, Dublin.

50 EU Regions have adopted Quality Agriculture strategies to add value to their livestock and food produce by avoiding the use of GM animal feed and GM food. Irish agri-food operators need a GM-free certification and labelling scheme to compete in this market. This expert workshop provides stakeholders with an unique opportunity to explore the benefits of a GM-free supply chain.
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dublin / consumer issues / press release Tuesday February 24, 2009 11:21 by Gillian Kane   text 1 comment (last - tuesday april 14, 2009 00:12)   1 attached file
AIMSI welcome the publication of the Independent Review of Maternity & Gynaecology Services in the Greater Dublin Area. In particular we welcome the recommendation for increased choice for women regarding models of care and the recognition that there is considerable evidence for the development of midwifery led units. We agree with the finding that the GDA is out of step in being able to offer a woman-centred service, providing choice and access to services .We share the belief that the GDA needs to place much more emphasis on community based maternity services, as 60% of women will experience a normal birth. read full story / add a comment
up for grabs- Ireland's resources
national / consumer issues / other press Saturday January 31, 2009 19:38 by gas man   text 9 comments (last - wednesday december 02, 2009 14:12)   image 1 image
A short article in the Irish edition of the Daily Mirror points out the absurdity of the country making cutbacks in public services while sitting on billions of euro worth of natural resources, and happily handing them over to the most profitable companies in the world.

A quick quote at the end makes clear that Fine Gael see nothing wrong with the present system, seeing the giveaway of 100 per cent of what is found as an "incentive". Presumably if Simon Coveney had gold buried in his garden, he would give it all away to anyone who was prepared to help him dig for it, keeping none for himself...

(article printed here in full because the Irish Daily Mirror is not on the web). read full story / add a comment
dublin / consumer issues / event notice Wednesday January 28, 2009 13:07 by Comhlámh
Comhlámh Bewleys debate : Fair Trade – solving problems or salving consciences?

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national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Tuesday December 09, 2008 18:45 by Watchdog   image 1 image
Irish pork is being widely recalled because a percent of it was found dioxin contaminated. Governments acknowledge the harms and dangers of dioxin...a by-product of industrial chlorine.
But other far more dangerous sources of dioxin, namely typical chlorine-contaminated cigarettes, are being ignored. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Tuesday November 18, 2008 17:09 by Claire Kane   1 attached file
this story is based on an e-mail interview i conducted with the chief executive of the Irish Nightclub Association about the Irish Intoxicating Liquor act which came into affect on the 30th of July 2008.

the story highlights the effect the act has been having on Irish business. read full story / add a comment
dublin / consumer issues / event notice Thursday October 30, 2008 16:45 by Anna Guiney   2 attached files
Join us and help us build a global justice movement in Ireland! read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / news report Thursday October 30, 2008 10:45 by Jene Kelly
In September 2008, AIMSI (Association for Improvement in Maternity Services Ireland) ran an electronic survey asking women a number of questions and for their comments relating to their experience of “rooming in” in Irish maternity hospitals.

The survey received a large response, where 266 women voluntarily submitted their observations. All respondents were self selecting and anonymous.

Access to the survey was via website, www.aimsireland.com and also via links on a number of parenting websites and forum boards. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Monday October 13, 2008 16:28 by Shell to Sea   text 3 comments (last - tuesday october 14, 2008 14:27)
Monday 13th October 2008-10-12

Let Shell and its partners feel some pain in Budget 2009. read full story / add a comment
dublin / consumer issues / news report Wednesday October 08, 2008 19:19 by Metero Customer   text 7 comments (last - friday october 10, 2008 16:05)
For those who have a monthly bill from Meteor, then watch for the little added on charges.... read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / event notice Wednesday October 01, 2008 14:54 by Jene Kelly
The next meeting for AIMS Ireland's Dublin and Northeast region is Oct 7th at 8pm in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / press release Saturday August 30, 2008 05:26 by Dr. Betty Martini, D.Hum   text 1 comment (last - sunday august 31, 2008 19:02)
Mission Possible International teams up with Phoenix Environmental Institute working to ban aspartame globally. It is a deadlly poison and interacts with all drugs. It has caused a global plague the world over. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Wednesday August 27, 2008 10:23 by Jene Kelly
The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services - Ireland (AIMSI) is a national non-profit organisation which offers support services and lobbies for changes in the Irish Maternity System.

AIMSI's regional chapters of AIMSI Northeast , AIMSI Mid-Leinster , and AIMSI West have publicly called for Consumer Groups to be implemented in the 3 Dublin Maternity Hospitals and Galway's UCHG in order to better assist communications between hospital management, staff, and consumers. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Saturday August 09, 2008 19:14 by Richard Walsh   text 1 comment (last - monday august 11, 2008 15:05)
RSF have called for new Irish language mobile phones to be made available throughout the country. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / other press Thursday August 07, 2008 11:07 by Gombeen Man
European Commission acts on complaint by Irish woman. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / other press Tuesday August 05, 2008 13:04 by Shane McLoughlin   text 6 comments (last - friday september 19, 2008 11:49)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Lidl appears to have 'lowered the bar' by urging shoppers to 'don't spend your cash on trash' by shopping in Tesco. The question needs to be asked is whether such an advertising campaign can be justified? and what are the issues surrounding such a stark and attention grabbing ad campaign? read full story / add a comment
Shell sells petrol in Ireland through its licensee Topaz energy
national / consumer issues / news report Thursday July 31, 2008 15:33 by Gu.com reader   image 1 image
Shell announced second quarter profits of $8,000,000,000 today. The company is currently exploiting Irish Natural gas off the west coast for which it is liable for zero royalties. While tax may be charged at some point in the future on Shell Ireland's profits, the Anglo-Dutch company has shown itself to be skilled in avoiding tax when it can.

Irish gas bills for domestic users are set to raise by 20% in September, with another 20% rise expected in the new year.
The Irish state owns no stake in the Corrib field.
New licences on the same giveaway terms are currently being issued for Irish offshore blocks in the Rockall Basin. http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Natural/Petroleum+Affairs+Divis...d.htm read full story / add a comment
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