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Jan 27th Deadline for Submissions on Govt Bill to Prevent Citizens Objections to Bad Planning & Developments

The government is bringing in legislation that will more or less remove your right to object to various types of planning applications and will give free reign to developers and private companies to do as they please. The new rules would require objections only from established interest groups that are in existence at least 3 years and have more than 100 members for that time. Fees will also be far higher. This means if someone wants to put a motorway outside your door and dig a quarry in the field beside you, or build a windfarm outside your front window, a sewage works over the wall, then you have to have known about it somehow three years in advance, have formed an interest group and have 100 members, not 99 or 50 or 20 but 100 !

Friends of the Irish Environment are calling on citizens and citizens group to make their voices heard during the submission period to make our opposition clear to the State. The rights of citizens to access our courts goes back to the Magna Carta.

Submission can be made until January 27, 2020.
Submission site: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/public-consultation-general-scheme-housing-and-planning-and-development-bill-2019

For more info, see New Planning Bill ‘undermines EU environmental enforcement policy’ ‘Call to Arms’ over Planning Bill 2019

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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Thursday December 05, 2019 15:16 by Cliona O   image 1 image
Please join us on Human Rights Day 2019 to protest against the continued imprisonment of Julian Assange and the unlawful US Extradition Case against him. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Thursday November 21, 2019 22:51 by pbp   image 1 image
When time spent working is factored into the equation, agriculture is now the most unequal sector of the Southern economy, with the richest 10% of farmers claiming 30% of all income and the bottom half left with less than 20% between them. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Thursday November 21, 2019 22:41 by sp   image 1 image
60,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Protest Against Homelessness in Ireland,” pledging to march on December 5th, 12pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. Here’s why you should join the protest.

1. Because the scenes of misery on our streets are getting worse by the day.
2. Because the government is not on our side.
3. Because we need real opposition.
4. Because we could end homelessness now.
5. Because this could kick the housing movement onto a new level. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / arts and media / event notice Tuesday November 12, 2019 22:41 by pfc   image 1 image
Film about the last two surviving members of the Piripkura people, a nomadic tribe in the Mato Grasso region of Brazil, struggle to maintain their indigenous way of life amidst the region's massive deforestation. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / press release Thursday November 07, 2019 00:31 by pbp   image 1 image
Councilors from Fianna Fail, Green Party, Labour and Social Democrats have agreed to give land at O Devaney Gardens to Bartra Capital.

O Devaney Gardens was a working class flat complex on the edge of the Phoenix Park. For decades, it was run down by Dublin City Council and requests by tenants for proper maintenance were ignored.

Dublin City Council officials typically neglect inner city housing complexes in the hope that they can eventually move out the residents and turn them into posh private apartments.

The Fianna Fail-Green-Labour–Social Democrat coalition that run Dublin City Council complied with this disgraceful strategy. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Tuesday September 24, 2019 22:14 by sp   image 1 image
Today’s initial half day strike action by teacher members of UNITE at the Delfin English Language school on Parnell Square for union recognition and improvements in conditions is the culmination of a long organising campaign. Michael O’Brien speaks to one of the strikers to find out what it is all about. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Thursday September 19, 2019 17:32 by ifi   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 24, 2019 22:33)   image 1 image   video 2 video files
Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. Private equity firms have become the biggest landlords in the world, and the extent of the high-end land grab goes well beyond gentrification. Fredrik Gertten’s probing documentary follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing as she travels the world in an effort to understand why we are being pushed out of our cities, and why affordable housing isn’t defined as a fundamental human right.

This screening will be followed by a panel discussion. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Tuesday September 17, 2019 22:14 by pbp   image 1 image
Dublin Renters Union to host ‘Tent City’ protest outside offices of Vulture Fund Val Issuer Dac on Molesworth Street tomorrow 11am

Protest to highlight a number of evictions in South Dublin, Dún Laoghaire and Inchicore

Richard Boyd Barrett TD to question Housing Minister at 10.30am about these mass evictions with tenants in Dáil gallery

Tomorrow (18/09/2019) beginning at 11am Dublin Renters Union will host a ‘Tent City’ protest outside the offices of Vulture Fund Val Issuer Dac on Molesworth Street. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Saturday September 07, 2019 22:20 by IPSC   image 1 image
On Thursday 12th September 2019 you are invited to a special screening of ‘Imprisoning A Generation’, an important documentary about Palestinian child prisoners in Israel’s jails. There will also be a screening of the short film ‘Breaking The Generations’. The films will be shown from 6:15pm in The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Tuesday August 06, 2019 22:13 by pbp   image 2 images
In a statement this morning, People Before Profit announced that there will be a protest tomorrow outtside head office of vulture fund, Val Issuer Dac, against the mass eviction of tenants in Portobello.

People Before Profit rep, Siomha ní Aonghusa, is working with the tenants and the Dublin Renters Union to protect the over 50 tenancies at Sth Richmond Street and Rosedale Terrace that are threatened with eviction. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / news report Saturday July 20, 2019 23:59 by cyclist   image 1 image
Environmental and transport campaigners have set a plan in motion to liberate Dublin’s South William Street from cars for the day.

As the above photograph, provide by the group shows, South William Street is currently closed to through motor traffic. IrishCycle.com understands that the group of protesters will not get in the way of local access, including cars exiting from the Brown Thomas Car Park. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / event notice Tuesday July 09, 2019 11:38 by pbp   image 1 image
We are facing a huge crisis over our climate. But the Government is not allowing the Dail to vote on a People Before Profit sponsored Climate Emergency Bill that would keep fossil fuels in the ground.

The main mechanism they are using is a little known and obscure legal measure known as a ‘money message’. When any law imposes a financial cost on the state, the government can attach this ‘money message’ to stop debate.

However, this Fine Gael led government are totally missing this measure. How, for example could a bill to stop the issuing of future licences for oil and gas exploration impose a cost on the state?

Fine Gael have killed 55 opposition bills by using this way. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / gender and sexuality / event notice Thursday June 27, 2019 23:28 by ipsc   image 1 image
In solidarity with our friends in Queer Action Ireland, who have always invited IPSC to be part of their radical anti-pinkwashing bloc at Pride down the years, we are supporting their Pride Alternative action. QAI, for a myriad of reasons, feel they can no longer march in the official pride parade. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / event notice Monday May 13, 2019 23:10 by Raise the Roof   image 2 images
Raise the Roof coalition is organising a National Rally on Sat 18th May 2019 at 1.00pm in Parnell Square, Dublin 1. read full story / add a comment
dublin / environment / news report Wednesday April 24, 2019 23:23 by wsm   video 1 video file
Saturday 20th saw another #Extinction Rebellion rally take place in Dublin. Our video shows as it marches to block O’Connell bridge. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Sunday April 14, 2019 21:17 by pfc   image 1 image
Venue: Ireland Institute 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
When: Tuesday 16th April 2019
Time: 7.30pm read full story / add a comment
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dublin / arts and media / event notice Thursday April 11, 2019 15:57 by neri   image 1 image
This year we mark the centenary of the First Dáil. The Irish Labour Party and Trade Union Congress played a significant role in shaping the ‘Democratic Programme’ of the Dáil meeting in January 1919. Yet, much of what was contained in that document was subsequently forgotten or dismissed. The ITUC as forerunner of the ICTU played a constructive role in helping to steer Ireland towards a coherent social vision for the entire island of Ireland. The challenge remains. Following a bruising economic crisis after 2008, the lessons of economic and policy development have not been learned or applied by Government. read full story / add a comment
dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Thursday March 28, 2019 23:18 by kio
Dublin International Youth Hostel (An Oige) 61 Mountjoy St Dublin 7.

Non-members welcome
Candidates for local elections: If you are prepared to support our campaign for better access to our countryside please come along and you will given an opportunity to say a few words.

Their AGM is always fascinating for the reports of the situation regarding Rights of Way around the country. read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday March 27, 2019 23:10 by Justin Morahan
Bring posters and banners outside if possible Background: Ken and Tarak attempted to inspect and investigate a US military contracted plane at Shannon Airport and took a banner highlighting the situation into the airport. They were arrested for trespass and refused bail. read full story / add a comment
dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Wednesday March 27, 2019 22:59 by Justin Morahan   text 1 comment (last - saturday march 30, 2019 05:57)
Posters and banners outside if possible read full story / add a comment
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