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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 / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Sunday June 12, 2016 20:35 by LASC   text 2 comments (last - friday september 02, 2016 16:26)   image 1 image
Following over a decade of left-leaning governments, the past 6 months have witnessed radical changes in the political status quo in Latin America. Beginning with the election of Right-candidate Mauricio Macri in Argentina, through the controversial removal of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil, to the upheaval in Venezuela and uncertainty in Ecuador, many are speculating that the era of leftist hegemony is coming to an end, and that rightist dominance is returning. This panel of scholars will reflect on the achievements and errors of the Left-wing governments, assess the challenges facing the Left across the region, particularly that emanating from the regional Right, and offer analysis of the Left's future as a social and political force. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / event notice Tuesday June 07, 2016 23:53 by Feasta   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file
On the afternoon of June 8th 2016 in Dublin there will be a briefing on CapGlobalCarbon. CapGlobalCarbon is a proposal for non-governmental actors to create a new global system to

(a) make sure the necessary reductions in total global carbon emissions are achieved
(b) reduce emissions in a way that also reduces poverty and inequality.

The system would operate as a back-up to the inter-governmental negotiations and provide vital reinforcement to community-led climate initiatives worldwide.

The purpose of this afternoon is to brief attendees on the proposal, set it in a context of the commons and social justice, and to generate ideas about how to implement CapGlobalCarbon. read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / event notice Tuesday June 07, 2016 22:55 by anon
As part of a series of public talks organised by the community based Dublin South 1916 Centenary Committee we would like to invite the people of Rathfarnham, Churchtown, Ballinteer, Sandyford and Dundrum to come to what is expected to be a very interesting and informative talk that will be delivered by Donal Fallon,our guest speaker for this public talk in the area as part of our 1916 Centenary Celebrations. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / miscellaneous / event notice Saturday June 04, 2016 22:24 by Fusion Sundays   image 1 image
International Stalls, Street-Food, Pop-up Workshops, Live Music +STREET FEAST read full story / add a comment
dublin / health / disability issues / opinion/analysis Friday June 03, 2016 03:15 by Wayne Flanagan Tobin   text 1 comment (last - saturday june 04, 2016 21:26)
On Thursday evening 2nd June 2016 I attended a meeting in St. Augustine’s school in Blackrock where parents expressed outrage at the withdrawal of the Saint John of God Community Services Supports on a phased basis commencing in September 2016. The school was described as a “centre of excellence” for its vocational programme which has had a very positive impact on the lives of many children with special needs in South Dublin, Wicklow and surrounding areas. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Thursday June 02, 2016 22:59 by Dublin Says No   image 1 image
Dublin Says No...We are the ordinary people of Ireland. We have taken it upon ourselves to march weekly in unity with many other communities.. All welcome.

Sat June 18th - Meeting Points Connolly Station (Dublin North) and Heuston Station (Dublin South) at 1pm
March to the GPO.

"We Shall Rise Again" -James Connolly 1916. We need to do it again in 2016 read full story / add a comment
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dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Friday May 27, 2016 00:05 by Stop TTIP   image 2 images
The idea of this meeting is to inform people of the secretly negotiated TTIP agreement between the USA and Europe. It is open to all.

We hope to be able to help launch an automonous local Anti TTIP group that can work with unions, political groupings and others to defeat TTIP, by being separate from but co-operative with others. This model has worked with the Water Charges Movement in the area and we hope it can be as strong on TTIP. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / history and heritage / event notice Thursday May 26, 2016 00:17 by pfc   image 1 image
Three days - six films - with love from Cuba. Opening with one of the saddest episodes in Cuban history - the exodus, in the early sixties, of thousands of children to the United States. Two beautiful shorts and a look at the life of one of Cuba's most loved actresses. The last day of the festival features one irreverent and one sensual comedy. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / bin tax / household tax / water tax / event notice Monday May 23, 2016 23:16 by pbp   image 1 image
Demonstate 5pm - Dail Eireann, Kildare Street, Weds 25 May

Support Dail Motion To Finish Off Water Charges

There is a demonstration against water charges on Wednesday 25th May at 5pm at the Dail whilst the Right2Water TDs have tabled a motion to scrap Irish Water and water charges.

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dublin / housing / event notice Monday May 23, 2016 22:55 by NHHC   image 2 images
There are now at least 1,880 children living in emergency accommodation, rents are escalating beyond affordable levels, there are ‘economic’ evictions, mortgage arrears, repossessions, 100,000 households on the housing waiting lists, substandard accommodation and the growing numbers of those unable to buy a home.

* House the homeless * Address rising rents * Build social & affordable housing read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / event notice Thursday May 19, 2016 12:45 by Margaretta D'Arcy
After the success of the reading of the Non Stop Connolly Show in Connolly Books, I will be in conversation with the Oscar winning director Jim Sheridan on the 28th of May in Smock Alley Theatre at 8pm. He was also one the directors of the Non Stop Connolly Show back in 1975 in Liberty Hall. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / housing / news report Monday May 16, 2016 22:26 by SPARK   image 1 image
Dublin Tenants Association are launching a campaign for rent controls and security of tenure, to coincide with their submission to the Oireachtas housing committee.

They are asking people to submit photos (anonymous) of themselves with a short sign telling people about their stories from the private rental sector. See attached example. read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / event notice Wednesday May 11, 2016 12:05 by Dublin Film Qlub
DUBLIN FILM QLUB SEASON SIX:
FUNCTIONAL FAMILIES
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Our new season continues with...
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dublin / racism & migration related issues / event notice Monday May 09, 2016 14:05 by pbp   text 5 comments (last - sunday may 15, 2016 22:43)   image 1 image
Stop Racism in its tracks. United Against Racism are holding a protest
demonstration at the garage entrance to Nutgrove Shopping Centre to show
solidarity with the three young Afghani people who were subjected to a racist attack on Nutgrove Way
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dublin / housing / event notice Friday May 06, 2016 23:53 by D7HousingAction   image 2 images
As part of the 'Housing Land Initiative' Dublin City Council is threatening to hand land across Dublin - in O'Devaney Garden, St. Michael's Estate and Oscar Traynor Road -over to private developers.
We Want to Stop This.

Help us protest public land and housing across our city.
Protest - Dublin City Hall on Monday May 9th 5pm read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Tuesday May 03, 2016 23:44 by Inga
Polish organizations in Ireland are holding a solidarity rally with the events in Poland. We invite all political parties and organizations in Ireland with a commitment to civic freedoms to join us in this positive event promoting full equality and inclusion for everyone. On that day, we want to stand together, above nations, borders and political divisions, in a common quest for a just and democratic society.
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dublin / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Monday May 02, 2016 22:42 by Rojava Calling   image 1 image
Please come and show your support and opposition to the crimes against humanity being carried out by Turkey.

At 1pm there will be a peaceful vigil at the Turkish embassy, 8 Raglan Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

At 6:30pm there will be a public rally at the Spire in O'Connell Street.

We invite everybody who would like to join the campaign for solidarity with the Kurdish freedom struggle to attend a public meeting after the rally in the Teacher's Club on Parnell Square at 8pm this same evening. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / event notice Thursday April 28, 2016 22:26 by dctu   text 1 comment (last - friday may 06, 2016 23:28)   image 1 image   video 3 video files
Dublin Council of Trade Unions - May Day 2016 - Parade & Rally, Sunday May 1st

Assemble 2:30 pm, Garden of Remembrance
March to Liberty Hall for rally, Social with music provided by
Wally Page Band & Shadada People's Choir

Come out on Sunday May 1st and march behind your trade union banner .... Please spread the word!
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dublin / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Thursday April 28, 2016 12:45 by 1 of Indymedia
SIPTU members at Transdev will not accept the company reducing their pay in response to their prosecution of a lawful and legitimate trade dispute.

According to SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Owen Reidy, Transdev has acted in a provocative and unprecedented manner by threatening to reduce the pay of Luas drivers by at least 10% if they continue their work to rule. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / history and heritage / event notice Thursday April 28, 2016 08:48 by D1916   image 2 images
On Bank Holiday Monday, May 2, 2016 - on the eve of the one hundredth
anniversary of Patrick Pearse's execution - the people of Ballinteer,
Rathfarnham, Dundrum, Sandyford and the wider South Dublin
community will come together for a '1916 People's Parade' - to
remember and celebrate the lives of the Pearse brothers and all those
who fought for Irish freedom during the 1916 Rising. read full story / add a comment
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