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National Water Charge Protests - Saturday 31st Jan 2015
Community Groups will protest across Ireland



Community Groups around Ireland will protest in towns, cities and villages across Ireland about the water charges on Saturday 31 January. Seek them out and join them!

The government are still planning to privatize Irish Water. If and when this happens, then extra charges will be brought in for your waste water as well. This will be estimated to be equal what goes into your house. After the next election, the government will allow the charges to go up to the target amount of at least €400 to €600 per year per household. This means every time you shower, flush a toilet, clean your hands, wash your clothes, wash your dishes, it will cost you. In poorer areas this will lead to people flushing their toilets less and washing less and cleaning their clothes less and will become a public health issue over the longer run. We must stop this madness now and affirm that water is recognised as a human right and that the Irish government abolish domestic water charges. Please spread the word.


If you care about the future of water for yourself and your children then get out there and make your voice heard on Saturday 31st Jan

LINKS:

Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/irishwater #IrishWater

National Water Protest - Sat Jan 31st - Indymedia event notice:
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Clare Daly with campaigners outside the Boylesports office in Westmoreland Street, Dublin on January 30th
international / environment / opinion/analysis Saturday January 31, 2015 14:32 by Ban Hare Coursing in Ireland   text 3 comments (last - saturday january 31, 2015 22:53)   image 4 images
On the day that an alliance of animal welfare and conservation groups protested outside the office of main sponsor of the National Hare Coursing event, independent socialist TD for Dublin North, Clare Daly, confirmed that she was drafting a Bill to abolish the cruel so-called “sport” of hare coursing.

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dublin / environment / event notice Wednesday January 28, 2015 23:03 by An Taisce
Illustrated talk by Paul Kiernan, Welfare Officer of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Venue: The Goat, Kilmacud Road, Goatstown, Dublin 14
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wicklow / environment / event notice Wednesday January 28, 2015 21:16 by mm   image 1 image
First volunteer work day of Mountain Meitheal will be on Sunday 22nd of February to restore a section of trail at the 'miners village, nearby to Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Meet up at Glendalough Visitor Centre at 10:30 am sharp.

All volunteers must be eighteen years of age or older, no special skills are required and nobody is expected to work beyond their capabilities. Volunteers should come prepared for a day in the hills with appropriate footwear and a pack lunch including a hot drink. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / event notice Wednesday January 21, 2015 13:56 by Comhlámh   image 1 image
After 14 years of challenging the oil and gas industry in north Mayo, what knowledge does the community there have to share? What questions might other communities have and how might they benefit from the experiences of those standing up to Shell and the State?

A four-year research project (2010-2014) in the parish of Kilcommon, northwest Mayo, sought to identify and share useful knowledge from the experiences of challenging the Corrib Gas project. This has been used to create an exhibition in which people respond to the question: If you could say one thing to other communities facing an unsafe development planned for their area, what would it be? read full story / add a comment
cork / environment / event notice Monday January 19, 2015 13:20 by Órla O'Donovan
In a context where offshore oil, gas, fish and even seaweed are increasingly being privatised and managed by global corporations, this seminar will address the efforts of small coastal communities to raise fundamental questions about the common good and ownership and care of our coastal ‘commons’. Drawing on their experiences of the Corrib Gas controversy, but also other community struggles in Ireland a further afield, it will be given by film-maker Risteard Ó Domhnaill (maker of The Pipe and currently working on Atlantic) and Rossport farmer Monica Muller. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / other press Thursday December 25, 2014 00:20 by Ireland Against Salmon Farms   text 1 comment (last - monday december 29, 2014 12:19)
SMOKED salmon is the easy part of Christmas. Throw it on brown bread, with lemon and black pepper, and the innocents will think it’s posh and that you’ve spent a lot.

But you can get 100g of Everyday Value smoked salmon in Tesco — “responsibly sourced from the waters around Scotland, Norway or Ireland” — for €3.59.

But, today, as many of us prepare for the big Christmas supermarket shop, the Friends of the Irish Environment have ramped up their boycott of farmed salmon, strengthened by the news that the international Slow Food Movement — which counts among its supporters Bridgestone’s Sally McKenna and that icon of Irish sustainable food, Darina Allen — has condemned intensive open-pen fish farms. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday December 22, 2014 23:30 by FIE
The Environmental groups which support the ‘Boycott Farmed Salmon campaign at Christmas’ have welcomed Slow Food international’s declaration of its opposition to intensive open pen fish farms.

‘Give a Gift to the Environment – Boycott Farmed Salmon’, was launched in 2012 and last year picketed the Irish Good Food Ireland Awards, where farmed salmon featured on the evening menu.

Friends of the Irish Environment, who coordinate the campaign in Ireland, have welcomed Slow Food’s unequivocal statement. Piero Sardo the President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity confirmed that ‘Slow Food does not consider open net pen fish farms an environmentally sound practice’. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / other press Sunday December 07, 2014 11:51 by Rua   text 11 comments (last - monday december 29, 2014 10:53)
Only one year ago, supertyphoon Haiyan killed thousands, displaced millions of people and caused billions of dollars in damage. Communities are still struggling to rebuild their lives, grieving for loved ones lost and are now hit by another typhoon.

The toll in lives and rebuilding will continue to climb – and it’s up to us to stand with the people of the Philippines and hold Big Polluters to account.

Just a few dozen Big Polluters, including major oil, coal and gas companies, are responsible for two-thirds of the pollution. Communities like those affected by Haiyan are footing the bill for their destruction while Big Polluters continue to rake in billions in profits by selling their climate-killing coal, oil and gas.

Right now, negotiators are gathered at the Conference of Parties in Lima, Peru to discuss a global agreement on climate change. Many of them are still doing the bidding of the Big Polluters – but we can show them that the world is on the side of the people of the Philippines and won’t back down in this fight.

The resilient people of the Philippines are ready to take ambitious action, including legal, against the biggest polluters, and they need us all to stand with them. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Friday December 05, 2014 22:19 by FIE
The High Court has been asked to require the Information Commissioner , Peter Tyndall, to rule on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s refusal to release the accident Report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.

Friends of the Irish Environment have asked the Court for an ‘order of Mandamus’ requiring the Commissioner to hear an appeal of the Minister’s refusal.

Alex O’Donovan, Secretary of Save Bantry Bay [SBB] said that after the official count on 19 February 2014 they understood that the farm had been ‘virtually wiped out’.

However Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an 'internal communication' and that the public ‘interest would not be served by the disclosure’. read full story / add a comment
galway / environment / event notice Saturday November 01, 2014 21:52 by jp
This Sunday, 2 November at 1pm people from all over the West of Ireland will gather at Eyre Square, Galway to demonstrate their concern about the disastrous effects of climate change on the environment. The Galway Climate March will start in Eyre Square at 1pm on Sunday, 2 November and will travel as far as The Spanish Arch. Anyone interested in joining the march are encouraged to wear green and to bring banners, flags and signs promoting green, clean energy. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / event notice Saturday October 18, 2014 16:29 by SparkyD   image 1 image
The Progressive Film Club will be hosting a free screening of 'The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community' on Saturday 25th October at the New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2. The club's 'Green Day' programme begins at 3pm, with a short, 'The Last Ice Merchant', followed by the main feature at 3.30pm. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / news report Tuesday October 07, 2014 14:03 by Greenpeace - Philippines   image 3 images
MANILA, Philippines-- Climate change advocates from various sectors urged world governments to “walk their climate talk” as they launched the Climate Walk, dubbed as “A People’s Walk for Climate Justice.”

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Location of massive incinerator. Well placed for poisoning the people of Dublin
dublin / environment / event notice Thursday October 02, 2014 23:13 by pk   text 14 comments (last - sunday november 16, 2014 20:00)   image 3 images
Pressure is to be put on politicians - if this incinerator is not stopped they will lose votes (next year or early 2016 is a general election)
We need to highlight and get people of Dublin involved - this is a Dublin incinerator that will affect whole of Dublin and Ireland.

The Minister for Environment Alan Kelly can stop this incinerator if he gives the power back to Dublin City Councillors to make decisions about waste management.

We are asking people to join in our protest on Wednesday 22nd October - meeting at Ringsend church at 5pm and marching to the Dail. Stop the Poolbeg/Dublin Incinerator! (Meet us at the Dail from 6-8pm) read full story / add a comment
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dublin / environment / event notice Monday September 22, 2014 23:25 by FluorideGirl   image 1 image
I am really excited to have such a great line up for you. Coming all the way from the USA, Professor Paul Connett of Fluoride Action Network and the gorgeous red lipped Hot Press journalist Adrienne Murphy will share the whys, the who's and the hows about the fluoride chemicals in our drinking water.

The night will be hosted by my good friend and comedian Aidan Killian who will keep the event running smoothly and prevent any of us from over talking (which happens all the time when we start on about fluoride). I'd love to see lots of people coming who know nothing about fluoride, so if you have any one in your life that is on the fence please bring them with you and they will get the admission for free read full story / add a comment
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clare / environment / event notice Wednesday September 17, 2014 22:03 by Friends of Irish Environment   image 1 image
To celebrate the international day of action on climate change on Sunday September 21st you can join the family friendly event in Clare.

On Sunday, September 21st, just days before a landmark climate summit at the UN, Avaaz members around the world are taking part in a People's Climate March. World leaders don’t believe enough of us care about climate change, that’s why they’re still not yet rising to the challenge of saving our planet. But on September 21, we have an unprecedented chance to prove them wrong, with the largest climate mobilisation in history. We're joining with the Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers who are organising a cleanup on the day. Together we'll make a local difference and add our voices to the global call for sane political responses to climate change.
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international / environment / event notice Wednesday September 17, 2014 21:35 by Friends of Irish Environment   text 3 comments (last - sunday september 28, 2014 12:17)   image 1 image
Be part of the biggest worldwide climate mobilisation in history on September 21st and join us at The Bandstand in St Stephen's Green from 12-2pm for a picnic and fun activities to show you care about climate change!

Next Sunday, in cities and towns around the world, people will be getting together to show they care about climate change. You can be part of this worldwide movement by joining us for: The People's Climate Picnic

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national / environment / event notice Thursday September 11, 2014 14:07 by Sue Anthony   image 1 image   1 attached file
Captain Peter will briefly talk about the Sea Shepherd movement and specifically the past and upcoming Antarctica Whale Defence Campaigns.

He will be giving his Open Talk during the afternoon of Sun 28th Sept at St Andrews Resource Centre which is hosting a World Vegetarian Day event all afternoon. Later in the evening from 7pm to 9pm there is an opportunity to have dinner and drinks with Capt Peter in Cornucopian Restaurant. Tickets for this part are from contact@seashepherd.ie

In 2014 the UN International Court of Justice ruled that Japanese Whaling in Antarctica was illegal, many thought the battle was won, but Sea Shepherd Australia are preparing to return to Antarctica as the poachers seeks to resume the killing of whales in the Southern Whale Sanctuary.
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national / environment / feature Monday September 08, 2014 14:06 by Alan Hall   text 9 comments (last - friday october 24, 2014 13:27)   image 1 image   3 attached files
Corruption and incompetence rule in certain corridors of Dublin City Council. Coventa the company which somehow won the tender (despite not being a party to the bidding) and Dublin City Council have pushed the cost up to nearly €100 million for the land. Council Manager Owen Keegan said not one cent of the €96 million that has already been spent will be clawed back if the plan doesn't go ahead. Despite also as extra €36 million in extra costs many Councillors state that this whole thing has nothing to do with mad ideas from Bertie Ahern. Even if it does not go ahead it will still cost €600 million, and obviously this is the best interests of every else abroad who likes to sabotage Irish planning and make a few million doing so. Renewable energy is the future but not for the old school chums of yesteryear. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Tuesday August 26, 2014 15:05 by Woodland League   text 1 comment (last - wednesday august 27, 2014 13:48)   image 1 image
Press Release - Woodland League

The public amenity forest at Gougane Barra, co Cork has been clear-felled for no good reason. This is
the claim of an internationally renowned Irish tree-scientist and a number of Irish NGOs.
In January 2014, Coillte, the Irish Forestry Board, contended that ‘sudden oak-death’ (Phytophtera
ramorum) had infested the veteran larch trees in the forest and that urgent clear-felling was essential.
Documentary evidence purporting to support this assertion dated July 2013 has been branded tenuous
at best by Diana Beresford-Kroeger the renowned Irish tree-scientist who saw no sign of the disease
while filming in the forest in August of that year. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / environment / other press Monday August 25, 2014 23:37 by Anti-fracking   image 1 image
The Mayo Advertiser carried an article on fracking on Aug 22nd. See below.

Mayo needs to wake up to the reality that the controversial method of extracting natural gas from rock — known as fracking — could soon become a major issue in the county.

That is according to two local Sinn Féin representatives who this week urged the public and political representatives to call on the Government to make its position on fracking clear because a number of Mayo townlands in the Swinford and Charlestown areas have long been flagged as possible fracking sites. read full story / add a comment
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