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Infographic: Each EU citizen creates 31kg of plastic waste per year | Statista
national / environment / press release Saturday January 13, 2018 22:53 by 1 of indy   image 2 images
A repost from Green News by Niall Sargent highlight the presence of plastic microbeads in every day products and why they should be banned immediately.

The State must step up its game to tackle plastic pollution in the wake of the UK’s new pledge to eliminate plastic waste by 2042, Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has said.

Launched by Prime Minister Theresa May this morning the 25 Year Environment Plan sets out the UK’s strategy to tackle plastic waste over the next quarter century. read full story / add a comment
national / health / disability issues / event notice Friday December 29, 2017 15:32 by Sean Crudden   text 3 comments (last - thursday february 01, 2018 17:12)   image 1 image
The 18th annual winter workshop organized by Cooley Environmental and Health Group will start at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday 27 January 2018 in The Strand, Omeath, Co. Louth. It is expected to finish at 5:30 p.m. on the same day. Anyone who wishes to stay overnight should contact The Strand as soon as possible. +353(0)429375161. The theme of the workshop is Mental Health Care in Louth, 1918 - 2018 and Beyond. read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Wednesday December 20, 2017 23:53 by pbp   image 1 image
The housing crisis is a running sore in Irish society. It cries out for a campaign of ‘people power’ to force through a programme of council house building, rent controls and to end landlord evictions.

For the past two years, People Before Profit has been working with others to help create a coalition that can bring tens of thousands onto the streets.

That coalition is the National Homeless and Housing Coalition. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / feature Wednesday December 13, 2017 23:01 by 1 of indy   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2018 15:16)   image 1 image   1 attached file
We are publishing this piece by PANA explaining what PESCO is about and how it means the loss of our neutrality. Unfortunately since then on Dec 7th the Dail voted by 75 to 42 to join PESCO.
Some key points are:
1) PESCO is a binding agreement because it says so. The government claims it is not. It is.
2) PESCO commits us to spending 2% of GDP on military spending by 2022. This is a figure of € 5.5 billion. We currently spend 1/10th of that on defense. This makes a mockery of "fiscal space"
3) PESCO in the event of crisis places under NATO's command. Therefore we are no longer neutral.
4) PESCO is the side door to Ireland joining a EU Army / NATO and would have us involved in "humanitarian" bombing and "peace making" -in other words imposing the demands of the corporate interests that rule above all else.
The Irish Government is considering joining PESCO. This will be one of the most important decisions this FG/Independeny Alliance will ever make. There needs at the very least a serious debate on the issue, and in any genuine debate form all sides in the corporate media. On the evidence so far this is highly improbable, as is their total lack of coverage of the use of Shannon Airport by US troops read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday December 13, 2017 12:03 by Aidan McNally
In recent years a dear friend was lost to massive heart attack. A young man Paul "Pulit" Carroll, collapsed in his home one evening after work. He would never again regain consciousness and was laid to rest some couple of weeks after.

In his memory and to support his young children, a life long friend who has not only a passion for motorbikes but was also All Ireland champion road racing rider for consecutive years in his motorbike road racing career, Mr Keith Costello will travel the entire country on his motor bike December 14th 2017 to honour his friend and raise funds to support the daughters left behind. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Monday December 11, 2017 21:28 by foie   text 2 comments (last - wednesday december 27, 2017 20:47)   image 1 image
“All eyes will now be on what unfolds in Ireland.”

The Irish Government will appear in the High Court on Tuesday (12 December) in relation to its alleged failure to take the required action to avert dangerous climate change. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Saturday December 09, 2017 21:56 by pbp   image 1 image
Richard Boyd Barrett TD, has condemned the government with the support of Fianna Fail for tabling a Dail motion this Thursday for Ireland to join the EU PESCO agreement on advanced military and defence cooperation. read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / press release Monday December 04, 2017 22:29 by sv   image 1 image   1 attached file
The December 2017 issue of Socialist Voice is out now.

Socialist Voice is produced monthly by the Communist Party of Ireland

Archives for previous issues are available online. read full story / add a comment
CABHAIR swimmers from the early days...!
national / history and heritage / event notice Monday December 04, 2017 20:36 by Sharon.   text 8 comments (last - wednesday december 27, 2017 23:45)   image 3 images
First CABHAIR Christmas day swim held in 1976 !
The annual sponsored swim to raise funds for the family and dependants of Irish republican prisoners will , as usual , be held on Christmas day next (Monday 25th December 2017). read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Monday December 04, 2017 20:33 by wf   image 2 images   1 attached file
A refusal to release details of the 41 outbreaks of disease on Irish salmon farms reported to Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s agencies in 2016 and 2017 is the subject of a petition launched today to the newly established Petitions Committee of the Oireachtas. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Monday December 04, 2017 20:25 by ddci
New report analyses developments across Europe and finds:

European governments are leading a race to the bottom which will see average global corporate tax rates hit zero by 2052. A detailed analysis of 17 EU member states and Norway reveals 12 governments have either just cut their corporate tax rate, or are planning to do so in the near future.

Ireland receives a 'red card' in the report, as one of only two countries to receive all red in a traffic light ranking scoring a number of measures identified by civil society as key steps to bring an end to tax dodging.

Half the countries analysed, including Ireland, are found to have harmful tax practices, which can be used by multinational corporations to avoid taxation.

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Saturday December 02, 2017 18:47 by wsm   image 1 image
Irish Rail workers were out on strike recently. What’s going on?

The WSM recently caught up with J, an activist and worker at Irish Rail, to find out.

For background details, see our analysis, "Why Irish Rail workers are right to strike", published here. https://wsm.ie/c/why-irish-rail-workers-are-right-strike read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Friday November 24, 2017 15:51 by cropbeye

Will the next General election feature many new candidates.
Will they make much of a difference or will many be elected?
What formula should people use to vote i.e 1 to 5 even if it is the least bad of a bad lot? read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Thursday November 23, 2017 22:47 by pbp   image 1 image
It began when Varadkar told his Fine Gael members that Irish homelessness was ‘low by international standards’. It was followed up by a concerted campaign by state officials attacking the ‘bad behaviour’ and claiming that ‘homelessness is normal.' read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Tuesday November 21, 2017 22:31 by fie
Today the High Court delivered its judgment in the case of Friends of the Irish Environment vs. Fingal County Council.

While dismissing FIE’s challenge to a decision to give Dublin Airport Authority more time to build a third runway at Dublin Airport, the court nevertheless recognised for the first time a constitutional right to environmental protection “that is consistent with the human dignity and well-being of citizens at large’”.

This is the first new constitutional right to be recognised in several decades. read full story / add a comment
national / sci-tech / news report Wednesday November 15, 2017 18:51 by Vax Now !   text 5 comments (last - sunday november 26, 2017 17:54)
Responding to a recent measles outbreak in which 17 adults and children have been infected with the highly infectious disease , Dr Deirdre Mulholland, Director of Public Health for HSE East, has urged people to get themselves and their dependants vaccinated , saying, “the best protection is to be fully vaccinated with 2 doses of MMR vaccine."
The majority of the patients currently being treated are from north Dublin; five are from Meath, the HSE said today. A spokeswoman for the Measles Outbreak Control Team said that alerts regarding the disease have been sent to all Emergency Departments and GPs in Dublin, and Meath. read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Wednesday November 08, 2017 22:14 by nbru
NBRU condemns Irish Rail for playing footloose and fancy free with taxpayers’ money as it had planned for a series of industrial action in advance of the completion of pay talks. read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Monday November 06, 2017 22:29 by Green News   image 1 image
Almost ten per cent of whales, dolphins, and porpoises examined as part of a new Irish study were found to have plastics in their digestive tracts.

The study ( https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269...5204#! ) published in Environmental Pollution found that 8.5 per cent (45 individuals) of Irish cetaceans tested had marine debris in their stomachs and intestines.

Deep-diving offshore species such as True’s and Cuvier’s beaked whales ingested more plastics than individuals from coastal or pelagic species.

Data compiled from 1990-2015 on cetacean stranding and bycatch in Ireland was analysed in the study, with post-mortem examinations carried out on 528 digestive tracts from 11 species. read full story / add a comment
Making Connections 'Give an Hour, Gain an Hour' Campaign
national / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday October 25, 2017 13:48 by Karen O'Connor   image 3 images   video 1 video file
When the clocks go back this weekend (29th), the Dublin based charity, Making Connections are challenging everyone to give their extra hour to the older people in their lives. The Charity sees this as a chance for the whole country to help tackle isolation and loneliness – and inspire others to connect the generations, all with just one hour of your time. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Tuesday October 24, 2017 23:21 by pbp
The Irish banks are repeat criminal offenders. Back in the 1980’s, the banks helped thousands of wealthy customers to avoid their taxes in what became known as the DIRT scandal. Brian O'Boyle writes.

The DIRT scandal involved bank managers telling staff to pretend their customers were living overseas. AIB were particularly guilty of this offence eventually paying €90 million back to the Revenue Commissioners. Even when they were caught the banks illegally moved tens of millions of pounds to the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. read full story / add a comment
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