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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

national / miscellaneous / other press Friday January 24, 2020 08:51 by raksha
Do you know, nowadays healthy competition is growing day by bay between students to crack government exams? Everyone is looking for security, money, and status, and to achieve all these people are left finding public sector jobs. Every student is preparing for government exams. There was a time when everyone wants to be an Engineer, but now even Engineers are found jobless and they are also preparing for different government exams like Bank Clerk, Probationary Officer, Specialist Officer, SSC Steno, Junior Engineer, CGL, and SSC CHSL in India.
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national / environment / press release Friday January 17, 2020 22:01 by foie
Release of Biomass Power Station records halted
€474 million in public money depended on Commissioner for Energy Regulator decision

The release of documentation concerning the Commissioner for Energy Regulation’s [CER] decision not to renew a 100% certificate of High Efficiency to Mayo Renewable Power Supply Ltd. for a proposed €255m high-efficiency biomass combined heat and power plant [HE CHP] in Killala, County Mayo was halted at the last moment by the Commissioner for Environmental Information [CEI]. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / press release Friday January 17, 2020 18:03 by Kate Zeller
IMF Head Kristalina Georgieva warns of a return of the Great Depression driven by inequality and financial sector instability in a speech delivered at the Peterson Institute of International Economics. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday January 08, 2020 10:58 by foie   text 2 comments (last - sunday january 26, 2020 14:02)
Turf cutting on protected raised bogs reported to the European Commission.
22 of Ireland’s 53 protected bogs still being openly cut breaching EU law

Ireland’s failure to protect the 53 bogs designated for protection under the Habitats Directive in 1997 has been reported to Virginijus Sinkevicius, the newly appointed Director General for Environment. [1] read full story / add a comment
limerick / miscellaneous / press release Monday December 30, 2019 10:01 by David Lamont
Rathkeale, small Limerick town, is first in Ireland to adopt the American Challenge Coin concept to thank 52 of its citizens for making it a better place to be and to encourage others to lend a helping hand. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Sunday December 22, 2019 22:26 by foie
An environmental group has issued a ‘Call to Arms’ targeting the Government’s newly published Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019, recently opened for Public Consultation.

The Bill, which imposes restrictions on citizens bringing Judicial Reviews of planning decisions, has been in part triggered by delays in the planning system leading to the withdrawal of plans for Apple at Athenry and the referral to the European Court of Justice of the US New Fortress Energy Shannon LNG terminal as well as a number of cases taken by environmental campaigner Peter Sweetman. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / opinion/analysis Saturday December 21, 2019 20:25 by Diamantina   text 34 comments (last - wednesday january 01, 2020 23:11)
The exploitation of tax funds for private personal gains by state sector employees, particularly at universities.UCC as example.
The public is funding things like applications for human gene patents. This means that we all have to pay to have access to our genetic coding and bodies. The people applying for the patents stand to benefit personally in any future income generated by such patents because despite being paid a publicly funded salary, the universities also pay the employee a percentage in future. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Saturday December 21, 2019 15:12 by Kate Zeller
President Trump signed a year-end spending bill which authorizes the first phase of debt relief for Somalia. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / other press Wednesday December 18, 2019 23:27 by 1 of indy
Slavoj Zizek writes an interesting Op Ed for RT.com about the massive Labour defeat in the UK elections outlining some of the main factors but also highlighting how big Capital has gone to great lengths to completely discredit Corbyn

What is not realized is that while traditional Left concepts like the class war and actual socialism have been removed off the agenda by all the media and the Left itself has largely be redirected into identify politics which offers no real resistance to big Capital, big Capital themselves are still very much fighting the class war and making sure the central ideas of socialism don't get an airing nor come remotely close to be fulfilled and hence people like Corbyn have to be discredited by any and all means read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday December 18, 2019 21:55 by Kate Zeller
As part of the Federal government's year-end spending package or "minibus," Congress passed the first phase of debt relief for Somalia. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Tuesday December 17, 2019 13:16 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
The importance of theatre is demonstrated by the prevalence and variety of forms it takes both locally and globally in society today. Indeed, over the centuries theatre has played an important sociological and ideological role. It has been used both by communities and elites to propagate and spread ideas for the consolidation of society (Morality plays), for social improvement (Neo-Classical plays) as well as instigating and promoting revolutionary ideas (Brechtian theatre). read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Sunday December 15, 2019 23:21 by foie
N11 Improvement Scheme ‘undermines Climate Action Plan 2019’

Promised ‘deep level of collaboration across government’ absent from road considerations


In a submission to the public consultation on the N11/M11 Junction 4 to Junction 14 Improvement Scheme, Friends of the Irish Environment claims the proposal undermines the ‘Climate Action Plan 2019’ requirement for a ‘deep level of collaboration across government’. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Saturday December 14, 2019 16:54 by Anthony Ravlich
The United Nations human rights omissions have determined western culture and global freedom for decline by removing freedom of thought. The latter eliminates human accomplishments which led to the dominance of western civilization which also helped ensure global freedom. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / press release Thursday December 12, 2019 21:39 by Kate Zeller
More than 80 national religious bodies and local churches, synagogues and Muslim groups sent a letter to the Senate urging passage of the ILLICIT CASH Act (S.2563) and the Corporate Transparency Act (S.1978). read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Saturday December 07, 2019 23:19 by pbp
People Before Profit TD says Dáil debate on housing solutions should receive as much media attention as No Confidence drama

Grass-roots housing protest in Dublin today demands urgent solutions to housing and homeless crisis


In a statement, Richard Boyd Barrett TD for People Before Profit said the Dáil debate on housing solutions should receive as much media attention as the Dáil no confidence debate in the housing minister earlier this week. read full story / add a comment
national / rights, freedoms and repression / press release Friday November 29, 2019 21:46 by foie
Award-winning group calls for scrapping of proposed planning restrictions
Justice must be ‘free, full, and speedy’

An award-winning environmental group has called for citizens to oppose the recently published Planning Bill 2019 which imposes further restrictions on the ability of citizens’ groups to bring legal actions before the Irish Courts. read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Friday November 15, 2019 22:48 by 1 of indy
The ongoing coup (via a Color Revolution) in Bolivia to overthrow the democratically elected government and clearly instigated by the US is yet another sad example of how the lives of millions of people are cynically destroyed. But an not so surprising fact has come to light. Bolivia has probably the worlds largest reserves of Lithium now the new "oil" of this age and President Morales recently signed an agreement with China to mine this. This is the reason the US has struck now.

Here is a report from RT on the ongoing situation.
Questions remain about the circumstances that led to Morales’ ouster, and whether foreign governments played a role in it. But recent history provides reason to suspect that Bolivia’s rich natural resources are part of the answer. ... read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / opinion/analysis Friday November 15, 2019 14:07 by Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin
Poetry is often associated with genteel people and laid-back lifestyles, yet over the decades since the Enlightenment many poets have been actively involved in the most radical of political and art movements. Setting up a solid foundation for such attitudes was the poet extraordinaire, Alexander Pope. In this essay I shall look at the connection between poetry and socio-political struggles over the centuries. From Pope to the Chartists, and from the Irish revolutionary poets to the postcolonial writers writers of Africa, poetry has played an important part in social change. The recent explosion of global demonstrations and rallies has also been connectioned with radical poetry as will be seen in Chile for example. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday November 12, 2019 22:29 by foie   text 1 comment (last - friday november 15, 2019 01:47)
Industrial peat extraction at risk as EU Court triples fines requested by Commission

Ongoing weekly fine of €100,005 by EU Court highlights ‘a matter of indisputable seriousness’

An angry European Court of Justice ruled today that Ireland’s conduct shows that it has ‘not acted in accordance with its duty of sincere cooperation to put an end to the failure to fulfil obligations’ under the EU Directive on Environmental Assessment.

The Judgment arose out of the failure to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment for a windfarm in Derrybrien County Galway that led to a massive landslide on October 16, 2003 during which tonnes of peat were dislodged, polluting the Owendalulleegh River and killing 50,000 fish. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / press release Thursday November 07, 2019 18:03 by pbp
On Wednesday a Solidarity- People Before Profit Dáil motion will be debated to unblock over 50 opposition bills currently stuck in limbo because of the governments use of what is called ‘The Money Message’.

The motion which will be debated in the Dáil on November 6th would change current standing orders that govern the progress of opposition bills.

This motion will recognise the right of the Government of the day to have control, over the appropriation of public monies but it will stop the misuse of the constitutional clause that standing orders is based on. It will remove the use of incidental expenses and indirect costs of implementing a Bill from the reasons that the Government can impose a ‘Money Message’. read full story / add a comment
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