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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

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international / gender and sexuality / press release Monday June 30, 2008 04:28 by Danielle Ni Dhighe
The North American section of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement issue a statement to commemorate the 39th Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / feature Friday June 27, 2008 12:25 by Paula Geraghty   text 5 comments (last - thursday july 10, 2008 03:03)   image 30 images
A bit of rain didn't stop thousands from taking to the streets of Dublin to celebrate what is now a fixture in the Irish calendar and to campaign for Marraige Equality for same sex relationships. This year saw the 25th anniversary and homage was paid to the years of campaigning and how far Irish society has come. However there was a recognition that not all was won and the struggle for full equality still goes on. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / news report Sunday June 22, 2008 14:46 by BalconyTV
An estimated 3,000 people turned in Dublin yesterday for the annual Gay Pride parade. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / news report Tuesday April 15, 2008 12:18 by Elisa O'Donovan   text 34 comments (last - thursday june 12, 2008 13:01)   image 2 images
This year see’s the first (and hopefully last!) Miss UCD beauty pageant, sponsored by UCDSU ,alongside trashy tabloids The sun and News of the world. The first Miss UCD takes place on Thursday 17th April. The winner of the ‘competition’ will win automatic entry to Miss Ireland as well as winning beauty makeovers , clothes and a gym membership. Miss Ireland and hence Miss UCD bans all mothers, wives and women under 5’4 from entering.These sexist competitions have no place in Ireland and particularly in UCD. These types of competitions are demeaning and are an excuse for putting sexism on parade They encourage the idea that women should be seen as sex objects to be judged by men, as well as making women believe that to be desirable they have to conform to unrealistic types of ‘beauty’.

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national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Sunday April 13, 2008 11:39 by Add Your Voice   text 4 comments (last - tuesday april 15, 2008 09:51)   image 1 image

This is a brief link to the Irish Safe and Legal campaign, who have linked to the
Pro-choice Majority Campaign in Britain in relation to the attempt through
legislation to reduce the Upper Abortion Limit, as part of the HFEB Bill .

On May the Seventh 2008, the Houses in the UK will vote on a divisive Bill
which has actively left women's rights and NGO groups out of the equation
in relation to Choice and Healthcare issues.


The HFEB is called the Human Fertilisation and Embrology Bill. (HEFB 2008) read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Monday March 31, 2008 19:06 by Anne McShane   text 11 comments (last - sunday may 18, 2008 19:15)
A major and imminent threat to women’s rights looms in the amendments being put forward to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. ‘Pro-life’ MPs aim to reduce the time limit for abortion from 24 weeks to as little as 13 weeks.

Although the Labour Party formally defends the current time limits, Gordon Brown like his predecessors will allow a free vote, so as to appease the significant and vocal anti-abortion section within the cabinet. From reports, it seems likely that there will be some reduction, probably to 20 weeks, given the current balance of forces, as there is strong support for such a move among Tory, Liberal Democrat and Labour MPs alike - all of whom will have a free vote. David Cameron has taken the lead by announcing that he will be using his vote to lower the limit.

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dublin / gender and sexuality / feature Wednesday March 12, 2008 16:00 by bot   text 5 comments (last - friday march 14, 2008 14:51)   image 9 images
On International Women's Day this year, women took to the streets of Dublin, in celebration of Dublin's feminist history and in realisation of what still needs to be done. read full story / add a comment
international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Sunday March 09, 2008 00:16 by Cliona Flanagan   text 4 comments (last - saturday april 12, 2008 17:05)   image 1 image
Every year we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. This goes back to 1910, when an international conference of socialist women decided that 'women the world over set aside a particular day each year to remember women and their struggles.' read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / press release Tuesday March 04, 2008 21:31 by Niav   text 9 comments (last - tuesday march 11, 2008 16:32)   image 1 image
Press Release for the Feminist Walking Tour of Dublin. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / press release Tuesday March 04, 2008 11:17 by Anne McShane   text 2 comments (last - tuesday march 04, 2008 18:43)   image 1 image
HOPI is involved in organising meetings to commemorate Women’s Day as follows :

Wed 5th March

Lourdes Youth & Community Services in Rutland Street have arranged a lunchtime meeting at 1 pm.

Thursday 6th March at the following venues in Finglas:
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national / gender and sexuality / press release Friday February 01, 2008 10:50 by Niav   text 4 comments (last - monday february 04, 2008 14:09)
Choice Ireland has welcomed the Government's decision to reduce VAT on condoms. The measure is included in the Finance Bill 2008, published today.
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"The Right to Choose About Our Own Bodies" Campaigners hold a sign during a recent protest in the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires.
international / gender and sexuality / feature Wednesday October 10, 2007 17:23 by R.E. Silvera   text 38 comments (last - sunday october 28, 2007 11:27)   image 5 images
The Republic of Argentina shares many sociohistorical parallels with the Republic of Ireland. Both have been traditionally conservative, christian nations, with the Roman Catholic Church having a privileged position of power in all areas of public life. Even so, due to massive demonstrations and strong activist commitment, coupled with horrifying stories which came to the attention of the press, it became impossible for the government to stay impassive any longer. While abortion hasn't become legal in Argentina, this article will explore its history, the parallels with Ireland, and recent developments which may be opening the way for safe and legal abortion in the South American nation. read full story / add a comment
Some day they will isolate the hormone which causes shock & sell it.
international / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Tuesday September 25, 2007 17:56 by ribbid   text 22 comments (last - saturday january 08, 2011 21:15)   image 2 images
This week saw a state wide campaign launched in Italy to stop anorexia nervosa the psychological eating condition which overwhelmingly but not exclusively is suffered by women. There have been many campaigns to stop anorexia since the condition first gained prominence just around post-war period when Europeans generally had enough to eat again. But the campaign launched by Oliviero Toscani of Benetton notoriety could just as easily be accused of body fascism & means something more. read full story / add a comment
Shonagh opened the procedures and MC'd the rest of the act.
dublin / gender and sexuality / feature Thursday July 05, 2007 08:53 by R.E. Silvera   text 12 comments (last - monday august 13, 2007 21:54)   image 5 images
On Saturday 30th of June, 2007, Choice Ireland held a rally at the Central Bank Plaza at 2pm. The theme of the rally was "Fight for a Woman's Right to Choose". In attendance were Senator David Norris as well as Ivana Bacik and a representative from Doctors for Choice, who spoke on their different experiences of the issue of reproductive rights, as well as the status of the campaign in the light of a recent M-R-B-I poll that presented that a majority of people now support legislating for abortion rights in the Republic of Ireland. read full story / add a comment
If diagrams of female genitals (with or without clitoris) offend you don't look at this image.
international / gender and sexuality / news report Thursday June 28, 2007 20:31 by ribbid   text 7 comments (last - wednesday december 17, 2014 02:21)   image 1 image
A 2005 UNICEF report suggested 97%of Egyptian women between ages 15 and 49 had undergone some type of genital mutilation or circumcision. Last week ago Bodur Ahmed Shaker an 11 year old girl died after undergoing the operation at a private clinic in Minya province in the south of the state. Doctors at the clinic had suggested her death was due to a a heavy dose of anaesthetic and her operation is believed to have been a result of her parents wish to preserve her chastity..,

Since then the Egyptian establishment has moved to close a final loop-hole in their legislation which had allowed a practise which has been common since Pharonic times to continue. The change to the law announced this afternoon followed statements on Islamic theology from the state mufti (supporting the end to this barbaric practice and reminding all it has no scriptural basis in either Quran or Talmud [old testament] ) read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Sunday May 20, 2007 11:26 by C Murray   text 14 comments (last - sunday october 07, 2007 18:27)
To Precede this 'Opinon and Analysis' on the Constitutional crisis of May and June
2006 and right up to this election, I want to state that the statute which came about
as a result of emergency legislation equally mitigates against the 12-17 year old
pre-consent boy; but the sub-title of the piece is focussed on the creation of an
under-class. The collapse of the 1935 legislation which came about as a direct
result of the Laffoy Judgement on the 'A' case led to the introduction of the Criminal Law
(Sexual Offences) Bill 2006, (amended 2007), this included the insertion of the
unconstitutional section 5 into the statute, which still stands , without repeal and
without re-visit. read full story / add a comment
national / gender and sexuality / opinion/analysis Thursday May 17, 2007 09:52 by C Murray   text 2 comments (last - thursday may 17, 2007 11:02)   image 2 images
This is just a short Opinon and analysis, because details are sketchy and
the Irish Times has the story. COSC was set up rather rapidly by the Dept of
Justice in the run-up to the General election.

It involved a reply to the burgeoning problem of violence against women
and was set up under the aegis of 'Equality'- there seems to be a problem
with the issue , as last night a press release from combined Violence
against women campaigns including Amnesty, The Rape Crisis Network,
the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and other concerned Non-Governmental
Organisations asked for it's remit to be published and for it's work to be
stopped. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / news report Wednesday May 09, 2007 13:48 by ...a   text 25 comments (last - tuesday may 15, 2007 14:32)   image 5 images
There is a large anti-Choice gathering outside the Four Courts. Please come down and show your support for Miss d. read full story / add a comment
Pro-choice demonstration at Four Courts
dublin / gender and sexuality / feature Tuesday May 08, 2007 11:36 by Joe Black   text 55 comments (last - friday may 11, 2007 20:43)   image 6 images
The D-case of a 17 year old woman who has been prevented traveling to England for an abortion continued in the High Court today. A pro-choice solidarity rally took place outside as well as a brief anti-woman counter rally. read full story / add a comment
dublin / gender and sexuality / news report Saturday May 05, 2007 17:55 by Joe Black   text 5 comments (last - sunday may 06, 2007 18:55)   image 10 images   audio 1 audio file
Choice Ireland held a rally at the GPO in Dublin today in solidarity with 'D' who is prevented travelling to England for an abortion by a court injunction read full story / add a comment
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