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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 / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Thursday November 01, 2007 22:03 by Sean   text 3 comments (last - monday november 05, 2007 17:35)
In response to a number of comments in relation to the Communist Party of Ireland's celebration of the Ninetieth anniversary of the October Socialist Revolution both on the internet and in the print media on what we might or might not say about events pertaining to the revolution and subsequent developments we have poster the speech delivered by Eugene Mc Cartan, to a packed meeting in Liberty Hall on Friday 26th October read full story / add a comment
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meath / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Sunday October 21, 2007 05:04 by viajft   text 3 comments (last - sunday october 21, 2007 20:07)   image 9 images
It’s a little darker under the trees than the last time I was here and the colors of Autumn have started there march through the leaves at Rath Lugh. This hill here was never put on an ordnance survey map and the name has shifted and been shifted until it now means only a small monument which may soon disappear. It can be seen from everywhere in the valley, it has been here throughout all of Tara’s history yet details about it are sketchy and it appears only briefly in ancients writings. One of the monuments on its roof has been temporary preserved but which one is unsure. This is after years of planning a road around it, destroying a part of it and then trying to protect it. Due to the advance of the M3 everything in the valley has been documented, mapped and numbered except this hill and now its woods, monuments, graves and spring are snared and encircled by a speculator driven, badly planned and unwanted road.
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international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Thursday October 18, 2007 01:17 by Philip   text 11 comments (last - monday october 22, 2007 11:58)   image 5 images
The October 31st holiday that we today know as Halloween has strong roots in paganism and is closely connected with worship of the Enemy of this world, Satan. It is a holiday that generally glorifies the dark things of this world, rather than the light of Jesus Christ, The Truth.

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international / history and heritage / press release Wednesday October 17, 2007 13:25 by Shan   text 12 comments (last - monday october 29, 2007 07:48)
The existence of a newly discovered site was confirmed last night by activists on the Hill. This went out at 6am, before we read the papers read full story / add a comment
The monument
antrim / history and heritage / news report Monday October 15, 2007 22:38 by Ciarán Ó Brolcháin   text 8 comments (last - sunday october 30, 2011 19:06)   image 12 images   video 1 video file
With the International Brigade Memorial Trust AGM taking place in Belfast on the weekend of 12-14 October, attendees were overjoyed to witness the unveiling of a memorial to those who took a stand in defence of the Spanish Republic on Saturday 13th October in Writers' Square. read full story / add a comment
offaly / history and heritage / news report Monday October 15, 2007 21:14 by Vercingetorix   text 31 comments (last - saturday july 26, 2014 20:00)   image 6 images
Did you know that in the name of protecting it, The Irish Government have decided to move The Turoe Stone (the most important piece of Celtic stone-art in the world) from its rural home environment in Turoe to a museum in Galway City? read full story / add a comment
People in Offaly suspcious of RTE programme's approach
offaly / history and heritage / feature Monday October 08, 2007 10:13 by Pat Muldowney   text 307 comments (last - friday november 30, 2007 00:51)   image 15 images
RTÉ has announced a programme in its Hidden History series making controversial claims about IRA sectarianism during the War of independence. This is how RTE is currently publicising it:

Guns and Neighbours: The Killings at Coolacrease
“The bloody tale of a bitter land dispute, involving a family of Protestant farmers in County Offaly, which comes to a deadly conclusion during the War of Independence. Featuring interviews with descendants of the men who carried out the killings, this portrait of a forgotten atrocity features substantial newspaper archive research, IRA witness statements and military documents from the period.”

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international / history and heritage / press release Saturday September 29, 2007 17:51 by Tivo   text 3 comments (last - sunday september 30, 2007 21:48)
The Tara compilation album is now available online. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / press release Wednesday September 26, 2007 21:32 by Carmel   text 15 comments (last - sunday september 30, 2007 03:28)
Samhain Fires and Great Banquet read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / news report Tuesday September 25, 2007 17:52 by Tara Pixie   text 3 comments (last - thursday september 27, 2007 12:55)   image 6 images
Efforts to halt the destruction of the Gabhra Valley continue with the Monday route walk! read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / news report Monday September 24, 2007 19:29 by NIFC   text 1 comment (last - wednesday september 26, 2007 03:21)
On 11 am Saturday, September 22nd, Susan Mc Keown, event organizer welcomed an enthusiastic crowd gathered outside the Irish consulate on Park Avenue in Manhattan to show their opposition to the proposed four-lane motorway through the world famous and archeologically rich Tara in Co. Meath, Ireland. read full story / add a comment
meath / history and heritage / feature Monday September 24, 2007 00:32 by Paula Geraghty   text 61 comments (last - sunday october 24, 2010 19:32)   image 51 images
Over 1500 people from across Ireland and beyond, gathered at the Hill of Tara to take part in a living human sculpture to call for the rerouting of the M3 away from the Tara Valley. read full story / add a comment
meath / history and heritage / news report Wednesday September 12, 2007 19:23 by Helen Rose   text 11 comments (last - wednesday september 19, 2007 13:51)   image 4 images
An Emergency Situation is developing at the Lismullin Site where Construction Works to Divert the Gabhra River have Seriously Breached the 250m Exclusion Zone of the National Monument. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday September 03, 2007 10:11 by Brian   text 1 comment (last - friday august 08, 2008 11:11)
This is a theory which attempts to shed light on the obscure origins of the Irish Rebellion of 1641. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Sunday September 02, 2007 17:12 by Dee   text 3 comments (last - monday september 03, 2007 00:29)   image 1 image
How Tara has come to this I do not understand and do not accept. Stop the destruction now. Begin the World Heritage Park now. read full story / add a comment
You are now approaching Rath Lugh!
meath / history and heritage / news report Wednesday August 29, 2007 00:54 by Paula Geraghty   text 8 comments (last - friday august 31, 2007 14:15)   image 21 images
"To endanger such a place is a symptom of the greed, corruption and
disrespect being shown for nature, people and our environment.
The solution to this controversy is to re-route 7 km of the double-
tolled Motorway, but it seems that vested interests in this area have
been preventing the consideration of any alternatives. " read full story / add a comment
Girlie Wallpaper
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Thursday August 23, 2007 10:05 by Elizabeth   image 2 images
Heritage Week begins August the 25th 2007. The web-address is included here:-


This is the week , when well meaning groups such as the Heritage Council provide
the Irish people with a brief reminder of the importance of heritage to us as a community
and a nation. read full story / add a comment
Drawing of Lismullin remains from Deevy report
meath / history and heritage / news report Tuesday August 21, 2007 11:59 by TaraWatch   text 4 comments (last - wednesday august 22, 2007 16:00)   image 2 images
An international archaeological expert has issued an independent report which contradicts many NRA findings and recommendations regarding the newly discovered national monument in Lismullin, and calls for full preservation of the "unique" national monument. read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday August 20, 2007 11:52 by KP Kev the Poet aka Knowledge is Power the Hip-Hop Bard   text 17 comments (last - wednesday may 21, 2008 14:15)   image 1 image
The Irish Government is building a four-lane motorway only 1 km from the main site of The Hill of Tara however the whole land around the main hill is of archeological interest, historical interest and spiritual interest. In July 2007 bulldozers came in the middle of the night (possibly to avoid the protestors, speculation but I can't see any excuse for using bulldozers in the middle of the night) destroying an ancient burial ground at Baronstown in the Tara-Skryne valley. Independent archaeologists claimed this site was of national monument status! The site was entirely devastated. read full story / add a comment
meath / history and heritage / news report Friday August 17, 2007 01:59 by TaraWatch   text 47 comments (last - wednesday september 19, 2007 10:34)   image 1 image
The National Roads Authority (NRA) has submitted a copy of the Directions given by Minister Dick Roche, for
the excavation and demolition of the national monument at Lismullin, to An Bord Pleanala.

Originally, the Bord required said a decision would be reached by December, but stated today that they expect a decision next week. read full story / add a comment
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