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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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national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Friday June 11, 2010 13:59 by Speaker: Conor Kostick   text 1 comment (last - saturday june 12, 2010 15:11)   audio 1 audio file
Connor Kostick author of Revolution in Ireland: Popular militancy 1917 to 1923 spoke at the 2010 Dublin anarchist bookfair about the wave of workplace occupations and 'soviets' as well as the general strikes that are forgotten by conventional nationalist histories of this period. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / press release Friday May 21, 2010 13:25 by Jack Lane   text 17 comments (last - friday march 11, 2011 21:25)
RTÉ’s discredited 2007 documentary on the 1921 execution of two Protestant farmers in Coolacrease, Co. Offaly, features in a UCD summer course in Irish history starting Tuesday June 8 2010, 11am – 1.30pm, in Room Q005 of the Quinn School of Business in UCD.
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Blundelstown Interchange
international / history and heritage / press release Thursday May 20, 2010 17:24 by Carmel Diviney   text 73 comments (last - monday april 09, 2012 20:50)   image 21 images
48-hour fast by Republican prisoners to begin next Friday 30 April 2010....
international / history and heritage / news report Saturday April 24, 2010 23:19 by Sharon.   text 3 comments (last - sunday april 25, 2010 21:28)   image 2 images
A 48-hour fast will be held shortly by Republican POW's in Portlaoise Prison in support of their comrades in Maghaberry Prison. read full story / add a comment
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international / history and heritage / news report Friday April 02, 2010 21:50 by the leveller   text 5 comments (last - saturday april 03, 2010 22:14)   image 11 images   1 attached file
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national / history and heritage / news report Thursday March 25, 2010 20:25 by Fin Dwyer   text 4 comments (last - friday march 26, 2010 21:08)   image 1 image
A New Independent Irish History Podcast has risen to number 2 in Itunes podcast charts in less than a week to challenge Tommy Tiernan and Hector O hEochagain for the top spot. The podcast series aims to look back at the past 2000 years of Irish history and archaeology. The first show Barbarians looks at the what Ireland was like 2000 years ago, the coming of Christianity, Gaelic society and finishes up with a look at medieval attitudes to life and death. read full story / add a comment
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tyrone / history and heritage / press release Wednesday March 24, 2010 15:45 by Irish Republican Youth   text 1 comment (last - wednesday march 24, 2010 18:30)   image 3 images
Ógra Shinn Féin erected a number of murals in Carrickmore, County Tyrone last night (22 March) ahead of the main Easter Sunday County Commemoration taking place in the republican heartland.

The two murals erected on Quinn's Corner are one urging people to 'wear an Easter lily' in remembrance of Ireland's patriot dead and the other one is highlighting the strong solidarity links between the Basque and Irish Youth.

The murals are the first of many to be erected across Tyrone in the coming week.
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national / history and heritage / press release Sunday March 07, 2010 11:00 by Pauline Bleach
Since 2007, we have been patient and responded to all public consultations to have Tara included in the UNESCO Irish World Heritage Tentative list.

Given the worldwide interest in the Tara issue, we are hoping the Minister will give us all something to celebrate on St Patricks Day by submitting the Irish list just a little bit early?

The Minister's secretary envisions it will be in for the April deadline for this year. We hope to ensure that vision becomes reality. read full story / add a comment
donegal / history and heritage / news report Wednesday January 27, 2010 11:44 by Paula Geraghty   video 1 video file
In an old schoolhouse in north Donegal people gather to grant St Brigid permission to cross the threshold. She carries an armful of freshly cut rushes with a white cloth tied around them. They are laid on a long set of tables, and slowly men, women and children go up gather some rushes up to make the traditional St Brigid's crosses. read full story / add a comment
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international / history and heritage / news report Sunday January 24, 2010 14:11 by Save Newgrange   text 22 comments (last - tuesday february 23, 2010 14:38)   image 6 images
A campaign to save Brú na Bóinne from the Slane Bypass has been launched online over the weekend. It is being initiated by members of the National Monuments Forum, which includes Professor George Eogan, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology at University College Dublin. The National Roads Authority has chosen the most damaging route for archaeology and heritage, and Meath County Council has gone ahead and issued CPO orders for the route, without even waiting for the An Bord Pleanala oral hearing. A petition will be launched shortly, calling on Minister Gormley to deliver on his promise of a new National Monuments Act, and calling on UNESCO to place
Brú na Bóinne on their List of World Heritage in Danger. read full story / add a comment
US Marines in Port-au-Prince in 2004
international / history and heritage / feature Wednesday January 20, 2010 18:00 by Andrew Flood   text 14 comments (last - saturday january 30, 2010 15:57)   image 5 images   audio 1 audio file
As predictions for the death toll from the Haitian earthquakes rise over 200,000, ABC News have reported that planes carrying medical equipment and relief supplies are having to compete with soldiers for the valuable slots at Port-au-Prince airport which was taken over by the US military after the quake. Since the start of the great anti-slavery republican insurrection nearly 220 years ago, Haiti has been presented as a dangerous place incapable of running its own affairs and requiring foreign intervention. Yet the reality is its people were the first enslaved population to deliver themselves from slavery and also carried out what was only the third successful republican insurrection on the planet. The threat of this good example was rewarded with centuries of invasion, blackmail, the robbery of Haiti's natural resources and the impoverishment of its people. This articles summarizes that history of intervention and the resistance to it in order to put into context what is happening in Haiti after the quake read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Wednesday January 13, 2010 20:14 by Ruairí Ó Conghaile   text 11 comments (last - monday january 18, 2010 16:35)
A brief look at Irelands lost history of genocide and slave trading. A call to re-engage the spirit of revolution that burns deep in the contemporary Irish psyche and use this common heritage to take serious consideration of once again uniting the Island of Ireland. Peace and unity within the borders of our own land. read full story / add a comment
The Celtic design on the Lewis chessmen
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Sunday December 27, 2009 23:38 by Brian   text 21 comments (last - saturday october 22, 2011 04:27)   image 6 images
Every secret of art, every subtlety of knowledge, and every diligence of healing that exists, from the Tuatha De Danann had their origin. And although the Faith came, these arts were not driven out, for they are good.(1) read full story / add a comment
Foucault's pendulum at the Pantheon in Paris. "still swinging away over the stolen dead - thus turneth our world"
international / history and heritage / news report Saturday November 21, 2009 18:59 by iosaf mac diarmada   text 3 comments (last - wednesday november 25, 2009 11:08)   image 1 image
The French chattering classes are reacting to the news that Sarkozy wishes to move the body of Albert Camus from his grave in Lourmarin in southern France where he was buried after the car crash which killed the then recently Nobel Laureated writer and his publisher to the Pantheon in Paris where France has collected over 70 "illustrious dead men" and one "radioactive woman". Camus will be the second individual claimed by anarchism to be given a place in the Pantheon following the pacifist and anarchosyndicalist opposer to WW1, Jean Jaures moved there in 1924). Camus would be the first Pantheon resident to have been born in Algeria. His kids don't want him moved at all. However, I see in this a consistent concern I have articulated over the years at how contemporary regimes and society abuse the memory of the dead and use their legacy :-
.:.The Selective & Collective memory : Memory as fetishised community : Communality as fetishised memorial.:. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Wednesday November 18, 2009 19:04 by An Puca   text 28 comments (last - sunday june 13, 2010 18:34)   image 2 images
Book Review - England's Greatest Spy. Eamon De Valera by John J. Turi read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / news report Monday November 16, 2009 13:50 by DCTV   text 2 comments (last - tuesday november 17, 2009 23:30)   image 1 image
In the late 1970s and early 80s Dublin was a city spinning out of control due to the first devastating epidemic of heroin addiction. Inner city communities were under siege as drug users converged from all over to buy drugs in their flat complexes. By early 1983 hundreds had died as a result of drug related problems. Ordinary citizens mobilised and took to the streets in an attempt to stop the sale and distribution of drugs which were killing their families, friends and neighbours. read full story / add a comment
Blundelstwon interchange, with LOR route psssing just north
national / history and heritage / news report Sunday November 08, 2009 14:25 by TaraWatch   text 9 comments (last - tuesday june 22, 2010 01:01)   image 10 images
For years now, we have been reading about plans for the Leinster Orbital Route (LOR) or Dublin Outer Orbital Route (DOOR). Earlier this year, the NRA published a Feasibility Report from 2007, which shows route of the LOR passing along the side of the Hill of Tara. Notably, the route goes about 1km north of the Blundelstown Interchange, between the N3 and M3 motorway. However, last week Meath County Councillors were told to freeze planning on a 2km corridor on either side of the route. So, it is possible the route will pass directly through the Blundelstown Interchange, the Hill of Tara complex and the proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site. In fact, it appears that this was the plan all along, and that the route has been chosen before the public consultation even begins. read full story / add a comment
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international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Sunday November 01, 2009 14:51 by Tara Tara Tara   text 25 comments (last - thursday march 25, 2010 15:14)   image 30 images
The Mound of the Hostages... read full story / add a comment
it may be time to udpate the icon & milk it for what's its worth.
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday October 31, 2009 15:26 by ipsiphi .:. (ipsi)(phi...) / i(psi...)(phi)   text 30 comments (last - friday december 21, 2012 18:58)   image 9 images
As I write thousands of people, the vast ,majority of them Irish are assembling at the largest public worship building on this island in eager expectation of a Marian apparition. The Roman Catholic church runs Knock and played a vital role in the building of the basilica, local economy, airport & marian cult.

Mary is thought by Catholics to have made her first apparition within a generation of the death of Paul and the apostles on a column perhaps more apt for a sceptic philosopher in what is now the Aragonese city of Zaragossa. Since then she has been held to appear on a roughly bicentianeal basis throughout Europe with some notable gigs in Latin America, none in Africa or Asia.

This might tell us more about the kind of people who see, expect to see or have thought they have seen her than it would indicate any particular favouritism on her part. Each time she has appeared she has been reported as bringing news for the world, after all & not just the typically poor communities. read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / news report Monday October 19, 2009 13:51 by Ned Stapleton   text 4 comments (last - wednesday october 21, 2009 19:39)
Between defending Junket John O’Donoghue and propping up the sales of Bertie Ahern’s biography, Eoghan Harris, has taken time out to fall out with his old UCC history professor, John A Murphy.

What is the spat about?

Eoghan thinks that 140,000, 60,000 or 40,000 Protestants (take your pick) were driven out of Ireland during or after the War of Independence. John A thinks it a fine old theory, but devoid of evidence, essentially codswallop. It is a view Eoghan has been peddling without fear of contradiction in the Sunday Independent, which is presumably why John A has tackled the appointed (by Bertie) Senator in the Irish Times. There, Murphy can get the former Karl Marxist and Rupert Murdochite, now Tony O’Reillyist, on a more even scribbling field.
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