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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 / press release Tuesday April 17, 2012 23:37 by Laurence Cox   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 18, 2012 14:59)
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national / miscellaneous / press release Tuesday April 17, 2012 18:38 by Laura Farrell
DCU invites Irish technology decision makers, entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups to the Helix, DCU for Get Digital: The National Conference on Cloud Computing and Commerce. This free event will take place on 25th April between 1pm and 6pm. 15 business leaders and experts will speak on cloud computing and the commercial opportunities for Irish businesses and the Irish economy. Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing segments and a significant part of the overall market for information technology and services and can reduce both the upfront and maintenance costs for ICT in most businesses. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Monday April 16, 2012 23:28 by Sian   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 19, 2012 12:57)
April 17 is the International Day of Peasant Struggle, commemorating the massacre of 19 peasants struggling for land and justice in Brazil in 1996. Every year on that day actions take place around the world in defense of peasants and small-scale farmers struggling for their rights.

European civil society organizations and movements are asked to come together to recognize International Day of Peasant Struggle and to amplify their demand for European and global Food Sovereignty in a week of action and vibrant demonstrations.

Below is the is the list of actions and press release from some members of the growing movement for Food Sovereignty in Ireland to mark this important day. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Monday April 16, 2012 21:49 by Food Sovereigngty Ireland
Irish working group on Food Sovereignty

***Groups across Ireland organize activities to mark 17th April, International Day of Peasant Struggle of Via Campesina
***Irish company involved in landgrabbing
***30,000 hectares of publicly owned land now privatized in Serbia by Irish investors
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international / miscellaneous / news report Saturday April 07, 2012 03:31 by Gandalphi Scanussi   text 3 comments (last - tuesday april 10, 2012 16:29)   video 1 video file
The New Yorker Magazine has revealed that the dissident Iranian opposition group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (M.E.K.) has been trained by the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) since 2005 at a secret military site in Nevada. The author of the article, Seymour Hersh, recounts how Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency told him that information supplied by the M.E.K in regard to Irans commencing enrichment of uranium at a secret underground location was given to them by Mossad.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/04/....html

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dublin / miscellaneous / press release Monday April 02, 2012 20:18 by SD   text 12 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2012 03:06)
At the household charges meeting on the 24th March Socialist Democracy distributed leaflets advertising a meeting on the Greek crisis in Dublin at 7-00 on Thursday 5th. We distributed further leaflets at the household charges march on the 31st, only to find that the assembly area was festooned with hurriedly photocopied SWP posters advertising a largely identical meeting at the same time, taking place 100 metres from our venue. read full story / add a comment
galway / miscellaneous / press release Monday April 02, 2012 19:58 by Occupy Galway
Press release relating to recent meetings between Occupy Galway and Galway City Director of Services, Ciaran Hayes. read full story / add a comment
offaly / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Saturday March 24, 2012 11:08 by Auld Rotten Hat   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 27, 2012 22:46)
For a number of years now, I have been going regularly to music festivals – everything from Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Life and much smaller independent music festivals which I have always found to be a huge contrast to the often staid, boring meetings and rallies on social justice issues. read full story / add a comment
The net is closing on hare coursing in Ireland
international / miscellaneous / news report Friday March 23, 2012 19:27 by Anti Blood Sports   text 3 comments (last - saturday march 24, 2012 11:37)   image 3 images
Double blow to hare coursing as Specsavers AND Diageo dissociate themselves from the practise...their banners will never again be displayed on Limerick racecourse when hare coursing take place on that venue...this development comes soon after coursing fans were caught attempting to rig an online opinion poll to boost the perceived level of public support for the cruel practise
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The false tweet
international / miscellaneous / news report Friday March 16, 2012 12:58 by Contrarian   text 33 comments (last - friday march 30, 2012 00:06)   image 9 images
The international effort to delegitimize Israel continues apace. No lie, no Israeli blood libel is too low to stoop in the effort to undermine Israel's very existence and right to defend herself. The latest falsehood is different though; the source is a UN official, a paid Media Co-ordinator. In her personal capacity, of course. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / news report Thursday March 15, 2012 21:29 by italy calling   image 1 image
Last Friday 9th March, a small number of militants from the neofascist group Forza Nuova (“New Force”) protested outside the offices of the newspaper Il Giornale in Milan. read full story / add a comment
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international / miscellaneous / news report Thursday March 08, 2012 20:41 by italy calling   text 5 comments (last - saturday march 10, 2012 07:44)   image 1 image
Responding to a call out made by women within the movement a few days ago, today around 100 NO TAV women met up in Susa to “have a chat” with the local Mayor (a woman herself). read full story / add a comment
dublin / miscellaneous / press release Thursday March 08, 2012 18:55 by Laura Farrell
DCU Business School invites Irish entrepreneurs, SME’s and Start-Ups to the 3rd annual “Get Started” mini-conference on 20th March from 2pm – 6pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain advice, knowledge and experience from a range of successful Irish entrepreneurs including; Gavin Duffy, Dragons Den Panellist and Caroline Casey, Award Winning Social Entrepreneur, amongst many others. read full story / add a comment
Gig Poster
wicklow / miscellaneous / press release Monday February 13, 2012 20:23 by Nora Hegarty   text 10 comments (last - friday march 23, 2012 14:22)   image 3 images   video 1 video file
Wicklow Against Suicide is fully supporting, endorsing and helping in the organisation of a gig to raise funds for suicide prevention which is being put together by local man Shane Rowan on March 2nd in the Royal Hotel Bray. "The gig is in direct response to Wicklow's rising suicide rate which is now out of all known control." read full story / add a comment
mayo / miscellaneous / news report Saturday January 28, 2012 14:37 by Frank
Update from co. Mayo on two weeks of actions against Shell read full story / add a comment
cork / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday January 25, 2012 11:31 by Cork Against Fascism   text 9 comments (last - sunday january 29, 2012 17:10)
As of Monday January 23rd, it has been announced that the invitation to British National Party leader, Nick Griffin, to speak at a UCC Government and Politics Society debate in February, has been withdrawn. Cork Against Fascism, a campaign group made up of students, staff and members of the public, which formed in response to the invitation to Griffin, welcomes this decision. The reasons cited for the cancellation were the potential threat to the safety and welfare of students and the general public that Griffin's invitation would entail. Was it really necessary though to first go through this whole affair so that we could arrive at this conclusion? read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Saturday January 21, 2012 17:01 by Rob Brotherton   text 3 comments (last - thursday february 02, 2012 16:01)
Hi all, I am a PhD researcher with the University of London, conducting research into the psychology of conspiracy theories. I have a short survey online at the moment, for which I am seeking participants. I need as wide a range of people to take part as possible. If you could spare around 15 minutes to fill in the survey I would be hugely appreciative.

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Geoffrey Canavan creator of The Solved System
international / miscellaneous / press release Wednesday January 18, 2012 14:04 by Eileen Bennett   image 1 image
You don't need to be a financial wizard to recognise that the global economy is struggling. For many businesses, this presents serious challenges to their very survival and sustainability.
However, a Galway-based businessman Geoffrey Canacan has created a unique formula for dealing those challenges that, he claims, can dramatically change results by supporting the individuals within an organisation as they learn to think and act in a more positive and affirming way. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Monday January 16, 2012 21:35 by JIm Travers   text 3 comments (last - friday january 20, 2012 20:23)
It would appear that new rules and regulations introduced by government are designed for the purpose of securing revenue for the state rather that resolve problems of law and order. Take for example RSA who-ha, who-ha that gets great press, lots of photo shots and then nothing. Within a short period of time all is forgotton and what was supposed to make a difference (regulations regarding learner drivers, taxi drivers ect, ect) is swept aside and left on the shelf to gather dust. And this applies right across all sections of Irish society where the band plays, colour lights flash in all their splendour, as suited gentlemen take the bows and then move on to more public eye catching events leaving everything as it was in the first place. read full story / add a comment
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mayo / miscellaneous / news report Monday January 16, 2012 18:02 by camper   text 2 comments (last - saturday january 28, 2012 19:12)   image 5 images
IRMS security hired by shell, occupying the State owned site yet again, demonstrated their lack of concern for health and safety. Outside police pushed protesters off the road, while one halted lorry driver expressed his intentions to police that he would clear the road by driving into protestors. Later spirits were high as police did not even attempt to clear the road when over 15 protesters lay down to block a lorry, which had to be diverted. Later the police returned and used brute force to push people off the road. They hospitalized one protestor.
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