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The ultimate American imperial dream is to engineer a Chinese vassal state By Pepe Escobar, from Cambodia – Posted with permission There must be some kind of way outta here

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national / housing / press release Monday August 19, 2019 22:23 by pbp
With the release of first round CAO offers this week and the new academic year quickly approaching, tens of thousands of students across the country are beginning the search for a place to live. Against the backdrop of the housing crisis, this search has become a punishing and demoralising experience for many students – campus beds are limited in number, private rents are extortionately high and conditions are often cramped or otherwise inadequate. The lack of quality affordable student accommodation has been a serious problem for a number of years now but each year the scale of crisis grows. In 2015, a Higher Education Authority (HEA) report revealed a shortage of 25,000 student beds nationally whilst also predicting an additional 25-30,000 full time students by 2024. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday August 14, 2019 18:32 by foie
Intensive chicken farming under scrutiny
Trans-boundary impact of factory farming highlighted in planning appeal

Residents of County Monahan are being left exposed to runaway intensive chicken factory farming as the Local Authority ducks and dives through the regulations meant to protect them, according to an appeal lodged against a planning permission for a 26,000 broiler unit recently approved by Monahan County Council.
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national / environment / press release Tuesday August 06, 2019 22:48 by foie
Butchery’ of protected woodland halted by National Parks and Wildlife Service

The National Parks and Wildlife Service [NPWS] has halted all felling in a private estate in County Longford on Friday evening after a report was filed by the environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment.

The felling was taking place within an ancient forest which Minister Heather Humphries signed a Statutory Instrument in October 2017, completing the legal designation process as the Lough Forbes Special Area of Conservation. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday July 24, 2019 21:34 by foie   text 1 comment (last - saturday july 27, 2019 14:19)
Shock as ESB peat-powered plant at Shannonbridge refused permission by An Bord Pleanala

Cessation of use of peat as a fuel ‘key component within national climate and energy policy’.

An application under the Strategic Infrastructure Act for the continuation of the ESB’s peat powered plant at Shannonbridge, West Offaly, beyond 31 December 2020 has been refused by An Bord Pleanala. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Sunday July 21, 2019 20:36 by foie
JUDGEMENTS FROM HIGH COURT AND SUPREME COURT ON INDUSTRIAL PEAT EXTRACTION DUE THIS WEEK.

Cases that originated in a 2013 ruling by An Bord Pleanala that industrial peat extraction requires planning permission have led to two judgements due this week in Ireland’s highest courts that may result in temporary closure of the industry.

The environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] originally referred three test cases of industrial peat extraction to An Bord Pleanala [ABP], the planning appeals board, in 2010, involving well-known companies like Westland, Bullrush, and Harte Peat. The peat is used for fuel, horticulture, mushroom growing, animal bedding, and as an industrial sorbent. None of the sites of up to 180 hectares in extent had planning permission from the local authority or a licence from the EPA. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday July 15, 2019 22:09 by foie
Challenge to planning exemption for industrial peat cutters opens in High Court in Cork

A challenge to the Government’s new regulations exempting industrial peat extraction from planning controls opens today (Monday 15 July) in the High Court.

Sitting in Cork over two days, Justice Garret Simons will hear the application by Friends of the Irish Environment for a stay on the operation of the Statutory Instruments signed into law by Ministers Richard Bruton and Eoin Murphy in January 2019. read full story / add a comment
national / economics and finance / press release Thursday July 11, 2019 22:17 by pbp
People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has said that small farmers who are due to stage a protest outside the Dáil this afternoon have his full support and the support of his party against the Mercosur Trade Deal which represents a “sickening betrayal by Fine Gael of small farmers and efforts the to address the climate emergency.” read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Friday July 05, 2019 17:41 by foie   text 2 comments (last - friday july 19, 2019 16:42)
Concerns that Ireland could meet its renewable energy targets by propping up Estonia’s oil shale industry with biomass co-firing

Friends of the Irish Environment have urged Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton to ensure that Ireland does not purchase credits from Estonian co-firing of wood in oil shale power stations in order to meet our renewable energy target. [1] read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday July 01, 2019 12:09 by foie   text 1 comment (last - thursday july 04, 2019 00:23)
UN Expert Report predicts ‘Climate apartheid’
Governments urged to act without delay

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, has dramatically highlighted the failure of governments, UN treaty bodies to recognise the impact of climate change on poverty and its social consequences in his recent report to the UN Human Rights Council, according to the environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment.
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national / sci-tech / press release Thursday June 13, 2019 23:07 by 1 of indy
This press release was received approximately two week ago and relates to a local meeting on the rollout of 5G phone technology and it's potential health impacts. Unfortunately the press release was only dealt with after the event. But since this is an issue not widely discussed, we are publishing it anyhow as it contains some key questions and links to some further sites that given more background on the issue. -editor read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday June 13, 2019 22:45 by foie
European Citizens’ Initiative seeks end to aviation fuel tax exemption
8250 signatures required from Ireland within one year of May 15, 2019
Leaked EU Report shows benefits of ending airlines tax breaks.

A group of students from across the EU are seeking one million signatures supporting an end to the kerosene tax exemption for aviation within the EU. The supporters are invoking an EU Instrument that allows citizens to suggest concrete legal changes in any field where the European Commission has power to legislate. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday June 04, 2019 22:14 by foie
Irish Cement Factory’s burning Aughinish red mud ‘not fully assessed’
Details of green house gas reductions not justified in burning waste

The assessment of the use of toxic waste including red mud from Aughinish Aluminum as a fuel for the Irish Cement factory in Limerick has not been properly assessed, according to the environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday May 30, 2019 23:36 by foie
Coveney appeal rejected over Cork’s toxic Haulbowline Site
TD to challenge Táiniste over his knowledge of 2017 Report detailing ongoing environmental pollution

As Táiniste Simon Coveney appeals to environmental campaigners not ‘to turn what is a hugely positive story in Cork harbour into something negative’, Clare Daly, Independent TD, has tabled a Parliamentary Question asking him ‘When he was made aware of the Report ‘‘Former Haulbowline Factory, Haulbowline Island, Cork’’ commissioned by his Agents for the clean-up of the abandoned steel works on Haulbowline Island, Cork County Council, and dated March 2017’. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday May 28, 2019 10:21 by foie
State must notify public of Haulbowline contamination or face High Court

The State must erect signage at the entrance to Haulbowline Island and the new East Tip park notifying the public of the health risk from toxic airborne dust, fibres, and gases within 28 days or face the High Court for failing to fulfil its obligations under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / news report Saturday May 25, 2019 15:13 by séamas carraher
Irish Parliament (Dáil) votes 36-60 to reject a Sinn Féin bill which aimed to insert a constitutional right to housing. This time last year we learnt that one in every five TDs (public representatives in the Irish Dáil [parliament]) – are actually landlords (“30 of Ireland’s 158 TDs are landlords. That includes at least four out of 15 of the current Cabinet.” Global Rights, May, 2018) “The question, of course that follows, in a country that seems to have an enormous problem with either controlling the housing (or any other) market (or property developers themselves, or the banks or other “powerful” groups within society): is there a conflict of interest? read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / event notice Sunday May 12, 2019 21:03 by Josephine Hayden
Sunday, June 23, 21019. Assemble 2.30pm at Sallins Village. read full story / add a comment
national / sci-tech / press release Thursday May 09, 2019 23:19 by pbp   text 2 comments (last - saturday may 11, 2019 10:37)
Concern for rural Ireland described as fake as state gives huge bonanza to private tech and finance firms

Bríd Smith TD has called the Broadband announcement by Government the “most expensive press release and piece of media spin in the state’s history.”

She said the scale of the costs and the entire project would be one of the main things this Government is remembered for along with the housing crisis. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday May 07, 2019 22:41 by Feasta
At a time of growing climate chaos and biodiversity loss, a public event in Castlebar, Co. Mayo on May 17th will look at the importance of food sovereignty. This issue centres on how communities will secure their food supply in a time of ecological peril. read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Tuesday April 23, 2019 10:59 by foie
The decision to revoke the licence of the Norwegian multi-national Marine Harvest to grow salmon at their site in Deenish on the Kerry coast has been welcomed by the environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE], who first published the Department’s recommendation to revoke the licences for overstocking on their website in September 2017. read full story / add a comment
national / housing / press release Monday April 08, 2019 22:50 by pbp
IMF report shows government facilitating unsustainable property and house price bubble which Is fuelling the housing crisis

Government must stop facilitating unaffordable housing and shift all resources and focus to providing public and affordable housing

People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett has said that the IMF report ‘Global Financial Stability Report’ has shown once again that the government’s housing policy is a total failure.
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