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national / gender and sexuality / press release Wednesday March 06, 2019 11:48 by Hugh O'Donoghue 1 comment (last - wednesday march 06, 2019 14:23)
Ireland's Largest Members' Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists condemns the practice of universally discredited therapy in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
The Fine Gael Minister responsible for housing, Eoghan Murphy, is playing with figures again. He wants to protect his PR image rather than get on with the job of building houses.
He pretends that the numbers who are homeless is ‘just under’ 10,000. But this does not include those registered as rough sleepers or women who are in refuges because of domestic abuse. Nor does it include many of the hidden homeless who are sleeping on sofas in overcrowded conditions. read full story / add a comment
FOREST BIOMASS CHALLENGE TO CO-FIRED PEAT PLANTS
The inclusion of forest biomass as a renewable fuel fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive [RED II], according to Plaintiffs from six different countries in an action filed today in the European General Court in Luxembourg. Each has suffered, in diverse and particular ways, from the consequences of the Directive’s biomass energy policy. read full story / add a comment
Focus Ireland Said The New Record Total Of People Homeless Shows That Govt. Policy Is Still Failing To Tackle The Deepening Crisis
Focus Ireland has said that new figures reporting a total of 9,987 people homeless in January show the Government is still failing to do enough to ease the crisis.
The figures show a rise of 2.3% (234 people) in one month alone from 9,753 in Dec to 9,987 in Jan 2019.
The figures from the Department of the Environment also show that 3,624 of the number homeless are children (in 1,614 families) read full story / add a comment
The challenge by Irish environmentalists has proven that the 'New Fortress Energy' Shannon LNG consent process will take years and may now never come to fruition.
'Safety Before LNG' stated that today's decision was to be expected and does not come as any surprise and thanks the 'Friends of the Irish Environment' for fighting to prevent climate chaos from the environmental madness that is the US fracked gas industry. read full story / add a comment
The government is paying out nearly half a million euro to PWC to find out why there was a cost over-run at the National Children’s Hospital. But PWC has been the recipient of major contracts from BOTH the HSE and the construction company involved, BAM. read full story / add a comment
Housing Agency “talking nonsense about affordable housing” – private developers completely incapable of providing real affordability.
People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett, says “only way to deliver affordable housing is for state to build on public land.” read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Tuesday February 05, 2019 18:41 by JubileeUSA Network
Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved a deal to restructure $17 billion of Puerto Rico's $72 billion debt on Monday. Court approval was the last hurdle creditors and the island's oversight board needed for a plan to address sales tax backed debt or "COFINA" debt.
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international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Friday February 01, 2019 22:49 by wp 5 comments (last - sunday february 10, 2019 22:10) 1 image
We firmly condemn the escalation of interference and blackmail by the European Union against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, aligned and concerted with the coup operation of «self-proclamation» of a puppet president, orchestrated and commanded by the Trump Administration who, in an arrogant violation of International Law, seeks to overthrow the legitimate President, Nicolás Maduro, elected by popular vote, and subvert the Venezuelan constitutional order. read full story / add a comment
USA Open Letter Calls on Ireland to Reject West Offaly Power Station extension and biomass conversion
An Open Letter signed by 33 environmental NGOs objecting to biomass burning in Irish peat power stations and calling for those plants’ closure  has been submitted as part of an objection to ESB’s West Offaly planning application . Dogwood Alliance  in the USA and Biofuelwatch in the UK and USA  slam ESB’s application for a post-2020 consent for the power station and its gradual conversion to biomass.
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Tuesday January 29, 2019 21:34 by pbp 1 image
The Fine Gael led government is trying to break the nurses’ strike with a constant barrage of media propaganda.
They say that the country cannot afford the nurses’ pay claim, as other workers would also start to demand a pay rise if they won.
But Varadkar and Harris showed no difficulty in finding an extra billion euro to fund the National Children’s Hospitals – even though the projected costs grew by three times. Then bizarrely, they agreed to pay an extra half a million to the accountancy company, PWC, to find out why the costs were so high. read full story / add a comment
The €500 million proposal to build a Liquified Natural Gas [LNG] terminal on the Shannon Estuary in County Kerry is in the High Court tomorrow because the Planning Appeals Board ignored Ireland’s legal obligation under the Government’s Climate Change legislation. read full story / add a comment
On Thursday, Judge Laura Taylor Swain delayed approval of a $17 billion debt deal between Puerto Rico "COFINA" creditors and the island's oversight board. read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Wednesday January 16, 2019 21:18 by Kate Zeller
Through Thursday, the judge presiding over Puerto Rico's bankruptcy process will hear testimony about a debt deal to restructure about $17 billion of the island's $72 billion debt. read full story / add a comment
Crisis In Health Service Will Not Be Addressed Until We Pay The Nurses And End Retention And Recruitment Crisis Says TD
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Wednesday January 16, 2019 20:42 by pbp 1 image
Solidarity/People Before Profit motion calls for Dáil support for nurses pay claim
Crisis in health service will not be addressed until we pay the nurses and end retention and recruitment crisis says TD
Bríd Smith said today that the nurses’ dispute was not simply a pay dispute, but was about the kind of health service we want in the future. read full story / add a comment
The Donegal Woman based on the life of my grandmother. On publication and without an agent and self published was number two on best sellers list in the North. "We'll Take A Cup Of Kindness Yet" Memoir and Manifest of my self John Throne. From Donegal small farmer Orange Order family to international revolutionary socialist via the Bogside Uprising and other struggles. read full story / add a comment
national / health / disability issues / press release Wednesday January 09, 2019 21:01 by pbp 1 image
Pharmaceutical companies paid out 6.6 million euros to doctors last year. These shocking figures emerged from a voluntary disclosure made by the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, the industry body that represents the drug companies.
The money will influence how doctors prescribe drugs. There is good evidence of a conflict of interest when medical decisions are corrupted by money. read full story / add a comment
Call for Oral Hearing for Galway City Ring Road
On the last day for submissions on the proposed Galway City Ring Road, environmentalists have called on An Bord Pleanala to hold an Oral Hearing.
According to Friends of the Irish Environment, the project will undermine national policy in Smarter Travel - A Sustainable Transport Future and its target to reduce work-related commuting by car from 65% to 45%. The environmental charity alleges that because the road will encourage greater use of private motor vehicles in Galway over the period up to and beyond 2050, it is also contrary to the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015 which set a national objective of transition to a low carbon climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy. read full story / add a comment
The Irish political establishment are rallying behind the KBC bank’s eviction of a family in Strokestown. They are shocked by the level of public support for the family and are trying to divert attention from the central issue.
Last Tuesday week, a private security company engaged in a violent attack on elderly people who were ordered to leave their house.
They punched, kicked and pulled people by the ears yet nothing was done to stop them. Instead the Gardai closed off a road to facilitate the eviction.
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In a decision that will have significant repercussions for the licensing of Ireland’s salmon farms, the Commissioner for Environmental Information has found that the Minister for Agriculture’s refusal to release information in the annual Department Inspection Reports about the standing stocking rates on salmon farms was not justified. read full story / add a comment