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national / environment / press release Tuesday February 19, 2019 22:14 by sf-lng
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
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international / anti-war / imperialism / feature Thursday February 14, 2019 20:57 by W   text 6 comments (last - friday may 03, 2019 20:57)   image 1 image   video 3 video files
The Workers’ Party have accused Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney of prioritising Donald Trump’s foreign policy ahead of Irish neutrality. Cllr. Éilis Ryan, the Workers’ Party candidate in May’s European Parliament elections, said:

“Simon Coveney has, for the first time in our history, given formal backing to United States overseas aggression. Successive governments under Fianna Fáil, Labour and the Green Party have facilitated US overseas aggression by allowing the use of Shannon Airport, but this move marks a new departure, leaving behind even the facade of neutrality.

“It flies in the face of the values of anti-colonialism and sovereignty which Irish people are so rightly proud of.” read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 12, 2019 22:10 by Gemma rays   text 1 comment (last - wednesday february 13, 2019 04:30)
Investigative Journalist and ex presidential candidate Gemma O'Doherty has become the subject of a campaign of google censorship like many others recently who dissent from the status quo. Gemma, however did not take this lying down. She took it straight to google HQ

Support Gemma in her fight against google censorship.
And support independent non corporate media platforms where this control cannot so easily be exercised over free speech! read full story / add a comment
national / health / disability issues / press release Monday February 11, 2019 22:32 by pbp
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
national / housing / press release Tuesday February 05, 2019 21:30 by pbp
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 / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday February 04, 2019 18:58 by séamas cxarraher
The London-based International Observatory of Human Rights have added to the long list of the country’s human rights violations in their recent 2018 in Review: Human Rights Violations in Turkey read full story / add a comment
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international / anti-war / imperialism / press release Friday February 01, 2019 22:49 by wp   text 5 comments (last - sunday february 10, 2019 22:10)   image 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
national / environment / press release Friday February 01, 2019 22:37 by foie
An Open Letter signed by 33 environmental NGOs objecting to biomass burning in Irish peat power stations and calling for those plants’ closure [1] has been submitted as part of an objection to ESB’s West Offaly planning application [2]. Dogwood Alliance [3] in the USA and Biofuelwatch in the UK and USA [4] slam ESB’s application for a post-2020 consent for the power station and its gradual conversion to biomass.
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Students from three local schools join the weekly Friday for Future Climate Strike in Dublin
dublin / environment / event notice Thursday January 31, 2019 22:31 by 1 of indy   text 4 comments (last - saturday february 23, 2019 10:11)   image 1 image
#FridaysForFuture is hashtag for the global “FridaysForFuture” Climate Strike started by Greta Thunberg last year and is aimed at trying to get people and government to act to do something in the face of the impending climate disaster bearing down on us all.

It is ironic that when it comes to climate change we are willing to risk of 1 in 2 chance off disaster, but ask anyone to step on a plane with a one in a thousand chance of crashing and you will get absolutely no takers.

In recent days Lorna Gold who wrote the book: Climate Generation: Awakening to Our Children's Future appeared on the Ryan Turbidity radio show to bring attention to the protests happening every Friday in Dublin outside Leinster House read full story / add a comment
international / anti-capitalism / news report Thursday January 31, 2019 14:28 by séamas carraher
The world’s 26 richest people possess the same wealth as the poorest 50%, a figure estimated to be 3.8 billion people read full story / add a comment
international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday January 30, 2019 22:23 by 1 of indy   video 1 video file
Rightwing "President" Bolsonaro who was appointed president of Brazil by arranging for a stich-up of former president Lula da Silva and getting him sent to jail but for whom polls show he would have won the election, rose to power on a rethoric of fighting corruption.It was clear all along that this concern as well as himself was bogus. However he was backed by the Western media at all stages and looked on lovingly from Washington. It been cleared all along he was their man.

Now thankfully it looks like this could all unravel, because he and his family have been embroiled in a huge scandal in Brazil involving money laundering, corruption and murder through his connections to right wing mafia type dead squads composed of former police and military officials.

During his fake campaign he rallied endlessly against a particular law in Brazil allowing federal officials immunity from prosecution and investigation and has now eaten his own hat as it were by invoking the use of the very same law to protect himself. read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Tuesday January 29, 2019 21:34 by pbp   image 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
national / environment / press release Sunday January 27, 2019 19:50 by foie
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
national / history and heritage / event notice Sunday January 27, 2019 18:49 by Sean Ó Murchú
Organised by Republican Movement Cork and Clonmult Martyrs relatives and friends Commemoration Committee. read full story / add a comment
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international / environment / news report Saturday January 26, 2019 22:36 by Blooming Barricade   image 1 image
Executives from the transnational financial institution HSBC contacted British military intelligence to discuss targeting of anti-fracking activists, according to documents released by Anonymous Europe. read full story / add a comment
international / worker & community struggles and protests / opinion/analysis Tuesday January 22, 2019 16:12 by Sean Crudden
Well I must say that although I have not seen much of the debate about Brexit I am impressed by Mrs. Teresa May. She has maintained a rational and forthright attitude. Many a good leader has been ditched long before the end of the road. But I hope she is able to lead this Brexit process to a satisfactory conclusion.

To be simplistic about it I do not think it is a case of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland wrong; The European Union right. It's a big decision for EU as well as for UKGBNI. Candidly I think EU needs to review and adjust. There are many facets of the EU and The European Commission that are open to negative criticism. I need not retail them here. Most people can make out their own shopping list. read full story / add a comment
international / anti-war / imperialism / opinion/analysis Saturday January 19, 2019 11:57 by séamas carraher   text 1 comment (last - monday january 21, 2019 16:38)
It seems that the fate of the Kurds and their allies and neighbours in this tormented part of the world depends on the quickly changing allegiances between a number of international players – none of which you would trust to walk your grandmother across a busy road read full story / add a comment
international / economics and finance / press release Friday January 18, 2019 18:11 by Kate Zeller
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
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