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international / miscellaneous / press release Saturday March 30, 2019 16:24 by Kate Zeller
The Senate agreed to vote next week on disaster relief legislation that includes $600 million in emergency food assistance for Puerto Rico. In recent days, a turbulent exchange between President Trump and Congressional leadership exploded over whether or not Puerto Rico disaster aid monies should be included in Senate legislation. read full story / add a comment
international / environment / press release Tuesday March 26, 2019 23:33 by foie 2 comments (last - tuesday may 12, 2020 10:33)
ARE TREES THE NEW COAL? UN International Day of Forests Documentary Release
UN International Day of Forests on Thursday 21 March
A documentary about the burning of wood at an industrial scale for energy is being released today to coincide with UN International Day of Forests.
"BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal?" tells the story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel. read full story / add a comment
cork / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Tuesday March 26, 2019 22:09 by chase
CHASE’s legal challenge to the planning permission decision by An Bord Pleanála for an incinerator in Cork Harbour opened in the High Court in Dublin on Tuesday 19 March before Mr Justice David Barniville. Judge Barniville is in charge of the Strategic Infrastructure Development list of cases at the High Court. read full story / add a comment
national / politics / elections / press release Wednesday March 06, 2019 12:22 by Hugh O'Donoghue
Ireland's Largest Association for the counselling and psychotherapy professions welcomes the announcement of the registration board for the regulation of their practices. read full story / add a comment
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
national / housing / press release Monday March 04, 2019 22:02 by pbp
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
national / environment / press release Monday March 04, 2019 21:52 by foie
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
national / housing / press release Thursday February 28, 2019 22:36 by Focus 1 image
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
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
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 / 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
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  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
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
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
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
international / history and heritage / press release Tuesday January 15, 2019 18:37 by John Throne
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