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Same Old, Same Old!

So Barry Cowan wants builders to get a tax cut to encourage them to build more houses. Sinn Féin has described the idea as “breathtakingly stupid”. In fairness to the man, maybe he is not stupid but simply self-serving. Then again … Continue reading

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‘This election is make or break for the Green Party’

Good article by Cara Augustenborg in today’s Indo. The current outgoing Dáil was much the poorer for not having a green voice. The so called establishment parties (on the right, less right and centre!) have barely a word to say … Continue reading

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Taoiseach places his own self-preservation above all else

There is a well written opinion piece, “Fennelly highlights ruthlessness of the Taoiseach when the chips are down”, in The Wexford People this week (link below). I presume it is in all the other local and regional newspapers in the … Continue reading

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Water Charges March

The latest anti-water charges march happens in Dublin today. We will not be there. Notwithstanding the government’s ham-fisted efforts in bringing in water charges we believe that we should pay – and not a general, but a specific, tax – … Continue reading

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‘Traditional Parties Have led Ireland into the Abyss’

Here’s a link to an interesting article by Independent TD Stephen Donnelly entitled ‘Traditional Parties Have led Ireland into the Abyss’: http://stephendonnelly.ie/traditional-parties-have-led-ireland-into-the-abyss-a-new-party-can-help-rescue-it All across Europe trust in the established parties is at an all-time low. Ireland is no exception. According to … Continue reading

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The End Game

So the government thought it was going to placate the masses with a relatively benign budget and what do we do? We snub our noses at it and say “too little, too late”. We cannot forgive them for asking to tighten our … Continue reading

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You would almost be feeling sorry for our blue-shirted friends. Almost.

Listening to the news today it feels like the good times are back. One hears that unemployment continues to fall (now at its lowest level since 2009), job creation is going up, the economy is performing strongly and “could bounce … Continue reading

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Are we heading for another housing-led boom?

For house prices the only way right now seems to be up. According to the latest report from the Economic and Social Research Institute the Irish market still appears to be undervalued. While the upward trend is partly down to natural … Continue reading

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Food and climate change – breaking the link

We know that with the effects of climate change ever more visible and that, with current political inaction and general lack of political will, we can expect those effects to continue ever upwards we cannot continue to behave and consume … Continue reading

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Government cutbacks means environment suffers

One of the unfortunate impacts of the government’s austerity programme is not only that standards fall but that things simply do not get done. Check the newspapers on any day and you will find examples of this in one or … Continue reading

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Working Group Report on Citizen Engagement with Local Government

A working group, under the chair of Fr Sean Healy, presented this report to Phil Hogan T.D. Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government. The Department published it in February 2014.  I like the look of it. That said, … Continue reading

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Grace O’Sullivan is the Green Party’s EU candidate in Ireland South

Grace O’Sullivan is the Green Party MEP candidate in Ireland South.  The popular Tramore-based eco-activist knows she has a tough job crossing the line first but she is up for it. And anyone that knows her knows that this is … Continue reading

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Green Party feeling confident following successful convention

There was a great sense of renewed optimism at the recent Green Party convention held in Dublin. If we can take even a hint of this with us on the election trail we should be looking good in May. Bring … Continue reading

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No Incinerator for Poolbeg

The government has just stated that Poolbeg in Dublin will definitely not be getting an incinerator. So €100m later and years of bullyboy tactics by Dublin City Council the penny has dropped. Our own John Gormley, as Minister for Environment, … Continue reading

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Our Leader is not happy with Labour!

  Green Party leader Eamon Ryan is not happy. Of Labour in power he has this to say: “Broken promises and missed opportunities”.   Over the last two and a half years, he says the Labour Party has had to … Continue reading

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The Girl Against Fluoride

Aisling FitzGibbon, aka ‘The Girl Against Fluoride’, is taking legal action against the Irish Government to end the policy of mandatory water fluoridation of public water supplies.  Despite the fact that there is a growing body of scientific evidence pointing … Continue reading

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Pylons – Blot on the Landscape

Parts of rural Ireland are up in arms at the prospect of an army of huge pylons running through the countryside. Co Wexford in particular has reason to be concerned as the company charged with the task of delivering additional … Continue reading

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Explore the North Wexford Coast with Coastwatch

Coastwatch has a medium-challenge guided coastal walk coming up on Oct 28 (1pm-3.30pm) with sea weed collection and/or coastal treasure hunt (participants decide!). The aim is to have fun and explore the N. Wexford coastal riches, especially the rock formations … Continue reading

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We are voting NO!

Just so you know, we are voting NO next Friday to the referendum on abolishing the Seanad. The government says the Seanad should be abolished, we say it should be reformed. Poet Theo Dorgan has a very good article on … Continue reading

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Another Successful Point Festival at Carne

Carne Beach was buzzing with intellectual activity and environmental-friendly merry-making for this year’s Point Festival (Aug 23-25). This unique event attracted European politicians, energy experts, climatologists, environmentalists, film makers, musicians, comedians (and belly-dancers!) for a weekend of lively debate and … Continue reading

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