Category Archives: General

Comhghairdeas do Niamh!

Congratulations to Cllr. Niamh Fitzgibbon who has just been elected Chairperson of New Ross Town Council. Here is her Chairman’s address delivered last Wednesday (June 26): “Last night my fellow Councillors on New Ross Town Council elected me as Chairman. … Continue reading

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Big Brother really is watching

So now we know that the US military is using PRISM to record and archive all the private communications of European citizens through Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Skype and Apple. Then again this outrageous, indiscriminate and un-American infringement of personal liberty … Continue reading

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Greens call for reform rather than abolition of the Seanad

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan has said of the Government’s announcement of details of a referendum to abolish the Seanad: “The Taoiseach’s proposal for abolishing the Seanad is a short-sighted non-fix of our political system which is broken and in … Continue reading

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Government’s record on climate change is abysmal

So just what has Minister for Environment Phil Hogan achieved on the climate change front? Having promised so much he has systematically dismantled much of what the Greens put in place when in government. It’s terrible to say but it … Continue reading

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Government Proposal to Sell Coillte is Plain Daft

The Government is on the verge of selling Coillte’s harvesting rights for the next eighty years. Rather than selling those rights we should be changing our whole approach so we manage our forests in a more long term, permanent way. … Continue reading

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Anyone Remember the Mahon Report?

The Mahon Report. Remember that? What exactly was that now, eh? It was a “Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters & Payments”, released in March 2012. Ahh. Sounds very interesting. Not. Actually it uncovered loads of unsavoury goings-on. In … Continue reading

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Make this a GREEN Christmas

We wish you a happy, safe, peaceful … and green Christmas. Remember to separate and return your recyclables and send your compostables to the compost heap. Don’t leave the heating on all day. Or the lights. Walk instead of driving … Continue reading

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“Hardest hit will be hit hard … again”

“The sixth successive year of austerity for the beleaguered Irish people, and the harshest so far …” says The Examiner of Budget 2013 in a December 3rd editorial entitled “Hardest hit will be hit hard … again”. It’s a nice … Continue reading

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Colm McCarthy on EU Short Term Thinking and Fudging over Economy

Here is an extract from economist Colm McCarthy’s article in The Sunday Independent on Dec 2: “The common currency project is a Franco-German political deal from the 1990s, which saw France support German reunification in exchange for German agreement to … Continue reading

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Myplan.ie

The Department of Environment’s new Myplan.ie planning and spatial data portal system allows the public to view the 400 development and local area plans, developed by the 88 planning authorities, across the country in one easy to use mapping tool. … Continue reading

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Creating Sustainable Employment by Greening the Economy

The Green Economy Group, consisting of 25 national environmental NGOs, has been meeting with senior Government officials in preparation for the “Action Plan for Jobs 2013″. The outcome of this process is the document “Creating Sustainable Employment by Greening the … Continue reading

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Hands Off Cultural Institutions Says NCFA

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) is a broad and inclusive coalition of people and organisations in Ireland who value the arts. It is a volunteer-led, grass roots movement seeking to ensure that the arts are on local and … Continue reading

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“The Future of Europe”

“The Future of Europe” is a free all-day event hosted by Green Foundation Ireland and Green European Foundation on Saturday 17 November 2012 at Tailors’ Hall, Back Lane, Dublin 8. While the event is free you need to register at … Continue reading

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Last Word: Barry Commoner (from NY Times website)

Dr. Commoner, an early environmentalist, warned of the dangers of nuclear weapons testing. He was an early champion of recycling, organic food and reducing fossil fuel use. Watch this short video clip from the www.nytimes.com. http://nyti.ms/STJCzw

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Register Your Septic Tank

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan issued a statement today urging people to register their septic tanks before Saturday. While on the one hand failure to do so will see late-payers having to pay a higher charge – €50 instead of … Continue reading

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Carnsore Summer School, Sept 7-9, 2012

The second Carnsore Summer School takes place on the weekend September 7 to 9, 2012. The event is organised by the Green European Foundation working with Green Foundation Ireland. The venue is the Carne Holiday Centre in Carne, Co Wexford … Continue reading

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Greens condemn internal Government Planning Enquiry as a classic cover-up job

Minister for Environment showed his true colours with the announcement today in his internal planning enquiry that there was no wrong-doing. Green Party HQ said “We will never know what the real stories were in these and other Councils because … Continue reading

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Family Net Worth Drops to Level of Early ’90s, Fed Says

The recent downturn left the median American family in 2010 with no more wealth than in the early 1990s, erasing almost two decades of accumulated prosperity, the US Federal Reserve said. Family Net Worth in USA Drops to Level of … Continue reading

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Draft Co Wexford Biodiversity Action Plan 2012-’17

The Draft County Wexford Biodiversity Action Plan is now available to view. Any comments, suggestions or criticisms must be in by June 29, 2012. Go have a look and see what you make of it.

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Trevor says it’s time to tackle the garden

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit Trevor’s Kitchen Garden website. It is choc-a-bloc full of good tips for the aspiring gardener. I picked up a copy of Trevor’s new book of the same name (as the website) at … Continue reading

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