Category Archives: Co. Wexford Issues

Climate Change: the government still doesn’t get it

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughton has been getting it in the neck this week for his hopelessly lacklustre and unambitious draft National Mitigation Plan, a requirement of new climate change laws enacted two years ago. “It is clear … Continue reading

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South East Economy Continues to Stagnate

A new report produced by WIT School of Business says that the southeast region of the country continues to lag behind other regions when it comes to the health of the local economy. We have greater unemployment, lower IDA-led job-creation, … Continue reading

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No Minister for Environment?

“How much do I love thee environment?” asks An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. “Let me count the ways” … NOT! That is why he has just done away with the Minister for Environment portfolio. Instead, we now have in Denis Naughton, … Continue reading

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Green Party welcomes Government u-turn on introducing pay-by-weight charges

The Green Party has welcomed the Government u-turn on introducing mandatory minimum pay-by-weight charges for the collection of household recyclables. It says that the Government must now do more to promote recycling over landfill or incineration as part of its … Continue reading

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Next politician that calls to your door ask him/her to outline their party’s environmental policy

With #GE16 almost upon us we hope that whoever ends up with their hands on the tiller of the good ship Ireland can deliver on all the pre-election promises made. On the environmental front we want to see a focus … Continue reading

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Still looking for a reason to vote Green?

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Wexford Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) 2016-2021

Wexford County Council is presently working on the Wexford Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP) 2016-2021. September 22 is the deadline for public submissions. A draft Socio-Economic Statement identifying the following six high level goals has been prepared: 1 Foster the culture … Continue reading

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Launch of Future-Proof Wexford

The launch of Future-Proof Wexford took place this week (Sept 8) at Wexford Library. Guest speaker was Davie Philip of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage and the organisation Cultivate. The aim of this initiative is to get Wexford to get serious about facing up … Continue reading

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Carcur Park may not happen after all

A recent meeting of Wexford Municipal District Council discussed the proposed new ‘People’s Park’ at Carcur, Wexford. The meeting was told by the Director of Services with responsibility for Wexford that the Council might have to either downsize the proposed … Continue reading

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A Pesticides Levy makes good sense

One welcome development in general household food purchasing and consumption is how much more questioning we are of food provenance. Most of us also make some effort to eat a healthier diet (more fruit and veg, less red meat, less … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power? No thanks Minister!

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White decided to end the old year on a low by pushing the nuclear power option back onto the agenda. We could say “Fair enough so: let’s look at nuclear power, let’s compare … Continue reading

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HOW CAN I RESPOND TO INJUSTICES CAUSED BY CLIMATE CHANGE?

You can find out at St Iberius Church, Wexford on Thursday, Oct 30 (7.30pm). The occasion is International Day of Prayer for Climate Justice. What better time could there be to take an objective and reflective look at an issue … Continue reading

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Co-op Power!

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Wexford wins bronze in 2014 Tidy Towns

Well done to Wexford Tidy Towns in winning bronze at the recent Tidy Towns Awards. Many man (and woman) hours have gone into getting us to this point. The weekend cleanups regularly attract in excess of twenty volunteers. There are … Continue reading

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Poolbeg incinerator looks like becoming a reality

We hear today that the National Development Finance Agency has cleared the way for the controversial incinerator to go ahead in Poolbeg. What a shame. Dublin City Council has, from the start, made no bones about its commitment to the … Continue reading

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Wexford County Council leads by example on biodiversity front

If you have been to the Council’s new offices in Carriglawn you cannot have failed to notice  the multi-coloured splash of colour coming from the wild flowers and grasses near the main entrance. This is a very positive statement of … Continue reading

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Government’s U-turn on discretionary medical cards

The government’s U-turn on discretionary medical cards along with the announcement that eligibility may in the future be determined by medical need is further evidence that Fine Gael & Labour do not have the stomach to change our unfair two-tier … Continue reading

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Health Service is still not working says departing Hiqa head

We all know that there are major problems with our health service – long waiting times, shortage of senior doctors, unreliable ambulance service, cost overruns, withdrawing of medical cards from needy families, etc. We know that some of this may … Continue reading

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National Biodiversity Week, May 17-25

This week (May 17-25) is National Biodiversity Week. There are events happening around Ireland to try encourage us all to get out celebrate the great outdoors. “National Biodiversity Week provides us with lots of great opportunities to get up close and … Continue reading

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Wexford Tidy Towns launches “Let’s Bee Friendly” project

Wexford Tidy Towns launches its “Let’s Bee Friendly” project this Thursday, April 10 at 7pm in Wexford Town Library. “Let’s Bee Friendly” is an exciting biodiversity project, developed in association with Wexford County Council, to generate greater awareness of the … Continue reading

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