59 Schools from Wicklow and Kildare awarded Green School Status
Thu 23 May 2013 02:25 am filed by admin - Environment, Ireland
Fifty-nine schools from Wicklow and Kildare this week were awarded Green Flags on International Day for Biodiversity by Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Minister Jimmy Deenihan, for their participation in the Green Schools Programme.
Thu 23 May 2013 02:18 am filed by admin - Arts, Ireland
One hundred and twenty six young artists from across Ireland gathered in Dublin this week to receive awards as winners of the 59th Texaco Children's Art Competition. The first prize in the competition was won by Simon Minias (16), a fifth-year student at Gorey Community School, Co. Wexford. This was Simon's first time entering the competition. His winning piece, entitled 'My Sister Sophie', is an exceptionally detailed portrait study in grey graphite pencil and white pencil highlights set against a white oil pastel background, which competition adjudicators said was "wonderfully composed and superbly executed".
Thu 23 May 2013 02:00 am filed by admin - United States
By David Swanson
Should the U.S. government be building a list of people whom a stranger has concluded based on as little as a moment's interaction are "anti-government"? Look at this photo of a U.S. Census laptop. There's a box to check if a respondent is reluctant to participate in the census.
Huge financial losses to working lone parents that are unfair and unjust will result from new proposals for the One Parent Family Payment, said SPARK (Single Parents Acting for Rights of their Kids) today. The changes will hugely affect working lone parents and offer no positive reform, as had been lauded by the Minister and will foist further poverty on an already deprived section of the community. "How can it be right to do this to our poorest children?" questioned SPARK.
Wed 22 May 2013 12:44 am filed by admin - Ireland, Italy
Irish grandmother and founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association, Catherine Wiley, who met Pope Francis at the Vatican last Sunday said she hopes the meeting will help create awareness of the calling of grandparents and their vital role in society.
UCD Sociologist, Kieran Allen, has called on TDs to hold a similar investigation into corporate tax dodging in Ireland as the one currently being held in the US through the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Sub-Committee of Investigations.
In response to yesterday's Irish News (Mon 20 May 2013) front page article, "Police to Occupy hundreds of vacant premises in Belfast during G8", the Workers Solidarity Movement has condemned security forces scaremongering in the media.
Ministers showcase Local Enterprise Offices and announce details of improved service for micro and small enterprises
Mon 20 May 2013 03:57 pm filed by admin - Business, Ireland
A new system of 31 Local Enterprise Offices aimed at delivering improved supports, in a better location, to more businesses, and ultimately create more jobs has been showcased by Ministers Bruton, Hogan andPerry. The existing
35 County and City Enterprise Boards will be phased out as part of the Government reform programme.
Thousands set for Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival 2013
Mon 20 May 2013 03:50 pm filed by admin - Events, Music, Ireland
Rory Gallagher was born on 2nd March 1948 at the very aptly named "Rock Hospital" in the town of Ballyshannon in County Donegal, where almost from the start he was destined for great things. The12th Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival takes place between Thursday 30th May and Sunday 2nd June 2013 in Ballyshannon with thousands of Rock 'n Blues music fans set to converge on the town from some 20 different countries for what will be a special Failte Ireland Gathering Festival with the theme "Failte Isteach Rock".
Sunday Times report on US government ties to al-Qaeda chief spiked-Why?
Mon 20 May 2013 01:04 am filed by admin - Features
FBI whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds was described as "the most gagged person in the history of the United States" by the American Civil Liberties Union. Was the Sunday Times pressured to drop its investigation into her revelations? By Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed
A whistleblower has revealed extraordinary information on the U.S. government’s support for international terrorist networks and organised crime. The government has denied the allegations yet gone to extraordinary lengths to silence her. Her critics have derided her as a fabulist and fabricator. But now comes word that some of her most serious allegations were confirmed by a major European newspaper only to be squashed at the request of the U.S. government.
The Money Mess: One Day Conference, 31st May, Dublin
Sun 19 May 2013 03:01 am filed by admin - Events, Ireland
Feasta and Sensible Money are organising a one day conference in Dublin on Friday 31st May to explore the consequences of our malfunctioning money system and some of the proposals for its reform, replacement or supplement.
Pilot programme will offer free advice to turf cutters in compensation scheme on four SAC raised bogs €3.6 million paid to date in compensation under the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme
A new programme - the Energy Efficiency and Transition Programme -has been launched on a pilot basis as a new element of the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme (CTCCS).
Public Consultation Launched on Entrepreneurship Policy as research shows that 67% of all new jobs are created by start-ups
Entrepreneur and investor Sean O' Sullivan has been named by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD today (Friday) as the person to chair a newly created small Entrepreneurship Advisory Forum that will advise and support the government and influence policy in the area of entrepreneurship.
Ireland playing its part in meeting EU targets for High Value Jobs - Sherlock
Thu 16 May 2013 08:00 pm filed by admin - Europe, Ireland
Irish Presidency Conference on Researcher Careers and Mobility - http://www.iua.ie/research-innovation/rcm/
Ireland is playing an important part in helping the EU meet it targets for the creation of high-value jobs according to Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD. The Minister was speaking at a conference in Dublin Castle, hosted by the Irish Presidency of the EU, on Researcher Careers and Mobility to focus on measures to ensure the free movement of researchers and knowledge across Europe.
Fast-Track "Scientific Visa" attracts talented researchers to Ireland to boost innovation
Thu 16 May 2013 07:57 pm filed by admin - Science, Ireland
Launch of study: "Attracting Researchers to Ireland: The Impact of the Scientific Visa"
Ireland's reputation as an innovation hub has been given a boost by the introduction of a fast-track scientific visa, according to a new survey of internationally mobile researchers. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science launched the findings of the survey at the Irish Presidency conference on Researcher Careers and Mobility held in Dublin Castle.
Just over one year ago, on 26 April 2012, Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley T.D., announced the beginning of a Language Planning Process for the Gaeltacht. Under the Official Languages Act 2003, the Gaeltacht was divided into 19 separate language planning regions, with the intention that a unique language plan would be drafted for each selected region. It was agreed at that time that a supervisory body would be named in each region to work alongside Údarás na Gaeltachta in implementing the language plan on the ground.
Five bands are to play at Raggle Taggle in downtown Limerick, as the final event before this arts and culture space closes. The music is scheduled to start at 8pm on Saturday 18 May 2013. Entry is €5 at the door.
The Dublin bike hire scheme has been expanded following a €35 million deal between Dublin City Council and JC Decaux. It is to include 950 new bicycles and an additional 58 new hire points to be introduced, including key points in the South West Inner City, Heuston Station, Inchicore Road, Rothe Abbey, South Circular Road, Francis Street and James Street.
European Court of Auditors plays 'vital role in improving EU accountability'
Thu 9 May 2013 02:52 am filed by admin - Europe, Ireland
European Court of Auditors plays vital role in improving EU accountability and bolstering public confidence in the institutions that Europe has built, - Minister for Small Business John Perry said at the official inauguration of the new building of the European Court of Auditors. The Single Market has been the engine driving growth in the EU economy over the last two decades and the Accounting Directive and the Unified Patent Court will reduce the administrative burden on small and medium-sized enterprises, he said.
The 2013 National Famine Commemoration took place in Frances Street, Kilrush, County Clare on Sunday, 12th May 2013. President Michael D Higgins lead the official representation at the commemoration ceremony accompanied by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
White-tailed eagles have successfully hatched chicks in Ireland for the first time in over 110 years. In the last few days a pair has been confirmed to have hatched chicks at a nest in Killarney National Park, Co. Kerry, having laid eggs in late March. A second pair has also successfully hatched chicks near Mountshannon, Co Clare. This pair also made history in 2012 when they nested for the first time.
These are the first chicks of the high profile reintroduction programme which began in 2007 with the release of young Norwegian eagles in Killarney National Park as part of the white-tailed eagle reintroduction programme developed and funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Golden Eagle Trust.
The Ireland West Airport Knock Study (IWAKS) Group has been commended by Mayo Fine Gael TD John O'Mahony for the substantial work carried out by the group, which was established at the request of the Taoiseach following a meeting at the airport with the Board in January. The Study group will be reporting on options and opportunities for the growth and development of the airport. Deputy O'Mahony was speaking after the second meeting at the weekend of the IWAKS.
EU SMEs have potential to create 23 million jobs - Bruton
Fri 3 May 2013 05:15 pm filed by admin - Europe, Ireland
Enterprise Ministers focus on enabling SMEs to drive growth and job creation
Productive discussions on copyright and Digital Single Market
Europe's SMEs have a key role in solving the EU's economic challenges and have the potential to create 23 million jobs, according to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD.
A museum dedicated to the Lartigue Monorail in Listowel has been opened (4 May) by the French Ambassador to Ireland, Mrs Emmanuelle d'Achon, in the company of Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht..
Job creation must be central to research and innovation spend - Minister Sherlock
Fri 3 May 2013 01:46 pm filed by admin - Europe, Ireland
Irish Presidency aiming for political agreement on Horizon 2020 before end-June
Irish experts brief EU Research and Innovation Ministers
EU Ministers must focus on maximising job creation from the billions spent annually within the EU on research and innovation, according to Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD.
Mayo Fine Gael TD John O'Mahony has raised the issues of the problems been faced by people who are trying to pay their Local Property Tax in Dáil Éireann on Thursday 2nd May 2013. Mr O'Mahony said: "Many issues concerning the property tax have come up since it was included in the troika agreement three years ago including, in recent times, exemptions for unfinished estates. That is not the reason I raise the matter today. I raise it on behalf of those people who want to pay their property tax and fulfill their responsibility but who are finding obstacles being put in their way. They have heard the warnings from Revenue who claim they will get the money in any case and by and large they wish to fulfill their responsibilities."
EU bans neonicotinoid pesticides to protect honey bees
Wed 1 May 2013 10:24 pm filed by admin - Environment, International
The EU has implemented a ban on neonicotinoid pesticides after studies revealed they were damaging to honey bees. The ban was agreed after France, Germany, Spain and 12 other countries voted Yes but Italy, the UK and six others voted No, while four countries, including Finland and Greece, abstained.
An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland1, has launched judicial review proceedings in London to challenge the legality of UK Secretary of State Ed Davey's decision to grant permission to build and operate a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in the Bristol Channel, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish coast.
Abortion Bill 'designed to placate anti-abortion minority rather than meet women's needs'
Wed 1 May 2013 05:10 pm filed by admin - Health, Ireland
Action on X today welcomed the publication of the government's draft Bill on abortion, but said it has many shortcomings. Action On X says the published draft abortion Bill will "deter despairing women and put lives at risk" and ignores the recommendations of an Expert Group. The group also says that abortion must be decriminalised.
Have you seen a fox? Maybe you can help
Citizen science should reveal distribution of the fox across Dublin
Love them or hate them, the urban fox has become very comfortable living in Dublin. Some see them as vermin. Others may very well invite them into their garden with food and water. Either way, they’re now as common in Dublin City as burrito bars.
Very little data has been collected - other than the anecdotal - about the urban fox. Simply put, bar sneaking into people’s gardens and abandoned properties, they are a pretty illusive bunch to track.
In publishing the Action Plan for Jobs Fifth Progress Report the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation say that 144 out of 150 measures scheduled in the Action Plan for Jobs to be delivered in the first quarter of 2013 have been implemented,
Concerns have been raised over the post mortem results relating to 13 common dolphins that were found dead along the Mayo coast at the end of January 2013, over a one week period. The situation was considered sufficiently unusual to warrant further investigation. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht commissioned a specialist cetacean veterinarian team to carry out post-mortem examinations on five of the animals. This work was undertaken in Athlone at the Regional Veterinary Laboratories of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Their report has now been published on www.npws.ie, a Department website.