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Newgrange, Ireland is older than the Pyramids & Stonehenge. Every Winter solstice the sun shines all the way along the passage in the mound to the Central Chamber signifying the start of a new year and end of the old for over 5,000 years pic.twitter.com/82u5Ay1gwL
— Dr Robert Bohan (@RobertBohan) December 20, 2017
The proposals will be brought before the Dail (Irish Parliament) on Wednesday by Fianna Fail TD (MP) James Lawless. Contained within the bill are a number of restrictions relating to online political advertising which Lawless described to RT.com as:
“Any promotional material directed towards a political end – to promote a candidate for political office, to promote a particular political party, to influence the outcome of a referendum, or to influence an industrial relations dispute.”
Lawless pointed to alleged Russian meddling, despite a lack of concrete evidence, in both the US election and the Brexit referendum as the catalyst for his ‘Online Advertising and Social Media (Transparency) Bill 2017.’
H/t reader kevin a.
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LONDON (AP) — The European Union warned Britain on Friday that it must outline by next week how it plans to keep an open Irish border after Brexit or the bloc will refuse to start negotiating a new trade deal with the U.K.
Standing alongside European Council President Donald Tusk in Dublin, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the U.K. must offer “credible, concrete and workable solutions that guarantee there will no hard border” between Northern Ireland and the Irish republic after Britain leaves the EU in 2019.
The bad weather throughout the summer has left farmers without sufficient amounts of fodder.
SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS since August have left farmers across Ireland on the verge of a serious fodder crisis.
Farmers usually purchase enough fodder – dried hay or feed given to cattle and livestock – to last until the spring when the grass begins to grow and animals can begin to eat that instead.
However, the unexpectedly cold and wet summer and winter has meant that farmers are running out of hay earlier than usual and grass has not grown enough to meet the needs of the animals in many parts of the country.
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Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny has warned the leader of the British Conservative party, Prime Minister Theresa May, about her deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), suggesting it could endanger peace.
Kenny said in a tweet on Sunday that he had talked to the British premier and warned him that the deal could imperil the Good Friday Agreement (GFA).
May reached an outline agreement with the DUP to form an alliance that would allow her to remain in power after the Tory’s weak performance in Thursday’s general elections.
H/t reader squodgy.
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Minister for Finance says inquiry cannot circumvent Garda functions
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has again ruled out a commission of inquiry into the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) for the moment.
Nama is a body created by the government in late 2009 in response to the Irish financial crisis and the deflation of the Irish property bubble.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Just visited Dublin, and was astounded at the number of beggars, many from eastern Europe. Literally one every 10 paces around the big shops where construction work was being carried out laying new tram tracks. It seems from the attached blog that professional begging gangs have moved in.
So I started asking individuals about their thoughts on the E.U., recalling that Ireland had a referendum & voted OUT, but EU told them to have another vote until they voted “IN”. So they voted “IN”.
The general theme now is that since the second vote, the EU have funded many big infrastructure projects, to the extent that the employment level (excluding the beggars) …see…
is massaged by EU funded work, none of which is anything but papering over the cracks.
One person’s response was a gem, “We don’t really want the federalism or remote bureaucracy, but now, we’re so fucked, we need the EU more than ever.”
Have stayed a night or two in Dublin some weeks for past while…but have to sat begging is getting out of control
Have stayed in camden court, walk from there down camden street theres a beggar every 50 yards, if you pass by they throw a smart..you have a nice day bud as if its your fault there begging…went into carmelite church on Aungier street and see beggars terrorising old ladies leaving the church forcing them to give them money…
light a cigarette and you have bums from all corners looking for a smoke & 2 Euro for the bus??
Turning the place into a kip as this carry on.
“By means that could be termed dishonest, deceitful and corrupt, they manufactured 7.2 billion euros in deposits by obvious sham transactions,” Judge Martin Nolan of Ireland said as he convicted three top bankers on Friday for their role in the 2008 financial crisis. They are among the first in the world to be sent to prison for their involvement in the global meltdown eight years ago.
The longest-ever criminal trial in Ireland lasted 74 days and led to convictions for former Irish Life and Permanent Bank Chief Executive Denis Casey; former finance director at the failed Anglo Irish Bank, Willie McAteer; and former head of capital markets at the Anglo Irish Bank, John Bowe. They received sentences ranging between two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half years.
Three senior Irish bankers were jailed on Friday for up to three-and-a-half years for conspiring to defraud investors in the most prominent prosecution arising from the 2008 banking crisis that crippled the country’s economy.
The trio will be among the first senior bankers globally to be jailed for their role in the collapse of a bank during the crisis.
The lack of convictions until now has angered Irish taxpayers, who had to stump up 64 billion euros – almost 40 percent of annual economic output – after a property collapse forced the biggest state bank rescue in the euro zone.
“DISHONEST, DECEITFUL AND CORRUPT”
All three were convicted of conspiring together and with others to mislead investors, depositors and lenders by setting up a 7.2-billion-euro circular transaction scheme between March and September 2008 to bolster Anglo’s balance sheet.
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A radio DJ from Canada’s Cape Breton Island first introduced the idea of havens for Americans seeking escape from a Donald Trump presidency – but now Ireland is joining in with its own offer for possible future expats.
Inishturk, a remote Irish Isle situated nine miles off County Mayo, has decided to court the potentially disillusioned segment of the United States populace with an open-armed offer to provide a safe place to live if the idea of a Trump presidency is too much to bear.
If your place has been fumigated with sulfuryl fluoride or its other toxic friends …
Methyl bromide was among the most widely used fumigants until its production and use was restricted by the Montreal Protocol due to its role in ozone depletion.
Widely used fumigants include:
- methyl isocyanate
- hydrogen cyanide
- sulfuryl fluoride
… you better consider moving to another place, or you and your family will get sick, which sometimes takes a while, but it’s not worth waiting for it to happen.
Oh, and these bastards are not spraying to prevent the Zika virus from spreading, they are spraying you, the people, like bugs!
Maybe they want to spray and force vaccinate the entire world, who knows?
– The Zika Virus Hoax Exposed, “Thanks” To The Associated Press (AP): Of The 4,180 Suspected Microcephaly Cases Only 270 Could Be Confirmed And Of Those 270 Cases Only 6 Cases Were Confirmed To Have The Zika Virus. SIX CASES!!!
“Okay, boys, here’s what we do. We’ve got this old virus called Zika. It’s been around for 60 years that we know of. It never caused anything serious. A real dud. But we’ve got to explain all these babies born with small heads and brain damage. We’ve got to protect some important people and shield them from heavy blame. So let’s bring back Zika. Even though very few mothers who give birth to babies with defects have the dud-virus, we can finesse that. People are idiots. So let’s build up Zika into a terrifying killer. Get our PR folks moving. Spread some money around. You know, the usual. And we make out on the back-end with a Zika vaccine.”
And somebody just unleashed the corporate media … (See all those articles down below.)
Massive cleaning operation at landmark Sambadrome comes as health minister admits country is “badly losing” war against the virus
Concerns over the Zika virus reached new heights on Tuesday after Brazil sent fumigators into Rio de Janeiro’s world-famous carnival venue that will help host the Olympic games amid intensified efforts to control the mosquito-borne infection.
As central planners the world over grapple with the effective “lower bound” that’s imposed by the existence of physical banknotes, there’s been no shortage of calls for a ban on cash.
Put simply, if you eliminate physical currency, you also eliminate the idea of a floor for depo rates.
After all, if people can’t withdraw paper money and stash it under the mattress, then interest rates can be as negative as the government wants them to be in order to “encourage” consumption. If, for instance, you’re being charged 10% for saving your money, then by God you will probably spend that money rather than see the bank collect a double-digit fee just for holding on to your paycheck.
– Ireland Refuses To Extradite Man To US Because Prison System Is Too Inhumane (The Anti Media, Aug 11, 2015):
Throughout the world, the U.S. prison system is often seen as inhumane and excessively large.
The American prison system is so reviled, in fact, that Irish officials recently refused to extradite an alleged terrorist to the U.S. The court cited concerns that if he were sent to the U.S., he would probably be placed in Colorado’s “Supermax” prison, ADX Florence (Administrative Maximum Facility). The prison is nicknamed Colorado’s “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”
Irish High Court Justice Aileen Donnelly went as far as to write a 333-page report about why the suspect shouldn’t be extradited. One highlight from the court’s ruling was that incarceration at ADX Florence prison would amount to “cruel and unusual punishment.”
– Ireland gay marriage: The Church’s decision not to lead the No campaign marks a new reality (Independent, May 24, 2015):