‘We do NOT support EU Army’ Ireland TURNS on Brussels in shock security broadside

‘We do NOT support EU Army’ Ireland TURNS on Brussels in shock security broadside:

‘Dublin and Brussels have grown closer during the past few months with Brexit negotiations siding the Republic of Ireland against their nearest neighbour.

But this week a group of Irish MEPs have warned Brussels not to expect unquestioning loyalty from Dublin – especially on the subject of security.

The warning was issued in a joint report by MEPs from Fine Gael, Ireland’s ruling government party, called ‘Ireland and the EU: Defending Our Common European Home’.

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93 Per Cent of Irish Locals Vote AGAINST Plan to Dump 115 Migrants in Small Historic Town

93 Per Cent of Irish Locals Vote Against Plan to Dump 115 Migrants in Small Historic Town:

More than nine in ten residents have voted against plans to plant 115 migrants in the small town of Lisdoonvarna, local media reports.

The Irish government says there can be “no delay” in beginning to transfer the first batch of asylum seekers it intends to accommodate in a hotel in the town of just 300 people.

But in a secret ballot held at a meeting in the County Clare town on Wednesday, 197 locals voted against the plan, compared to just 15 who voted in favour, the Irish Times reports.

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Irish Govt ‘Paid Press’ to Promote Plan to Grow Population (of 4.7 Million) by One Million With Mass Migration

And what could possibly go wrong Sweden?

Irish Govt ‘Paid Press’ to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration:

The Irish government has been slammed for paying journalists to write good news stories about Project Ireland 2040.

Unveiled by the government last week with a commitment to spend €116 billion, the document outlines plans to boost the Irish nation’s 4.7 million population by another million using mass migration.

The government’s strategic communications unit paid for sponsored “news pieces” to appear in national and regional newspapers promoting Ireland 2040, which “could not include negative or critical content”, The Times reported on Friday.

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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

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Irish parliament to debate bill proposing jail time for spreading fake news – #FakeNews

Irish parliament to debate bill proposing jail time for spreading fake news:

An Irish politician has proposed new laws that will see the spreading of fake news, and the use of bots to influence political debate, punished by up to five years in jail.

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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EU tells UK: No trade talks without progress on Irish border

EU tells UK: No trade talks without progress on Irish border:

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.

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Farmers are calling a fodder crisis …but the government says there is sufficient supply

Farmers are calling a fodder crisis …but the government says there is sufficient supply:

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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Irish premier warns May on her DUP deal, suggesting it could endanger peace

Irish premier warns May on her DUP deal, suggesting it could endanger peace:

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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Ireland: Finance Minister Noonan rules out commission of inquiry into Nama for now

Noonan rules out commission of inquiry into Nama for now:

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.

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Begging in Dublin Epedemic?

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…

https://www.boards.ie/b/thread/2057470878

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.”


Begging in Dublin Epedemic?:

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.

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Ireland jails 3 top bankers over 2008 collapse — the opposite of what the US did

Ireland jails 3 top bankers over 2008 collapse — the opposite of what the US did:

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.

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