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No to Toxic Plastics Factory in SkibbereenDespite little information being given to the public throughout the rezoning and planning permission process, the public - which includes those living directly within the vicinity of the site as well as residents within town - have expressed both formally (through submissions) and informally (through public meetings) a number of concerns and objections to the factory. These concerns have been largely left unaddressed and it is for this reason that we demand the halting of the factory's development and the appeal of planning permission for the project. We are concerned about the overall lack of accessible information given to us surrounding the project. Land was rezoned in Poundlick, Skibbereen in April 2016 from "Town Greenbelt" to "Business Use," in order to allow the factory to be built. The rezoning occurred following an inadequate public consultation process, which consisted of one advertisement on p. 33 of the Irish Examiner print edition on February 10, 2016. While this one ad formally commenced the public consultation process, this does not constitute as clear, adequate, or accessible notification. Given that not a single submission was made by a resident of Skibbereen in response to the land rezoning, it is evident that the residents of Skibbereen did not access this information, which is understandable given its singular and obscure location. We should also be able to rely on our elected representatives to communicate such vital information to us in a widely accessible manner. Similarly, those living in the vicinity of the site were only informed that planning permission was sought after PLANNING notices went up at access points to the site. Again, this is an inadequate format for disseminating information, which has severely stunted the public consultation and engagement process on this matter, and means that our informed consent cannot be given. In addition to the poor process of public consultation and notification, our concerns circulate around our health; the environment (no Environmental Impact Assessment has been undertaken and nor has the County Council requested this!); our property value; the traffic that will result; the amount of topsoil that will be removed; the rezoning of land for industry amidst a housing shortage; the lack of consultation with a retirement home in the vicinity. A plastics factory was sued in Athlone in 2005 following a number of health hazards it created within the community, and should such a case be necessary in Skibbereen, this will come at great financial and time cost to our town's residents.]
Place Pylons UndergroundEirgrid has an important job to ensure our energy needs are met. However this can not be at any cost. The only issue of placing lines underground for Eirgrid is an increase in cost. Surely protecting our beautiful country is worth the increase in cost. It is also important to protect important landmarks, such as the Hill of Tara, which is seeking UNESCO status. It is time to start looking to the future and build the Interconnector and other national projects underground where they will be safe from storms, and keep our country beautiful for the next generations (and tourists).
Save The Port Of Cork BuildingsThe Port of Cork Buildings are listed buildings, they are supposed to be protected. Cork City Council has been allowing so many historical buildings in Cork City to be demolished, their idea of preserving buildings is to keep the front wall. These buildings were built during the Napoleonic Wars by the prisoners of Spike Island 200 years ago. They are in such an important piece of strategic land in the center of the city and on the historic waterfront. These amazing buildings have been bought by American property developers recently. They plan to build the biggest skyscraper on this site and it will cover up and destroy the Port buildings, these are the most historical, prominent, visually beautiful buildings in Cork City. They are the first buildings we see when we arrive in Cork. They have the possibility to make this city very special. These are a unique set of buildings and part of our cultural and historical maritime heritage - of international interest
Act Now to Remember the Magdalene Laundry SurvivorsThe Gloucester Street Magdalene Laundry is the only former religious controlled laundry of its type that is owned by the State. But Dublin City Council wants to sell it off to an international hotel chain. All memory of what occurred in this place will be erased and forgotten forever. We cannot allow such an important part of our nation's social and cultural history to be replaced with yet another soulless hotel. A more fitting plan for this historic site is to build a national centre to honour and commemorate the Magdalene women past and present. It is imperative that the Magdalene survivors themselves are consulted on how best their experiences should be memorialised. The Magdalene Redress scheme proposed by Justice Quirke and fully accepted for implementation by the Dep. of Justice on 26th June 2013, recommended that Magdalene women be consulted with a view commemorating their experience and legacy of the Magdalene institutions. This is yet to occur. Please show your support. Sign the petition calling for this sale to be blocked and a commemorative centre built there instead.
Don't turn Newtownabbey into the dirty corner of Northern IrelandThe planning committee have a duty to represent ratepayers and seek to establish if these are unlawful decisions. These decisions may be unlawful if there has been no study of the combined health impacts on the people living in the area. Downwind, and in the six miles between these two developments, lie the homes of tens of thousands of people, as well as recreational water bodies, holiday sites and the shores of Belfast Lough. The human cost of poor air quality is huge causing the deaths of more people per year, in Northern Ireland, than passive smoking or road accidents combined and costing the NHS over £20 billion per year. (1) At a time when the World Health Organisation are saying that the greater Belfast area air already exceeds safe levels by 20% we deserve a cumulative health impact study before any further work proceeds. (2) Read more on FB @Stop the Newtownabbey Pig Factory & Stop Hightown Waste Incinerator 1. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/belfast-air-pollution-levels-among-the-worst-in-uk-35636923.html 2. http://breathelife2030.org/ 3 https://ukhumanrightsblog.com/2017/11/13/air-quality-breaches-stops-development-which-threatened-to-exacerbate-them/
Reject the Proposed Kirwan Junction PlanAnong many reasons why the residents object are: - The present traffic problem is not due to the roundabout itself, but the backed-up traffic towards town on the Headford Road. - Redesigning the junction does not address this issue at all - €1.2million will be spent - Additional lanes added to four arms of the junction, yet the capacity increase wil be only 15% - Public (and private) green space will be taken - Mature trees felled - Compulsory Purchase will take years to complete - Commercial interests in the area damaged - All local residents will be hugely inconvenienced and in the case of those in the immediate vicinity totally isolated - There will be nine sets of lights in the short stretch from Ballinfoile church to the Courthouse.
A Youth Work Strategy that Tackles RacismThe current National Youth StrAtegy 'Brighter Futures -Better Outcomes' does not include any intercultural focus. This therefore neglects hundreds of youth in Ireland. Groups affected Intercultural youth groups, international students, migrant youth, children born from migrant parents, mixed ethnicity youth, ethnic minorities excluding Traveller &Roma communities.
Save The Iveagh GardensThe Iveagh Gardens were given to the state by the 2nd Earl of Iveagh (Lord Iveagh) for the people of Ireland on the condition that they would not be built on and would be preserved intact as a 'lung' for the city. They are a protected structure, area of conservation (Z9) and a public park. Part of The OPW's remit to the Gardens is to conserve 'a unique city centre park, which has remained largely unaltered since its layout by the landscape architect Ninian Niven'. Incredibly an Bord Pleannala have granted permission for part of the Gardens to be used to accommodate a four story Children's Science centre. The museum will be built at the East side of The Gardens where they adjoin the National Concert Hall. To facilitate it they will demolish the 140 year old wall, home to a bat population, fell the magnificent old trees and destroy wildlife habitat. This precious woodland area of the park will be covered over by a new plaza, concrete ramps and street lighting. The scale of the four story building will visually impact on the Gardens to such an extent that the unique nineteenth century walled garden character will be destroyed forever. This goes against the OPW's own remit; 'to conserve the internal and perimeter vegetation to screen out adjacent office blocks and buildings'. This development which demonstrates such casual disregard for a heritage structure and treasured public park must not be allowed to go ahead. We strongly disagree with the planning reports conclusion which states; “On balance, the new building and plaza would make a positive contribution to the public realm and the works would not affect the integrity of the Iveagh Gardens which is a Protected Structure.” As well as the destruction of the Gardens there are also financial questions as to who will fund the running of the museum. It will cost €3million a year yet so far no government department has accepted responsibility to fund it. Are we going to sacrifice a treasured public space for a large white elephant? We must not allow this expensive unwanted building plan to go ahead. Let the Ministers know that we want The Iveagh Gardens to remain intact, preserved and protected. Please sign and share this petition.
Social Hubs instead of rural post officesWe seem to be allowing a continuous stripping of services from rural Ireland, this would be a start of a serious opportunity to reverse this trend and offer a genuine service to elderly people who want to remain in their homes. We could customise these hubs to suit each village or location, eg combine this service with the local community centre, a cafe a local business or a stand alone unit. This hub could be staffed by locals and would offer all the services of a post office, plus access for the elderly to a government services help desk, environmental help, grants, tourist info etc, it could also be a start of decentralisation from Dublin.