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Below, a press release from Shannonwatch following on from the Department of Foreign Affairs’s refusal to release information on US military flights through Shannon. So much for freedom of information…
Foreign Affairs Refuse to Reveal Extent of US Military Use of Shannon
Shannonwatch are gravely concerned by the ongoing refusal of the Department of Foreign Affairs to provide access to information about US military flights through Shannon. Citing the creation and maintenance of trust and confidence between governments the department have said they will not provide records requested under freedom of information (FOI) because it would hamper the international relations of the State.
by Jamison Maeda
Chelsea Manning has ended her hunger strike after the US Army finally agreed to provide her gender affirming surgery.
“I am unendingly relieved that the military is finally doing the right thing,” says Manning. “I applaud them for that. This is all that I wanted — for them to let me be me. But it is hard not to wonder why it has taken so long.”
Manning’s lawyer made a statement saying “This is a monumental day for Chelsea, who can now enjoy some peace knowing that critically needed medical care is forthcoming. This medical care is absolutely vital for Chelsea as it is for so many transgender people – in and out of prison – who are systemically denied treatment solely because they are transgender.”
Fingal County Council has commenced its Social Housing Assessment 2016.
This is an important process, which when completed, will provide the Council with a comprehensive and up to date Assessment of the Housing Needs of our applicants.
Letters in respect of the Assessment will be issued to the relevant applicants this week.
All applicants must complete the accompanying Assessment Form and return same to FCC’s offices in Swords, Blanchardstown and Balbriggan by August 19th 2016.
Forms can be posted or can be placed in the drop boxes specifically made available for the Social Housing Assessment.
Reminder letters will issue to those who have not returned their forms by the aforementioned date.
The Council is required to return this data by 12 October to the Dept. of the Environment , Community & Local Government.
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The three-year funding agreement between management at the Dublin Institute of Technology and DIT Student’s Union ran out on 30 June last.
The parties had been negotiating an agreement for several months and both sides came to an agreement in late April. The agreement was approved by the Senior Leadership Team of the DIT, chaired by the President of the DIT, and was formally signed by the Director of Student Affairs of the DIT. However, an objection by Imelda Reynolds, a business rep on the Governing Body, who wants the union to be subject to DIT Internal Audit, has blocked the agreement.
As a result, DIT Students’ Union has no funding in place – despite having signed off on agreements twice with DIT management.