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I Daniel Blake


Features, Social Welfare

imagesFilmmaker Ken Loach is well known for his social realism; his highly acclaimed career has brought us many film classics that portray many aspects of working class life. Films like Kes, Raining Stones, Riff Raff, Looking for Eric, to name a few, were gritty, realistic, funny and sympathetic stories about the ‘ordinary folk’ of northern England.

Many Irish people will be aware of Loach’s two ‘Irish’ films: the powerful interpretation of the Irish War of Independence, the award winning, The Wind That Shakes The Barley and 2014’s brilliant Jimmy’s Hall the true story of the persecution and eventual deportation of Irish socialist Jimmy Gralton.

Loach’s latest film, I Daniel Blake was the recipient of the much-coveted Palme d’Or award at the Cannes film festival earlier this year. This was Loach’s second time to receive that award having won in 2006 for The Wind That Shakes The Barley. Whether Loach puts any stock in awards is neither here nor there, what is undeniable is his talent as a filmmaker and I Daniel Blake is outstanding.  
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Features, Foreign Affairs, International

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.
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Features, Human Rights, International

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.”
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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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Fingal Housing Assessment