Archive for the ‘National’ Category

National, Worker's Rights

Press Release from Ryanair Pilot Group

Facebook and Twitter Accounts shut down without explanation.

On the 2nd of August Facebook shut down the Ryanair Pilot Group (RPG) Facebook page.  No warning was provided.  No justification was put forward.  No specific reasons were given.  RPG contacted Facebook requesting details of why the page was removed.

To date, no reasons have been forthcoming. The attached email is the only communication received concerning this extraordinary development. In a further twist yesterday (07th August), the RPG Twitter account has also been taken down unilaterally. Again, no specific reasons have been provided.
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National, Protests

Newbridge CU Rally Central Bank

Bus Loads of concerned members of Newbridge Credit Union and their families attended a public rally today outside the Central Bank to protest against the forced merger of their Credit Union with the Naas Credit Union.  The Newbridge Credit Union Action Group and Task Force called today’s protest to highlight the nature of secrecy and behind the scenes manoeuvring to arrange a merger without the consent or consultation with the members of Newbridge Credit Union.
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Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Environment, National

by Jacob Richards

Many of us will have noticed the ever-increasing use of the term “fracking” that is coming up for debate in various media locally and nationally. It seems that “fracking” is now a hot topic that inspires controversy wherever it is said. “Fracking” in very simple terms is a process whereby highly pressurised fluid often containing hundreds of chemicals, is pumped until it bores into the layers of rock thousands of feet under the earth’s surface. By doing this the rock becomes fractured releasing pockets of gas which are then pumped back to the surface to be used as a means of fuel. The process has taken off particularly in the United States over the last ten years. This sounds well and good but in reality the process has caused great damage to local environments and also posed health risks to local communities.
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Features, National, Transport Tourism and Sport

The Drivers in Dublin Bus who have served strike notice, beginning from midnight Sunday 4th August, are 100% right to stand up to the company’s planned cuts to their earnings and working conditions.  Apart from the obvious cuts in sick days and overtime payments the deal on offer in effect gives the company a blank cheque on future schedules and issues like traveling time that could have serious effects on every driver’s working conditions. This deal is a clear indication of the race to the bottom policy being pursued by management at Dublin Bus it will allow the company to recruit new drivers on much reduced pay and on a part time basis.
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