Ban Bee Pesticide



Corporate lobbying to prevent a ban on Bee pesticides is intensifying. This issue is a concern to us all. I will be pushing Minister Coveney on this critical issue when the Dail reconvenes.


Biotech and pesticides giants Syngenta and Bayer are waging an all-out lobbying war against an upcoming vote on a limited ban on three of their pesticides1. The European Commission (EC) proposed this ban following very critical conclusions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) based on new scientific evidence. Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) had access to private letters and emails sent by these two companies and allied lobby groups to the EC as well as EFSA, which displayed their strong-arm tactics to
try to avoid the ban.


Features, International

Jamison Maeda reports from the USA on the sad story of the young man persecuted for his commitment to free access to the internet.

Like the plot of a Hollywood thriller, an ordinary guy in Brooklyn, New York suddenly finds his life turned upside down when he is mercilessly pursued by evil, government agents. But this wasn’t a movie. And it ended tragically.
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Economy, Worker's Rights

It’s been a difficult week for the Labour Party who are reaping the rewards of their betrayal of the Irish people.  The collapse of their vote to less than 5% in the Meath By-Election is an indication of what they can expect from the nation at the next General Election.  To add further distress to the Party, the Teachers unions have given a hostile reception to education minister Ruairí Quinn at their annual conferences.

Clear rejection of Croke Park II and Labour

The Teachers Union of Ireland conference, being held in Galway this week, has called for its members to vote against Croke Park II and instructed its executive to withdraw from ICTU if it tries to impose the deal on its members.  Over 80% of the TUI membership voted to reject the deal in a ballot held last month.  They now say that they will take industrial action if the Croke Park deal is forced upon their members.
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