Planning – a move?

Prime Time has shown that you can’t rely on the traditional parties to understand the basics of planning – at least not when there is a wad of cash in it for them.ghost estates campaignThis Examiner article by Victoria White shows the reaction when John Gormley put a stop to crazy rezoning in Monaghan,

“Newly appointed Green Party environment minister John Gormley caused a storm by intervening with the limited powers he had under the 2000 Planning Act to stem excessive rezoning in Mayo and Monaghan. “They went buckin’ mad” as one former councillor told me. Hugh McElvaney complained to Prime Time: “He’s only in a wet week and he came in and robbed us.” Gormley is, explains McElvaney, “anti-development” whereas he is, “pro-development, irrespective of where it is”. The comment makes a good case for Gormley’s 2010 Planning Act stating that planning decisions must be consistent with the Government’s spatial strategy.”

A little reminder but don’t watch too much  – bad for your blood pressure.

Storm Imogen on the way tonight

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The ninth storm this year, nine storms in nine weeks.  The climate is changing, the world is changing, our politics needs to change.  The traditional Irish political parties are no longer fit for purpose, there are many very able and well meaning people (and a minority who are just out for what they can get)  in politics but they just don’t get it and don’t have a radical vision for how we could live in rural areas, towns and villages.  Vote Green in 2016.

See how to work with nature to avoid flooding in this article from the




is the Green Party general election candidate for Kildare South, a Learning Support teacher, mother of two teenage boys.

She is campaigning for

Community Energy Projects as there is not much point in replacing ‘Big Oil’ with ‘Big Wind’ or ‘Big Solar’. Ireland spends an average of over €17m every single day importing foreign fossil fuels. By making an energy transition that will create investment, quality jobs and opportunities for farm diversification.”

Equality in Education – for all our children.  Resource allocation should be based on the student’s needs and not on whether their disability is high incidence or low incidence.

Housing – NAMA has the resources to end the current housing crisis.  The Green Party made sure that a social and community mandate was included in NAMA’s terms of reference, this is now being ignored.  Many of struggle to make ends meet and it can be hard to see how to tackle homelessness as well but as one of the most basic of human rights we can and need to eliminate it.

Transparency in politics, planning and effective financial regulation.  The lack  of these three things over a decade caused the last property bubble and made our financial crash worse.  The Green Party insisted on the first financial regulator who wasn’t a party hack, in Matthew Elderfield, we put an end to corrupt re-zonings with the Planning Act and outlined stricter limits for political donations which have now been put into place.


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Irish SMEs are paying higher than average interest rates which shows the urgent need for public banking.

Cllr Mark Dearey, Green Party Spokesperson for Finance said: “The recent news that SMEs in Ireland are paying .76% higher interest for loans than the EU average is proof positive that our banks are not exposed to sufficient competition and can get away with charging excessive rates to small businesses in this country.

“The banks create the illusion of competition but it all happens within a tacit understanding that rates can remain well above the EU norm. It puts our businesses at an immediate competitive disadvantage and must be affecting key decisions among business owners around employing additional staff.

“For 2 years now the Green Party has been working with the Sparkasse Bank Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC) to develop a new model of public banking here in Ireland and has presented to the Department of Finance a unique opportunity, working hand in hand with the German Public Banking giant, to create new regional savings banks who will lend to the regions’ SME sectors.

“Instead of taking the opportunity presented, the decision to engage has been delayed time and again.

“I personally appealed to Minister Noonan to make a decision back in November after many months of waiting but clearly he is not willing to give us that critical ‘Third Force’ in Irish banking that will keep the others honest or at least competitive.

“It is disappointing in the extreme to see this offer to innovate with the architecture of our banking system being treated with such little interest. Meanwhile Irish SMEs continue to be drained of vital liquidity.”

Young Greens show solidarity for people in Direct Provision – 20/11/2014

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Young Greens with Cllr. Malcolm Noonan Young Greens with Cllr. Malcolm Noonan

The Young Greens are calling for an end to direct provision for asylum seekers in Ireland. Fundamentally, direct provision is a violation of basic human rights and basic human dignity. We acknowledge the dreadful harm that has been done to people seeking asylum in this country by past governments, including the Fianna Fáil/Green coalition.

Having taken part in today’s protest outside Leinster House and the Department of Justice, the Young Greens are fully committed to ending direct provision and making up for the mistakes of current and past governments. Politics today is lacking any acceptance of responsibility and any acceptance of the damage that governments can do when certain decisions are made. Especially in light of the role the Greens had before in a government that took these decisions, we decided that, unlike the other parties who fostered and engaged in this…

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