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Global Frack Down
The 2015 Global Frackdown will be focused on the climate impacts of unconventional fossil fuels.
November 2 will be the day to mobilize against fracking ahead of the Paris climate talks.

Three campaigners who have been at the forefront of the hugely successful New York campaign against
fracking are visiting Ireland this week. They will be speakers at a public meeting in the
Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne on Friday 3rd at 8pm.
The meeting will allow people to meet them, raise awareness of the current
situation regarding fracking in Ireland, compare our campaigns and learn from one another.
It also will have an element of fun, with music, networking and celebration of local campaign successes.



Saturday, February 14, 2:00 PM IFSC – Sean O’Casey Bridge followed by Central Bank/ City Centre
Dublin, 1, Ireland

The Impact of Fracking






TTIP debate in Dublin – 5 November

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10712776_10152514987511656_8398224268518760884_n#firstwedsdebates: The TTIP Deal.

Twisted Pepper
54 Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1




Poster unearthed

Poster to download. Tours in Ireland: 23- 28 Oct:
Dublin, Carrick-on-Shannon, Belfast, Bellanaleck, Sligo, Cork.
Don’t miss!
STOP THE FRACKERS – STOP TTIP – DOWNLOAD THE FORM – COLLECT SIGNATURES AT THE SCREENING http://frackingfreeireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Signature-list-EN-IR1.pdf
TTIP FLYER: http://frackingfreeireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Flyer-TTIP.pdf
3 Min. TTIP movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4OQeekSD6s
Launched to challenge all sides of the fracking debate, Unearthed is an independent project spearheaded by South African filmmaker Jolynn Minnaar. After 18 months of thorough research, widespread consultation and filming across South Africa, the United States, Canada, the UK and Ireland, the documentary is at the forefront of information on the controversial topic.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP0NV-4VBU0
Unearthed – The Documentary
An independent documentary investigating shale gas extraction, the method of hydraulic fracturing and its…
w: http://www.un-earthed.com/
f: Unearthed
t: @un_earthed @jolynnminnaar

Looking forward to our UK TOUR over the upcoming weeks! See you soon ENGLAND and IRELAND!


Funeral for Democracy – Belfast starts 1 pm

gfd fercatrim

Press Release, Fercatrim Frackdown Day Oct. 11th 2014.

To celebrate Global Frackdown Day 2014, the people of Fercatrim (Fermanagh/Cavan/Leitrim) will join in solidarity with communities worldwide to have their voice heard, see all the great work that is going on in local schools to raise awareness, and say a fond farewell to our friendly neighbours Tamboran.

The event will take place on 11th Oct. in Mullaghdun Community Centre, starting at 1pm and finishing at 12am.

We have something for everyone!

This event is cross community and cross-border. We will be linking up with other activists around the country.

Funds raised will be used to cover the cost of expenses of the artists involved, the replacement of a marquee cover that got damaged in a storm during the vigil, and for putting on future farewell parties for the Frackers.

Thank you!

Contact details;
Claire Maguire



Lock the Gate to Gas Carrickfergus launch. Save the date and hope for sunshine. 6th Sept 12 O’Clock. Carrickfergus castle car park for a photo op of everyone. We’ll have a lovely handmade river to display in front of the castle. Then back to the gasworks for a cup of tea and a chat with people from other antifracking groups. Come and collect samples of our new leaflet to give out to friends. All welcome.

This is the venue.
and this is the castle.
Banners welcome. Just an idea, local stuff eg leitrim banner OK anything with Ireland or an Irish flag on it will not go down well in this part of town. I hope people won’t be offended its just a reality of life in carrick. So I think its sensible to be sensitive to that. The G8 river is massive and is very symbolic so that will make a great photo


Belcoo Frack Free: Public Meeting – Thursday 21st August, 7.30 pm in Belcoo Community Centre. Fracking, the next steps, where do we go from here? All welcome

Vigil: Sunday 24 th August, 7.00 pm at the Gates of Hell

Gardrum Protection Group 24/7 at the Gates of Heaven.

Fisherman run – Enniskillen Sat 16 August, 12.00 community Hall Belcoo

Farmers support community – and more support – Thursday 11 am Leitrim Co. Co. office, C-o-S

Posted on

Great turnout in Belcoo this evening,  (Sunday 28 July) well done to all who braved the weather. Lots of families/kids present with music and warm positive atmosphere and a great response to the farmers with tractors who arrived. Tom White from Belcoo and Eddie Mitchell of Love Leitrim addressed the crowd with a strong emphasis on cooperation of communities, peaceful dignified actions in line with what the community of Belcoo want and people were asked to try and have a presence outside the Leitrim County Council emergency meeting this Thursday at 11am in Carrick on Shannon



ttip what it is

What is TTIP and why is it of concern?

12th of July 2014. 11am to 1pm.

Venue: The Greenhouse, 17 St Andrew Street, Dublin 2



frack off poster

7th July
Public Meeting
Greenisland Football Club 100 Glenkeen ave, Carrickfergus, BT38 8ST.

8th July
Public Meeting: Railway Hotel,Enniskillen

9th July
Public Meeting
Stranocum Village Hall, North Antrim https://www.facebook.com/events/791327010900240/

10th July
Black Box, Belfast
Public Meeting
(followed by After Party/Fundraiser- Line up to be confirmed very soon!!)


Fracking Free Network – Friday 11 July 11.00 followed by training of Frack Off
At the last meeting of the Fracking Free Network in Enniskillen in April it was agreed that Saturday July 6th would be the date of the next meeting in Belfast. In the meantime due to a number of conflicting events this July 6th meeting was postponed.

 After consulting with Michael (Belfast not for Shale/ Network Chair) and Fiona (No Fracking Northern Ireland) and taking into consideration the urgency of the situation in N.Irleand  there is now a suggestion that the next network meeting could take place on Friday July 11th in Belfast. As people are aware Frack Off will be visiting a number of locations conducting training around this time. They will be in Belfast on July 11th so the idea is that a network meeting can take place prior to the Frack Off training in Belfast. This will ensure that the Network meeting is held in the agreed location and hopefully would best utilise peoples time in that they are not traveling to different events on different days.
The possible layout of the day is below:
Fracking Free Network Meeting 11th July 10.30 am for 11am sharp start
Venue: Realta Civic Centre, 48 King Street, Belfast 6AD
In attendance Frack Off UK
Fracking Free Network and Frack Off UK invite you to take part in a training from1-6pm
Legal Observer & Know Your Rights training. (venue as above)
 Fiona (No Fracking Northern Ireland) has asked that if people wish to attend the training to please register their interest before June 27th to get an idea on numbers expected.
If people are happy with this suggestion could they forward me agenda items for the Network meeting by Tuesday July 8th.
Contact Jamie
jamie murphy [revolt682000@gmail.com]



Next Network Meeting: Saturday July 5th,  12- 2.30 Belfast

National Network Meeting
5th July Sat

Church of the Resurection community Hall
North Belfast

Contact Michael: 07742547292

Coming from outside Belfast..

Exit the M2 motorway in the North of the City at the Fortwilliam
roundabout. It is a 2 minute drive to the churccommunity hall using the
Shore Road, Antrim Road and then onto the Cavehill Road. (simply drive
towards the Cavehill Itself to get bearings)

The meeting will take place in the community hall at the rear of the
church. Lots of parking spaces available.


Frack Off will be coming to deliver public meetings and many workshops from 7-11 July
7/8 in Fermanagh.
9/10 North Antrim
11th Belfast
Contact: nofrackingni@yahoo.co.uk


Direct Action Training – Dublin
Dear friends and comrades,

Earth First! Éire would like to invite you to a Direct Action Training
Weekend in Dublin this June 28-29.
The weekend, consisting of workshops facilitated by folks who have been
involved in a variety of campaigns, will include:

– Know Your Rights Training
– Climb Training
– Blockading Tactics
– Security Culture
– De-Arresting
– Dealing with the Police
– Violence Vs. Non-violence – What Does That Mean ?
– Role-Playing Games
– Planning an Action
and more…

We are extending this invitation to anti-fracking groups around the
country as we feel that it is critical, at this time, for each and every
one of us, as activists, to feel comfortable and prepared to organise and
apply direct action tactics to stop fracking from happening in our

Although the weekend is aimed at anti-fracking campaigners, we invite and
encourage folks working on all different kinds of campaigns to attend –
whether they have loads of experience with direct action or not!
Following the NVDA workshop day in Fermanagh that some of you may have
attended this past April, this weekend will be focused on more practical
training aiming to empower you with the skills to organise in your own

We still have space for a couple more workshops, so if you have a workshop
to offer, we’d all really appreciate it!

vegan meals will be served at the event for a suggested donation, and
childcare is available if you can let us know beforehand.

If you’re coming in from out of town, we have funds to help with travel
costs, and we have a decent amount of available sleeping space – though
you’d need to bring your own sleeping bag.
We are also in need of some more volunteers for throughout the weekend so
if you’re interested in this, please do let us know!

To have an ideas of numbers expected, we ask that folks send us an e-mail
letting us know that they’re attending, and, if possible, where they’re
coming from, what group they are involved with, and their requirements for
the event (childcare, dietary restrictions, sleeping space, etc.). We’ll
respond with a confirmation, and in the following weeks, the exact
location for the event, and a more detailed weekend schedule of workshops!

find some more info here: http://indymedia.ie/article/104798
For the wild,
Earth First! Éire

Artists Eleanor Shanley, Charlie Mc Gettigan, Donal O Kelly and Edwina Guckian came out to remind people to support the “Tour of the Fracking country’ a cross border cycle  organised by Love Leitrim & Lakeland Cycling Club this Sat 14th details on
The timing cycle has become even more critical, as companies plan to drill exploratory wells within weeks, and communities need be alerted to this threat

The Ireland Oil and Gas Summit is on this Wednesday. It’s basically a meeting of the loveliest people – oil and gas industry representatives and relevant government heads, to talk about the great idea of further unlocking Ireland’s hydrocarbon potentials – YAY!!! And tickets are only €1000!

We’ll meet outside the Conrad Hotel at 4pm and will have an array of placards and banners which you can use….or bring your own!


More info on the summit here http://www.irelandsummit.com/ and please invite friends to come!

A number of the members of the Dublin anti Fracking campaign will be at it! We are using it as a opportunity to raise awareness about the campaign because there be lots of people about after work




“Protecting Place” Saturday May 17th– a gathering to share learning between
communities, inver community centre, Erris, Co. Mayo
Hopefully you have seen invitation already but if not you are very, very warmly invited to a
gathering called ‘Protecting Place’ which will take place on May 17th in Inver, Co. Mayo.
Please spread the word about this event if you can. If you can invite people who might not
hear about it online or by email that would be fantastic. If you can put up poster or two where you live that would be brilliant too.
Full programme is nearly ready, with more details about travel and accommodation

For anyone involved in the movement to keep ireland fracking free…it would be fantastic to
hear about all you’ve been learning about exactly HOW we can keep the frackers out of Ireland and NI. It’s going to be day for exchanging experiences and strategies from all around Ireland. it’s a bit of journey to Mayo so we have sorted a travel and accomodation fund to make it possible for more people to come…just get in touch early if you are interested….
protectingplace@riseup.net or 087 6686644.

Dear All

 Please register asap for the European Parliament environment Hustings.  It is very important that our future MEPs realise that there is a very active environmental movement out there. Details for the Hustings in the three constituencies are below.

South Constituency
Please register asap for the Hustings with the candidates for the South Constituency of the European Parliament Elections, by emailing southMEP@environmentalpillar.ie
or ringing 01-8780115

Location: Metropole Hotel, Cork, 13th May.
Registration from 1.00pm
Light lunch at 1.15
Hustings 2.00-4.00pm
Maurice Gubbins, Editor of the Evening Echo will be in the Chair


Midlands NW
Please register asap for the hustings with the candidates for Midlands North West Constituency of the European Parliament Elections, by emailing
mid-nwMEP@environmentalpillar.ie  or ringing 01-8780115
Location: Bush Hotel, Carrick On Shannon, Co Leitrim, 8th May.
Registration from 1.00pm
Light lunch at 1.15
Hustings 2.00-4.00pm

Ciaran Mullooly, Midlands Correspondent for RTE will be in the Chair, and we expect 7 out of the 11candidates to be participating.

Please register asap for the hustings with the candidates for the Dublin Constituency of the European Parliament Elections, by emailing dublinMEP@environmentalpillar.ie
or ringing 01-8780115
Location: Wynns Hotel, Abbey St, Dublin. 16th May.

Frank McDonald, Environment Editor of the Irish Times will be in the Chair, and all 8 candidates have confirmed their attendance:

 The programme for each hustings is as follows:
Registration from 1.00pm
Light lunch at 1.15
Hustings 2.00-4.00pm

2.00pm Introduction to the 2014 European Parliament elections by Francis Jacobs, Head of the Information Office of the European Parliament
2.05pm Candidates outline their history of engagement with environmental issues and highlight what they hope to achieve during the 5 years should they be elected.  3 mins each
2.30 Question 1. Given the fact that almost all Irish Environmental Law originated from the European Union, what will you do to strengthen European Environmental Law, and which particular laws would you focus on? 2mins
2.45 Question 2. If elected, will you support an EU-wide greenhouse emissions reduction target of 55% for 2030? Can you outline the priority actions you think EU should take to address the climate crisis? 2 mins
3.00 Question 3. Europe’s Biodiversity is in rapid decline, should you be elected what will you do to reverse this trend? 2 mins
3.15 Written questions from the floor
3.45 Journalists questions
4.00pm Thanks and Close

If you have a written question you want to pose please send it to the appropriate email address above giving your name, contact details,  and the name of either your organisation.

Kind regards

Michael Ewing


The Environmental Pillar
Co Roscommon
Rep of Ireland
Tel: +353 71 9667373
Mob: +353 86 8672153
email: michael@environmentalpillar.ie
web: www.environmentalpillar.ie
Twitter: @MichaelEwing1

Environmental Pillar members: An Taisce. Bat Conservation Ireland, BirdWatch Ireland. CELT – Centre for Ecological Living and Training. Coast Watch. Coomhola Salmon Trust. Crann. ECO UNESCO. Feasta.  Forest Friends. Friends of the Earth. Global Action Plan Ireland, Gluaiseacht. Hedge Laying Association of Ireland. Irish Doctors Environment Association. Irish Natural Forestry Foundation. Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Irish Seal Sanctuary. Irish Seed Saver Association. Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Irish Wildlife Trust. The Native Woodland Trust. The Organic Centre. Sonairte. Sustainable Ireland Cooperative. VOICE. Zero Waste Alliance Ireland






APRIL 2014

This brave dancing group called the Tahany Academy of dancing who have made a dance depicting communities led by their farmers rising up to Fracking.  They are bringing this dance to the World Irish  dance championship in London at Easter. It includes a preview of the dance.

The information is in the link below

Fracking awareness @ Conscious Concert Ireland -19 April 2014

A concert in the RDS Dublin called Conscious Concert Ireland. The website is www.consciousconcert.ie
Aim is  to help bring more awareness to a few major issues in Ireland today that need  immediate public attention. Fracking is one, fluoride in water is another and Shannon US planes is another. The fracking campaign has offered to book a few stands, so we did.


MARCH 2014


North West against Fracking

We are a peaceful campaigning group opposed to Fracking on the Island of Ireland.
We are attempting a world record for our St. Patricks day parade entry of the Sligo parade.
“The most people dressed as WB.
Yeats in one place at one time” – Don’t frack Yeats Country-

–>You will qualify  as Yeat if you wear

  • side part for your hair
  • Round glasses
  • White shirt
  • Waist coat
  • Dark trousers

We need by big numbers of people to join to have a real impact.
This year’s parade will happen in the heart of Sligo City on Monday 17th 2014.

This years parade starts at 12 noon on Mail Coach Road and finishes at the Mercy Convent Gates.

TEL. 0863840254 for more information.


A chara
Northwest network against fracking will be gathering peacefully outside Sligo County Council offices today (3 March)  at 10.15 am, to emphasise the importance of the council implementing very strong measures in their County Development Plan to ban or prohibit entirely the processes of high volume slick water horizontal fracturing and extraction of shale, tight sands gas,  or coal bed methane  (coal seam gas).
The county manager stated that he would be influenced by EPA research and Government Policies.  We would respectfully remind the Manager that the Government has no policy on unconventional onshore gas extraction, and that the EPA is immune from prosecution.
We applaud Leitrim and Donegal County Councillors for their insertion of a ban on hvsl horizontal fracturing into their CDP’S, and thank members of Sligo County Council for keeping this issue very much to the forefront in recent months.
Best regards
NW network against fracking

EPP Congress – http://www.epp-cd.eu/epp-congress-will-bring-2000-delegates-to-dublin-2/



Communicating Geoscience: Lessons learned from engaging with the media, elected representatives and communities
Special event of the Irish Geological Research Meeting 2014
Date: 09:15-12:30, Friday 28 February 2014
Venue: George Moore Theatre, O’Brien Centre for Science, University College Dublin

The tutor for this course is the same person who gave legal advice to Leitrim County Council as to whether Leitrim County Council could put a ban on fracking into the Development Plan. Conflict of interest anyone …..


The Law of Fracking

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2014

Venue: Apex Business Centre, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18   ( € 275)

Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) involving hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’ is getting particular attention in Ireland and across the globe. This method of extraction has proved very beneficial to the US economy in recent years, and others such as the UK and Poland are keen to follow. But it is also a somewhat controversial subject. With a number of companies expressing an interest in exploring Ireland’s shale gas reserves, some local authorities have moved to impose a ban prohibiting fracking in their area. Are such moves necessary? What is the current legal framework for fracking, and is it adequate for the protection of the environment, including human health?

The EPA is currently undertaking a research project to enhance understanding of these issues, and the Minister for Energy has indicated that no further licensing options will be granted pending the outcome of the EPA’s research. At the same time, the EU has recently adopted a proposed revision to the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) Directive which drops an explicit requirement for EIA for fracking.  What will all of this mean for fracking in Ireland?

This half-day CPD certified MasterClass will shine a light on the current regulation of ‘fracking’, and will provide an understanding of the current regulatory framework governing unconventional gas exploration and extraction using hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ techniques in Ireland.

Core content includes:

  • Brief overview of fracking/ hydraulic fracturing
  • Areas with potential shale gas reserves in Ireland – licensing options granted
  • Gas exploration and extraction: –
    • Licensing process
    • Planning process
    • Environmental Assessments – SEA, EIA and Appropriate Assessment
    • Environmental protection – air, water, waste etc
    • Safety Framework
  • Surface and sub-surface land rights and compensation
  • Transboundary considerations
  • EU Law and Policy Developments in other jurisdictions
  • Possible future landscape

Who Should Attend?
This course would be of interest to local authorities which may have reserves of shale gas, public sector and semi-state companies, consultants, engineers and developers, and anyone with a general interest in the area.


Alice Whittaker, Philip Lee Solicitors
Alice leads the firm’s specialist Environmental and Climate Group which was recently recognised by independent global law firm ranking guide, Legal 500, as one of the ‘Top Tier’ firms in Europe in this sector. She is legal adviser to many local authorities and to a number of domestic and multinational companies operating in the water and wastewater sectors.


On completion you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate containing 4 Structured CPD Hours.

Dates, Time, Venue & Cost

Date:     Wednesday 19th February 2014
Times:  9.30am to 1.30pm
Venue:  Apex Business Centre, Blackthorn Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18
Price:    €275

Book Now

To register your interest in booking, click here, or call Andrew on 01-2934766.



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iConnect to Airing Erris on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454293744792142/

Organised by Afri

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Our mailing address is:


134, Phibsborough Road

Dublin, Dublin 7


Tamboran – Fermanagh Town Hall 9th Janurary 2014 gathering 6.00 pm Linnen Hall
Leitrim Co.Development Plan – 13 Jan.
Read more: http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/01/08/take-action-9-13-january-2014/


Hi all,

The next development day of anti-fracking groups is proposed to take place in Sligo on Saturday January 18th at a venue yet to be confirmed starting at 11am. If you are interested in attending please confirm as soon as possible as to ensure an adequate number of participants from different groups preferably North and South.
The philosophy behind the development days has been to try and encourage more effective cooperation and communication between the different groups and an aim, vision and objectives was agreed upon by participants at the previous meetings. These development days have been facilitated by Teresa Butler and Peter Kearns and they have kindly agreed to do so again on this occasion. Following on from the work that has been done by all the different groups the meeting on Jan 18th will hopefully help us to continue to work together effectively and cohesively and prioritise pressing actions North and South.
I have again attached a copy of the report of the previous Development Day which was hosted by No Fracking Dublin in September 2013. If anyone has emails for other groups please let them know. Please confirm attendance by Saturday Jan 11th.
Jamie Muphy
LL member




ANTI-FRACKING CAMPAIGNERS TO GATHER FOR COUNCIL MEETINGCampaigners will gather at Leitrim County Council offices on Monday Dec 2nd, 4pm, to demand Leitrim County Council insert a clause into the county development plan, that states, unconventional oil and gas exploration and extraction is banned in County Leitrim.Despite the majority of the council passing a motion which called on the government to ban “fracking”, a minority of just a few councillors continue to argue against inserting a ban in the county development plan.

Next monday, councillors must stand up, take action and protect the people they represent and reflect the anti-fracking sentiment, we believe, is held by the vast majority of residents in County Leitrim.

If possible please join us in urging the council to act on this matter.

Leitrim County Council Offices – 4pm – Dec 2nd


Health and fracking conference next week in London sponsored by Irish EPA (which is immune from prosecution)

Fracking and Health Research Workshop
Friday 15 November 2013, 9am – 5pm
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN

We  would  like to highlight the fact  that this event is part
sponsored by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, a body that
has commissioned research to help ‘determine best practice guidelines
to regulate the shale gas industry in Ireland’ (all their own words).
This same body is immune from proscution under Irish law.

Drumshambo, United Farmers Association and fracking  Sat. 7 dec. 2013

United Farmers Association Public Information Meeting.
Important notice to all residents of south & west Clare.
  Farming not Fracking is the future.
Saturday 9th November 2013 At 8:30pm
                          Kilmihil Hall.

A Chara,
The future survival and well-being of all residents of west and south County Clare is about to be decided on how the two single most important issues of our time are decided. (1) The internal divisions of the Cap Reform Payments in Ireland as a result of the 2013 CAP reform recently agreed in Brussels .Failure to achieve a fair and equitable division of these subsidies will result in the disappearance of at least 30% of the existing farming community and the elimination of many  business in the rural towns and villages of Co.Clare.The UFA  National Officers will present at this public information meeting the options for a fair and equitable distributions of the new payments facts and figures. Be aware the future of family farming as we know it is at stake here.
Fracking for shale gas deposits poses possibly one of the most lethal challenges to the health and welfare of human and animal health in living memory in Co. Clare. Just a small sample list of the facts about this industry that you should and must become aware of
(1) Fracking is largely unregulated either by National or EU law.
(2)  2 to 8 million gallons of water and 10,000to 40,000 gallons of chemicals are required to bore one well.
(3)  88 different chemicals of which 80 are harmful to varying degrees ranging from toxic to irritant-contaminant [Federal German Scientific report].
(4)  Unmesureable but substantial methane gas emissions from the fracking wells. Methane gas is a greenhouse gas at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.[EU scientific investigation].
(5)  20 to 35% of this fracking fluid remains in the ground; nobody knows what’s going to happen to it long term and nobody knows the location and depth of our artificers which supply our ground water.
(6)  Of that which is brought back to the surface the only method of disposal of this lethal mixture is by spreading or dumping it on the surface or in storage ponds.
(7)  Food Companies –Milk Cooperatives etc. in certain parts of the world where fracking is taking place are now refusing to purchase food products-milk etc. from areas where fracking fluid is spread on the land or stored.
(8)  More information on the night.

Every citizen has a duty of care to make sure that they are fully informed on the above issues, as they will have life changing consequences for many.

Bertie Wall President.
Kilmihil meeting 091113. docx


At last we have a date confirmed for the first phase of our people’s charter on renewable energy. It is on Saturday November 9th in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise. I really hope that all groups who are at the front line in the energy debate can have a presence and help shape the debate and charter to ensure their concerns are heeded.

This event is about proactive citizen participation. We need to bring our ideas together and collaborate on a viable action plan for our country. We are entitled to be involved and we should exert that right.

Here is an invite and the agenda. Please circulate freely and get in touch if you have any input, suggestions or queries.

You can sign up here and it is a free event – http://leafrenewableenergy.eventbrite.ie/

The event is evolving and the layout or format may change but the intention is the same. We are working on a facilitation plan at the moment and may alter the format after that. Details will be on the website event as they evolve http://www.laoisleaf.com/event/creating-a-peoples-charter-for-renewable-energy/

Theresa Carter
Regional Transition Hub
086 1590529

Upcoming Energy Event http://www.laoisleaf.com/event/creating-a-peoples-charter-for-renewable-energy/




GLOBAL FRACK DOWN DAY  19 October 2013


1. 2013 Ireland ‘Global Frackdown Day’ Gathering

All individuals and groups opposed to fracking taking place on the island of Ireland are asked to make a special effort to gather together on Saturday, 19th October (Global Frackdown Day), at 1:00pm, in the Market Yard, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.Leitrim. Please bring along posters, banners, children, farmers, colourful costumes and musical instruments. All welcome.

Statement issued on behalf of the 2013 Ireland ‘Global Frackdown Day’ Committee.


2.  Natural Gas + Farming


3, Clonmel: Frack NO: 12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m. (join)
South Tipperary Fractivists are holding a silent protest at the Main Guard in Clonmel 12 noon to 1pm Saturday 19th October as part of Global Frackdown Day

4. Frack Fergus O’Dowd


Ireland’s Junior Energy Minister Fergus O’Dowd speaking in Dail Eireann on Wednesday, 17 July 2013:

“Hydraulic fracturing is not an industrial wasteland. I have been to the United States and looked at a site after hydraulic fracturing had taken place and it looks like any normal rural landscape”

Source: http://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/debateswebpack.nsf/zoomin?readform&chamber=dail&memberid=1833&pid=FergusODowdFG&year=2013&month=07&day=17


1) We need to write EN MASSE to complain about his inaccurate statement, sending him photos & video footage of the many fracked landscapes you know about.

2) We also need to invite him to a REAL fracking site.

Yuri Gorby, a chaired professor at an engineering school in upstate New York, has said he would be prepared to give Minister O’Dowd a tour of West Virginia’s fracking sites where both young and old are suffering from various health effects from neurological disorders to nosebleeds brought on by fracking.

Yuri has worked for over 15 years as a scientist with the US Department of Energy investigating the biogeochemical reactions that control the fate and transport of heavy metals and radionuclides in groundwater, and is well connected with prominent scientists and medical professionals throughout the world.

His full profile can be viewed here: http://faculty.rpi.edu/node/1179

* Contact Details for Fergus O’Dowd *

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, 29-31 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2
Telephone: 01-6782024
Fax: 01-6184628
Email fergus.odowd@oir.ie

Constituency Details

Unit 1, Jameson House, Bachelor’s Lane, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Telephone: 041-9842275

Web: http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/

Twitter: @Fergusodowd

Mercies Mobilise for Global Frackdown Day- 19 October 2013
August 20, 2013
Mercy International Association, through Mercy Global Action, is inviting all Mercy Sisters and Colleagues to participate in or organise events for Global Frackdown Day on 19 October 2013.

These events should highlight Mercy concerns with fracking, especially the threats to drinking water, the environment and to community harmony which we have been highlighting in e news over the last months.

Possible Actions for Global Frackdown Day could be as follows:–
Wear a Mercy Common t-shirts — – get a design from MIA and print on your banners/tee shirts for the day
Hold a Common Mercy signs at public meetings/rallies on fracking– design from MIA
Show a film on the dangers of fracking e.g. Gasland
Organise a concert with education on the issue of fracking (speakers/video)
Organise a letter writing campaign to your local politicians
Get your local Bishop to issue a statement voicing Mercy concerns with fracking
Hold liturgies and get sisters in retirement centers to say prayers that day
Get Mercy institutions – schools and hospitals to participate
Write a prayer to send out to communities; light a candle and say the prayer
Have some form of ritual showing the response of the air and water to being fracked
Get one church to show a film and have some questions and answers
Write up what you intend to do and share with Mercies around the world
Share photos of our Mercy presence at events with one another and through social media networks so everyone sees how Mercy has participated globally
Messages to: Mary Purcell – Assistant Director Global Action


Mercy International Association
Mercy International Centre
64A Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Phone: +353 1 661 8061
Fax: +353 1 676 5486

Email: info@mercyinternational.ie


6 Cahir: Education Programme on Fracking: 10:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. (join)  (This link is not active)

7. BELFAST – Lobby OFMdFM to declare Northern Ireland Frack-free – http://act.foodandwaterwatch.org/site/GetTogether?cal_event_id=107721&gettogether=event_main&page=event_main&cal_invitee_id=&cal_activity_id=1000
As part of Global Frackdown Day, activists in Northern Ireland will take part in mass public engagement, on high streets throughout the six counties.
If you want to start up or join a campaign team for the big day, and help send thousands of postcards to the First Ministers demanding that Northern Ireland bans fracking forever, then email niall.bakewell@foe.co.uk or phone 0(044)28 9089 7592

On Saturday, over 60 Friends of the Earth local groups and others from across England, Wales & Northern Ireland will be holding events and street stalls highlighting the risks of fracking and the potential spread of fracking nationwide. We will be asking people to sign postcards to local authority leaders saying
‘The Fracking Word is a Dirty Word’ calling on them to say no to fracking in their area.

8. Triple DividedQueens Film Theatre  NI – http://www.queensfilmtheatre.com/films/tripledivide

9. Growing a Frack Free Future together 

Global Frackdown Day takes place this Saturday October 19th 2013. All over
the world communities are organising a variety of events to voice their
opposition to Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) where images will be beamed out internationally.

As part of this global  event Love Leitrim are planning an
afternoon of Bulb Planting to celebrate all that is positive about our
country, its natural beauty and encourage people to protect what is under
threat from the potential introduction of Fracking.

Join Love Leitrim Saturday October 19thin Manorhamilton from 2-4pm. People gather at the Playground opposite the Castle in Manorhamilton
at 2pm. The planting of bulbs will take place here and then move onto the
roundabout on the Bundoran Road and the green area opposite St Clares






Do we want Tourism or Fracking..

We cant have both.

Arlene Foster maybe at some if not all of these..Maybe worth going to show our dissatisfaction. Belfast Not For $hale will be at the Belfast event next week


science 22030 vision http://www.science.ie/science-events/future-of-energy-in-ireland.html

Organised by Good Energies Ireland topics a. o.
Towards 2030 – A different world, a different vision
by Eamon Ryan, Leader of Green Party, Minister for Communications & Energy 2007-2011

– Wind Energy and Policy
– Sustainable energy and market forces – Bridging the Gap

– Cost Benefit Analysis of Unconventional Gas Extraction     
Deborah Rogers,
Energy Policy Forum, Fort Worth, Texas

Conference delegate fee = €120; Early Bird fee = €100 (Payment received before September 1st
Contact: goodenergiesalliance@gmail.com

NB – Bus leaving Carrick-on-Shannon, Fire Station at 8am, wednesday, to book a seat please call – 086-8127536

No Fracking Ireland Network to protest ‘Ireland Oil and Gas 2013 Summit’ on Wednesday September 11th


(i) Protest taking place on Wednesday September 11th from 11.30am – 2.30pm at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan Road Blackrock / (ii) Gathering for public  awareness raising at 3.30pm at the Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street

No Fracking Ireland will protest against fracking (onshore unconventional oil and gas extraction) at the Ireland Oil and Gas 2013 Summit  on Wednesday September 11th. The Summit is taking place at the the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Blackrock. The protest will begin at approximately 11.30am and will feature a number of speakers. No Fracking Ireland will also gather on the afternoon of September 11th in Dublin City Centre (Central Bank Plaza) from 3.30pm onwards to co-ordinate a number of awareness raising activities in the city. Spokespeople will be available to talk to the press at both locations.

 Twitter: @Notofracking


Websites:http://frackingfreeireland.org/  :  http://nofrackingireland.wordpress.com

E-Mail: nofrackingireland@gmail.com

Ph: 087 7409102 / 086 8127536

oil and gas summit

IRN announces inaugural Ireland Oil & Gas 2013 Summit to place on 10-11th September in Dublinhttp://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10800375.htm

Agenda – http://www.irelandsummit.com/#!agenda/czgk


JULY 2013


‘Get on Your Frackin Bike’

Bike ride against Fracking in Belfast city Centre

Wear Bright, Colourful Gear with slogans etc on them to show how you
fell about this dirty process.

Meet @ 2pm sat

front of City Hall.



JUNE 2013


Farmers tell G8 leaders: We support Farming not Fracking

Press release Love leitrim

Irish Farmers are taking to the road in advance of the G8 summit. They will stage a tractor run Sunday June 16th from Manorhamilton to the iconic Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne in Leitrim to shine a light on their opposition to fracking on the national and world stage.

Organisers from Love Leitrim are estimating that at least 80 tractors will turn out many from across the border in what is expected to be a colourful yet poignant show of North /South solidarity. There is a temporary suspension of licensing while research is conducted on the controversial gas mining technique in the Republic of Ireland. However, there is no such suspension in Fermanagh where world leaders meet. Tamboran the drilling company involved in the area have stated that they plan to drill this year within Fermanagh only a few miles away from the South.

Michael Gallagher is one of the organisers who is a pensioner and sheep farmer speaks of the rationale behind the tractorcade and the importance that farmers take this opportunity to raise the pollution risk of gas drilling on the agricultural and food industry on an all Ireland basis. He states that Farmers in the rest of the country might think it’s only to do with the west, but he is concerned that the farming reputation of the whole of Ireland is at stake should it be introduced in either Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Michael comes from generations of farmers and is leaving the farm in turn to his son.

He says

“These leaders like the companies are here for a short time, and will be gone, We aren’t going anywhere” We are tied to this place and the land we survive off. Its not just our livelihood, its our life, and its the lives of the next generation too’

The Tractor run leaves at 1pm from the Mart in manorhamilton and arrives at the ballroom of Romance in Glenfarne at 2pm.



Please see poster re walk in Lurganboy on Sunday, also a link to other walks including Glenfarne, please spread the word.

Open Call – Dublin Climate Gathering 17th – 19th June 2013 – http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=8ecdfeb8a5abde75654182c9c&id=8b3cc92f9a&e=fd8819cbec

14th June – Enniskillen
Screening of THE PIPE,
Richie O’Donnell’s excellent documentary about the conflict between Mayo communities and Shell Oil Corporation over the Corrib Gas Project. The film screens in Enniskillen prior to the G8 Summit.
The venue is
Enniskillen Castle Museums (Cinemobile)
Time 5.00pm, 14th June.


the screening of “The Fracturing of Public Opinion: Bulgaria’s Fracking Controversy”, which will be held at King House in Boyle, Co. Roscommon on June 7th at 7:00 pm.

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Petroleum Licensing in the Internal Waters of Northern Ireland (Belfast Lough and Larne Lough)
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) is currently developing a criteria for Petroleum Licensing in the Internal Waters of Northern Ireland (the Plan). The plan will provide a framework for how petroleum licensing will be undertaken in the internal waters of Northern Ireland.


Public Consultation
The public consultation on the Scoping Report began on the 24th April 2013 and will continue until 14th June 2013.
The consultation on the Scoping Report seeks comments on:
·         The appropriateness of the proposed scope of the SEA (this will help ensure that all issues of potential concern are considered);
·         The appropriateness of the proposed assessment methodology; and
·         Any additional sources of relevant information that could be used to inform the assessment.
Email comments should be submitted to minerals@detini.gov.uk and written submissions should be sent to:
Minerals and Petroleum Branch
Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment
Colby House
Stranmillis Court
Stranmillis Road
Belfast, BT9 5BJ
The deadline for comments will be the 14th June 2013.

The Radical Emission Reduction Conference
This conference will bring together academics and practitioners, engineers and economists, policy-makers and civil society to detail evidenced-based opportunities for delivering urgent and deep reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases.

Deadline for Abstracts 28th June 2013
10th – 11th December 2013,
Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG.


Fracking In Fermanagh ; what could it mean?

An 80 minute documentary film is being screened at The Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen on June 4th, 8pm. Tickets, £2, are available to book online now at ardhowentheatre.com

Further details are on our Facebook page at:

Please come along and listen to the voices of people from the local community, and pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested.

Download the brochure

Thank you

Dr Michael Brown
Development Media Workshop
Online Channel: www.vimeo.com/channels/dmw
Web: www.developmentmediaworkshop.org
Telephone: 07704516738

ENERGY IRELAND CONFERENCE – Croke Park Dublin 19 – 20 June 2013 http://www.energyireland.ie/events/energyireland2013/programme.php

Belfast City Centre, and Enniskillen City Centre

We want to build a giant model of a frack pad, with a trail of material representing a polluted river stretching out behind it, that would be used as a prop for an action on the Saturday before the G8 summit.

This action would take place in Belfast city centre on Saturday 15 June, and again in Enniskillen town centre on Monday 17 June, and the idea would be to have enough people make a section of the river to allow it to stretch right up Royal Avenue and Donegall Place, all the way to City Hall, a

and subsequently to form the spine of the Enniskillen march two days later.

We want those participating to write the names of their cities, towns, villages, townlands, or even their houses, on their stretch of “river”.

I will organise a meeting to discuss the details soon.

This will probably form part of a much bigger anti-G8 march.

Niall Bakewell
Activism Coordinator (Northern Ireland)
Friends of the Earth

Hi there

Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland is organising the creation of a massive “frack pipe” to form a crucial part of mass demonstrations against the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, which is taking place in June.

We intend to make a massive prop out of hula hoops, fabric and broom handles, which will look like a huge gas pipe that will run down the spine of protest marches that will take place in Belfast on Saturday 15 June, and in Enniskillen on Monday 17 June.

I’ve posted up a few proposed meetings about the “frack pipe” action during the G8.  Please join the main event, and see if any of the meetings suit you.

Please join the Facebook event for details on how you can make your own length of “frack pipe” with the name of your community on it, and how to connect it up to the rest of the pipe on the day.

I will shortly be putting up a video demonstration of how to make your length of pipe.

For any questions email me, or phone 0(044)2890897592.


Niall Bakewell
Activism Coordinator (Northern Ireland)
Friends of the Earth

Dear colleagues,

As part of the upcoming G8 Summit that will take place in Northern Ireland mid-June, my regional colleagues are preparing significant actions against fracking, for which they will need your easy contribution.

The main prop will be a giant effigy of a frack pad, which will be carried on people’s shoulders at the front of the general protest march.  It will be accompanied by a long trail of blue cloth, representing a polluted river. The organisers would like this cloth to be covered in images of pollution (dead fish, skull and crossbones etc) but also the names of communities and waterways from around the world that are living in the shadow of fracking.

Therefore, we were wondering whether you could email my colleague Niall Bakewell <niall.bakewell@foe.co.uk> with the names of your communities, the names of your affected waterways, and any other messages and images that you would like to include.

You can find more information about this action on the Facebook event page here: http://on.fb.me/11Q6D7b.

Deadline to send your contribution: 13th of June.

Many thanks in advance for forwarding the message within your network and thanks for your help and solidarity,

All the best,

MAY 2013



How and Why the Irish EPA must ensure Human Health and our Environment are Protected Against the “Fracking” (unconventional gas extraction) Industry

Buswells Hotel, Friday May 24th, 4pm  Dublin
Dr.Mariann Lloyd Smith is Senior Advisor to Australia’s National Toxics Network and currently serves on the Technical Advisory Group of Australia’s national industrial chemical regulator. Further information here –
Juliet Duff, Chairperson of Irish Doctors Environmental Association
Further information here –
The Irish government is currently awaiting the publication of an EPA research report into “fracking” (shale gas extraction) before it decides on whether or not to allow companies to proceed with the controversial process.

Campaigners argue that the independent, scientific evidence and research is already available and that it strongly supports a call to ban the industry. Bans and moratoria have already been put in place in France, Bulgaria, South Africa, parts of Canada, Germany and many states in the U.S.
Here in Ireland five county councils have called on the government to ban fracking, and thousands have signed a petition supporting this.

Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith is an Australian legal expert and senior advisor to both the Australian National Toxics Network (NTN), and to the International Persistent Organics Pollution (POPs) Elimination Network, which represents over 700 NGOs in over 100 countries committed to a toxics-free future.

She was a member of the UN Expert Group on Climate Change and Chemicals. She recently co-authored NTN’s report on the chemical impacts of hydraulic fracturing in the Australian shale and coal seam gas industry.

Dr.Mariann Lloyd Smith along with a member of Irish Doctors for the Environment will be speaking about the already, substantial body of evidence stacked against the fracking industry.



The date for the screening of Catherine Boyle’s film is Monday May 27, not June 3.

Documentary :
The Fracturing of Public Opinion: Bulgaria’s Fracking Controversy
Catherine Boyle
71 min
Film language(s): Bulgarian, English
Subtitle language(s): English

This documentary film explores the scientific, socio-political and economic dynamics underlying the ongoing discussion in Bulgaria of the feasibility, or lack thereof, of unconventional shale gas development (commonly known as “fracking”).
Of particular interest and concern is the Cold War framework which is being imposed upon this discussion, and the manner in which political considerations would appear to be outpacing hard science.
Of equal concern is the profound lack of open communication and dialogue among citizenry, government and industry, coupled with the apparent impunity of vested interests.
While our film focuses on three communities in Bulgaria, in light of the ongoing fracking debate worldwide there are clearly lessons to be drawn for us all.

This is the site of the film festival: http://www.festivalmillenium.org/en/
It is an international documentary film festival.

Dear all,

You are all invited to attend the screening of the documentary ‘The Fracturing of Public Opinion: Bulgaria’s Fracking Controversy’ by Irish-American director Catherine Boyleon May 27 at CIVA in Brussels. The event will be followed by a debate (details to follow).

The documentary is screening as part of the upcoming Millenium International Documentary Film Festival. The festival, funded in part by the UN and the European Commission, aims to highlight the Millenium Development Goals. Previous years’ editions have screened Risteard O’Domhnall’s The Pipe and Mike Hands’ Up in Smoke.

The President of the festival, Lubomir Georgiev, happens to be one of my clients and our many discussions on fracking over recent months is what has persuaded him to highlight this issue. I provided him with several documentaries to choose from and he has chosen ‘The Fracturing of Public Opinion: Bulgaria’s Fracking Controversy’ by Irish-American director Catherine Boyle.

Catherine’s documentary aims to present a balanced view of the shale gas debate, exploring the scientific, socio-political and economic dynamics underlying the ongoing discussion in Bulgaria of the feasibility, or lack thereof, of unconventional gas development. It features interviews with several experts, including the world’s foremost shale gas expert Professor Ingraffea of Cornell University.


The screening of this documentary at such a renowned festival should help to galvanise support among the Bulgarian and eastern European diaspora in Brussels, as well as others I hope, so we can unite as a powerful force in the face of anonslaught of pro-shale propaganda as the European Commission is busy formulating rules for ‘safe fracking’ (!).
Good documentaries – and this one had to be good to be selected – have the power to inspire people to effect change, so I hope Catherine’s documentary will do just that.
I would be grateful if you could share this invitation with any Bulgarians you may know or anyone interested in learning more about fracking.
Many thanks for your support.

No Fracking Ireland support the protest on 21st May by Natural Resources Protection Alliance and The Woodland League to stop the sale of Ireland’s forests.

The sale or rights to take over Coillte land will have devastating affects on our forestry land in Ireland and hand over this valuable resource to be exploited for the benefit of the wealthy elite. The fact that Coillte land is also being earmarked for fracking makes the sale of Coillte and fracking two issues that go hand in hand.”Protest organized by the Natural Resources Protection Alliance and The Woodlands League to STOP the sale of Ireland’s forests. The government will be discussing the potential sale of the harvesting rights of Ireland’s forests on Tuesday the 21st of May and Thursday 23rd May. We will show a display of People Power outside the Dail to show the government that we mean business and OUR FORESTS ARE NOR FOR SALE.”
https://www.facebook.com/events/379087055541753/If the government push through fracking (unconventional fossil fuel extraction), against the wishes of the people, Coillte land is where they will try and let this destructive industry kick off.
Tamboran Resources have already met with Coillte to discuss this, of course Coillte have denied this. http://www.independent.ie/business/farming/coillte-denies-signing-deal-for-gas-extraction-26804470.html

Please spread the word about this important protest.

No Fracking Coillte / No Facking Ireland

NB – Bus leaving Carrick-on-Shannon at 1pm – €12.50. Seats are limited so booking early is essential. Bus leaving from the fire station Carrick at 1pm E13 return.
please call 086-8127536

‘Climate Change and Virtue’ ~ Prof Mike Hulme ~ Belfast, 1st May
‘Climate Change and Virtue: An Apologetic’ is the title of a talk that will be delivered by Prof Mike Hulme in Queen’s University, Belfast, on Wednesday 1st May from 2-5pm.
Prof Hulme is Professor of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia and is a former director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
The talk, which will be followed by a discussion and open forum, will take place in the Canada Room and Council Chamber of the Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast.

Steven Agnew MLA

 requests the pleasure of the company of

 Mr Jim Allister MLA

at a Presentation on oil and gas extraction and Q&A session withAustralian Senior Advisor to IPEN, Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smithin The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Belfaston Saturday25th May 2013 at 2.30pm  Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith is an Australian legal expert and senior advisor to both the National Toxics Network (NTN), and to the International Persistent Organics Pollution (POPs) Elimination Network, which represents over 700 companies in over 100 countries committed to a toxics-free future. She was a member of the UN Expert Group on Climate Change and Chemicals and has published widely on a variety of chemical issues. Mariann has extensive experience in environmental campaigning including representing residents in cases of high level legal disputes in her native Australia. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to hear from a world leading Academic on the issues of contamination and campaigning.

Note: places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis

Note: press have been invited to attend

RSVP not later than Monday 20th May to steven.agnew@mla.niassembly.gov.uk

Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith
is active in the anti – fracking movement in Australia and promotes the Lock the Gates campaign.  She is an expert in the toxic risks of coal seam gas mining to human and animal health.She will be speaking in the Long Gallery, Stormont on Saturday 25th May 2013. time: 2.30 pm
Mariann would like to meet people before or after that event. If anyone would like to meet up, do please get in touch.
Dublin: 24th May 2013 (time and venue to be addressed)



TALK ON INVASIVE GAS MINING (SHALE, COAL SEAM GAS (LIGNITE) AND TIGHT SANDS)Large areas of Leitrim and Clare are under options licenses for onshore Shale Gas extraction using destructive and invasive technology, including hydraulic fracturing.
What is less well known is that large areas of Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon are also licensed for Lignite extraction, which in simple terms is Coal Bed Methane/Coal Seam Gasification, with an even greater environmental and human health impact than shale gas extraction.Annie Kia , a leading member of Australia’s LOCK THE GATE ALLIANCE
will be in Leitrim Community Center, Leitrim Village, on May 2nd at
8.30 pm, presenting,“Impacts of Gasfields on Communities: The Australian experience”Annie Kia works with the Lock The Gate Alliance in Australia to empower communities to resist invasive gas mining. With others, she developed a grass-roots democracy       process called Gasfield Free Communities that has enabled citizens to stand up to gas mining intrusion. With a background in social movements and health promotion,
Annie has a strong belief in the power of communities to determine their futures through grass-roots participation.When she travelled through southern Queensland, Annie was horrified by what she learnt about the social impacts of the ‘gas rush’ on local economies and communities.Her presentation covers- Characteristics of invasive gas mining (extraction from shale, coal seams and tight sandstone)
– Economic impacts – empty shops amidst the gas rush
– Social displacement that follows the housing bubble
– The transfer of land management decisions to distant corporations
– Social consequences of the new system of patronage
– Symptoms of the gas rush: trucks, pipes, roads, fly-in workers
– Institutional failure to protect: bubbling rivers, leaking gasfields
– The power of social movements to make a difference
– A story of resistance: the Northern Rivers region of NSWFor further information please contactMeg Rybicki-McAuley

International anti fracking camp10-12th May 2013, Mere Brow, near Tarleton, PR4 6JX, Next to ‘Leisure Lakes’, Lancashire     Camp Frack 2

Confirmed on Friday, Camp Frack 2 will take place on the weekend of the 10th/11th & 12th May at a a site adjacent to the Leisure Lakes Complex at Mere Brow near Tarleton, LancashireA weekend of activity in opposition to fracking and other forms of extreme energy, as well as in support of the fight for One Million Climate Jobs. Event to include live music, presentations, film showings, discussions on campaign strategy, poetry, a protest action, and a beer tent. Camping optional but enough space for many hundreds of tents.Organised by a broad coalition of anti-fracking and environmental groups in the North West including members of Ribble Estuary Against Fracking, Residents’ Action Against Fylde Fracking, Frack Free Fylde, Merseyside Against Fracking, Friends of the Earth and Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils.Supported by the Campaign Against Climate Change TU Group who are behind the One Million Climate Jobs Report and hopefully a raft of other pro-environmental, anti-climate change and anti-austerity groups by the time it takes place. Further info to follow, including the details of bands and other performers, national speakers and celebrity guests, also concerning the precise location of the site and how to get there.Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/124894184355311/?ref=3

APRIL 2013


Eco-Congregation Ireland Roadshow ~ Kilkenny, 20th April

Eco-Congregation Ireland invites you to its first ever Roadshow, which will be held in the River Court Hotel, Kilkenny, on Saturday 20th April from 2-5pm. All welcome!

The theme of the Roadshow will be ‘Live Simply, Live Well: why Christians should care about the environment’.

We are delighted to have secured two high-profile speakers – Fr Seán McDonagh SSC and environmentalist Gavin Harte.

Members of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel and Ossory’s eco committee will also showcase the kinds of eco-friendly initiatives undertaken by various parishes in the diocese. This will be followed by a presentation to them of an ECI award – only the second diocesan award to be made by ECI (the first was to the Catholic Diocese of Kerry last May).

The Oblate parishes of Inchicore, Dublin, which won an ECI parish award last September, will also give a powerpoint presentation of their work.

It is hoped that there will also be some input from local green schools.

Come and learn how you can take eco-friendly steps in your own life .. as an individual and as a church! And bring a friend!

Admission free … although donations will be welcomed!

If you live in Kilkenny or a nearby county, please print off some fliers here – Kilkenny Flier – and distribute them to local shops, churches and libraries as well as family and friends … Thanks!

It is hoped that the ECI Roadshow will tour to other locations in Ireland, north and south, over the next couple of years :-)



Proposed Development Day Draft outline. 

Invite for National Development Day: Saturday April 27th.
: Bee Park Manorhamilton, Leitrim (Directions attached)
: 10.30am -3.30 pm
: Peter Kearns and Teresa Butler

Rationale behind the day
The All Ireland antifracking movement is recognised internationally as a grassroots movement that has made its mark and achieved remarkable success that we all should be proud of. What we have? The campaign has a good skill base and cross section of the community, and has been rewarded with many motivated and enthusiastic campaigners.  Campaigners are a finite resource that need investing in and building on.  There has been recent appetite and efforts to pool resources, personnel and knowledge, and share and promote best practice, while offering developmental support for groups starting off. A development day can assist mapping the beginning of a more unified approach between groups, and agree a shared vision and aims of what we might want from such a national “network” to move forward. All these can be sought using a bottom up approach, breaking off into individual workshops to ensure that all voices will be heard. Any proposed network would not threaten individual group autonomy.

Building the foundations of a network together, which would seek to offer an avenue that can help communication, raise morale, offer feedback, and resolve any disagreement. Poor communication can result in a lost in good personnel, a lowering of morale, and loss of valuable time. A unified approach can also be a powerful campaign tool to stand up to the industry, and any potential destructive elements that might seek to be divisive. It offers to the public at large an expression of the seriousness of the movement, and is more attractive to gain members than groups that may be in public disagreement. A network ensures that groups and individuals do not feel isolated and alone, and give identity and vision re-energising solidarity for the future, that this campaign and its members deserve.

The Facilitators;
Peter Kearns is a lecturer in Sligo IT; he has been active in the disability rights movement in Ireland and works in Dessa, (Disabilty Equality Support Agency)
Teresa Butler has a track record of Community development in local authority and community development organisations.

10.30am:                     Registration, Tea & Coffee
11am:                          Define Vision of the network

Define Aims of Network
12.00 -12.30              Lunch break
12.30pm -3.30:             Define Objectives: What we plan to do, How we plan to achieve our objectives.

Paths to move forward: Action plan day for next meeting?

LEITRIM COUNTY COUNCIL Notice of Public Meeting – Leitrim County Development Plan

Members of the public and interested parties are invited to attend a public meeting in relation to the review of the County Development Plan 2009 – 2015 and preparation of a new County Development Plan 2015 – 2021  Details of venues, dates and times are as follows; Manorhamilton in Bee Park Centre on Thursday 18th April 2013  at 6.30pm Carrick on Shannon in the Bush Hotel on Tuesday 23rd April 2013  at 6.30 pm

You are encouraged to attend the meeting and become involved in how the County will develop over the coming years. This is an important opportunity for you to make the Planning Authority aware of your views in relation to the proper planning and sustainable development of the County. Your pre draft plan views/submissions will be taken into consideration in the making of the new Plan.

A Background Issues Paper, together with other relevant documentation are available for inspection on the Council’s website www.leitrimcoco.ie.

Submissions or observations should be clearly marked “Review of Leitrim County Development Plan”, and addressed to Forward Planning Section, Planning Department, Leitrim County Council, Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim or emailed to devplan@leitrimcoco.ie    Submissions or observations must be received not later than 4.00 p.m. on 3rd May, 2013.

(Note: This consultation relates to the review of the existing plan and pre draft stage of the new plan. Further consultation opportunities will arise when the new plan is drafted and published.)


– The released date in the UK and Ireland is 19th April DON’T MISS! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2091473/releaseinfo

South Americans talk in Leitrim about their Campaign in Peru and Colombia

Fracking is not the only activity of mining companies – with the rise in price of oil, gold and coal, mega-extractive multinational corporations have unleashed a frenzy on Latin America!

During Latin America Week (6th – 13th April), two prominent campaigners, Milton Sanchaz Cubas and Aida Julieta Quiñones Torres, will be touring Irelandto talk about the impact of such industries on the communities of Peru and Colombia and how those communities organize to face this threat.  They will give presentations in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday 11th at 8pm, hosted by the local Campaign against Fracking.  During this event there will be a unique opportunity to meet Milton and Aida, to learn about how such industries are operating in Peru and Colombia and how communities organise resistance.   The Latin America Week is organised by Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC) and supported by Trocaire and Irish Aid.

The threat is enormous.  In Peru, the Conga gold mining project, if it goes ahead, will destroy five rivers, four mountain lakes (two lakes will become open pits and two will be turned into dumping grounds) and hundreds of hectares of wetlands.  The construction of the mine will take up 3,069 hectares and will impact about 30,000 people in more than 200 communities, generating an average of 90,000 tons of toxic waste per day for 17 years.  In Colombia, Transnational Anglo gold Ashanti has been carrying out illegal explorations with a view to have one of the biggest open cast mines in South America.  The mine is in a natural reserve.  Governments in the two countries are changing the law to criminalise protests and many people have already been killed.

The event on 11th April promises to be a most interesting one.  The two speakers will give presentations on their campaigns and strategies.   This will be followed by short descriptions of the local campaign in Ireland and a Question and Answer session.  Admission free, donations welcome!

MARCH  2013

Conference Natural resources, incl Jessica Ernst as speaker 10 March  http://richardboydbarrett.ie/2013/02/18/conference-irelands-natural-resources-not-for-sale/PBP Nat Resources Conf leaflet OUTLINES
PBP Nat Recources timetable
Jessica Ernst is coming to Ireland and the UK: 1-12 March 2013
Contact: youthmardingo@gmail.comPRESS RELEASE
18th February, 2013.Jessica Ernst to present “Fracking Community”  Actions and Omissions
Speak Louder than Words
March 2nd – March 11thAward winning  scientist, Jessica Ernst,  a 55 year old Canadian  with 30 years oil and gas industry experience, is suing the Alberta government, Alberta energy regulator, the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), and EnCana for negligence and unlawful activities related to hydraulic fracturing. The technology has become the subject of serious government investigations throughout North America due to surface and groundwater contamination.
Ms. Ernst’s statement of claim alleges that EnCana broke multiple provincial laws and regulations and contaminated a shallow aquifer that supplied drinking water to the Rosebud community with natural gas and toxic industry-related chemicals. The claim methodically reports how Alberta’s two key groundwater regulators, Alberta Environment and the ERCB, “failed to follow the investigation and enforcement processes that they had established and publicized.”In Report 2011-A, the ERCB disclosed that the potential for hydraulic fracturing to contaminate useable water aquifers with fracturing fluid chemicals and natural gas is a real risk and public issue, especially in shallow zones. In a 2012 report, the ERCB and Alberta Environment
admitted that hydraulic fracturing contaminated fresh groundwater in September 2011, while telling the public for over a year that fracturing in Alberta had never contaminated groundwater. The regulators in Alberta publicly claim to be “World Class” with “Best in
the World” regulations, yet in a recent court hearing and legal brief filed for the Ernst case, the ERCB argued it owes “no duty of care” to Albertans or groundwater, and continues to permit EnCana to hydraulically fracture more gas wells in the fresh water zone near the
Ernst water well, and others dangerously contaminated in her community.A series of presentations on the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘Fracking’ will take place in Leitrim, Ennis, (Co. Clare), Belfast,  Lytham St. Annes, Lancs.,  Balcombe, Sussex, and
three venues in Dublin from March 2nd, to March 11th.  This is a rare opportunity to hear from someone who has lived on both sides of this issue describe their experiences on the fracking frontline. She will discuss her own case, the impact of this industry upon her own
community and why she believes no healthy society should ever permit hydraulic fracturing.
Jessica Ernst, M.Sc., is travelling from Rosebud , Alberta, to Ireland, Northern Ireland, and to two events in England, at the invitation of concerned residents living in areas which are the
subject of Options Licenses in the ROI, and licensed areas in  England
In 2011, she was awarded the “Woman of Courage” award by UNANIMA International, a UN Economic and Social Council accredited NGO, for her efforts to hold companies accountable for environmental harm done by “fracking”.The presentation schedule is as follows:
·    Saturday 2nd March, presentation of “Fracking Community” in Leitrim
Village Community Center, Leitrim Village, near Carrick on Shannon,
Co. Leitrim,  7pm,
·    Monday 4th March, presentation of “Fracking Community” in the Old
Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co. Clare, at 8pm
·    Wednesday  6th March, Peter Froggatt Center, Queens University, Belfast, 7pm·    Thursday 7th March– United Reformed Church, St George’s Rd. St
Anne’s, Lancs., , FY8 2AE
·    Friday 8th March, Balcombe Church of England Primary School, London
Road, Balcombe, RH17 6HS  8pm to 10pm
·    Sunday 10th March, Our Natural Resources – Not for Sale. “hosted by
Richard Boyd Barrett TD & Chair of Save our Seafront with speakers
from Norway, An Taisce, SIPTU, The Woodlands League and more”  11.00am
– 18.00 hours in the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell St, Dublin
·    Monday llth MarchNUI Maynouth, 1pm Room to be confirmed
·    Monday evening, llth March, to be hosted by FOE, time and venue TBC. Dear friends,I would like to invite you, with open arms and heart, into the heart of  Europe –  in the Czech Republic, near Prague, to the ancient castle  Karlstejn (photo), at the international conference organized by our  Coalition STOP HF Czech rep. and Beroun town, under the auspices of the  Members of the European Parliament RNDr. Pavel Poc, mayer of town Beroun  Ing. Sarka Endrlova and governon of land Central Bohemia.It will be very strong and important. It is necessary to interconnect not only in Europe, but the rest of the world. For better communication, better sharing knowledge, better help those in need to prevent the annexation of the territory of other industries. (Ukraine must not be repeated.)We want to establish EU antifrack organization – the beginning was in Brusell (napkin Coalition STOP HF:-)and start (call to action) World antifrack Coalition with us!We invite Yoko Ono and Josh Fox, fracking groupes from South Africa, Canada and we tray join action with America Against Fracking and others important personalities and groupes.It will be very nice concert, nice castle.Maybe we put base stone for world action! We join tens NGOs from all the world and they want to work together in this Coalition.To confirm your participation, please use the registration form:
http://stophf.cz/beroun-call-to-actionThere are movie with invitations, too have a look for nice landscape.
Form sign in, please, as soon as possible pleaseWith open heart for you and Mother EarthCoalition STOP HF Czech rep.
Jiri Malik

Innovation Contest and registration for distance learning  – 15th MarchPlease find below details of an innovation competition. Share widely, particularly with colleges in the north and north west. As we all know, fighting against fracking will not be enough. To win this campaign in the long term, we will need to reduce our reliance on gas, promote more sustainable alternatives, and eventually get all the licenced communities (at the very least) gas free to show the frackers that we can live without their drug. I know there are some people helping our campaign to achieve this, but the more collaboration, the better.Why we need to be as organised as possible… Unsurprisingly, the gas industry lobby has been busy preparing the ground for promoting increased reliance on gas. A pan-European initiative, FREE (The Future of Rural Energy in Europe), was set up in 2010 to promote the benefits of a diversified energy mix, in particular gas, for rural communities who are often neglected by policymakers. The company who launched and funded FREE is Dutch company SHV Gas (1) and the company doing communications on behalf of FREE, at both EU and national level, is none other than the PR consultancy FleischmanHillard (2) who happen receive substantial sums to lobby on behalf of ExxonMobil at EU level (3). Worth noting that FREE are currently holding debates on energy together with CALOR GAS at universities around Ireland in the coming months. They held their first debate at UCC this week.   (1) The FREE initiative is launched and funded by SHV Energy, an independent family-owned Dutch company and the largest distributer of LPG in the world. In Europe, SHV Gas fuels the homes, businesses and cars of tens of millions of customers, most of which live in rural, off-mains communities. URL: http://www.rural-energy.eu/en_GB/about-free (2) http://www.rural-energy.eu/en_GB/contact-us(3) Foot on the Gas report, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), November 2012: URL: http://corporateeurope.org/publications/foot-gas-lobbyists-push-unregulated-shale-gas===========================================EPO Innovation Contest – a competition for university students

Open to students of all disciplines who are at least 18 years old, enrolled at a university, college or equivalent academic institution in one of the European Patent Organisation’s member states.Contestants will be asked to define a research project of potential interest for future R&D. Their project paper should include:

  • a description of a technical problem currently faced in one of the following five fields: A. Sustainable food production B. Eco-friendly energy production and storage C. Waste management, recycling and urban mining D. Smart transport and traffic management systems E. Smart house technology
  • a presentation of the current state of the art in the problem area
  • a general account of the market potential for the suggested solution to the chosen technical problem

40 years EPC logoA dedicated distance learning programme will provide contestants with guidance on how to develop their initial idea. The working language of this programme and accompanying online mentoring will be English, but final papers can be submitted in English, French or German. If you would like to take part, please contact your national IP office, which will be responsible for selecting the contestants from its country. Registration for the distance learning programme must be completed by 15 March 2013. The deadline for submission of final papers is 13 July 2013. For more details, see the “Rules of Participation” (PDF, 140 KB) and the flyer (PDF, 160 KB). http://www.epo.org/learning-events/40epc/competition.html


8th forum of the World Alliance of Cities against Poverty

On 20th and 21st February 2013, Dublin City Council will co-host with UNDP in partnership with UN Women, the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) at the RDS in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. The forum will examine the role of technology in alleviating the symptoms of urban poverty and in making cities Smart, Safe and Sustainable website of the forum


RDS in Ballsbridge


Start Date:
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 (All day)
End Date:

Thursday, February 21, 2013 (All day)

RTE Radio 1 will be doing a piece on fracking for their Saturday 16th February Countrywide programme (8am – 9am). RTE Radio 1 Reporter Frances Shanahan attended the meeting in Kilkee last Sun night (3rd Febr) and interviewed a few different people.

Poster: Public meeting w.Helmut Fehr Feb 2013

The newly formed West Clare group,
part of Clare Fracking Concerned but based in West Clare, are called the West Clare Anti-Fracking Campaign and they are organising a sign-making workshop (Farming not Fracking – that kind of thing) on Saturday 2nd February at 10.30am in the dome at Purecamping, Querrin, Co. Clare – see www.purecamping.ie for directions.Please spread the word and please bring along any left over paint or materials that you might have lying around as there is no budget for this – think of it as a recycled materials art workshop!There is the possibility of putting up the signs the same afternoon – please let the group know if you have a good location that you would like to offer in terms of hosting a sign.

Clare Fracking Concerned announce details of an unique fracking seminar – The Truth about Clare Shale – the geological perspective on fracking in Clare.Venue: Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee, Co. Clare
Date: Sunday February 3rd 2013
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pmThe Clare Fracking Concerned group was set up by some Clare locals on hearing of the licensing option taken out by Enegi Oil Plc in relation to potentially exploiting the Clare Shales in the Loop Head area. In January 2012, after doing some research in the Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking) and meeting with other concerned groups from Leitrim, we presented our findings to a meeting of Clare County Council. At that meeting a motion was carried by Clare County Council to effectively ban fracking in County Clare.We’ve organised a number of public meetings in Kilkee and Ennis over the last year in an attempt to highlight the issue within County Clare.There is a lot of information available generally in relation to the potential health hazards and harmful chemicals currently associated with fracking, but specific questions in relation to the geological make up of the target area have arisen. We would welcome the opportunity for some of these questions to be clarified professionally and have organised this particular seminar with that in mind.This once-off seminar is a unique opportunity for anyone interested in the whole area of fracking, for or against – to explore it, dissect it and deconstruct it with the help of 3 highly esteemed Geologists – Professor Pat Shannon & Dr. Peter Haughtan (UCD) and Professor Geoff Clayton (Trinity).The aim of the seminar is to understand in layman’s terms the structure of the Clare Shales (as well as the layers above and below them), the potential for natural gas being present and its suitability for gas extraction by fracking.On November 30th, Enegi Oil Plc issued a press release indicating that it intended to proceed and apply for an exploration license for the areas covered by the Option. Enegi made the following statement:
“The Company is pleased to announce that results of the work programme indicate that given the maturity, thickness and buried depth of the shale, the whole area under the Option remains prospective for shale gas.”  (PR is attached)Topics for the Seminar (also see suggested questions http://frackingfreeireland.org/irish-press/clare-basin/):  Professor Geoff Clayton:
‘Thermal History of the Clare Basin’, possibly combined with ‘Fractures and their contents in the Clare Basin’. Dr. Peter Haughton:
Sediments of the Clare Basin and their suitability for fracking’. Professor Pat Shannon:
A Summary of data on the availability of hydrocarbons in the Clare Basin’.Contact:Kevin Heapes
West Clare Anti Fracking campaign
Clare Fracking Concerned
Tel. 086 8202 181 / kevin.heapes@gmail.com


Open information evening: Sunday 13th January in Stella Maris Hotel in Kilkee at 7.30pm At present a gas & oil company (Enegi) are interested in extracting shale gas in the West Clare area using the new and controversial ‘fracking’ method. This short presentation will explain what impact this type of drilling could have on the local area. The information on the night may be of particular interest to farmers and food producers but it’s also of interest to the general publicFollowed by a Questions & Answers session.

Dear all,Some of you may have heard about a fracking groups meeting on January 12th. This meeting has not been confirmed.However, a campaigner’s workshop is also being organised on Saturday January 12th, from 9.30am to 3pm in Ballinagleragh, Co. Leitrim, directions below. (venue has now changed from Drumkeeran to Ballinagleragh)The workshop will cover effective campaign tactics, community organising for legal action, how access to justice under environmental law works, how to make submissions to consultations run by government bodies that will stand by you, and how to access information on government decisions through the EU 03/04 directive, a much more sophisticated method that FoI. Not everyone will be able to make it as early as 9.30am, but the most important info, on consultation submissions and access to information, will be on later in the workshop. All fracking campaigners from around the country are being invited, and after the workshop, we will be free to network and talk informally about working together on the various tasks and different tactics that need doing. It will not be a meeting about a name or a formal national structure.Please pass this on to people you know who are working on the fracking campaign. In order to keep track of numbers, email siancowman@gmail.com if you are coming or you want more information.There is a kitchen in the venue, so please bring some food to share or a sandwich filling. There are no cafes in Ballinagleragh.DirectionsGoogle maps link that shows Ballinaglerah hall: http://goo.gl/maps/up4u2 (The streetview is dated, the hall now has tarmac parking round the back.)Coming from Dowra to Drumshanbo, the hall is on the righthand side about 1 kilometre after Ballinagleragh village. Drive around to the back of the hall to park.Coming from Drumshanbo, hall is on the left 1km before Ballinagleragh village, hopefully the map will help give a bit of guidance.

FFAN have arranged for Dr Eilish Cleary, Chief Medical Officer of Health in New Brunswick, Canada to present a talk entitled ‘ Public Health Issues concerning Shale Gas Extraction & Fracking’ at the Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen on Monday 28. Jan 2013 at 8.00pm. Although all are welcome we are aiming specifically at Doctors & other Health Care Professional, NHS & HSE managers as well as politicians. I also attach my synopsis of her report. The full report is available at www.gnb.ca Please spread the word to your local GP & Hospital Consultant and Managers. Thanks. Carroll.- chair of Fermanagh Fracking Awareness Network Brunswick report: new-brunswick-health-officers-recommendations Synopsis: synopsis-of-cmoh-new-brunswick-report-into-public-health1 In Clare will be events/presentations in January. One presentation is scheduled for 13th January. More info will follow soon. A meeting  is scheduled for 12th January for 2 representatives of all groups. More info will follow.

PROPOSAL FOR THE NEW YEAR! (Received from a campaigner in Brussels) I had an idea while watching BBC news when I saw that campaigners had set up a table in public with information (somewhere in Lancs.). Maybe the Irish campaigners could do similar in Dublin during some presidency event in Dublin Castle?  The surrounding streets should have lots of passing public.  They would probably have to have police approval which would mean they would not be asked to move along, as might happen if they gathered as protesters.  Anyway, maybe it’s something to explore after Christmas.

Citizens’ Dialogue – A Debate on the Future of EuropeLaunch of the European Year of Citizens 2013 & Citizens’ Dialogue – http://www.activelink.ie/content/events/11132 Visit: http://www.europeanmovement.ie/citizens-dialogue/10 January 2013with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso; Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD; Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Viviane Reding and Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD.VenueDublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2Date & TimeThursday, 10 January 2013 Registration and lunch from 12.30; European Year launch and Citizens’ Dialogue to commence at 14.30EventTo celebrate the designation of 2013 as the European Year of Citizens, and to mark the launch of the year, the Department of the Taoiseach and the European Commission are delighted to present you with the opportunity to participate in the Citizens’ Dialogue event, taking place in Dublin during the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU. This event will provide interested citizens with a unique opportunity to attend the launch of the European Year of Citizens with the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD; the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore TD and the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.  Following the launch, you will have the opportunity to engage in a Citizens’ Dialogue – a frank and open exchange of opinions on the current economic crisis, the rights of European citizens and the future of the European Union – with Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Viviane Reding and Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD.

MARCH 2013

Dear colleagues,

Food & Water Watch has been working with other global allies to plan workshops and meetings for the next World Social Forum, March 26-30, 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia. For information: http://www.fsm2013.org/en
While the deadline for proposals was Dec 15, we expect the date to be extended. If not, there are many great sessions registered that you could tap into if you plan to attend the WSF.
A number of events related to fracking have been proposed, including one from FWW, “The truth behind hydraulic fracturing – building alliances with new movements in countries affected by fracking” (http://www.fsm2013.org/fr/node/1628) Fracking is already moving in Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt so the WSF will be a key opportunity to help strengthen campaigns in the region.
Thanks to Maxime Combes for compiling this list of WSF fracking submissions:
– proposal coming from an algerian group : http://www.fsm2013.org/fr/node/915 – proposal registeerd by Food&Water Europe : http://www.fsm2013.org/fr/node/1628 – one endorsed by Attac France and other organisations in France : http://www.fsm2013.org/fr/node/1935 – one, broader on different kind of extractivism issues by a tunisian organisation http://www.fsm2013.org/fr/node/1563
If anyone is planning to attend the WSF and would like to connect, please get in touch.
Darcey & Gabi
Darcey O’Callaghan
International Policy Director
Food & Water Watch
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Washington, DC 20036
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Divide & Conquer – Ala will possibly be doing this participatory theatre piece about the impact of fracking on a community again in Ennis on 18th November and in the New Year http://ala-ct.ie/ Ailliliú Fionnuala – Donal O’Kelly’s new solo play about the Shell Corrib gas project in Rossport Co. Mayo, will run in Theatre Upstairs @ Lanigans, Eden Quay, Dublin at lunchtime 1pm-1.50pm, Mon-Sat, 5 – 17 November.

There will be a meeting this Saturday, 27th October , 6 pm in The Bush Hotel  Carrick-on-Shannon, to discuss the Environmental Pillars proposal – the pro’s and cons and whether or not we should engage with such a process. This meeting is open to all active groups and members in theanti-fracking campaign north and south.This in my opinion is a very important meeting, we are at a pivotal stage in this campaign, I feel it is extremely important that we all try to make this meeting, please spread the word on this, through the various email groups, websites etc… Leah Read more on: http://frackingfreeireland.org/fracking-in-ireland-update/ and the position from the Talamh group

Bringing the voice of The North West to The Dail PRO Love Leitrim Members of the ‘Love Leitrim’ group are walking from Manorhamilton to Dail Eireann over the autumn mid term to deliver the voice of the people of The North West to the Dail. The walk is the brainchild of Sligo native and teacher Cecily Gilligan, as she intends to take on the full journey walking through the villages & towns on the 133 miles in 9 days to raise awareness with the communities shes meet on route, of the threat of hydraulic fracturing to Ireland. The journey is to take on an added significance because at the recent international Global Frackdown event in Manorhamilton , residents were asked to write down their concerns about fracking. Their voices will be personally delivered into the hands of ministers after the 133 mile trek is completed to the Dail. One of the organisers says “Walking has a noble tradition in this country. We want to reach out from one community under threat in the North West to others and look forward to meeting people on route and ask them to walk with us. We are honoured to bring peoples voices personally to legislators and ask them to listen to them and act on their behalf, to ban fracking” ‘ Fracking is banned in France, moratorium in Bulgaria, a ban in  parts of Germany & some states of America.  The Love Leitrim walkers start off on Saturday 27th Oct at 9am from the Market Square in Manorhamilton.  Walkers will be asking people on their journey to come out and support their campaign to keep Ireland fracking free. They will ask people to sign their petition and appeal to communities to lobby their politicians. Love leitrim calls on members of the antifracking movement and the general public to come out and join the walk in whatever area they live.  Cecily will walk though Killargue, Drumkeeran, Drumshanbo, Leitrim village, Carrick on Shannon, Drumsna, Dromod, Lomgford town, Edgeworthstown, Mullingar, Kinnegad, Enfield, Lucan, and Dublin. To keep up to date with their progress during the walk people can link up on twitter @loveleitrim  If you spot them on their journey please take a photo and tweet or text it into us! Ends Contact proloveleitrim@hotmail.com or ring  086 1657424. Join us for a local traditional music session in the West of Ireland from the comfort of your own homeWhat are we doing? On 20th November between 8pm and 10pm GMT on www.irelandwesttrad.com  you can tune in to a live session of Irish traditional music and song.

Enforcing European Union Environmental LawFriday, 23 November 20122 – 6pm UCC Brookfield Health Science Complex Lecture Theatre G01 Following Ireland’s ratification of the Aarhus Convention in June 2012, it is timely to explore the ongoing tensions between international, European Union (EU) and national environmental law.  The obligation to deliver affordable access to environmental justice has proven to be especially challenging.  The scope of this obligation remains contested, notwithstanding the growing body of jurisprudence from the Court of Justice of the EU, the national courts and the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee. Significant issues remain unresolved:  What is the appropriate standard of review to be applied by the courts in environmental judicial review and just how expensive is “prohibitively expensive” in the context of effective access to the courts? Beyond purely legal questions, there remain a series of complex practical issues: How best to deliver affordable access to environmental justice in the Irish context?  What impact have the new costs rules had in practice?  Does the Irish legal system deliver “timely” review procedures?  Is the public aware of the right of access to a timely and affordable review procedure under the Aarhus Convention and EU environmental law?  What impact will ratification of the Aarhus Convention have in day to day practice and in litigation?  What role is the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee likely to play in the ongoing debate over access to environmental justice in Ireland? This conference is intended to build on the success of the environmental enforcement conferences held at UCC in November 2010 and 2011.  It aims to identify contemporary issues in the enforcement of environmental law, to consider innovative solutions to the ongoing enforcement challenge and to foster discussion among participants.  At a more general level, it seeks to provide accurate, up to date information for participants on issues relating to enforcement. This event is supported by funding from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and from the Department of An Taoiseach Communicating Europe Initiative.         FEBR/MARCH 2013 -international guest speaker


SOS “SAVE OUR SHANNON” meeting, hosted by Carrick Against Fracking group. The first Thursday of each month will be set aside for SOS meetings in Burke’s Bar, Bridge Street, Carrick on Shannon (or other venue) This group will facilitate those who want to SAVE something rather than against.Peop;e from other groups are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.d Contact: John Cronogue jcronogue@gmail.com



Fracking In Fermanagh ; what could it mean?  An 80 minute documentary film is being screened at The Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen on June 4th, 8pm. Tickets, £2, are available to book online now at ardhowentheatre.com
Further details are on our Facebook page at:www.facebook.com/pages/Development-Media-Workshop/134664386640827 Please come along and listen to the voices of people from the local community, and pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested.Download the brochure Thank you
Dr Michael Brown
Development Media Workshop
Online Channel: www.vimeo.com/channels/dmw
Web: www.developmentmediaworkshop.org
Telephone: 07704516738