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Letter on the Irish Nationwide Building Society

Nov 25, 2004 Comments Off on Letter on the Irish Nationwide Building Society

Posted to Irish TDS and Senators

25th November, 2004

Dear Deputy,

The Irish Nationwide Building Society

Ireland has only two mutual building societies left – the EBS and the Irish Nationwide – and for at least ten years, Michael Fingleton of the Nationwide has made it clear that he intends that his society should follow the example of the Irish Permanent and the First National and shed its mutual status. The Department of the Environment will be putting a bill before Dail within the next few weeks which, among other things, is intended to allow the INBS to do so. …

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Land Value Tax: Unfinished Business

Nov 09, 2004 Comments Off on Land Value Tax: Unfinished Business

Emer Ó Siochrú

This paper is reprinted, with permission, from the book A Fairer Tax System For A Fairer Ireland, published by the CORI Justice Commission. The book also contains papers by Tom Dunne and Richard Douthwaite. It can be downloaded in its entirety from the CORI website, in PDF format, at http://www.cori.ie/justice/publications/papers/A_Fairer_Tax_System.pdf.

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Taming the Tiger

Nov 08, 2004 Comments Off on Taming the Tiger

PDF version

Introduction to the Second Feasta Review by John Jopling

Why the growth tiger is unsustainable and what can be done about it.

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Democracy and the EU

Aug 16, 2004 Comments Off on Democracy and the EU

by Deirdre de Burca (deburcad@gofree.indigo.ie), Green Party Councillor for County Wicklow.

This paper was presented at the Desmond Greaves Summer School on Sunday 29th August, 2004. Deirdre de Burca argues that “the creation of the European Union has generally been subject to the process of “collusive delegation” and….the democratic deficit experienced by its citizens has been largely designed into its architecture rather than being an unfortunate by-product of agreements reached by its well-meaning political leaders and officials.”

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Feasta Money Group to fight change in Building Society law

Jun 11, 2004 Comments Off on Feasta Money Group to fight change in Building Society law

Ireland has only two mutual building societies left – the EBS and the Irish Nationwide – and for at least ten years, Michael Fingleton of the Nationwide has made it clear that he intends that it should follow the example of the Irish Permanent and the First National and shed its mutual status. The Feasta Money Group intends to try to prevent it doing so. Here’s why.…

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Response to ‘Sustainable Rural Housing; Consultation Draft of Guidelines for Planning Authorities’

May 04, 2004 Comments Off on Response to ‘Sustainable Rural Housing; Consultation Draft of Guidelines for Planning Authorities’

May 2004

This submission critiques the current Irish Rural Housing Guidelines, arguing that their formation lacked proper participation and consultation; they are based on insufficient information; they over-emphasise dispersed housing to the detriment of other types of housing, in particular that of small settlements and villages; they fail to acknowledge important environmental and social factors such as peak oil and the fact that dispersed housing is more likely to be built and inhabited by the relatively well-off; and they introduce a discriminatory planning system based on the provenance and circumstances of the applicant. It suggests that a Rural Housing Commission

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Debt, Climate and Global Justice: April 2004 conference

Apr 28, 2004 Comments Off on Debt, Climate and Global Justice: April 2004 conference

A conference jointly organised by Feasta and the Debt and Development Coalition Ireland on the links between climate change, the debt crisis and global inequity

Held in association with the New Economics Foundation, Jubilee Research, the Global Commons Institute, Friends of the Irish Environment and GRIAN, the Irish arm of the Climate Action Network. With contributions via a live video link from a simultaneous conference on the same topics in South Africa.…

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FEASTA submission on Irish Renewable Energy Policy

Mar 27, 2004 Comments Off on FEASTA submission on Irish Renewable Energy Policy

Contribution to Consultation Process on Policy Goals – March 2004
Ireland’s renewable energy policy can only be developed intelligently if carried out within the framework of an overall energy policy. The latter, in turn, should only be shaped by people who have carefully examined the prospects for energy supplies from conventional sources for the next fifty years. (No shorter period can sensibly be taken in view of the fact that energy-using structures such as buildings, railways and roads built now will have a life of around that period and in some cases far beyond it. Some power infrastructure can also …

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Submission on the Corrib Gas Application

Jan 29, 2004 Comments Off on Submission on the Corrib Gas Application

To: Mr. Ian Douglas, Planning Office, Mayo County Council.
Re: Gas Terminal Planning Application, Bellanaboy, Co. Mayo.
Date: January 29th, 2004.

Dear Mr. Douglas,

The following is a brief submission by Feasta on the application by Shell E. and P. to construct a Gas Processing Plant at Bellanaboy Bridge, Co. Mayo. Feasta, The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability, was established in 1998. It aims to explore and promote the characteristics – economic, cultural and environmental – that a society must have in order to be truly sustainable.…

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The Little Earth Show

Jan 22, 2004 Comments Off on The Little Earth Show
Tuesday, January 27th, and the 3rd, 10th and 17th of February 2004

On January 27th at 9.00 pm Donegal’s Highland Radio broadcast the first of four radio shows produced by FEASTA titled ‘The Little Earth Show’ . The following three shows werebroadcast on February 2rd, 10th and 17th.

Produced for a youth audience, the Little Earth Show is a four-part radio drama with a difference based partly on the best selling ‘Little Earth Book’ by James Bruges. Each episode takes a topic and analyses the issues from a global and local perspective.

The style of the show is a

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Fossil Fuels Subsidies and Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Fossil Fuels

Dec 12, 2003 Comments Off on Fossil Fuels Subsidies and Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Fossil Fuels

A report to Comhar, the National Sustainable Development Partnership, by Feasta and Friends of the Irish Environment.

The full version can be downloaded as a PDF Version



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Congestion charges

Oct 10, 2003 Comments Off on Congestion charges

A transcript of the talk given by Dave Wetzel, Vice-Chair of Transport for London UK. This talk was part of the Feasta conference “Land: The Claim of the Community”, held in October 2003.
Briefing on the conference

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Business problems, land solutions: the case for land and tax reform

Oct 10, 2003 Comments Off on Business problems, land solutions: the case for land and tax reform

A transcript of the talk given by Albert Catterall, Head of Economics, British Retail Consortium, at the Feasta conference “Land: the Claim of the Community”, in October 2003

Briefing on the conference

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