Chairman’s Diary 29/09/14

30 09 2014


Chairman’s Diary 22/09/14

23 09 2014


Chairman’s Diary 15/09/14

16 09 2014


Ritchie: Fracking not the way forward

12 09 2014

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In  Wednesday’s meeting of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee at Westminster SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie challenged Secretary of State Elizabeth Truss about the use Fracking as a viable energy option.

 Challenging both witnesses, Ms. Ritchie, the only Northern Irish MP on the EFRA Committee, asked for a clarification on the chemicals that were added to the water and sand mix in order to create fracking fluid.

 Ms Ritchie said:

 “The UK government seem determined to proceed with fracking, no matter what the cost to the environment and the wider economy. Fracking would increase our dependence on fossil fuels at a time we need to be focusing on developing and investing in renewable energy. It is short-sighted to look to fracking as an answer, and it will divert us from EU2020 carbon reduction targets.

 “There are a number of serious risks associated with fracking – including water contamination and dangerous seismic reactions, and enough research has not been done to support the UK government’s approach. That is why the Northern Ireland Environment Minister Mark H Durkan decided not to make any decision until there is a much greater evidence base and determined that any decision to proceed now would be a mistake.

 “In 2011 there were two earthquakes in England and fracking operations were postponed until it could be established whether there was a link. While the UK government has moved very quickly to resume operations following these incidents I fully endorse the more cautious approach taken by my party colleague in Northern Ireland. We shouldn’t blindly follow the UK government into this reckless dash for gas.”

Chairman’s Diary 08/09/14

12 09 2014

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North Korea: Life in the Camps

12 09 2014

In this video former prisoners and their captors expose the horror of life inside North Korea’s prison camps.

They describe forced abortions, impossibly hard labour, starvation and prisoners forced to dig their own graves.

Now you know the reality of North Korea, make sure everyone does


Trócaire appeal for South Sudan

7 09 2014

A message from Trócaire’s Executive Director Éamonn Meehan on the refugee situation at a camp near Juba, South Sudan, in September 2014.

Dear Friend
50,000 children could die from hunger this year in South Sudan unless action is taken. Please take action now.  
 The outbreak of fighting in South Sudan last December has led to 1.5 million people fleeing their homes. I have met some of these people in the camps where they are now living. Many of them have nothing but the clothes on their backs. 
Today, almost 4 million people – nearly the entire population of the Republic of Ireland – have lost everything and are facing the threat of hunger.  

 David Mukul is one of the four million people who have had to flee their homes in South Sudan. At 70 years of age, he had hoped to begin to take life easier and enjoy time with his family. 
“Life is difficult,” David said. “Three weeks ago, I had a home. Now I sleep under a tree. This is not my home.”

 By supporting our South Sudan Appeal you can purchase food and shelter for people like David, fleeing violence and now facing hunger. Even a small donation can help us to deliver life-saving support.

 Yours sincerely, 
Éamonn Meehan,
Trócaire Executive Director

Make sure you to vote for Cairns Residents Group

6 09 2014


With only 34 days left to register your vote Glens of Antrim SDLP Councillor Margaret Anne McKillop has appealed for your support for the Cairns Residents’ Group who have been shortlisted for the Lloyd’s Bank Community Fund

  Voting will take place to 10th  October.

 To vote text vote fwl to 61119 or through the following link:

Chairman’s Diary 01/09/14

4 09 2014

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How many are missing in Syria? (New Amnesty video)

2 09 2014

Imagine suddenly vanishing off the face of the earth, with no one – not even your closest family – knowing where you are, why you were taken away, and what’s become of you. You may have done nothing wrong, but you don’t have a chance to defend yourself, get legal help, hope for a trial or even communicate with your family to let them know where you are.
Tens of thousands of people have ‘disappeared’ at the hands of Syrian state forces in the last few years. For many years, Syria has held detainees in secret locations, unable to communicate with the outside world – and these disappearances have increased dramatically since 2011.
When state forces hold people incommunicado like this they are violating many human rights. When they do so on a mass scale, it can constitute a crime against humanity.
Find out more about our work to stop human rights abuses in Syria at