Month: March 2018

A programme has been launched among farmers in a bid to save hen harriers. A typical 23-hectare farm, with peatland and grassland habitats, could qualify for Hen Harrier Programme payments totalling €2,200 in year one, rising to €3,700 in year two. The programme aims to save one of Ireland’s most endangered birds, the Hen Harrier, […]

Dr Patrick Fagan of the MARRI Institute says Minister Simon Harris’ plans to introduce free contraception to reduce abortion rates will have the opposite effect. To access MARRI report see link (pages 59-67 address Contraception Use).  

In New York, the city’s mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city will divest from fossil fuels and has filed a lawsuit against five major fossil fuel companies for climate damages on the city that have reportedly already amounted to billions of dollars, and the billions necessary to prepare for rising sea levels, […]

The small Greek island of Tilos aims to become energy self-sufficient, by using only renewable sources.This tiny island in the Mediterranean could become the ultimate green territory, and it could be possible to cover the island’s electricity needs, even during August.The island of Tilos, which has a population of just 500, is playing a leading […]

Former Taoiseach John Bruton discusses the legacy of the 8th Amendment.   He recalls the reasons why it was introduced in 1983, while he was a Minister in the Garret FitzGerald-led Government.

Nursing is a profession that often sees those who are newly qualified leave Irish shores.Nurse Pat Leavy was told by her husband that she would not be able to track down the members of her nursing course from 50 years ago in Dublin, but she set about taking up the challenge. Ms. Leavy (67) explained […]

A little boy who was born at 28 weeks, weighing just one pound and six ounces, has recently started play school. His parents Liz and Denis Sheridan, who had been devastated by the loss of their first baby at 18 weeks, were to meet their son Mark sooner than planned. Liz, who had HELLP syndrome, […]

Young engineer Majd Mashharawi has invented environmentally friendly, cheap and lightweight blocks that use ash instead of sand as an alternative to conventional construction blocks. The invention is dubbed ‘Green Cake’ and may constitute an effort to help rebuild the besieged Gaza Strip. There have been 3 wars in 10 years and an 11-year Israeli […]

In Australia, Winnie the wombat recently celebrated her 31st birthday, making her the oldest wombat in Australia and probably the world. To celebrate the occasion, her keepers at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Australia made two special vegetable and fruit cakes. Winnie was orphaned as a joey and hand raised at Birdland Animal Park […]

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