UK fishing vessel in breach of EU fishing regulations

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A UK registered fishing vessel was detained by the Irish Naval Service today after it was found to be in breach of fishing regulations.

The vessel is being handed over to the UK Maritime Management Office and will return to the UK this evening.

Speaking to News Anois, the Naval Service revealed that the reason for returning the vessel to the UK rather than seeking prosecution in Ireland is because the breach is of “EU fishing regulations”, not just those of Ireland.

Regardless of the EU country that the law is broken in, anyone in breach of these fishing regulations is guilty of “the same breach” and prosecution can be carried out in any EU country.

The vessel will be turned over to the appropriate authorities in the UK where the breach will be investigated further.

Lauren O’Halleron

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Emergency homeless services already stretched beyond their means

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The Homeless Charity Trust has warned many more homeless people will die over the coming winter months due to a lack of emergency accommodation in the capital.

A man in his forties died overnight in Bray over the weekend while sleeping rough in the town.

The prediction follows the news yesterday that the number of people living rough on the streets of Dublin trebled in the last year.

The homeless action plan, Sustaining the Pathway to Home, is being conducted by Dublin’s four local authorities and will be implemented early next year.

The report states “the demand for access to emergency accommodation and related homeless services in Dublin is deepening”, while affordable and adequate housing remains extremely limited.

The draft also highlights the growing issue of people living on the streets for the first time.

One third of the 2,886 people accessing homeless services in the first six months of the year were using them for the first time.

These figures follow on from last year where over half of the 4,837 people using such emergency services were utilizing them for the first time.

The decision to move away from an emergency accommodation approach to a housing first solution to combat homelessness appears not to have aided the drastic situation.

Last year only 879 people “successfully moved away from homelessness back into independent living”.

Francis Doherty of the Peter McVerry Trust said that these figures would continue to increase as a result of rising rents in Dublin City despite the economic troubles of many Irish people.

In February the Minister of State for Housing Jan O’Sullivan announced the Government’s ambition to eliminate long-term homelessness by 2016.

Despite this, Government expenditure on social housing has been slashed from €1.3 billion in 2008 to €275 million last year, resulting in only 1,500 units being constructed annually for social housing initiatives compared to 8,000 previously.

Alice Leahy of Trust said: “The government is not accepting the fact that there is a need for emergency accommodation”, before declaring Trust cannot accommodate the high demand for places in its already fully occupied premises.

Doherty of the McVerry Trust was more optimistic, praising the new government initiative which allows people in financial trouble to receive rent allowance while working.

The next set of results, acquired two weeks ago, are expected to show another increase in people on the streets.

Ronan Morrissey

Relations stirred in light of Iran nuclear deal

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Israel accused Iran of “deception and self-delusion” in what has been called the most significant development between the United States and the Iran in the last 34 years.

Barack Obama said that “Diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure, a future in which we can verify that Iran’s nuclear programme is peaceful and that it cannot build a nuclear weapon. While today’s announcement is just a first step, it achieves a great deal. For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear programme.”

The deal commits Iran to stop uranium enrichment above five per cent, limit existing stockpiles of enriched uranium, stop further development of the Arak reactor and allow increased inspections of its nuclear sites.

In turn, the six world super powers – the U.S, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany (P5+1) – are committed to relieve economic sanctions on Iran.

The compromise reached in Geneva may only be for six months but it has significantly reshuffled alliances in the middle east and inevitably caused controversy. The United States have called it a “great deal”, a standpoint that contradicts that of their Israeli allies who are calling it a “historic mistake”.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his cabinet: “Today the world has become a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world has taken a significant step toward attaining the most dangerous weapon in the world”.

Remaining highly critical of negations between Iran and U.S, the Israeli embassy in Dublin reiterated today that, “The agreement that was signed between Iran and the P5+1 is a bad agreement and a mistake. Iran received the deal it wanted, and the West received a very bad and dangerous deal. There is no such thing as a half solution in a matter like this; the example of North Korea shows that when extremist regimes get a soft deal like this it does not produce stability in the long-term but merely buys the regime time to further its ambitions.”

With such a strong reaction from the Israeli side,  it can’t but highlight the fact that Israel refuses to acknowledge publicly that it has nuclear weapons. The U.S government also officially does not acknowledge the existence of such a program.

Lilah Gaafar

Green Letterbox.com provides new means of delivery

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Founded by Nick Keegan and Marcin Jernas in February 2013, Green Letterbox.com is a free online, postal system which is making strides in the Irish mailing industry. It is a service that allows its customers to receive post through a secure, confidential digital post-box.

Customers are asked to register their home address for digital postal mail. Green Letterbox.com then creates a secure connection between their service providers and their digital post-box so that providers can send their customers an electronic version of their document rather than a paper document.

The basic service is free for customers. Green Letterbox.com then makes its profits by charging organisations that send the letters digitally a small fee.

Despite setting up a new service in the midst of a global recession CEO Nick Keegan is pleased with the progress his company has made. “We have had huge growth, phenomenal.” Keegan also confirmed that his business was “on course to reach our targets.”

Keegan highlights the “digital” and “secure” nature of the service as some of the benefits of their service as well as the usefulness for customers who no longer, “have to manage paper.” The company also has an app which allows customers to use the service on their phone.

Furthermore the company emphasises its positive effect on the environment as the traditional mail industry consumes vast amounts of paper and ink every day.

Whilst Keegan is happy with the company’s progress to date he has admitted that there are difficulties in setting up such a service. “It is a difficult market to set up in. Between getting stakeholders on board and getting customers to buy into the service, it’s a balancing act.”

Green Letterbox.com is located at the IDA Business Park, Poppintree, Dublin 11. Further information can also be found on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

John Lillis

Attempted carjacking foiled by car owners

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have arrested a 23 year old man in Belfast today following an attempted carjacking.

The incident occurred in the College Square North area of Belfast at about 8am this morning, according to the PSNI press office.

The accused attempted to steal a parked car belonging to two women who were paying their parking nearby, but the victims were unwilling to let their car get stolen.

The two women attempted to stop the man, and when a passing police patrol witnessed the struggle they intervened to detain the suspect.

The two officers were assaulted during the course of the arrest, but managed to apprehend the suspect and only obtained minor injuries. The two women were shocked, but unharmed.

The man remains in custody.

Conor Campbell

 

Increasingly popular right wing conspiracy theorist clashes with police at JFK anniversary

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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, accompanied by a group of supporters, has clashed with police in Texas during a protest at a public commemoration of President Kennedy.

November 22nd marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy.

Jones and co were demanding that the US government ‘STOP THE COVER UP’ of the facts surrounding the President’s murder.

Jones – who also maintains that the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001, as well as the Boston bombing were ‘false flag’ operations – has clashed with police on numerous occasions.

When asked by News Anois about the increase in support for conspiracy theorists such as Jones, as well as many American’s insistence on heavily arming themselves, Prof. Noam Chomsky said

“….he’s symptomatic of much deeper currents in the country.  It’s always been a very frightened country, back to colonial days, but these fears have been escalating very sharply in recent years, and the gun culture is one aspect of it. “They” are coming after us, and “we” have to defend ourselves – where “they” can be non-whites, Muslims, the Feds, the UN, aliens,…. ”

Jones has gradually grown in support over the past 12 months – particularly in the wake of the NSA scandal – as Americans become increasingly disillusioned with their government. Increasingly, American’s believe that US authorities are not only spying on them, but are also responsible for attacks on their own citizens.

“…It’s a kind of social pathology…And like other such pathologies, it has a kind of basis.  One element is that whites are becoming a minority, so “they” are taking our country away from us.  Another is the very real fact that the re-design of the economy and political system in the past 30+ years has hit the majority while vastly enriching and empowering a tiny fraction of the population, which leads to bitterness and fear, fanned by propaganda, leading to things like the Jones phenomenon.”

Paul Doyle

Court hears how unemployment led man to deal drugs

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A Dublin man was sentenced to 10 years for the possession of 2,500 ecstasy tablets, 58 kilos of cannabis, and 1.25 kilos of cocaine at the Dublin Circuit Court today.

The drugs were seized from his house in Finglas in March 2012, along with €144,000 in cash.

Christopher Seery (34) presented himself in Finglas Garda station the day following the seizure.

Sergeant Shane McCarthy told the court gardai were “convinced” Seery was holding the majority of the drugs and cash for associates.

He said gardai did not want Seery to take responsibility for all the seized drugs. Seery would not say who he was holding the drugs and cash for however, because he “didn’t want to put his kids’ lives in danger.”

A firearm was discharged at Seery’s front door following his release on bail. McCarthy said it was “possible he (Seery) is being held accountable for the loss of the drugs and cash.”

Reluctance to name associates aside, McCarthy said Seery was “candid” during questioning, and cooperated fully with gardai.

He told gardai he had been selling cannabis for approximately one year, and ecstasy and cocaine for approximately for three months.

He became “very emotional” during questioning, and “broke down crying, saying he should have followed his family’s advice.”

McCarthy said Seery had a “good, respectable family background”, and had made “a few bad decisions.”

He has three brothers and five sisters, none of whom are known to the gardai.

The court heard Seery had been employed as a roofer until 2009, when the downturn in the economy contributed to his losing his job. His wife had been employed by a pharmaceutical company until 2010.

Unemployed, he started taking cocaine and mixing with criminals. During questioning, he told gardai he saw an opportunity to make money and began dealing.

In sentencing, Justice Martin Nolan took into account Seery’s guilty plea, his cooperation with gardai, his employment history, and his relationship with his wife and three children.

He noted Seery’s criminal record comprised five offences not related to drug dealing and that the offences had been committed some time ago.

He accepted there were two component parts to the cash and drugs seized: drugs Seery was selling for his own profit, and drugs and cash he was holding for others.

In handing Seery a ten year sentence however, he said he had to consider the amount of drugs seized, Seery’s “deep involvement” with drug dealing, and the “appetite for cash he displayed.”

He said Seery had made a “reprehensible misjudgement.”

Eoghan McNeill