Gardai seize thousands of euros worth of suspected illegal drugs in Ballina

Ongoing planned clampdown on illegal drug activity.

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Suspected illegal drugs with an estimated street value of thousands of euros have been seized by gardai in Ballina.

The weekend operation was part of a crackdown on the sale and supply of illicit substances in the area. A haul of suspected cocaine and cannabis said to worth more than €20,000 was discovered in raids on some properties.

A garda spokesman said the operation, which involved members of the Garda Divisional Taskforce and local gardai, was an ongoing planned clampdown on illegal drug activity. He urged anyone with information about illegal drug supply to contact any garda station or to use the confidential phone line 1800 666 111.   

‘No scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.’

“Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting ecosystems and economies”

Statement of Dr. Patrick Moore, Ph.D. before the United States Senate and Public Works Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight

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In 1971, as a PhD student in ecology I joined an activist group in a church basement in Vancouver Canada and sailed on a small boat across the Pacific to protest US Hydrogen bomb testing in Alaska. We became Greenpeace.

After 15 years in the top committee I had to leave as Greenpeace took a sharp turn to the political left, and began to adopt policies that I could not accept from my scientific perspective. Climate change was not an issue when I abandoned Greenpeace, but it
certainly is now.

There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states: “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.” (My emphasis)

“Extremely likely” is not a scientific term but rather a judgment, as in a court of law. The IPCC defines “extremely likely” as a “95-100% probability”. But upon further examination it is clear that these numbers are not the result of any mathematical calculation or statistical analysis. They have been “invented” as a construct within the IPCC report to express “expert judgment”, as determined by the IPCC contributors.

These judgments are based, almost entirely, on the results of sophisticated computer models designed to predict the future of global climate. As noted by many observers, including Dr. Freeman Dyson of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, a
computer model is not a crystal ball. We may think it sophisticated, but we cannot predict the future with a computer model any more than we can make predictions with crystal balls, throwing bones, or by appealing to the Gods.

Perhaps the simplest way to expose the fallacy of “extreme certainty” is to look at the historical record. With the historical record, we do have some degree of certainty compared to predictions of the future.

When modern life evolved over 500 million years ago, CO2 was more than 10 times higher than today, yet life flourished at this
time. Then an Ice Age occurred 450 million years ago when CO2 was 10 times higher than today. There is some correlation, but little evidence, to support a direct causal relationship between CO2 and global temperature through the millennia. The fact that we had both higher temperatures and an ice age at a time when CO2 emissions were 10 times higher than they are today fundamentally contradicts the certainty that human-caused CO2 emissions are the main cause of global warming.

Today we remain locked in what is essentially still the Pleistocene Ice Age, with an average global temperature of 14.5oC. This compares with a low of about 12oC during the periods of maximum glaciation in this Ice Age to an average of 22oC during the Greenhouse Ages, which occurred over longer time periods prior to the most recent Ice Age. During the Greenhouse Ages, there was no ice on either pole and all the land was tropical and sub-tropical, from pole to pole. As recently as 5 million years ago the Canadian Arctic islands were completely forested. Today, we live in an unusually cold period in the history of life on earth and there is no reason to believe that a warmer climate would be anything but beneficial for humans and the majority of other species. There is ample reason to believe that a sharp cooling of the climate would bring disastrous results for human civilization.

Moving closer to the present day, it is instructive to study the record of average global temperature during the past 130 years. The IPCC states that humans are the dominant cause of warming “since the mid-20th century”, which is 1950. From 1910 to 1940
there was an increase in global average temperature of 0.5oC over that 30-year period.

Then there was a 30-year “pause” until 1970. This was followed by an increase of 0.57oC during the 30-year period from 1970 to 2000. Since then there has been no increase, perhaps a slight decrease, in average global temperature. This in itself tends to negate the validity of the computer models, as CO2 emissions have continued to accelerate during this time.

The increase in temperature between 1910-1940 was virtually identical to the increase between 1970-2000. Yet the IPCC does not attribute the increase from 1910-1940 to “human influence.” They are clear in their belief that human emissions impact
only the increase “since the mid-20th century”. Why does the IPCC believe that a virtually identical increase in temperature after 1950 is caused mainly by “human influence”, when it has no explanation for the nearly identical increase from 1910-1940?

It is important to recognize, in the face of dire predictions about a 2oC rise in global average temperature, that humans are a tropical species. We evolved at the equator in a climate where freezing weather did not exist. The only reasons we can survive these
cold climates are fire, clothing, and housing. It could be said that frost and ice are the enemies of life, except for those relatively few species that have evolved to adapt to freezing temperatures during this Pleistocene Ice Age. It is “extremely likely” that a warmer temperature than today’s would be far better than a cooler one.

I realize that my comments are contrary to much of the speculation about our climate that is bandied about today. However, I am confident that history will bear me out, both in terms of the futility of relying on computer models to predict the future, and the fact that warmer temperatures are better than colder temperatures for most species.

If we wish to preserve natural biodiversity, wildlife, and human well being, we should simultaneously plan for both warming and cooling, recognizing that cooling would be the most damaging of the two trends. We do not know whether the present pause in
temperature will remain for some time, or whether it will go up or down at some time in the near future. What we do know with “extreme certainty” is that the climate is always changing, between pauses, and that we are not capable, with our limited knowledge, of predicting which way it will go next.

Man in his 20s found dead at house in Mayo

Gardai investigating.

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Gardai are investigating an alleged fatal assault at a house in Mayo last night.

A man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the house in Swinford.

His body remains at the scene and the State Pathologist has been notified.

Anyone who may have information concerning the incident is asked to contact the gardai at Swinford Garda Station, telephone 094 925 2990, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111

Hungary to outlaw adoption by same-sex couples

Draft Bill to require children to be raised with a Christian understanding of gender roles.

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Hungary’s government is moving to amend the state’s constitution which would see a ban on adoption by same-sex couples.

According to media reports, the proposed change would lay down that “the mother is a woman and the father is a man” and only married couples would be allowed to adopt children.

Same-sex marriage is outlawed in Hungary but up to now, adoption has been allowed where one partner applies on their own.

The draft legislation would make it compulsory for children to be raised with a Christian interpretation of gender roles, and would  ensure “education in accordance with the values based on Hungary’s constitutional identity and Christian culture.”

What will be the 9th change to the constitution will enshrine religious doctrine in matters of marriage, gender, and childrearing.

Hungary joined the EU in May 2004. The country is not in the euro. Some 62% of the population is Catholic.

Unlike Hungary, Ireland has legalized homosexual marriage and adoption of children by homosexual couples. Abortion has also been legalized, allowing for the destruction of the foetus during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and later in certain other cases. A constitutional amendment approved by referendum in 2018 replaced the Eighth Amendment under which the unborn child had the same right to life as that of its mother.

A total of 6,666 abortions were carried out in 2019,  according to a report by the Minister for Health on abortion notifications in that year.




Chairman of Aurivo stepping down

Member of the co-op board for the last 18 years.

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Pat Duffy has reportedly announced that he intends to step down as chairman of Aurivo. The Leitrim-based dairy farmer has been a director of the Aurivo board since 2002, and chairman for the last four years.

An election to appoint a successor and a vice-chairman is scheduled for Tuesday, November 17.

Aaron Forde, a native of Cavan, resigned last December after 16 years as the CEO of the co-op, formerly Connacht Gold. He served as a member of the board of Ornua, the Irish Dairy Board from 2004, during six years of which, until 2019 he chaired the board in succession to Vincent Buckley.

Aurivo reported a €446.8 million turnover in 2019.  

Government hits the people with punishing multimillion carbon tax in bid to stop the use of coal, gas, heating oil and turf for home heating

Cross channel Health Alliance proposing climate tax on meat.

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Calls for a ban on coal, gas, heating oil, wood, and even turf are growing ever louder. Already, indeed, the government has begun to wade in with potentially crippling climate taxes designed to discourage the use of the fuels, claiming that unless the people end their reliance on what has been used to heat homes and cook over for thousands of years the planet will come crashing down under the weight of the emissions within the next few years. Claims surrounding threats to the planet are, of course in some cases as ludicrous as they are wild, so much so that innumerable leading scientists the world over are understandably dismissing them out of hand. Canadian expert, Dr. Patrick Moore is one of the many to have over and over again not only insisted that there is no climate emergency but has also published stacks of well-researched data which turns much of what is being rolled out from certain scientific and political quarters on its head. A book he is about to publish will, he says, “prove that most of the scare stories about the future of the environment and climate are fake.”

Now, yet another body, this one calling itself the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, comprising a group of organizations representing professionals across Britain’s health care sector, and including it’s stated, the Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association is reportedly proposing that the government there should slap a tax on foods – unless the food industry takes certain action on its own.

In an article on the campaign, Global Citizen references the latest report of the Alliance entitled “All Consuming: Building a Healthier Food System for People and Planet”, published 4 November, stating that the report argues that to tackle the climate crisis it is important to reduce consumption of foods that cause high amounts of carbon emissions.

More sustainable diets, such as including more vegetables with meals and eating less meat and dairy, are advocated as being better for human health.

The Alliance report concludes, says Global Citizen, that “it will be impossible to keep global temperatures at safe levels unless there is a transformation in the way the world produces and consumes food.”

The body, it adds, suggests that unless voluntary action is taken by the food industry by 2025, a “food carbon tax should be levied on all food producers according to the carbon footprint of their products.”


Proposed €10,000 increase in councilors allocations to be ‘taken from LPT’


Notice submitted by Sligo Fianna Fail councillor.

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 Notice of motion in the name of Cllr. Tom McSharry as listed on the agenda for the November meeting of Sligo County Council:

“That Sligo County Council members get an increase of €10,000 in Councillors allocations per annum. This funding is used by Councillors for various projects within the Sligo Community and that the proposed increase is taken from the LPT.”

 Note: LPT stands for Local Property Tax.


Farmers face sweeping rise in water charges.

Bills could surpass thousands of euro.

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A nearly 80% price increase is expected to be announced for water supplies to farms.

Holdings likely to be hammered by the rise in levies include herd owners involved in dairying and livestock.

The new rates come as sectors of the farming industry, especially livestock have seen their incomes crash and sales become increasingly difficult owing to government-imposed Covid-19 restrictions on marts.

Charges for domestic usage have been abandoned after powerful campaigns in which tens of thousands of people mounted protest after protest against the levies.

But there seemed to be a reluctance of some in farming organization circles to defy the imposition of charges for water on farm holdings, leaving government free to consider farms as water taxable operations.

Now, it looks that even uneconomic farming enterprises will fall to be billed at rates that may run to thousands of euros annually, depending on stocking levels. Dairying activities, where water usage is high owing to the scale of environmental regulations to which they’re subject, will be particularly hurt.

Irish Water, the national utility responsible for the control and management of the country’s public water operations, has reportedly indicated that the new rates will take effect from as soon as the beginning of May 2020.

It’s not clear whether water piped to a dwelling and thereafter directly from the dwelling to a landholding can be classified such that a charge may be made for the water used in connection with the land. Advice obtained from an eminent senior constitutional expert appeared to suggest that a pipe extending from the house to the land continues to exist as a domestic connection. As of now, charges for domestic water usage no longer apply.

Those interested in querying the issue may wish to contact the Sligo Farming Platform, the local farm organization which first sought the opinion of senior counsel on the issue.