Government to restrict local objections to housing projects

Major building developments to accommodate Irish and migrant families.

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Minister for Building Simon Coveney is reportedly considering proposals to restrict local objections to new housing projects

The government, it’s claimed is also aiming to dilute the power of Councils over major development.

According to accounts, the Fine Gael-led Coalition wants to speed up the construction of housing blocks of 150 or more units to ensure there is sufficient accommodation for the wave of foreign migrants moving to take up jobs in Ireland and the growing number of Irish families being evicted from their homes here.

It is said that under the measures, the only avenue open to councils and members of the public to object to what may be regarded as unsuitable projects will be the Planning Board.

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Why is government refusing information on Muslims living in Ireland?

Last week, a local TD was told that the government does not keep track of the number of Muslims living in the country. However, the Census of Population obliges everyone residing in the country, including followers of Islam, to divulge their religion, or suffer a fine of up to €44,440. As well, most states maintain a record of Muslim and other religious groups living within their borders. Why, then, is Ireland refusing to publish the information?

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Farts exempted under new EU deal on emissions

Farm animals will be free to fart under a new EU agreement on agricultural emissions.

The parliament and commission have been studying the impact of anus or, if you prefer, rear wind discharges on the ozone layer for some time. MEPs are now expected to vote on the issue in the autumn.

Compilation of Ireland’s emissions is under the control of the Environmental Protection Agency. They have reportedly discovered that the Irish residential sector accounts for 12% of the total discharge.

It is not clear whether the EU is tracking emissions in the parliament, the level of which is believed to have risen dramatically since the people of Britain elected to withdraw from the EU.