Call for land tax to compel developers to build on vacant sites

imageIrish Times: SVT (Site Value Tax) is the most equitable, efficient and effective property tax option for the Government. Unlike a conventional property tax that taxes the ‘improved’ portion of the property, ie the buildings and thus penalises construction, SVT is non- distortionary, creates no economic drag and has minimal adverse effects. Read article

Just like the Green Party was saying years ago … (2009)

Greens’ bus station plan is a sensible idea

imageFrom the Irish Times

The Green Party has struggled in recent years to remain politically relevant, but it deserves credit for one of the best public transport suggestions from any party in recent times.

A missive yesterday from its transport spokesman Tom Kivlehan contained an innovative idea to better utilise Dublin city’s public bus infrastructure, while also helping to solve part of the city’s traffic chaos. It went something like this . . . Continue reading “Greens’ bus station plan is a sensible idea”

Green candidate Grace O’Sullivan believes she has realistic chance of European seat

imageGrace O’Sullivan on European trail as sister Lola aims to retain FG seat on Waterford council. Former Greenpeace activist turned would-be politician Grace O’Sullivan has admitted she was reluctant to join the electoral fray when asked to run for the Green Party but now believes she has a realistic chance of entering the European Parliament following this month’s elections. Read article

Swap Shop Event

The Green Party is organising a National Day of Green activity entitled ‘Just Do It Green Day’ on Saturday 30 June 2012. The activities being organised are very varied and include a picnic where visitors will be asked to make a promise to the environment to help change world we live in.

In Limerick, the local group is organising a Green Free Cycle or Swap Shop which will serve two purposes, the first to reuse unwanted items and the second to help those in a constrained economic environment from having to purchase new products. This event will take place on Saturday, 30th June from 2.00 – 3.30pm in Costelloe’s Tavern, Dominick Street and is open to the public. It’s free so do bring along Books, CDs, DVDs, Jewellery, Prints, Ornaments, Plants, Handbags etc. No heavy electrical appliances or live animals will be exchanged however.

BASF tries (again) to push ‘Frankenpotatoes’ on Europe

(NaturalNews) Europeans have made it abundantly clear time and time again that they want nothing to do with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). But chemical giant BASF refuses to take no for an answer, and is once again pushing for EU approval of a “Frankenpotato” known as Fortuna that, if approved, would represent the EU’s second new legalized GMO in more than a decade. Read more

MEPs back national freedom to ban GM crops

The European Parliament’s environment committee yesterday (12 April) backed proposals by the EU executive to give member states a choice of whether to ban cultivation of GM crops on their territory, adding environmental impacts to a list of grounds on which restrictions could be imposed. Read more