Could seaweed gathering be privatised?
Arramara Teoranta is a state-owned body that is seeking permission to control the huge seaweed resource along the Western seaboard. At present, Údarás na Gaeltachta holds 100 percent of the company shares. “Now it seems that a private company from Canada is bidding for Arramara,” said Cllr Conway-Walsh. “Sinn Féin is concerned that if control of the licences is handed over to a private company then the people who have lived along the shorelines and cut seaweed will no longer be able to avail of this and other natural resources along the seashore. The danger is that this is just another feature of our lives which this government wants to sell off for privatisation. Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has submitted a question for consideration for the debate on the adjournment in the Seanad this Thursday asking ‘that the Minister for the Environment clarify the current and envisaged legal situation for seaweed cutters and people extracting material from the foreshore around the country under the Foreshore Act 1933 and subsequent acts, whether they have private title to the foreshore, or not’.
Here is some of what local people had to say about the awful statue he wanted to build:
I live directly under the reek. No thank you, egotistical load of scrap metal.
Let him fund every single cent of it himself including getting that up the Mountain…THEN see how fast he changes his mind!!! This is just his over-inflated ego wanting even more publicity, the meaning of the Mountain and Irish history means nothing to him
A terrible idea and a gross sculpture based on stereotypical fallacies and inaccuracies.
I’m sure we could find a spot for it in the Atlantic!
Are there no Irish artists who could produce a less kitsch sculpture? I can’t see this adding to the Reek, rather it’d take away from the natural beauty of the area.
How dare they take our mountain and stick this thing that looks like a prop from He-Man.
No, no, please and thank you, no! The Reek is perfect as it is. The tiny chapel at the top is exactly right.
(thanks to the Mayo News)
bilespit asked: i didnt know that about that priest! thanks for letting me know, he sounds reprehensible.
Yeah he’s awful! But he isn’t a priest.
A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.
Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.
The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.
"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."
That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.
The guy who designed this is a right wing asshole who has been trying to get an utterly hideous enormous statue of St. Patrick on top of Croagh Patrick mountain near my hometown. He is a reprehensible piece of shit who uses his larger works as publicity so that he can sell statuette size reproductions to the old, Catholic and tasteless.
A quote from this man
‘Christianity is what changed Ireland in to the society that we know today. When St Patrick and the other Christian evangelists came to Ireland they were met with a culture that believed in human cannibalism, human sacrifice and glorified violence. We all are Christians here in the West whether we are practicing or secular Christians and we should celebrate it, not be ashamed of it.’
This delightful image of a man and his child-bride is one of his high points….
I put on my make-up and a teacher dress and a teacher blazer and my fecking uncomfortable tights and high heeled shoes and I rode the bus for an hour and I ran to class to find no students. I called the class president and apparently they are having some kind of unexpected super PE class because of the nice weather….
Viktor Vasnetsov, Three Princesses of the Underworld, 1884
Portrait of Madame Dupin
Attributed to Baccio Baldini, The Cruelty of Love, c.1465-80 (source).
Three Shadow People Terrify a Victim During an Episode of Sleep Paralysis - Jon MacNair
I don’t want to put on teacher clothes and go to work. Feeling a bit better though.
I’m missing out on seeing SWANS in Charlotte this summer, because I have to stick around to teach a camp. There is the faint chance of the camp being cancelled. I live in hope.