Dublin Editor of The Irish Times Olivia Kelly reports:
Take-aways, supermarkets and other food businesses across Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in south Dublin could face fines of up to €500 for supplying single-use plastics to customers.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is set to become the first local authority to ban the supply or sale of take-away plastic containers, utensils, bottles and other packaging, under draft bylaws that will shortly be available for public consultation.
The plastics ban was proposed by Fine Gael councillor Barry Ward, who said he wanted to take a stand against the “wilful proliferation” of single-use plastics.
A still from gas flaring at at Shell E&P Ireland’s Corrib gas plant in Co Mayo last New Year’s Eve
At Dublin District Court.
Shell E&P Ireland Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching two counts of the Environmental Agency Protection Act during “flaring” tests last New Year’s Eve.
It was fined €1,000.
Further to this.
Shell to Sea writes:
Yesterday, at Dublin District Court, Shell were fined €1,000 after pleading guilty to causing light and noise pollution from gas flaring at Bellanaboy refinery last New Years Eve. The prosecution was brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following complaints from people living around the Bellanaboy refinery.
The €1,000 fine is estimated to be 65 seconds worth of current Corrib sales revenue after Vermilion, who have an 18.5% stake in Corrib gas, recently stated that Bellanaboy had reached “full plant capacity“.
It is estimated that Corrib Gas sales revenues have totalled over €240 million so far this year, while no tax has been paid.
It is widely accepted that no or minimal tax will be paid by the developers of the Corrib Gas Project to the Irish State.
Former Managing Director of the Corrib Gas project, Brian O’Cathain previously stated in 2010 “That Corrib will never pay tax“. While a Vermilion investor profile estimated it would be seven years before any tax is paid.
Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington stated “We’ve seen again lately how subservient the State has become to powerful corporations.Despite making almost ¼ billion euros so far this year from our natural resources, Shell will have a 0.000% tax rate for many years to come.”
This man came up to us last evening very distressed with a €200 fine all because he dropped his last €2 on the tracks [at Tara Street station] and jumped down to get it. He was fined €100 for this act of “Trespass” and he alleges when the Garda asked for his address and he gave his family address the Garda told him that was a false address and fined him another €100…
The man was unaware that he was committing these offences he was just trying to get his €2 back as this is a lot to him….
Eight members of the Swartzentruber Amish sect in Kentucky (which bans its people from wearing or displaying bright colours) who were booked for failing to affix orange safety triangles to their horse-drawn buggies.
Subsequently jailed (for between 3 and 10 days) for refusing to pay their fines, they were given dyed grey (as opposed to standard-issue orange prison fatigues).
Which clearly did little to improve the mood of himself on the top right there.