Morning Briefing, 19th January

Dia Duit,

The Govt is to publish the Children’s Rights Amendment today (Breakingnews). Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he will only go ahead with the referendum if he gets all-party consensus on the wording.

The 5 axle ban comes into effect in Dublin (RTÉ) AA Roadwatch says the introduction of a ban on five-axle trucks travelling through Dublin city centre has had an impact on M50 traffic this morning.

The US Senate is try and find new avenues of limiting Bush’s power in Iraq (France 24) Leading Democrats touted a proposal that would revoke the October 2002 authorization that allowed Bush to invade Iraq.

Germany is the latest country to cancel footbal games over hooliganism (BBC)

Germany has also jailed a Holocaust denier (Al Jazeera)

A prominent far-right acvtivist has been sentenced to five years in prison for Holocaust denial by a German court.

Ernst Zuendel was extradited from Canada and on Thursday was handed the maximum possible sentence under German law for the crime in the southwestern town of Mannheim.

The court said it had counted 14 instances on Zuendel’s Internet homepage where he denied the historical facts of the Holocaust and incited anti-Semitism

The 67-year-old has previously published works entitled The Hitler We Loved and Why and Did six million really die?

Thats it for now, have a good day!!

EU justice ministers to discuss Constitution

Via RTÉ

Justice and interior ministers of the European Union are to discuss a framework for talks on reviving the EU Constitution during three days of talks in Germany which are due to begin later today.

The talks in Dresden are the first major ministerial gathering of the new EU of 27 states.

Germany, which holds the rotating presidency of the union, has asked member states to nominate interlocutors for consideration of each country’s position on the Constitution.

The treaty was rejected by voters in the Netherlands and France in 2005 but has been ratified by two-thirds of the countries in EU.

Police co-operation and the fight against illegal immigration are also expected to be high on the agenda at the talks.

The German Interior Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, has said he would like to see a treaty on police co-operation agreed.

Mr Schaeuble has also highlighted the idea of ‘circular migration’, a method for minimising the so-called brain drain from poor countries of origin by promoting the return of professionals after a period in the West.

‘We are all fully convinced of the need to closely co-operate with the countries of origin and transit,’ he said. ‘We must also fight this terrible situation that people are dragged on to boats which are not fit to travel into the Mediterranean sea.’

Other topics on the agenda for EU justice ministers include the possibility of harmonising divorce laws as well as the problem of violent video games.

Woo! about time discussions were restarted on it!

Ryanair loses! about time

Everything we hear these days tends to be positive about Ryanair (profits etc) bar what what we experience ourselves with them!

Wild Geese and Blow Ins have an excellent post on the bad news for Ryanair. which involves this website ryanaircampaign.org .

I do have had my own hassles with Ryanair when i went to Germany with the 5th Lough Scouts back in he Summer of ’05. But we got over it, our pockets didn’t.

German Presidency Ready to roll!

With the Finns, finishing up with the Presidency of the European Council, Germany is gearing up to hold the presidency.

Their website www.eu2007.de is ready to roll in 3 languages, German, French and English.

Germany hopes to bring the Constitution back on to the agenda. This Presidency sees a new Troika system being introduced which will see Germany working very closely with Portugal and Slovenia, the next two members to hold the Presidency. This will ensure continuity in European Politics

Excellent Priest!

GERMANY: Officials of Germany’s neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) have filed charges against a Bavarian priest who rang his church bells to drown out their speeches at a rally last July.

Fr Ulrich Boom was so incensed that the NPD was allowed to demonstrate in his tiny town of Miltenberg that he decided to fight back with his six church bells, the heaviest of which – the Mother of God bell – weighs 4,415kg.

As the first NPD officials began to speak, Fr Boom began his deafening cacophony and didn’t let up until the demonstration was abandoned 20 minutes later.

Since then, he has become something of a local hero. Even Bavarian state premier Edmund Stoiber has praised the “civil courage from a courageous priest”.

Now, however, the NPD has pressed charges, claiming that Fr Boom interfered with a democratic demonstration, a charge that carries a three-year jail sentence.

NPD officials are experts at taking advantage of Germany’s laws guaranteeing freedom of expression and demonstration – a postwar answer to Nazi bans on political opponents – even though they themselves reject the democratic order.

If the case goes to court, Fr Boom will argue that he was exercising his right of religious expression.

The above is from the Irish Times Today and I found it on Stevens Blog

I aint that religous but I must say that I respect that priest for his actions. As regular readers would know from another post lately I hate the Far-Right and Neo-Nazis!