The Celtic response to the referendum in Catalonia on independence from Spain

There is strong support from those in the Celtic nations for the democratic right of the people of  Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence from Spain. This has been clearly stated by the Scottish government and progressive nationalist parties in the Celtic nations of Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The Celtic League has also been clear in its support for the right of the Catalan people to determine their own future.

Accusation that Wales is being turned into a penal colony for English prisoners

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Prison Reform, has claimed that Wales has become a dumping ground for English prisoners. She pointed out that the HMP Berwyn super prison in Wrexham, has less than 10% of the current inmates who are Welsh. A large 1,600 capacity category C prison on Baglan Moors, Port Talbot, South Wales is  also now also planned. As reported in the Welsh newspaper the Daily Post she said: "If there is going to be this money spent in Wales it should be spent on social issues and crime prevention.”

Boundary Commission Fails Cornwall Again


28 IX 2017

At their last consultation, the unelected and distant Boundary Commission were told repeatedly that reducing the number of councillors would ONLY benefit metropolitan parties. Yet they are steaming ahead with it anyway. And now they are wanting yet another consultation. So let's give them one. Tell the Boundary Commission YOU DID NOT LISTEN TO THE LAST CONSULTATION.

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Scotland has one of the highest concentrations of land ownership in Europe

The Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016 is an Act of the Scottish Parliament which continues the process of land reform in Scotland following the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Established under the Land reform Act is the Scottish Land Commission (SLC), which came into being on 1 April 2017. A study into who owns Scotland's land and the impact that has on the people who live there is to be carried out by the SLC. Scotland has one of the highest concentrations of land ownership in Europe.

Welsh and Irish launch Irish Sea and Celtic Sea study into the health of fish stocks

Scientists in Wales and Ireland are taking part in a new £4.8 million pound (€5.5m) project to study the effects of climate change on the Irish Sea and Celtic Sea. The project known as Bluefish will study the health of fish stocks in the Irish Sea over the next three years. It will also study the migratory movement of commercial fish and the risks from new non-native species.

Remarkable discovery which connects a 4,000-year-old tomb in Kerry with the equinox

The Dingle Peninsula (Irish: Corca Dhuibhne) is a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is in County Kerry ( Contae Chiarraí)) in the south-west of Ireland. Its stunning Atlantic coastline, mountains and lakes make this area among the most scenic in Ireland. The area is rich in history, with many internationally recognised sites of importance. A significant number of ancient monuments are located in the area around the valley of Loch an Dúin on the eastern side of the Conor Pass.

Nations seek to control their own destinies

Yn Commeeys Celtiagh - Celtic News Mannin point out that it is not only Catalonia that will be voting for self determination in the next two weeks but also Iraqi Kurdistan. Both represent wider global movements where men and women are seeking the right to determine their own future and not be controlled by other states:


Manx government responses to recent criticism and the importance of independent media websites

There has been a fair amount of criticism levelled against the Manx government over recent weeks. It has come from a variety of sources as you would expect in any democratic society where freedom of expression is recognised as a human right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and recognised in international human rights law in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The comments pointed towards the Manx government recently have come from a variety of sources, including political organisations, pressure groups and individuals.

Manx campaign to save area of significant ecological importance

The northern most point on the Isle of Man (Mannin) is the Point of Ayre (Manx: Kione ny h-Ayrey). It is the closest point on the Isle of Man to the island of Britain, being some 16 miles (26 kilometres) south of Burrow Head in Scotland. The name Ayre comes from the Norse word Eyrr meaning gravel bank. A name that reflects the Scandinavian influences after the arrival of the Vikings on the Isle of Man at the end of the 8th century. Resulting in a mix of Norse and Gaelic place names throughout the Island. 


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