no events posted in last week
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Broadcaster George Hook accuses politicians of tax evasion
The toxic link between police and politics Anthony
The cesspool that is Irish politics Anthony
Finian McGrath cashes in his principles Anthony
Vincent Browne: Blind to what’s coming down the road Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Moveable Feast Cafe 2016/05/28 ? Open Thread Sat May 28, 2016 02:30 | Herb Swanson
2016/05/28 01:30:01Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of
Hilarious Sharii video: Putin did not surrender, Combat Beards and Auras on Ukrainian news Fri May 27, 2016 23:03 | The Saker
Another Anatoly Shariy video poking fun at Ukrainian “standards” of journalism!! (thanks to Tatzhit Mihailovich for subtitling this video for our community!!)
?CrossTalk? Who?s aggressive? Fri May 27, 2016 15:49 | The Saker
How Russia is preparing for WWIII Fri May 27, 2016 00:23 | The Saker
This article was written for the Unz Review: http://www.unz.com/tsaker/how-russia-... I have recently posted a piece in which I tried to debunk a few popular myths about modern warfare. Judging by
Sayyed Hachem Safieddine Chairman of the Executive Council of Hezbollah in Lebanon Fri May 27, 2016 00:19 | The Saker
In an interview with the official website of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, conducted in Beirut by Marwa Osman*, Sayyed Hachem Safieddine Chairman of the Executive Council
The Saker >>
Minority Government, Human Rights, and the Opportunity for Constitutional Dialogue Fri May 06, 2016 11:36 | Ntina Tzouvala
Intensifying the glare of the United Nations? spotlight Wed May 04, 2016 06:46 | GuestPost
PhD studentships at DCU Fri Apr 29, 2016 17:15 | Eoin Daly
The Role of Sport in the Recognition of Transgender and Intersex Rights Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:54 | Eoin Daly
Call for Papers: ?International and Comparative Law in the 21st Century: Lessons learned?? Wed Mar 23, 2016 17:58 | GuestPost
Human Rights in Ireland >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
Far right fans? 12:49 Sat May 28, 2016 | WorldbyStorm
Soviet children?s books? 11:00 Sat May 28, 2016 | WorldbyStorm
This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? the Sounds of the New West compilation 09:27 Sat May 28, 2016 | WorldbyStorm
Rockin? Road Festival 2016 ? Sunday 29th May ? 12pm ? 8pm 20:43 Fri May 27, 2016 | WorldbyStorm
Review of ?Republican Congress? Documentary by Donal Higgins 18:10 Fri May 27, 2016 | irishelectionliterature
Cedar Lounge >>
Shell to Sea activist Izzy is Free!
rights, freedoms and repression |
Saturday February 23, 2013 22:00 by Shelver - RSC
... and the west's awake...
After a week and a half in custody, Shell to Sea activist Izzy Ní Graidim left Mountjoy prison yesterday at 1.30pm on temporary release! We'd expect that to turn into full release in a week's time when she's due back in there.
Back amongst friends :)
When we heard the news yesterday at the camp we were so overjoyed that we ran out onto the road to block the Lennon's quarry lorries hauling to Glengad. We had been planning a protest for today outside the prison, so after a bit of chat between folk in Dublin and here who had planned to travel over for it, we decided to call it off.
Talking to Izzy later on we learnt that the prison guards wanted her out to avoid the protest outside the prison! We were speculating that with the Gardaí working to rule at the moment the prison might have been worried about being blocked in for the day. Either way more power to protest, or even to the threat of it.
At 10.30pm last night Gerry gave me a spin out to collect Izzy at Ballina bus station. We were delighted to see her and on the way home her indefatigable ability for conversation was put to great use answering our questions about how she was and what it was like inside.
In the meantime word went out to meet at Bellacorick to welcome Izzy back to Erris.
As we got closer to Bellacorick we could see a crowd standing around a fire at the Castlebar junction. With just a few hours notice people had come out from Aughoose, Pullathomas, Glengad, Inver, Rossport, Porturlin, Glenamoy, Geesala and Crossmolina to welcome her home. We had great craic and celebrated Izzys return. After about an hour, with the fire dying down, Naoise played a lovely whistle tune that brought tears to a few eyes.
It just after midnight - we were elated, united and ready to celebrate.
With Izzy in our car we took the head of the cavalcade to Bangor. We had a go-slow through town and plenty beeping. I know some kids might have been woken up but on the plus side maybe they got explained what was going on.
We pulled into Gate 1 beeping and lights blazing. No one to be seen anywhere. Enough of that - onto the Aughoose tunnelling compound.
Same craic - horns beeping and lights blazing. We made for opening the gates (remember they let us into Ballinaboy before). There was some climbing in over the fence going on and other general antics. There were about 10 seriously worried IRMS security guards inside the gate. After about quarter of an hour of that aul' nonsense we all headed home.
No Haulage Today
Last night we heard rumours that there was a protest planned for today and that there'd be no haulage. Was it one of our protests or the Garda "blue flu" protest they were talking about? Either way today sure enough there was no haulage. No activity in Glengad or Aughoose.
The tunnelling at Aughoose is a total joke. The consensus emerging is that they can't deal with the dóib - the treacherous quicksandy clay stuff under the bog in these parts. According to Shell everything is going well again and the TBM is working. It's total rubbish. There is nothing happening in Aughouse. Shell put on a few flashy lights every now and again but the gantry crane to lift in segments has barely moved in the last 2 weeks. Watch this space, unfortunately the environment is usually the collateral damage when Shell mess up.
Earlier last night as Gerry and I drove out to Ballina the mood in the car was reserved - we were happy she was out, but we wondered was it worth it all. Why did Izzy go to jail - could anything change?
A few hours later as we were driving home we looked back at the stream of lights from the cavalcade behind us and he said "It's still alive - something's happened tonight. What you're seeing... there isn't a force in the country can defeat it."
I could feel it too... and the same power is latent in communities everywhere, but how do you let it out? And when its out how do you keep it?
It's been a real good few weeks for us, and its all to play for.
Gathering at the crossroads last night
All quiet in Aughoose today