no events posted in last week
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005
Fitzpatrick decision: A Banana Republic decision
Mattie McGrath TD: A dangerous ignoramus Anthony
Religion should have no control over the political process Anthony
Diarmaid Ferriter: Denial and the language of cute hoorism Anthony
Fianna Fail liars Anthony
Public Inquiry >>
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
NATO at war and other statistical marvels Mon May 29, 2017 05:11 | Scott
by Scott Humor NATO Parliamentary Assembly Spring Session, Tbilisi, 26-29 May 2017 “The capital of Georgia, Tbilisi is a historic and a strategic place in the Caucasus region, which gave
Hassan Nasrallah on Donald Trump?s visit to Saudi Arabia Mon May 29, 2017 05:04 | The Saker
Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on May 25, 2017, on the occasion of the seventeenth anniversary of the Liberation of Southern Lebanon Source : http://almanar.com.lb/2088414 Translation: http://sayed7asan.blogspot.com
US progressives must demand 3.5 more years of Russophobia! Sun May 28, 2017 20:26 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri There I was again, flying first class on my shareholders? dime from New York to San Francisco, when I was deeply saddened to read about the death
Russian anti-Daesh operations in Syria ? a selection of videos Sun May 28, 2017 16:41 | The Saker
These are a few interesting videos showing what the Russians are actually doing in Syria: Ka-52 helicopter attacks against various armored vehicles Russian Air Force wipes out ISIS convoys near
Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/05/28 ? Open Thread Sun May 28, 2017 10:00 | Herb Swanson
2017/05/28 09:00:01Welcome 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
The Saker >>
Human Rights-Based Integration Policy and the New ?Migrant Integration Strategy? Fri Apr 28, 2017 12:33 | Cliodhna Murphy
The Citizens Assembly Proposals: A Draft Bill Tue Apr 25, 2017 20:42 | admin
NUI Galway Announce New Director of Irish Centre for Human Rights Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:50 | Eoin Daly
Barriers to first trimester abortion care. Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:31 | admin
Why would any country put abortion in the Constitution? Thu Apr 20, 2017 17:28 | Máiréad Enright
Human Rights in Ireland >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
What a crew? 15:13 Mon May 29, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
Abortion 11:10 Mon May 29, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
Left Archive: Rebel, Revolutionary Struggle, no. 52, May 1982 07:17 Mon May 29, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
Interview with Jack O?Connor? 12:10 Sun May 28, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
Pop, misogyny and the aftermath of Manchester 11:08 Sun May 28, 2017 | WorldbyStorm
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