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Excellent Grassroots appearance on tonight's Late Late Show

category national | summit mobilisations | news report author Saturday April 24, 2004 00:04author by Fintan Lane Report this post to the editors

There was an excellent performance on tonight's Late Late Show by Dublin global justice activists countering the government and media spin on the forthcoming May Day events in Dublin. The notion (much promoted in recent weeks) that 'violence' is planned by those protesting was completely discredited.

Aileen O'Carroll (Dublin Grassroots and WSM) was the main guest on Pat Kenny's panel and she was very, very good. She made the journalist from the Star look utterly ridiculous, which is precisely what he was. As Aileen pointed out, he was jabbering on about 'infilitrating' so-called 'secret meetings' of the wombles in England that were in fact open public meetings. The man is clearly a sensationalist.

There were some excellent points also made from the audience. One speaker rightly criticised the media's focus on 'violence' while it doggedly ignored the political and social issues at stake. There has been almost no coverage of the concerns that motivate such protests. Rory Hearne made a very good contribution and drew a link between the government's attitude to this protest and its behaviour towards the anti-war movement.

The only problem with the interview and discussion is that, yet again, the focus tended to be on the possibility of violence from protesters, when the truth is that it is the Gardai (and not the protesters) that will have to be watched and kept on a tight leash. This focus, however, was clearly decided by Pat Kenny, and Aileen and co. put in an extremely credible performance.

Well done! Great stuff. Hopefully it will undermine some of the nonsense that the government and media have uttered in recent weeks.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   indeed, well done aileen     Brian    Sat Apr 24, 2004 00:16 
   Well done     Pat    Sat Apr 24, 2004 00:27 
   Here we go     Swpwatch    Sat Apr 24, 2004 00:37 
   Late late     ABCD    Sat Apr 24, 2004 00:42 
   SWP Watcher     Pat    Sat Apr 24, 2004 00:45 
   .     j26    Sat Apr 24, 2004 01:36 
   Ok so...     Swpwatch    Sat Apr 24, 2004 01:48 
   You must be joking     NeoRepublican    Sat Apr 24, 2004 03:42 
   Re: You must be Joking by neo-republican     Peig Mahone    Sat Apr 24, 2004 04:24 
 10   Saw the show     Áine Ní Fhearraigh    Sat Apr 24, 2004 04:28 
 11   Fraud     TT    Sat Apr 24, 2004 04:34 
 12   cringed at the idea of having to watch the late late show     David    Sat Apr 24, 2004 11:59 
 13   Congratulations all!     Eoin Dubsky    Sat Apr 24, 2004 13:03 
 14   well done indeed     hooded idiot    Sat Apr 24, 2004 13:04 
 15   Aileen condemned 'violent' protesters     Sellout??    Sat Apr 24, 2004 13:06 
 16   I'm not involved in the Mayday stuff but...     Tim    Sat Apr 24, 2004 13:10 
 17   preventative arrest.     PJ Stone    Sat Apr 24, 2004 13:14 
 18   Condenming violent protests..     David    Sat Apr 24, 2004 13:27 
 19   Just sent an e-mail to his radio show..     David    Sat Apr 24, 2004 13:58 
 20   No, she was talking about protesters     Sellout??    Sat Apr 24, 2004 14:04 
 21   Great job     Slarti    Sat Apr 24, 2004 14:45 
 22   good show     pc    Sat Apr 24, 2004 16:27 
 23   no fan of FF     paddyboy-x    Sat Apr 24, 2004 18:06 
 24   Ah!, but maybe it was really clever     David    Sat Apr 24, 2004 21:34 
 25   AHAHAHAH-TT     NeoRepublican    Sun Apr 25, 2004 00:33 
 26   700 years of oppression     Deirdre Clancy    Sun Apr 25, 2004 02:34 
 27   Brilliant perfromance     Chekov    Sun Apr 25, 2004 03:57 
 28   wow, thats really fucked up     seriously?    Sun Apr 25, 2004 10:52 
 29   Tell it like it is     J'accuse    Sun Apr 25, 2004 12:11 
 30   Re: NeoRepublican     TT    Sun Apr 25, 2004 19:17 
 31   Re: Neo-Republican     Ois    Mon Apr 26, 2004 01:28 
 32   Positions, positions     Joe    Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:39 
 33   Obfuscations, obfuscations     Reluctant anarchist    Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:10 
 34   Yeah when we make them     Joe    Mon Apr 26, 2004 12:46 
 35   I assure you, I'm an anarchist     Reluctant anarchist    Mon Apr 26, 2004 13:54 
 36   I'm getting lost here     Joe    Mon Apr 26, 2004 14:21 
 37   Apologies     Reluctant (and now abashed) anarchist    Mon Apr 26, 2004 15:55 
 38   see you on the front line!     bakunin    Mon Apr 26, 2004 23:59 
 39   get your facts right pat kenny     UCD Lefty Type    Tue Apr 27, 2004 19:40 

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