New Events


no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

offsite link Fake News: The Epistemology of Media Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:52 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy

offsite link Presumption of innocence does not universally apply in Ireland Anthony

offsite link The poor standard of Irish political journalism Anthony

offsite link RTE bias: A failure of objective journalism Anthony

offsite link Alison O’Connor and professional deceit Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The case of MH17 and the imitation of a Maidan in Georgia: the provocations of globalists Tue Jun 25, 2019 01:46 | The Saker
By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard Source:   For five years in a row the International Commissions of Inquiry created in Holland has been engaged

offsite link Trump Stopped Strike On Iran, But Tensions Continued To Grow Mon Jun 24, 2019 21:15 | Scott Tensions continued to grow in the Persian Gulf region after the shoot-down of a $110 million U.S. RQ-4A Global Hawk surveillance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) by the Iranian Revolutionary

offsite link Brazilgate is Turning into Russiagate 2.0 Sat Jun 22, 2019 18:49 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar ? with permission and cross-posted with Consortium News It was a leak, not a hack. Yes: Brazilgate, unleashed by a series of game-changing bombshells published by The

offsite link Iran goes for ?maximum counter-pressure? Sat Jun 22, 2019 18:48 | amarynth
By Pepe Escobar ? with permission and cross-posted with Strategic Culture Foundation Sooner or later the US ?maximum pressure? on Iran would inevitably be met by ?maximum counter-pressure?.  Sparks are

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/06/22 ? Open Thread Sat Jun 22, 2019 09:30 | Herb Swanson
2019/06/22 08:30:01Welcome 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

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link China?s LGBT Community Mon Apr 15, 2019 19:19 | Human Rights

offsite link Declaration of Human Rights at Sea Mon Apr 08, 2019 07:31 | Human Rights

offsite link NZ Watchdog On Limits Of Free Speech Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:44 | Human Rights

offsite link US Abortion Restrictions Violating The Human Rights Of Women Thu Mar 14, 2019 15:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Watch Urges the Human Rights Council to Renew and Strengthen Mandate of UN Commission Tue Mar 12, 2019 21:51 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Students Respond to Batt Signal

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Wednesday October 22, 2008 18:43author by NMI Report this post to the editors

thousands march against fees plan

Between ten and twelve thousand people turned out in bright sunshine today to demonstrate against the Green Party/Fainna Fáil plan to impose fees for third level education.

FF Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe called for consideration of re-imposition of fees earlier this year, and "registration fees" were massively increased in the recent budget. He has signalled that he intends to introduce legislation on third level fees in the new year.

Protesters at the march in Dublin were mainly students, but they were joined by secondary school pupils, teachers, and activists from leftwing political parties, notably Labour and Sinn Féin.

The size of the crowd seemed to to surprise the gardaí, who deployed the horse unit and dog handlers to patrol the march. It's the first time the garda mounted police have been used in a protest setting, according to some of the veteran marchers present.

The march was peaceful and good humoured, although the gardaí seemed to become jumpy when a section of the crowd started chanting "Shell to Sea!".

Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe has made no statement in response to the march. He is currently in China. Perhaps he is asking the Chinese government for tips on handling student demonstrations?





Caption: YouTube video of Student demonsration against fees. Video

author by Ciarán - WSM (in APC)publication date Wed Oct 22, 2008 14:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Big turn out
Updates on Student anti-fees protest this afternoon (Wed 22nd Oct).
I left the protest just as it was about to begin - there were approx. 3,000 protestors gathered at the Garden of Remembrance and hundreds more (including OAPs) streaming up O'Connell Street to meet them. Plenty of buzz, noise and colours, and, it must be said, a general feeling of resentment towards Bat O'Keefe & crew.....

Updates to follow.

Related Link:
author by Anonpublication date Wed Oct 22, 2008 16:55author address author phone Report this post to the editors

RTE Aertel are reporting up to 10,000 at the protest outside Leinster House and it says about 80 gardai are guarding the main gates of Leinster House on Kildare Street.

author by Mark C - Campaign for Commercial-Free Education (Pers. Caps.)publication date Wed Oct 22, 2008 18:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Activists from many countries around the world are staging simultaneous protests against the commercialism of education (including the paying of fees for third level education) on Nov. 5th.

I think the WSM might be holding an event in Ireland to mark it; certainly FEE (Free Education for Everyone - UCD) have mentioned that they will try to hold an event.

I would be great if other groups did likewise.

A brief update, from an email I received yesterday, on what is happening today and tomorrow and the next day:

* On Oct.22nd (Wednesday) students in Ottawa will go to the Premier's office with a petition against top-up fees containing 20,000 signatures. The group is keen to receive greetings of solidarity via phone (11.15am local time). A few hundred students are expexted. So far they will receive a call from Germany. If any other groups are willing and able to do so, then please contact Iain: --- The Canadians are also willing to call you back, if you give them a ring on Oct.22nd. Since that will be cheaper. Will Canada call Greece?
Maybe just one or two more calls would be great. The majority of "live solidarity greetings" will take place on Nov.5th itself.

* Strikes (also by students) are planned on Oct.23rd in Colombia. Anybody willing to deliver greetings of solidarity on that day? Colombia will receive one call from Germany. Anybody else willing and able to call? And ask them to join activists around the world on Nov.5th as part of the call? Calls are welcome from 9am (local time) onwards.

* Kentucky (U.S. of A.) is looking for groups to call them (via Skype or phone) on Nov.5th to deliver "live greetings of solidarity". Protests in Kentucky will probably be between 11.45am and 1.30pm Please contact Lisa for details:

* You are all asked to put a local event notice on your local indymedia site. See: (scroll down and on the left sidebar search for your local indymedia) --- Activists in Germany are planning to write a feature on Indymedia Germany on Nov.5th.


For more on the call to action on Nov. 5th see:

and will also have a feature especially written for the day.

author by Marky - Ogra Shinn Feinpublication date Fri Oct 24, 2008 02:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Absolutely brilliant turnout

Really great to see so many young people making their voices heard!!

author by Noelpublication date Fri Oct 24, 2008 17:04author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I see in one of the pictures there are five lads with black body paint spelling out NO FEE. What happened to the S? Was there someone wandering around alone with just an S on his chest, looking for his mates and trying to explain to people what he was up to?

© 2001-2019 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy