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category national | rights, freedoms and repression | news report author Tuesday March 23, 2010 16:43author by Niamh Heery Report this post to the editors

New Short Documentary on Irish Activists

Part one of an ongoing documentary project on activism by Niamh Heery and Eric Dolan of SwanSong Films, Dublin.

This documentary features five of Ireland's most prominent political activists of the last decade, and explores their personal reasons for pursuing political justice, the impact that such a devotion has on their private lives and what they hope to achieve with the protests and campaigns that their lives have been tied to.

Filmed over two years, from 2006- 2007, the film serves as both a historical document and a testament to the ongoing work that these people do. Looking back at the period now also gives perspective and space to evaluate the progress and impediment of some of the key Irish movements of the past decade. Activists featured in the film are Margaretta D'Arcy, Colm Roddy, Joshua Casteel, Ciaran O'Reilly and Vincent McGrath. Many thanks to all for participation. Comments are more than welcome!

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author by Mairtin MacMaolainpublication date Tue Apr 20, 2010 22:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Excellent film- well done!! hope that you are able and willing to make many more of them!! They are capable of inspiring others to explore the road of activism and surely that is what we need in these days...plant the seeds and the fruits will follow

author by Dermot Laceypublication date Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:33author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Not sure if some people on Indymedia would welcome this comment but I thought the film was a beautiful piece of work that highlighted real values of decency and justice that should be at the heart of the Socialist/Social Democratic agenda.

author by Plato - Live in hopepublication date Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

What should be at the heart of Socialism is the provision of vital services free at the point of delivery. A concept that is usually beyond PD types and faux socialists.

author by Dermot Laceypublication date Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Ah Plato you did not let me down. I was expecting your comment - not necessarily from you but from someone.

To repeat I am not a Socialist. I am a Social Democrat and a happy member of the broad Socialist family. There are aspects across the spectrum of the Left where i lean more one way than the other but in general Social Democracy defines me.

Above all I am a pragmatist. I believe in delivering real improvements to make life better for my community. i will satnd up my record to many on the far left for scrutiny any time. Of course I have done that by seeking re-election in 1999, 2004 and 2009 and the response has been reasonably favourable from my point of view. Perhaps you don't like democracy. I do.

I also liked the film - which is where I came in.

author by Plato - ABLpublication date Fri Apr 23, 2010 09:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Nobody with a modicum of decency has the slightest interest in you or your ego, all that we seek is that you get honest and join the PDs or Fine Gael where your ideology will receive a welcome. You insult the name of the founding fathers of the Labour moverment with your neo-con ideology. Following the passing of the disgraceful budget that removed the waiver, which attacked the income of most vulnerable in our community-who have already suffered a cut in income at the hands of your bedfellows in govenrment- the Indo reported you as follows,
"Labour's Dermot Lacey said the budget was something to be proud of given the state of the economy. The budget with the changes to the waiver was pushed through 32 votes to 16"
Proud of taking food out of the mouths of the poorest? you creep. Crawl away from Labour and stop besmirching its good name. Lacey and Labour in the one sentence is a sickening sight.

author by Dermot Laceypublication date Fri Apr 23, 2010 09:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors


You know, except clearly you are not honest enough to admit it, that Councillors now have no control over waste issues. That is down to the only victory that you and your like had, the removal of these powers from Councillors.

When we did have those powers and in particular when I had the power, I used my casting vote to protect the waiver. That is honest representation - something which sadly Far Left posters no little about as you wallow in your own self generated purity and uselessness..

I am proud to be a member of a Party founded by James Connolly and Jim Larkin and led so hounourably during our key founding days by Tom Johnson - one of the true greats of the Irish Left.

author by Plato - ABLpublication date Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Now you are telling us that Connolly would have voted away a waiver scheme for the most vulnerable in our community.!!! Your dishonesty is boundless and sickening.

author by Dermot Laceypublication date Fri Apr 23, 2010 14:39author address author phone Report this post to the editors


You are either lieing or you do not know what you are talking about>

I voted to protect a waiver you and your colleagues are responsible for the power to protect the waiver being taken out of our hands. By the way it would also be a bit honest of you to post under your real name and identify yourself. i am prepared to do so.

author by Interested observerpublication date Fri Apr 23, 2010 14:48author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Do you not remember voting for the abolition of the waiver just before Christmas? If this has slipped your mind, it raises seriously questions about your priorities...

author by Dermot Laceypublication date Fri Apr 23, 2010 15:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Clearly you are not very Observant at all:

1) There was no vote on this issue.

2) Even if there was a vote it would have made no difference as the power on this was removed from us. This was ensured by the Far left.

3) When we did have the power I did vote to protect the waiver and we did do.

author by Platopublication date Mon Apr 26, 2010 09:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Why do you repeatedly deny that you support the imposition of charges? In the case of the bin charges, it was obvious to anyone with more than two brain cells that waivers would be abolished when the charges bedded in. This is a report carried after the council meeting of the 21st Dec last.

“Dublin City Council (DCC) last night voted to increase rent in social housing, to raise bin charges and to remove waivers on bin charges for poorer tenants.
At its budget meeting last night, councillors elected to DCC voted to introduce a range of measures which will impact the living standards of many of Dublin's poor. Councillors agreed to increase waste collection standing charges by €5 from €91 to €96 for the 240 litre grey bin, and by €4 from €74 to €78 for the 140 litre grey bin.”

Is this report incorrect? Stop trying to hide behind the “reserved function” smokescreen, the fact is that you voted to adopt the budget which included the removal of the waiver. It is time you left the Labour Party and join with those of like mind, maybe you could front a campaign to resurrect the PDs. You and your kind have done, and continue to do, great damage to the Labour movement by hanging around where you do not belong.

author by Dermot Laceypublication date Mon Apr 26, 2010 09:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors


First of all I have never said I am opposed to charges. In fact I have said the opposite. The simple fact is that when Councillors had the power to protect a waiver - we did. The far Left managed to campiagn against such protection

The report you qoute is simply wrong and whats worse I believe you know it to be wrong but it panders to your prejudice so you repeat it.

I am proud of my membership of the Labour Party for over thirty years and for the fact that the voters have returned me to the Council in 1999. 2004 and 2009 having first joined the Council in 1993.

Perhaps Plato it is you who might be wrong and out of touch.


author by Platopublication date Tue Apr 27, 2010 08:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I suppose you can be forgiven on account of your apparent ignorance of the way things work. As pointed put to you, once charges are introduced, things such as waivers soon dissappear. The fact is that such charges work against the principle of wealth distribution and in fact distribute wealth upwards. Have a go at understanding the basics and you will quickly see that you joined the wrong party.
And the recent report on litter, which paints a picture of a heavily littered state, clearly shows that we now have the worst of all worlds regarding refuse. Again, this outcome was clearly flagged in advance of the decision to impose charges. The same will happen when water charges are introduced, the most vulnerable will see their access to water impeded as happened in the UK. but than that sort of thing shouldn't bother a neo-con ideologue.

And your defending of a Fianna Fail Minister, who removed certain powers from democratically elected representatives, by suggesting that people from the "left" somehow are responsible, is pathetic but it underlines where your ideological allegiances really lie.

author by Dermot Laceypublication date Tue Apr 27, 2010 09:52author address author phone Report this post to the editors


You really do demonstrate and your cowardice by continuing to hid behind a false identity. The simple fact is that I do support charges as do very many other people. The far left in Ireland of course are more interested in ideological purity than actually helping people.

The second fact is that the Far Left and your allies in FF did manage to have the power on this issue removed from Councillors. That is why part of the waiver has gone. Accept your responsibility for this. I repeat when we had the Power I voted to protect the waiver the far left voted against. We saved it when we could because of the actions of your Comrades it has partially gone.

I will accept the judgement of my comrades in Labour and the electorate to determine if I should remain a Labour Public Representative not the silly postings of a clearly a silly poster.

author by children_of_lirpublication date Thu Apr 29, 2010 13:28author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I don't know anyone here and I'm not taking sides, however there are many reasons why people use pseudonyms and it is their right to do so.

I encourage my children to never put their names on the internet.

A valid argument should stand up on its own.

Benjamin Franklin one of the fathers of the American Revolution employed a pseudonym: he called himself Poor Richard. He was no coward, he was a hero in the fight for independence - he put his life on the line.

author by Petrapublication date Thu Apr 29, 2010 23:11author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Would some kind person link me on to the thread i am looking for instead of deleting my requests ,

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