Upcoming Events

Dublin | Elections / Politics

no events match your query!

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Spirit of Contradiction

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

offsite link Officials and Provisionals Sat Apr 01, 2017 22:54 | James O'Brien

offsite link Interview with Cathal Goulding Mon Dec 26, 2016 17:11 | Cathal Goulding

offsite link Trump, Russia and the CIA Sat Dec 10, 2016 18:23 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Daniel McConnell: Happy to wear establishment blinkers

offsite link State failing in its duty to enforce law Anthony

offsite link Elaine Byrne/Fergus Finlay: Afraid to condemn their own? Anthony

offsite link Jobstown trial exposes mainstream bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Blatant censorship and manipulation of news Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression Sat Aug 19, 2017 15:04 | The Saker
By Jeremy Malcolm, Cindy Cohn, and Danny O’Brien for The Electronic Frontier Foundation In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for

offsite link The Deep State gives Trump a spanking Sat Aug 19, 2017 03:12 | The Saker

offsite link Barcelona ? The Hypocrisy of Sorrow Sat Aug 19, 2017 03:06 | The Saker
by Peter Koenig Barcelona, 17 August, 5 PM ? a white van plows with 70 km/h into a mass of pedestrians, many of them tourists, on the famous Rambla, in

offsite link Cooperative Authors ? The Killing of William Browder: Deconstructing Bill Browder?s Dangerous Decept... Sat Aug 19, 2017 00:23 | amarynth
The Saker: Today I want to introduce you to a book whose importance simply cannot be overstated: The Killing of William Browder: Deconstructing Bill Browder’s Dangerous Deception by Alex Krainer. 

offsite link The Neocons are pushing the USA and the rest of the world towards a dangerous crisis Fri Aug 18, 2017 04:37 | The Saker
This analysis was written for the Unz Review. First, my writing on the wall In October of last year a wrote an analysis I entitled The USA are about to

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link Ireland?s violation of International Abortion rights: A perpetual Déjà vu. Sat Jul 29, 2017 18:49 | admin

offsite link Call for Papers: Irish Yearbook of International Law Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:54 | Fiona de Londras

offsite link Understanding the Increases in Direct Provision Allowance for Asylum Seekers Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:31 | Liam Thornton

offsite link Ireland?s Failing Abortion Law: Statutory Interpretation, Human Rights and the Detention of Pregnant... Tue Jun 13, 2017 17:08 | admin

offsite link RIA Conference on Human Rights and the Social Sciences, June 22nd. Thu Jun 01, 2017 16:59 | admin

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Irish Election Analysis

category dublin | elections / politics | opinion/analysis author Thursday February 24, 2011 19:22author by Peter Geoghegan - Bella Caledonia Report this post to the editors

Beyond the political and financial classes, Irish people’s response to the crisis has surprised many on the Left, especially in the UK. Looking to riots in Greece last year, and more tangentially, the revolts spreading like wildfire across the Middle East, why, they ask, has Ireland not been more restive? Why, with joblessness running at over 13% and 1,000 people emigrating every week, did it take two years, and the intervention of the IMF, for mass street protests to take place? Where is the anger, why has Yeats’s ‘passionate intensity’ been monopolized by Fine Gael, a party of the rural and middle classes?

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

W.B. Yeats – The Second Coming

Growing up in Ireland in the mid-1990s, Sherriff Street, a rundown thoroughfare nestled in the heart of Dublin’s north inner city, had a reputation as one of Ireland’s toughest neighbourhoods. U2 wrote songs about the area’s putative fighting qualities; parents spoke of it sotto voce; while Dublin City Council abandoned Sherriff Street to the drug pushers and increasingly violent street gangs who insured its name remained prominent in the collective (un)conscious.

Much of Sherriff Street no longer exists. The grim flat complexes (all low rise – Dublin had strict height restrictions on city centre developments, at least until multinational banking groups ‘encouraged’ city burghers to re-think its policy on this, and much else) were leveled as part of the massive Docklands development, began around fifteen years ago.

Driving through Dublin’s Docklands on the eve of what the Irish commentariat (and others) have billed as ‘the most important election since Independence’, is a salutary experience. Sherriff Street is now a long, empty road bisecting a patchwork of half-finished flat complexes and waste ground; Lefebvrian representations of space, physical manifestations of the crony capitalism that has left Ireland decimated and in effective control of its suited and booted IMF/ECB overlords.

At the end of Sherriff Street, near the North Wall and the entrance to Dublin’s neglected Port – the docks that gave the area its name were quickly forgotten amid the rush to build luxury flats, offices and corporate headquarters – sits the biggest white elephant of them all: the Anglo-Irish headquarters. This garish half-completed shell, steel and concrete popping out at odd angles, was to be the glittering new home of the favourite financial watering hole for the Celtic Tiger’s legion of whiskey priests, the myriad property developers.

Related Link: http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2011/02/24/irish-election-...2011/
author by southern comfort - nonepublication date Thu Feb 24, 2011 21:07Report this post to the editors

Plenty of anger all around, Peter, but also no burning desire to be led by sloganeers who have no better way out of the mess. "To the barricades, comrades - but I'll stay in here tweeting with a nice latte" sort of thing.

author by Sean O'Bloggspublication date Fri Feb 25, 2011 05:18Report this post to the editors

The Docklands was a major area of property development before and during the celtic tiger. The constituency in which it happened had communities adversely affected by the development. Long before that some of the dangerous slum Georgean tenement houses were homes to some of the most economically deprived people on the island of Ireland. Sheriff Street and other families around the constituency fell into a poverty trap when containerisation rapidly made hundreds of dockers redundant. Since the 1970s the constituency has produced, at local and in a couple of cases Dail level, active public representatives such as Tony Gregory, Christy Burke and Joe Costello. The constituency has also thrown up some dynamic activists in the social work sector, like Mick Rafferty and co-workers.

Don't despair - organize!

There are other hard-ridden constituencies around Ireland. People in them should emulate the political example of Dublin North Central and vote for those candidates who have a proven track record in social activism.

author by Raincoatpublication date Sat Feb 26, 2011 14:59Report this post to the editors

For those interested in the nitty gritty of the election, there is a spreadsheet linked to from politics.ie which you can download and fill in the count results as they come in and it will generate summaries and totals for you.

To download page is:
http://www.4shared.com/document/XTd1SGCd/Election2011Re....html

Related Link: http://www.politics.ie/elections/153678-election-2011-r....html
 
© 2001-2017 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