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Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link GOTTA LOVE THIS COUNTRY 18:11 Wed Apr 16, 2014

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offsite link PLAYING OUT THE STRING WITH THE ANGLO TRIAL 18:16 Sun Apr 13, 2014

offsite link Care and Social Reproduction - Dublin Anarchist Bookfair 12 April 2014 09:58 Sat Apr 12, 2014

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Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Opening the Low-Low Corporate Tax Rate Door Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:55 | Michael Taft

offsite link April Edition of The Socialist Voice is Out Now Mon Apr 07, 2014 09:38 | Communist Party of Ireland

offsite link Sheehy Skeffington School, Saturday April 12th in Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse S... Mon Apr 07, 2014 09:15 | Irish Left Review

offsite link New LookLeft out now! Fri Apr 04, 2014 18:23 | Irish Left Review

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Human Rights in Ireland
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offsite link Open for Applications: LLM in International Human Rights in UCD Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:08 | Liam Thornton

offsite link UCD Seminar: The March to Marriage Equality in the U.S.: What a difference a Decade Makes! Thu Apr 17, 2014 09:29 | Liam Thornton

offsite link A Franco-Irish discussion on marriage equality at NUI Galway Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:34 | Eoin Daly

offsite link Is Corporation Tax A Human Rights Issue? Tue Apr 15, 2014 16:48 | Charles O'Mahony

offsite link #DirectProvision14: Photography Exhibition ?One year on, and still no change? Tue Apr 15, 2014 09:38 | GuestPost

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NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

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offsite link Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake

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national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Monday March 31, 2014 - 09:33 by I. Greene   text 1 comment (last - friday april 04, 2014 - 23:33)
Not unexpectedly Martin Callinan was forced to stand down as head of the Gardai on 25th March 2014. Throughout 2013 I have written a number of articles concerning malpractices within the Garda organisation and particularly the questionable management style of (former) Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. While Callinan was eventually forced from office, the ‘mess’ created during his term will take years to cleanse, indeed if ever. That will only happen when there is accountability. Amongst the outstanding bad practice issues are multiple claims of Gardai mishandling of a number of serious cases involving abduction, assault and murder that are being presently looked at by a Senior Barrister and now we are told that people have been maliciously prosecuted previously, it is frightening. However, if former Garda Wilson or others are in possession of such detail he must divulge it to the relevant authority.
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A picture is worth 1000 words but was this one worth 20,000 euro of taxpayers money?
national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / other press Monday March 24, 2014 - 14:56 by fred   image 1 image
broadsheet.ie have put together a great timelline for the activities of Irish water thus far. It makes for very interesting reading. That is, If you are into reading about how our lords and masters and their capitalist friends are taking us for a ride at our own expense and the loss of what should be very basic state run services that should never be run as for profit services. After reading this expect it to be your blood and not the kettle that is boiling! ... read full story / add a comment
Simulation of a radioactive leak of Cesium from Hinkley Point B
national / environment / press release Thursday March 20, 2014 - 23:28 by Friends of Irish Environment   image 1 image
FRIENDS OF THE IRISH ENVIRONMENT - PRESS RELEASE - 20 MARCH 2014

A United Nations Committee has found there is a 'profound suspicion of non-compliance' over the United Kingdom's failure to undertake trans-boundary consultations for the construction of a new nuclear plant in Somerset, England.

The investigation has been undertaken by the Implementation Committee of the United Nations Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context [Espoo]. ... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / other press Tuesday February 18, 2014 - 23:28 by O. O'C   text 3 comments (last - friday february 28, 2014 - 18:55)
THE PEOPLE’S NEWS contains comment on developments in the EU from an Irish and democratic perspective

Back issues of the newsletter are available from the website http://www.people.ie/

The Peoples Movement Blog http://www.irishreferendum.org/

The Peoples Movement Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/peoplesmovementireland?ref=hl ... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-capitalism / other press Sunday February 16, 2014 - 23:43 by fred   text 2 comments (last - monday february 17, 2014 - 20:44)   image 1 image
Stephen Donnelly, in an aticle in the independent has highlighted the government's complete lack of interest in the 13,000 mortgage holders from Irish Nationwide. In an excellent article he bares the reality of how current government's neo liberal ideology takes precedence over the suffering of families in mortgage arrears and how foreign vulture capitalists are allowed to get a large discount on these houses but the families actually living in them and supporting the local economy are prevented from getting the option of such a discount ... read full story / add a comment
Garda Ombudsman, under fire from forces of corruption?
national / crime and justice / feature Saturday February 15, 2014 - 02:20 by fred   text 11 comments (last - tuesday february 25, 2014 - 22:53)   image 4 images   video 2 video files   audio 1 audio file
It was suspected that offices of the GSOC (garda siochana ombudsman commission) were being bugged. Shrouded in secrecy, they brought in specialists from the UK under advice from their equivalent body in the UK, the IPCC. These specialists did a high tech sweep of their offices under cover of darkness and a report was created which suggests that it was extremely likely that highly sophisticated bugging of the office had occurred. Government and high ranking gardai have closed ranks and are trying to spin this as a problem with GSOC instead of addressing the strong possibility that GSOC was bugged and who would want to do that and have access to do so except the gardai themselves. If true this is a grave issue. It is believed in some circles that this bugging may be related to investigations by GSOC into the case of large scale heroin importer Boylan who it is alleged has been working with gardai and has "magically" evaded conviction in the face of overwhelming evidence of trafficking huge amounts of drugs. This affair may go right to the top and has the potential to sink this government ... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / event notice Friday February 14, 2014 - 22:55 by Irish Antiwar   image 1 image
Called by Irish Anti War Movement & Peace and Neutrality Alliance. Supported by Galway Alliance Against War, Shannon Watch, Richard Boyd Barrett TD, People before Profit, Rev. Patrick Comerford, President CND, and Dylan Tighe, Irish Artists for Margaretta, Cindy Sheehan (who will send message), Mary Lou McDonald TD, Clare Daly TD, Joan Collins TD. ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / event notice Tuesday February 04, 2014 - 17:34 by Sue Anthony
On the heels of the recent global outcry condemning the brutal and inhumane dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is inviting supporters and all concerned individuals to join with us and our Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians in targeted demonstrations on February 14, 2014 against Taiji’s brutal capture and slaughter of dolphins.

On February 14, 2014, from 12 noon - 3pm. Sea Shepherd Ireland will be holding a gathering at the Embassy of Japan in DUBLIN to stand in solidarity with the Cove Guardians in demanding an end to the bloodshed in Taiji. Sea Shepherd invites anyone who cares about dolphins to join us for peaceful “World Love for Dolphins” gathering on Valentine’s Day to raise our voices for the dolphins. On a day meant to celebrate love, we will show Japan the love felt by the people of the world for dolphins.

“St. Valentine’s Day" is the perfect time to stand with Sea Shepherd Ireland at the Embassy of Japan and tell the Japanese government that the world holds dolphins very near and dear to our hearts and we will not tolerate this brutal slaughter by a small group of men who are dishonoring Japan to sell dolphins to the captive industry. We hope that you will turn out to show your love for dolphins and ask Japan to end the needless killing,” said Susan Hartland, Administrative Director, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / anti-war / feature Thursday January 23, 2014 - 00:14 by Justin Morahan   text 28 comments (last - saturday march 22, 2014 - 22:08)   image 2 images   video 1 video file
Magaretta D'Arcy, a 79 year old peace activist who is also undergoing cancer treatment was arrested at home in Galway but NOT for bankrupting the country and saddling it with billions of debt, NOT for corruption and other white collar crime, but for the crime of having a conscience and actually caring about her fellow human beings. That's correct. In this country you can destroy it in all sorts of ways and you will be fine as no banker, politician, developer, bond holder or other types of people who have been involved in economically destroying this country, and causing widespread austerity, hardship and misery which in itself has led to many suicides and so forth. None of these people have come before the courts or been jailed. However for the really serious crimes of still having your humanity at 79 and doing something about it instead of shutting up and doing nothing, for these crimes, the state will bring the full force of the law against you and will always find some narrow argument to shut out the wider context of your action, to convict you and get you quickly behind bar. In that way the state quickly ensures that this dangerous contagion doesn't spread and it serves as a lesson to all as to what might happen to them. ... read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday January 13, 2014 - 22:02 by john throne
The military campaign of the Republican groups was a failure. Some of us said this would be the case from the start. But some of us who did so did not put enough emphasis on the need to struggle for an international solution to the problems facing Ireland. This article seeks to put this right. It also seeks to look at the North and borders and the future taking into account the changes that have taken place and considering alternatives. A socialist united Ireland? Is this possible if the socialist revolution does not start first in England, Scotland and Wales and spread to Ireland North and South? Is it possible that the revolution could unfold in a way that would leave significant divisions in the working class and make the move to a socialist united Ireland not immediately possible? Perhaps some sort of Canton system like exists in Switzerland would be necessary for a time. Can the socialist revolution start first in the North given the deep division made worse by the past 40 years.? ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / event notice Sunday January 12, 2014 - 19:49 by June Kelly
David’s essays are published regularly on CounterPunch, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he’s really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.

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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / press release Wednesday January 08, 2014 - 22:28 by David Gross   text 2 comments (last - sunday january 12, 2014 - 12:24)   1 attached file
The Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes is one of dozens of grassroots tax resistance struggles featured in a new book that is designed to help such campaigns to succeed. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday January 06, 2014 - 15:29 by Nick Cullen   text 2 comments (last - sunday march 02, 2014 - 12:51)   image 1 image
Ireland's future agricultural interests are clearly best served by promoting and producing clean organic GM free food for which there is an increasing market and higher margins. So why are key figures pushing a pro GM agenda? ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / opinion/analysis Monday January 06, 2014 - 14:34 by fred
Sometimes a song can encapsulate our predicament so much better than a dry old article ever could. Here's a gem from Mick Blake that sums up our situation under a right wing neo liberal FG Labour pro privatisation EU ass kissing government in January 2014 after having been previously sold out by a series of right wing neo liberal pro privatisation EU ass kissing corrupt FF governments ... read full story / add a comment
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national / bin tax/household tax/water tax / other press Saturday December 21, 2013 - 10:39 by anon   text 3 comments (last - wednesday january 01, 2014 - 11:55)   image 1 image
Luke Ming Flanagan had done his research. He knew that the word ‘piss’ was not a banned word within the rarified and sensitive environs of Dail Eireann. He had checked out the Consumer Act in order to bolster his political point.

He then planned and carried out a very clever and effective political stunt to guarantee maximum publicity.

Flanagan wanted to highlight the fact that the Government was planning to charge people for the ‘privilege’ of drinking contaminated water. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Wednesday December 18, 2013 - 21:48 by foie
Latest Connemara fish farm could lead to EU daily fines. Government reported to EU

An environmental group has reported the resumption of fish farming in Kilkiernan Bay on the north shore of Galway Bay to the European Commission.

Friends of the Irish Environment, whose submission in June 2013 is being considered by the Commission as part of the reopening of the investigation into sea lice and salmon, have published the REQUEST FOR IMMEDIATE MEASURES AGAINST IRELAND FOR RENEWED AND UNASSESSED SALMON FARMING IN IRELAND IN KILKIERAN/CILL CHIARÁIN BAY NATURA 2000 SITE on their website.

According to a statement from the group ‘The reopening of these sites in Kilkieran Bay using expired licences is in direct contradiction of the European Court Judgment against Ireland in 2007 and, if sustained, could lead to daily fines against Ireland.’

A 2007 court judgment found that Ireland has not properly assessed aquaculture operations that might impact on protected bird life as this is required even for renewals. The site at Ardmore Point, Kilkieran Bay, was licensed in 2002 without any assessment and abandoned in 2009 because of high sea lice levels and pancreatic disease. The licences expired in 2012.

FIE’s Report alleges that the Government is deeply involved in the renewed operations. ‘The company involved, Bradon Beo Teo., was established with Údarás na Gaelteachta, the State Regional Authority, direct funding of €750,000 in 2012.’ The group has provided an accountant’s report which shows that through direct shareholding and part ownership of other shareholders, the State through Údarás is the effective controller of the Company ... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday December 18, 2013 - 20:33 by O. O'C.   video 2 video files
“Ireland holds the undesirable position of being the only country currently undergoing a banking crisis that features among the top-ten of costliest banking crises along all three dimensions [..fiscal cost, increase in debt and output loss..], making it the costliest banking crisis in advanced economies since at least the Great Depression. And the crisis in Ireland is still ongoing”
(Laeven and Valencia, 2012: 19-20)

“That in what pertains to the control of credit the constant and predominant aim shall be the welfare of the people as a whole”
Bunreacht na hÉireann, Article 45, Directive Principles of Social Policy ... read full story / add a comment
national / eu / other press Sunday December 15, 2013 - 22:52 by O. O'C.   text 1 comment (last - thursday december 26, 2013 - 22:57)
• Number of people employed: Down by 13 per cent since January 2008.

• Number of people unemployed: Up from 107,000 in January 2008 to 296,300 today.

• Annualised domestic growth rate: –1.2 per cent.

• Net emigration: The number of people leaving the country is higher than the number coming in by 35,000. Gross emigration was more than 80,000 last year alone. In six years it went from the highest net immigration level in Europe to the highest emigration, overtaking the Baltic states and Kosovo. Meanwhile a group of students and other young people in Dublin has launched a campaign called “We’re not leaving” after the Government sent out letters encouraging young people to seek jobs abroad.

• Government deficit as a proportion of GDP: 7.3 per cent.

• Public debt: 121 per cent of GDP in 2013, up from 91 per cent in 2010 and 105 per cent in 2011.

• Household debt: 200 per cent of GDP. There are people living on €50 per week or less after paying their bills. We have had eight austerity budgets since 2008; in the community sector there have been cuts of 35 to 40 per cent.

• Value of assets underpinning household debt: –56 per cent since the crisis began.

•Mortgages in arrears for more than six months: 17 per cent of all mortgages. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Friday December 13, 2013 - 18:08 by sf   image 1 image
In the wake of Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Simon Coveney's upcoming decision on whether or not to grant the state agency for fishing and aquaculture in Ireland, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, licenses for fish farms in Galway Bay, Slow Food International has reaffirmed its position on intensive fish farms.

Slow Food does not consider open net pen fish farms an environmentally sound practice, Piero Sardo, President of the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, confirms. "Open net pen aquaculture is not a solution to the problem of overfishing: It damages natural ecosystems on a local and a global level, including wild stocks, habitats and water quality. Feeding carnivorous salmon in farms means other wild species must also be harvested, resulting in a larger carbon footprint - since the fish feed must be fished, processed and transported". ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Thursday December 12, 2013 - 10:32 by foie
The revised wind guidelines published today by the Minister for Environment do not address most of the key issues concerning windfarms and fail to provide any detail on the single issue of noise and flicker they do address

The document is described as a ‘work in progress’, with the details of noise yet to be settled.

These ‘details’ include special locations, the impact of cumulative noise, the noise prediction methods to be used, the inspection and monitoring regime on foot of complaints under EU regulations and any remedial actions. In fact, it is the type of insidious noise that is the issue for residents more than the level, which is all these Guidelines address. ... read full story / add a comment
UK Indymedia Features

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offsite link Women's battle against undercover policing: Week of Action Wed Mar 12, 2014 17:08 | Police Spies Out of Lives | en

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offsite link New squatting law starts to crumble - Keep squatting! Mon Nov 11, 2013 20:31 | imc-uk & housing war | en

offsite link Attack on The Casa Fri Nov 08, 2013 16:32 | UK Indymedia | en

offsite link Tower Hamlets - Round Two Sat Aug 24, 2013 08:10 | Jo Makepeace | en

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