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For Lefties too Stubborn to Quit
More on brain scans and the differences, or not, between men and women? 03:46 Thu Dec 05, 2013 | guestposter
As for the unions? 13:44 Wed Dec 04, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Official Republican Movement ? Speech at Edentubber Commemoration 2013 10:43 Wed Dec 04, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
What you want to say? Open Thread, of 4th December 2013 07:42 Wed Dec 04, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Brain scans and ?good? mothers? 19:02 Tue Dec 03, 2013 | WorldbyStorm
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
5 Harbourmaster Place - Dublin Tardis 22:18 Wed Dec 04, 2013
Wilt thou not chase the white whale! art not game for Moby Dick? 12:01 Wed Dec 04, 2013
Solidarity Books Launch: Sins of the Father 2nd Ed. by Dr Conor McCabe 09:24 Fri Nov 29, 2013
Using ?Legal Obstacles? like Barricades in the Class War 11:23 Mon Nov 25, 2013
EVEN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL IS TALKING ABOUT INEQUALITY? 10:38 Mon Nov 25, 2013
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left
New LookLeft in shops now! Wed Dec 04, 2013 09:38 | Irish Left Review
We?re Starving Public Services and Social Protection But All We Get is Demands f... Tue Dec 03, 2013 17:39 | Michael Taft
and yet /we must live/ in these times Tue Dec 03, 2013 15:18 | Sarah Clancy
A Progressive Tax System? The Poor Pay as Much Tax as High Income Groups? Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:28 | Michael Taft
The Bombing War Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:10 | Seán Sheehan
Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake
Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake
Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake
Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake
A shot at bias in the media
Separating the News from the Noise Thu Apr 04, 2013 21:14
Blessed with nothing but good intentions Fri Feb 22, 2013 18:04
The Household Charge - How They Failed to Shape Our Perspectives Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:48
The web's political rainbow Wed Dec 07, 2011 09:47
The Forgotten Constituency: The Majority and The Irish Economic Crisis Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:49
Margaretta and Naill are due to attend Ennis District Court on Monday 2nd December 2013 at 11 am, to face the totally absurd charge that they
“DID INTERFERE WITH THE PROPER USE OF THAT AIRPORT BY GOING ON THE RUNWAY WITHOUT PERMISSION.” ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / feature Thursday November 14, 2013 - 22:47 by Fracking watch 1 comment (last - friday november 15, 2013 - 18:14) 2 images 1 audio file
The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring an invite only fracking workshop in London this Friday 15th Nov 2013 as part of its long term plan to introduce fracking in Ireland. It has already commissioned research to help 'determine best practice guidelines to regulate the shale gas industry in Ireland' (all their own words). There is no hint here fracking will NOT be allowed whatever the findings. This same body though is immune from prosecution under Irish law (See Box 1 below) making a mockery of it's regulatory role. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / news report Thursday November 14, 2013 - 00:13 by Tom C 1 video file 1 audio file
In a case even a rightwinger would support, Milnes Foods strikers are continuing their work stoppages .While progress has been made in areas, the right to collective bargaining, union representation, pro-rata pay for the cleaners and mechanics are some of the outstanding issues in this bitter dispute between some seventeen or so brave SIPTU strikers and the company of Milne Foods, of Birr in Co. Offaly. A Labour Court hearing is lated for December 12th. They are on one day work stoppages each Friday from now to Christmas, support from all would be appreciated.
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national / environment / other press Thursday November 07, 2013 - 22:23 by T 3 comments (last - friday november 08, 2013 - 20:03) 1 image 1 attached file
The plan for a huge number of wind turbines is not just running into trouble. It seems it could turn out to be a bit of a white elephant. The drive is coming from the UK because the population density is so high they are running into continual problems with objections and as a result they are unable to meet their own promised obligations for the percentage of renewable energy. But they have done a deal with the Irish government to use the 'empty' midlands of Ireland to build thousands of wind turbines and transfer the power by cable to the UK.
To many these seems like corporate colonialism and the though of all the billions in investment with the chance to then quickly sell complete wind farms on has all the worst kinds of people involved and the Irish government and their friends have been so eager to get hands on this that the Irish government has incredibly not even carried out a Cost Benefit Analysis of the whole thing.
With wind farms if the site is not windy enough and too many turbines are put on the site, it can result in a situation where they do not meet the targets for power output and hence revenue and it can result in the venture not covering its costs properly -i.e. making a loss. This has happened quite a bit in the interior locations of various countries as the strongest and most consistent wind generally occurs on coastal sites. And Colm McCarthy, the ‘Bord Snip’ economist, has already described the drive to build wind farms all over Ireland as another potential ‘Nama’. ... read full story / add a comment
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has written to management of Glenveagh National Park expressing its concern that large areas of sensitive habitat are being destroyed illegally and for commercial purposes. The Park, which is one of only six in Ireland and is home to rare species such as the Golden Eagle, Red Grouse and Red Deer is of immense biodiversity, landscape and economic value. The IWT surveyed four areas in October of this year where machines were being used to extract large volumes of turf on a commercial scale. There is also extensive illegal dumping of tyres and household debris within the boundary of the Park. New drains have been created, designed to dry out the blanket bog habitat to facilitate turf extraction. Blanket bog is a priority habitat under the EU Habitats Directive and the affected areas lie not only in the National Park but within zones designated as Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area. The IWT believes that this is occurring without any regulation or controls but has asked the NPWS to clarify this. To-date we have received no response. In addition, blanket bog habitats lie outside the scope of the much discussed Management and Restoration Plan being discussed by the Peatlands Council (dedicated to midland raised bogs only). ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / event notice Sunday November 03, 2013 - 22:19 by anon 2 comments (last - monday november 25, 2013 - 07:49) 1 image 1 attached file
The People's Movement and the Peace and Neutrality Alliance are holding a conference on The EU - the Military Dimension.
Speakers include Tony Bunyan of Statewatch, Frank Slijper of the Dutch Campaign Against the Arms Trade and Filipe Ferreira of the Portuguese Council for Peace & Cooperation and the World Peace Council
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The labeling "Responsibly Farmed" on farmed salmon in Irish Supermarket Chains is a complete contradiction. Why you may ask? In the nutshell, science has proven the negative impacts Salmon Farms have on native species of juvenile sea trout and salmon. It is far from Responsible to place a salmon farm on any coastline in the direct migratory path of native species. Salmon farms have proven to be connected to the mass decline of sea trout and salmon in many river systems around the world. Lets not forget the famous sea trout collapse in Connemara after they placed salmon farms along the West Coast of Ireland back in the 80's. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / feature Saturday October 19, 2013 - 14:07 by T 9 comments (last - friday november 29, 2013 - 18:34) 11 images
The future is not good for pensions and the further away you are from retirement the bleaker is the prospect that you will get anything like you have paid in. A number of factors have come into play to cause major trouble and nearly all of these affect the underlying basic fundamentals required for a pension system to work and along with the continual counter coup to remove the social gains of the past century by the financial elite, the prospects remain grim. ... read full story / add a comment
The amount of methane released into the atmosphere during shale gas drills is disputed, with one new industry-funded report suggesting it could be less than previously thought.
But asked whether there should be mandatory testing for methane leaks at European shale drills, Jos Delbeke, the director of the European Commission’s climate department told EurActiv: “We must know what the methane emissions are going to be.”
“Either the companies are going to put it on the table or a regulation is going to come at the European level,” he added. “I leave that open.”
Delbeke was speaking on 3 October at a presentation for a new methane emissions report by Dr David Allen, organised by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) in Brussels.
Methane is a greenhouse gas at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a shorter 100-year period. Scientists believe that it could be particularly dangerous trigger for global warming feedback loops.
The issue of how to regulate it could be crucial, as Brussels weighs the wisdom of a legislative package for shale gas, ahead of an announcement planned for this December.
The EU executive could decide on a standalone instrument such as a new directive, amendments to existing legislation, or ‘soft guidance’ to industry in the form of voluntary obligations.
As a taster of what lies ahead, the European parliament will next week vote on forcing shale gas firms to undertake Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) before drills can begin. ... read full story / add a comment
LEAF and Claiming Our Future invite you to participate in an event to discuss production and distribution of renewable energy and energy conservation. The intention is to identify priorities to include in a People’s Charter on Renewable Energy.
Our dependence on fossil fuels makes for an unsustainable economy and society. This dependence leaves our economy and all of us at the mercy of rising global energy prices. This contributes to an ever-increasing cost of living and people living in poverty find it increasingly difficult to meet their energy needs. ... read full story / add a comment
national / workers issues / event notice Wednesday October 02, 2013 - 23:12 by pbp 1 comment (last - sunday october 13, 2013 - 23:13) 5 images
Assembling at 1 pm on Saturday 12th October at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin, to march to the GPO.
The budget for 2014 is expected to take yet another €3 billion out of the economy, at a rate of two to one in favour of cuts over taxation. This will affect health, education, social protection and community services. It will not create one new job.
Alternative sources of revenue exist: ... read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / event notice Friday September 27, 2013 - 16:10 by getouttamyhead 1 comment (last - tuesday october 01, 2013 - 23:55) 1 image
Thought-provoking American lawyer Ellen Brown, author of 12 books, two of them bestsellers on finance, will headline a day-long forum on economic options for Ireland with a presentation at the Springfield Hotel in Leixlip, Co. Kildare on October 12.
The program for the day includes presentations from Jamie Dowling, originator of an internet-based concept called Eirebank, Anthony Migchels, the Dutch promoter of a new interest-free currency, James Devaney, of Leixlip, who will speak on current attempts by government to amalgamate Irish credit unions, and Claire Cullinane, the Cork organizer responsible for helping people facing eviction from their homes.
The Forum will be followed by two additional appearances in Ireland by Brown, author of Web of Debt and The Public Bank Solution. She will speak at the Imperial Hotel, Cork on Oct. 14 (see: here) and again at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Oct. 15. (see: here) ... read full story / add a comment
national / rights and freedoms / feature Friday September 20, 2013 - 16:14 by nmn 20 comments (last - wednesday november 27, 2013 - 23:12) 2 images
The coming referendum on the abolishment of Seanad Éireann would, if passed, remove the existing constitutional right of the President to refer proposed Bills to the people for a referendum. It would pass the initial responsibility of passing Bills into law onto the Dáil alone - a dangerous development, particularly where any ruling party might hold an overall majority. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-capitalism / press release Friday September 13, 2013 - 12:50 by Turing 7 comments (last - monday september 30, 2013 - 11:21) 1 image
In 2012 the attempt by the government to Quebec to introduce a 75% fee hike was defeated by the organisation of a mass student strike that lasted over 6 months. That fee increase was part of the global process of imposing the privatisation and commodification of education. Since the victory, organisers of the strike have been being doing speaking tours to aid the process whereby "youth and students everywhere are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to organize as a means to defend education as a social right". In September this tour reaches Ireland where we need to hear how a sustained and militant student movement that can win is built. ... read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / press release Wednesday September 11, 2013 - 23:22 by ShellToSea 1 image
Eight campaigners are due to appear in Belmullet District Court this Wednesday (11th Sept) charged in relation to protesting against the Corrib Gas project.
Included among the eight campaigners are both Shell to Sea spokespersons Maura Harrington and Terence Conway along with Pobail Chill Chomáin spokesperson John Monaghan.
Also due to appear in court is Gerry Bourke, the farmer who provided the field for the Rossport Solidarity Camp for the last two years.  ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax/household tax / event notice Tuesday September 10, 2013 - 01:48 by anon 10 comments (last - saturday september 21, 2013 - 22:31) 7 images 1 video file
FIVE YEARS after the onset of economic crisis, the policy of bank bail-outs and austerity is a disastrous failure. Unemployment remains at crisis levels and tens of thousands of educated young people leave the country every year.
Over 180,000 people are unable to pay their mortgages; poverty and homelessness are on the rise; and workers’ pay, conditions and rights are under serious attack . Vulnerable groups such as those with disabilities, mental health issues, special needs or lone parents are repeatedly attacked. Our health, education and public services are being cut to ribbons.
We need to come together to co-ordinate resistance to further cuts and austerity taxes in the forthcoming budget. ... read full story / add a comment
Statement from participants in the No Fracking Ireland Network on occasion of Ireland Oil and Gas 2013 Summit
national / environment / opinion/analysis Monday September 09, 2013 - 20:25 by one of NFI 1 comment (last - tuesday september 17, 2013 - 12:32)
Protest taking place on Wednesday September 11th from 11.30am at the Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Stillorgan Road Blackrock / Gathering for public awareness raising at 3.30pm at the Central Bank Plaza, Dame Street
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Launch of the Magdalene Institutions Oral History Archive. Liberty Hall, 12pm - 6pm. hosted by SIPTU, UCD Women's Studies Centre, and National Women's Council of Ireland.
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national / miscellaneous / event notice Wednesday September 04, 2013 - 09:40 by Frank Keoghan 1 comment (last - tuesday september 10, 2013 - 19:29) 1 attached file
The topics this year include:
- Labour in Ireland – Past and Present
- Desmond Greaves’ life and work on the 100th anniversary of his Birth
- Labour, imperialism and the Irish revolution
- Irish Trade Unionism 100 years on from the Great Dublin Lockout
- Women and the Labour Movement since 1913
- The international weakness of the Left in the face of the Economic Crisis
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Wayne Flanagan Tobin, a local independent election candidate who lost his own father to suicide is highlighting the plight of young people for World Suicide Prevention Day 2013. ... read full story / add a comment
Thu Dec 05, 2013 02:55 UK Indymedia Features
New squatting law starts to crumble - Keep squatting! Mon Nov 11, 2013 20:31 | imc-uk & housing war | en
Attack on The Casa Fri Nov 08, 2013 16:32 | UK Indymedia | en
Tower Hamlets - Round Two Sat Aug 24, 2013 08:10 | Jo Makepeace | en
Sussex Village tells Cuadrilla to Frack Off Sun Aug 04, 2013 06:51 | en
Dignity not destitution! Support the right to asylum Wed Jun 26, 2013 09:56 | en