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Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link Hardship never lasts forever? Wed May 04, 2016 15:50 | Raymond Deane

offsite link DDCI calls on New Government to Strictly Regulate Vulture Fund Acquisitions Wed May 04, 2016 15:22 | Irish Left Review

offsite link Warning: Ultra-Low Spend Economy Ahead Wed May 04, 2016 11:59 | Michael Taft

offsite link May Issue of Socialist Voice Out Now Wed May 04, 2016 10:56 | Communist Party of Ireland

offsite link Time to Get Real Fri Apr 29, 2016 13:45 | Michael Taft

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Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Of Tankies, Trots and Social Democrats Thu May 12, 2016 23:41 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Avatars of the Advanced-Capitalist Psyche – Capitain America: Civil War Mon May 09, 2016 00:07 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Wailings about Left Unity Sat Feb 13, 2016 01:13 | James O'Brien

offsite link The Bern Manifesto: Why I am Voting for Bernie Sanders Wed Jan 27, 2016 23:59 | Jerome Nikolai Warren

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

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Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Broadcaster George Hook accuses politicians of tax evasion

offsite link The toxic link between police and politics Anthony

offsite link The cesspool that is Irish politics Anthony

offsite link Finian McGrath cashes in his principles Anthony

offsite link Vincent Browne: Blind to what’s coming down the road Anthony

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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 Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake

offsite link Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake

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national / worker & community struggles and protests / news report Monday May 16, 2016 - 15:00 by Anti-fracker   text 2 comments (last - monday may 16, 2016 - 21:57)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Woodburn Forest near Carrickfergus in County Antrim has become the site of the first operational fracking rig on the island of Ireland. On Monday 16 May InfraStrata PLC began to drill, seeking to confirm a viable oil find which will pave the way for large scale extraction. Community campaigners continue to resist and all support is welcome on the site to stop the drilling while one local mounts a legal challenge. ... read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday May 16, 2016 - 14:57 by Sean O'Torain
In the recent elections north and south there have been a number of candidates elected who have stood on an anti capitalist platform. This article here tries to put forward a strategy how these forces could work together to engage more with the mass of the working class north and south and build a mass anti capitalist movement in ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / news report Wednesday May 11, 2016 - 22:28 by cd   text 2 comments (last - wednesday may 11, 2016 - 23:01)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
A cross party group of TDs have expressed concern at the jailing of two political activists, Sean Doyle and Eamonn McGrath. Both men have been remanded in custody until the 21st of May and 24th of June respectively for taking part in a peaceful protest in Kilcoole. Sean was arrested after being assaulted by an individual in front of Gardai while his attacker went unpunished. The same attacker then viciously pushed a woman to the ground. The Gardaí present saw fit to arrest the protesters for trespass while they gently escorted the assailant away. No charges have been brought against this man. The continuation of the political policing of the Irish Water protests exposes the Garda, yet again, as a force used to protect the status quo at the expense of ordinary people. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / event notice Tuesday May 03, 2016 - 23:09 by DDCI   image 1 image
Vulture Funds have been a key player in the Global South for years, but more recently their focus on the Irish property market has been a subject of concern closer to home.

Join DDCI on Wednesday May 4th at 18:30 in the Teacher's club for the launch of our research paper, 'From Puerto Rico to the Dublin Docklands: Vulture Funds and debt in Ireland and the Global South.' ... read full story / add a comment
Table of top ten vulture funds operatoring in Ireland
national / housing / press release Tuesday May 03, 2016 - 23:00 by DDCI   image 1 image   1 attached file
DDCI calls on incoming Government to prioritise strict regulation of controversial funds

A new report released today (Tuesday May 3rd) by Debt Development Coalition Ireland highlights the manner in which vulture funds have aggressively bought up large volumes of debt in recent years, and how this form of financial speculation has had hugely negative social impacts both in Ireland and the Global South.

Entitled "From Puerto Rico to the Dublin Docklands: Vulture Funds and debt in Ireland and the Global South" the report shows how the Irish government has actively facilitated vulture funds through both the IBRC and NAMA. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / housing / press release Tuesday April 19, 2016 - 12:25 by Safe Ireland   image 1 image   3 attached files
"New research also indicates that the frequency and severity of violence forcing women to leave their homes could be worse than previously documented"

SAFE Ireland warned that homeless figures and needs are being greatly under-estimated because over 4,000 women and children being accommodated on a yearly basis in emergency refuge accommodation are not being counted and recognised as being homeless.

At the launch today of a new SAFE Ireland report The State We Are In, CEO Sharon O’Halloran stressed that women and children forced to leave violent homes are being caught in the cross-fire of the national housing crisis. She said that 37 services that participated in new housing research as part of The State We Are In are reporting that they have never seen things so bad for women and children. ... read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday April 18, 2016 - 14:28 by foie
The Minister for Agriculture has been urged not to end the suspension of timber felling at Castle Forbes Estate in County Longford until a full investigation has been undertaken.

The suspension was initiated by the Forest Service on April 5, 2016 after a complaint was lodged by the environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment for General Felling Licences issued in January and February of this year.

In today’s letter, the group alleges that neither of the two licenses granted required that work not take place during the bird nesting season from 1 May to 30 September. ... read full story / add a comment
national / anti-war / imperialism / press release Friday April 15, 2016 - 16:20 by Shannonwatch
Shannonwatch and Veterans for Peace member Edward Horgan will appear in Ennis District Court tomorrow, Friday April 15th, to answer a charge that he entered a part of Shannon Airport to which persons were not permitted, contrary to airport byelaws. Dr Horgan was attempting to do what the authorities have repeatedly refused to do, which is to inspect US military aircraft in order to establish if they were in breach of international laws at Shannon.

On April 18th 2015, Dr Horgan was on his way to a peace conference in London when he saw four US Hercules C-130 jets lined up just beyond the Aer Lingus plane he was about to board. Knowing that the Gardaí were almost certainly not going to search them or to inform the public of the nature of these plane's reasons for being at Shannon, he felt compelled to search them. ... read full story / add a comment
national / worker & community struggles and protests / press release Wednesday April 13, 2016 - 14:43 by 1 of Indymedia
SIPTU has condemned the actions of Transdev, the operator of the Luas light rail network, which this evening (Tuesday, 12th April) issued a letter to staff and their union in which it has placed workers on protective notice with immediate effect and threatened to implement lay-offs. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / worker & community struggles and protests / other press Sunday April 10, 2016 - 20:04 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
This article which appeared in the Southern Star was reposted by Shell To Sea and is now reposted by Indymedia because it recounts the plunder of our fishing resources by foreign countries and how just like our Oil and Gas resources, these were given away by our own politicians. These politicians are the direct ideological descendants of the right wing counter-revolutionaries who completely over turned the ideals of 1916 and have ruled this country ever since.

This whole area of how our fishing resources have been taken away from us needs to be highlighted more and a campaign is needed to take back this resource and ensure it is managed sustainably. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / press release Thursday April 07, 2016 - 17:21 by Claiming Our Future   image 3 images
Today campaigners of the Robin Hood Tax Campaign presented a cheque for €1.8bn at Leinster House in Dublin. It represents the amount of revenue a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) could raise over the 5 year lifespan of the next Government. Also called the Robin Hood Tax, its implementation would oblige financial institutions to pay a tiny tax on trading in bonds, shares and derivatives. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / press release Thursday April 07, 2016 - 14:48 by chase   image 1 image
Bord Pleanala have refused a request by CHASE for an extension to the Oral Hearing date for Indavers Ringaskiddy incinerator application and confirmed that the Oral Hearing will start on 19 April at Carrigaline Court Hotel at 10.30am, citing 12 July 2016 as deadline date under Strategic Infrastructure Process.

CHASE wrote to An Bord Pleanala following receipt of registered letters on 31 March/1st April advising of the hearing date, leaving just 12 working days preparation for the hearing. Previous hearings lasted 3 weeks.

Bord Pleanala received over 220 submissions objecting to the proposal, each of which was accompanied by a payment of 50Euro. Objections were made by all 4 TD’s for the South Central area, including Defence Minister Simon Coveney, Fine Fail Party Leader Micheal Martin, Michael McGrath (FF) and newly elected Sinn Fein TD Donnchadh O’Laoghaire. ... read full story / add a comment
national / crime and justice / opinion/analysis Tuesday April 05, 2016 - 17:43 by Aran   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 07, 2016 - 23:24)
Dormit in Pace
2013:

Sitting in the cells beneath one of our country’s circuit courts, my travel-weary eyes settle briefly on my hands. Their stillness and my stoic-like composure belie my internal turmoil.

I cast a cold eye over my surroundings - stale urine and solid waste regurgitated from a steel toilet lays siege to the senses. Cigarette butts litter the floor; confetti of condemned men. Crude misspelt graffiti bears mute testimony to the length of their sentences and the shortness of their education. A reasonable inference using the inverse square law - my maths teacher would be proud. ... read full story / add a comment
Proportion by Party of Election 2016 Candidates supporting a fracking ban
national / environment / press release Friday February 26, 2016 - 21:03 by kiff   image 2 images
SOLID NATIONAL OPPOSITION TO FRACKING.

35% of General Election candidates nationally have committed to supporting legislation to ban fracking. Details of party responses are as follows: ... read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / politics / press release Friday February 26, 2016 - 13:12 by 1 of Indymedia   image 1 image
14 new off shore licenses issued in the dying days of a government – sound familiar? ?#?fracking? 2011

As the election squabble sideshow grabs the headlines, ownership of Irish natural resources is being handed over to foreign corporations

The Government has awarded oil and gas licences to companies including oil majors Eni, Exxon and Statoil, allowing them to explore for hydrocarbons off the coast of Ireland. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / politics / feature Wednesday February 24, 2016 - 18:26 by T   text 5 comments (last - tuesday may 17, 2016 - 10:03)   image 5 images   1 attached file
The election cycle has come around yet again it is time to take a look at some of the issues being discussed and more importantly those not discussed and have a quick look at the economy.

For this election there are more independents going up than ever before, although people should be warned that a certain fraction of them are closet FFers and FGers so if it is change you are looking for, they may not be the candidates to vote for. Sometimes people seemed to assume Independents tend to be more to the Left. There is no inherent reason this should be the case and statistically one would expect them to evenly spread to the Left and Right. So if voting for an Independent then be sure you have checked what they really stand for and their previous record if any. ... read full story / add a comment
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 17, 2016 - 23:17 by right2water
We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible.’ An affirmation that should, by now, be familiar to most of us. ... read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / feature Tuesday February 02, 2016 - 23:11 by T   image 2 images   1 attached file
Forget the official Banking Inquiry report because Joe Higgins has written a much more better one and it asks the rights questions and gets to the heart of the matter by putting the whole saga in its proper context -something which the official report couldn't thing as it would mean asking fundamental questions. Indeed the inquriy itself and official report have been steeped in controversary with allegations of coverup because of numerous reports of key officials and whistleblowers in the regulator office and central bank were ignored and their evidence never making into the inquiry. The whistleblower made a formal complaint under the Protected Disclosures Act and (Village Magazine) "outlining a range of detailed concerns about how the Central Bank and some of its legal representatives were omitting huge swathes of vital documents, redacting many of the most crucial pieces of evidence, and delaying release of vital material until it was too late to use them in briefings for public hearings – in at least one case handing them over 24 hours before a scheduled interview about them." ... read full story / add a comment
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national / environment / news report Monday February 01, 2016 - 22:44 by T   text 1 comment (last - tuesday february 02, 2016 - 12:29)   image 1 image
If there was ever a way to discourage recycling it is to charge for it. But there is more to this story. Way back during the Bin Tax campaign it was said that the original plan was to charge for recycling and all along the plan was to send most of the recycling material like paper, cardboard and plastic to feed the huge incinerator then planned for Dublin.

This €600 million incinerator is now being built after it was forced on the people of Dublin by the former chairman of Dublin City Council John Tierney in the most undemocratic and secretive way and completely against all the councillors. This incinerator needs to be fed huge amounts of burnable material to keep it 'profitable'. It was sized for 600,000 tonnes which is more than all waste from Dublin. Tierney of course signed a lucrative deal with the incinerator operators Covanta whereby the council will make up the gap financially if they don't get enough material to feed into the monster. Now the dots have joined up and we can be sure that this announcement to start charging for recycling in July 2016 is very much connected with this since the incinerator will start operating early in 2017.
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Households use 10 per cent of water but expected to pay nearly 80 per cent of costs
national / bin tax / household tax / water tax / press release Wednesday January 20, 2016 - 21:53 by right2water   image 1 image   1 attached file
The Right2Water campaign said today (Wednesday January 20th) that water charges are being used to give tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest in our society. Pointing out that households only use 10 percent of water but are now expected to pay up to 78 percent of all costs while corporations and agriculture use 90 percent of all water but will only pay 22 percent of the costs, Right2Water said that water charges amount to a ‘transfer of wealth’. ... read full story / add a comment

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